Today, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, announced his 2013-2014 proposed budget. During his budget address he announced that without further flexibility and reform from the federal government, expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania would be, “financially unsustainable for Pennsylvania taxpayers”. Governor Corbett’s announcement came a day after Republican Ohio Governor, John Kasich, announced that he would be expanding Medicaid in his state. Governor Kasich is the fifth Republican governor to do so.
While today’s announcement is certainly not good news for public health advocates, Corbett’s announcement did not entirely eliminate the possibility of expansion. In addition to his statement on the matter, Corbett sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius identifying his concerns.
Corbett’s 2013-2014 proposed budget materials can be found here.