An 'Early Success Story' of the Affordable Care Act But Not in PA

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The expansion of Medicaid health coverage is being called an “early success story” of the Affordable Care Act — but you won’t find any success stories here in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is one of 25 states NOT accepting federal funding next year to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Americans. Governor Tom Corbett has proposed a much more complicated expansion of health care that likely won’t happen until 2015, if at all.

All hardworking families deserve the security of knowing they can see a doctor when they get sick without facing enormous medical bills. If Pennsylvania fails to act on this federal opportunity, hundreds of thousands will be left out in the cold with no options for affordable coverage in 2014.

This Wednesday, join a statewide day of action urging Governor Corbett and your state lawmakers to expand health coverage next year. Tell them Pennsylvania cannot afford to turn down federal funding that states like New Jersey and Ohio will use to insure their citizens and give their health care economies a needed boost in 2014.

As many as 400,000 Pennsylvanians will have no other affordable health care options if we do not act soon. These Pennsylvanians are our neighbors and friends. They take our orders at restaurants, fix our cars, and take care of our kids when we’re at work — but don’t earn enough to buy private health coverage.

Expansion will open the door to affordable quality coverage for them AND give Pennsylvania’s health care sector a boost, especially the “eds and meds” that make up a large share of the state’s economy. By one estimate, the federal health care dollars would support more than 41,000 new jobs across Pennsylvania’s economy in 2016.

So join us to urge Governor Corbett and state legislators to take part in this “success story” by providing hardworking families with the security of quality health care.

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