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Governor Corbett's Budget Offers Hope For Pennsylvania's Future

" Washington is asking us to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act without any clear guidance or reasonable assurances.''

Corbett said he would continue to work with federal officials in providing access to greater and affordable health care, but Washington must provide a clear answer about what this expansion will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers.

"The federal government must authorize real flexibility and innovative reforms that empower us to make the program work for Pennsylvania.

"Without serious reforms it would be financially unsustainable for the taxpayers and I cannot recommend a dramatic Medicaid expansion,'' Corbett said.

Welfare

This budget reaffirms the governor's commitment to helping individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities, as well as providing help for senior citizens, children and low-income families.

Some of the proposals include:

  • Dedicating $40 million to provide critical services to an additional nearly 3,000 of our citizens with physical and intellectual disabilities. This will allow them to live independently in their homes and communities.
  • Assisting more than 210,000 low-income families and enabling 1,400 children now on waiting lists to receive child care assistance with an additional $7 million.
  • Providing more than $8 million in additional resources to provide health care coverage to 9,300 additional children through the Children's Health Insurance Program.
  • Investing $4 million in the creation of the Community-Based Health Care Program to bring health care to people who live in areas without easy access to hospitals and clinics.
  • Expanding the Primary Health Practitioner Loan Repayment program with $1 million in funding to recruit more physicians, dentists and other health care practitioners to work in rural areas and in communities that lack sufficient medical care.

Other initiatives in the Department of Public Welfare include:

  • Expanding the County Block Grant program, tested in 20 counties last year, to every county statewide. This allows each county to spend funding in ways that will best serve its citizens.
  • Funding Adult Protective Services, to protect abused and neglected adults with disabilities, for persons aged 18 to 59. Previously, the state had protection systems for children 18 and younger or adults 60 and older, but nothing for those in between. The Corbett Administration allocated start-up funds last year that will be fully implemented in 2013-14 for $2.8 million.
  • Expansion of Managed Care statewide, offering a health care program to help low-income citizens have more access to primary care practices and pediatricians.

Seniors and the Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania has the fourth highest percentage of seniors in the United States. In 17 years, one Pennsylvanian out of four will be 60 or older.

"That is nearly one million more senior citizens who depend on the senior services provided by our state lottery,'' Corbett said.

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