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Pennsylvania’s Families, Seniors, and Individuals with Disabilities Need a Fully Funded Medicaid Program

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Pennsylvania’s Families, Seniors, and Individuals with Disabilities Need a Fully Funded Medicaid Program

Date Posted: 
05/10/2017

Speak out!  Tell your Pennsylvania Senator to reject the Medicaid cuts in HB 218. To find your Pennsylvania Senator, please visit www.pasen.gov.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is weighing harmful cuts to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid budget.

  • On April 4, 2017, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill (HB) 218, a General Fund budget for the 2017-18 Fiscal Year.  HB 218 included cuts to an initial Fiscal Year budget proposed by Governor Wolf, including large funding cuts for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program.
  • HB 218 would cut $178 million in funding for Medicaid capitation, or payments to the insurers who provide coverage to most Medicaid enrollees, compared to Governor Wolf’s proposed budget.  It would also cut funding for long-term care, home and community based services, and behavioral health care.
  • The Pennsylvania House has not yet explained how Pennsylvania’s families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities would be affected by the cuts in HB 218. 
  • HB 218 is now being considered by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Cuts to Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program would hurt Pennsylvania’s families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities, as well as Pennsylvania’s economy.

  • Pennsylvania’s traditional Medicaid program covers 2.2 million children, pregnant women, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.  More than 40% of Medicaid enrollees in Pennsylvania are children.  Most of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid dollars support seniors and individuals with disabilities with complex medical needs.
  • In 2015, Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid to cover Pennsylvanians who do not qualify for traditional Medicaid.  700,000 Pennsylvanians are now able to get the preventive care and treatment that they need.
  • Medicaid is a state-federal partnership.  States are reimbursed by the federal government for many of the costs of providing Medicaid coverage.  State cuts to Medicaid result in less federal funding, hurting Pennsylvania’s hospitals and health care workers.
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