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Reaction: Pennsylvania Health Access Network says ‘good first step,’ but warns that plan should not throw obstacles in path of needy Pennsylvanians

Expanding coverage right away will not only protect 613,000 low-income Pennsylvanians who will finally have access to stable, affordable health coverage, it will also generate $522 million in state budget savings in 2014 and keep us on track to create 35,000 new, good-paying jobs across the Commonwealth.
The governor’s announcement is a good first step, but that path forward will determine whether or not the Corbett Administration does this in a way that will truly benefit Pennsylvania families and taxpayers.
The governor should not use this opportunity to expand coverage to strip protections and benefits from seniors, children, and people with disabilities who are currently covered by Medicaid. Expanding coverage for some while reducing coverage for others is not a responsible plan. The governor should not put more obstacles in the path of hardworking Pennsylvanians or set the price of coverage so high that it remains unaffordable.
— Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network