The Pennsylvania state Senate has approved legislation to require Governor Tom Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.
The 40-10 vote was held Sunday night as lawmakers scrambled to finish up their spring and summer session. It sent the bill to the House, where Republican leaders have vowed to kill it. Corbett has been silent on the bill, although Senate Republican and Democratic leaders say they negotiated the amendment with Corbett's office, and wrote certain conditions into it to make it more amenable to Republicans.
A broad coalition favors Medicaid expansion, including hospital executives, Democratic lawmakers, labor unions and the AARP. The 2010 federal health care law pledges to pay for nearly all the cost of the expansion.
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