Policy: Entitlements

Pennsylvania awaits ruling on Medicaid expansion

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Photo - FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett  speaks in Harrisburg, Pa. With a decision pending, Corbett is now willing to wait to gain federal government approval for his bid to receive Medicaid expansion money if it preserves his hotly disputed plan to tie work-related criteria to eligibility. Analysts think a television campaign ad in late April by Democratic gubernatorial challenger Allyson Schwartz that criticizes Corbett's Medicaid stance may end up playing a factor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett speaks in Harrisburg, Pa. With a decision pending, Corbett is now willing to wait to gain federal government approval for his bid to receive Medicaid expansion money if it preserves his hotly disputed plan to tie work-related criteria to eligibility. Analysts think a television campaign ad in late April by Democratic gubernatorial challenger Allyson Schwartz that criticizes Corbett's Medicaid stance may end up playing a factor. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has softened his rhetoric while he awaits a federal decision on his request to link a work requirement to benefits under the Medicaid expansion. It's an issue that has flared up in his hotly contested re-election campaign.

The request comes in the form of a waiver that the Republican governor has requested as part of his bid to receive additional federal funds for Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor and disabled.

The federal government's public comment period ended April 11.

If approved, Pennsylvania would be the first state to include the work requirement for Medicaid. According to federal regulations, a decision by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could come as early as Monday, but Corbett's office says that won't happen.

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