Thanks Governor Wolf for Stopping Medicaid Work Requirements in PA
10-19-18 Update: Good news!
Thank you, Governor Tom Wolf for vetoing HB2138, which would have added work requirements to Medicaid!! And thank you to all who expressed your support!
“Medicaid has served as a critical resource for Pennsylvanians who are suffering from a substance use disorder as our commonwealth battles an unprecedented prescription drug and heroin public health crisis. Through Medicaid expansion, almost 124,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees were able to access drug and alcohol treatment that is critical to helping patients recover from the disease of addiction,” said Governor Wolf. This legislation does not promote health coverage, access and treatment. Instead, this legislation increases costs, creates unnecessary delays and confusion, penalizes individuals who need healthcare, and terminates health coverage for those who need it the most.”
Work requirements would have cost PA taxpayers $3.4 billion over the first six years. They don't help anyone find jobs and they don't help anyone stay healthy. They're just a back-door way to make cuts to Medicaid, a program that provides health coverage to our most vulnerable populations.
Thank you, Pennsylvania Health Access Network, for this update!