The coming weeks are shaping up to be a big deal for states still on the fence regarding Medicaid expansion.
Democrats in Pennsylvania are trying to force a vote in that state's Legislature, Philadelphia's CBS affiliate reported today. Democrats in the Keystone State recently failed in an effort to get a Medicaid expansion included in a budget bill that could be voted on today. In addition, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is said to be in negotiations with the Obama administration on how the state might satisfy the Medicaid provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The healthcare reform law calls for states to raise the threshold for coverage to at least 133% of the federal poverty level. Even in states where Republican governors have gotten on board in order to qualify for new federal funding, passing the legislation to make it happen has proved difficult.