Reaction: Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, ‘Proposal warrants federal approval’
Published: October 3, 2013
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The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry said Gov. Tom Corbett presented a ‘reasoned, comprehensive’ proposal aimed at reforming Medicaid, strengthening workforce development opportunities and improving access to care that deserves serious consideration.
Chamber Government Affairs Vice President Sam Denisco said the proposal is an opportunity for Pennsylvania to address the ‘unsustainable’ Medicaid system and ensure coverage for low-income residents in a manner that is best for recipients, taxpayers and the Commonwealth’s long-term economic and fiscal well being.
“Aligning Medicaid benefits with private commercial insurance plans will bring about much needed efficiencies and savings that will allow for sustained access to quality care and affordable coverage,” he said.
Denisco welcomed the administration’s call for work search requirements for adult able-bodied Medicaid recipients, along with state government focus on bridging the gap between the skills employers require and those of workers in need of employment.
“This discussion can’t just be about providing health-care coverage for those in need, but how do we pay for it and how can we help people in need become more self-sufficient,” he said. “Healthy Pa. starts that broader, important dialogue within the context of Medicaid reform.”
The Chamber also likes the call for passage of “apology” legislation, which would enable health-care providers to speak openly with patients and their families.