A top aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that she is optimistic that negotiations will be productive on the Republican governor's plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to subsidize private health insurance policies for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.
The sentiment by Corbett's secretary of planning and policy, Jennifer Branstetter, was a turnaround from last week when Corbett had said he was getting to his "breaking point" over the Obama administration's apparent resistance to his plan.
Branstetter said she had received a call this week from an official from the CMS.
"I was encouraged by the call from CMS that these will be productive negotiations," Branstetter said.
She did not want to say who called or reveal what was said, since closed-door negotiations are expected to begin in the next week or two, now that the federal government's public comment period on Corbett's plan ended overnight Friday.