Ask the Governor (AUDIO) for September 2013

This edition of Ask the Governor was recorded on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 and featured comments on the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, legislative priorities for the fall, NCAA sanctions being eased at Penn State, gay marriage, the Pittsburgh Pirates playoff run and much more (including your emails). You can listen to the entire program on and/or watch video clips of specific topics. And we now offer this audio version COMMERCIAL FREE. Click the play button to get started…

Radio PA Roundtable — September 20, 2013

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, Governor Tom Corbett has unveiled his plan to utilize federal Medicaid expansion dollars (but not to expand Medicaid); U.S. Senator Pat Toomey wants to ditch biofuel requirements that put ethanol in our gasoline; and you’ll hear from Pennsylvania’s only living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Radio PA Roundtable – July 12, 2013

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, more from Governor Tom Corbett on his resistence to a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. Also, Congressman Lou Barletta is continuing his fight against illegal immigration in Washington; and it will cost more to send your kid to one of the state-owned universities in the coming year.

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Ask the Governor – July 3, 2013 (entire one-hour program)

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This program was recorded Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 and includes discussions on the following topics and more: The state budget and the failure of the legislature to pass transportation funding, alcohol privatization or pension reform; Medicaid expansion; flooding in Clearfield County; Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary recognition; listener emails and much more!

Radio PA Roundtable 04.26.13

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, Brad Christman and Matt Paul bring you the latest effort to curb bully-prompted suicides in our schools. Also, is PA facing a serious doctor shortage and is PA any closer to approving a Medicaid expansion? Brad and Matt also  analyze the Eagles and Steelers 1st round draft picks.

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Gov. Corbett Talks Medicaid with Secretary Sebelius

Governor Tom Corbett was in Washington DC, Tuesday evening, to talk Medicaid expansion with Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  Corbett has repeatedly said that he “cannot recommend Medicaid expansion at this time,” but he has never shut the door completely on the idea.

Under the Affordable Care Act the federal government is pledging to pick up 100% of the tab, for three years, if states opt-into an expanded Medicaid program that covers adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty line.  The feds would then cover 90% of the costs in the out years. 

The move would make an estimated 800,000 more Pennsylvanians eligible for the taxpayer-funded health care program.  There is no deadline for states to make their decisions, but the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that 27-governors have already come out in support of the expansion

Below you can read the entire statement released by Governor Tom Corbett following his meeting with Secretary Sebelius:


“We had a meaningful discussion around increasing access to affordable, quality health care in a way that would lessen the burden on the state’s taxpayers in the long-term,” Corbett said. “I want to thank the secretary for her time and attention to our questions.”

The meeting was intended to clarify information and answer additional questions that came up as a result of correspondence between the state and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on the topics of Medicaid expansion and the implementation of a federally-facilitated health insurance exchange in Pennsylvania.

Corbett reiterated his long-standing goal to increase access to affordable healthcare coverage options for Pennsylvanians, but made it clear that without meaningful reform of the Medicaid program expansion remains an unsustainable option for Pennsylvania taxpayers.

The governor sought answers to several key questions, including verification that the 100 percent federal match is available for the commonwealth.

He also requested information around using the private insurance market to expand coverage in Pennsylvania, similar to what Arkansas and Tennessee are pursuing, coupled with significant reforms to Pennsylvania’s current Medicaid program to protect the program for those citizens who need it the most.

“Until we know whether or not significant reform is possible, I continue to have concerns that Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program will be able to serve, in a sustainable manner, the approximately one in four Pennsylvanians that would be covered under a full expansion,” Corbett said.

Corbett indicated that he will await further information from HHS and that no further decisions will be made at this time.

Hospital Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Would Have Multiple Benefits

More food for thought as Governor Tom Corbett prepares to meet next week (April 2nd) with the U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to discuss Medicaid expansion.  The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania has released a study that shows expanding Medicaid coverage in Pennsylvania will boost economic activity by at least 3.2 billion a year while reducing the state’s uninsured rate from over 12 percent to around 5%.

Paula Bussard, Vice President of Policy and Regulatory Services, says the positive effects would outweigh additional costs.  She says the argument against expansion may not have considered all of the economic benefits, including a reduction in the costs of uncompensated care.  But the study conducted by RAND Health indicates the benefits would have a long term cost with uneven regional results.

Governor Corbett has rejected the expansion so far over concerns about the additional costs to Pennsylvania, but he has left the door open if the state is granted some flexibility by the federal government in managing the program.

Bussard says there are a number of options the state could seek, including the ability to keep children on CHIP, the Children’s Health Improvement Program., as opposed to transferring them into Medicaid.