State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements

Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly have had work requirements for Medicaid recipients on their wish list for the past couple of years. After passing both chambers of the legislature in 2017 and 2018, the proposals were vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf, who believed the requirement would be costly and penalize people who need access to health care.

Still, despite two failed attempts, Pennsylvania Republicans believe work requirements are necessary to encourage able-bodied Medicaid recipients to find jobs, prompting two Republican senators to try again this session.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - December 10, 2018

Tweets of the Week - December 10, 2018

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, December 14, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
House Health approves two welfare reform measures, including work requirements for public medical insurance

House Health approves two welfare reform measures, including work requirements for public medical insurance

Another day, another ideological slugfest over a platform issue in an election year.

The House Health committee approved two bills, both reforming the state’s welfare system, Tuesday afternoon after more than two hours of debate among representatives. The votes also came a day after a partisan debate on Speaker of the House Mike Turzai's (R-Allegheny) bill to ban justifying an abortion with the diagnosis of Down Syndrome.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

House Republicans want stricter welfare eligibility requirements

The House Appropriations Committee questioned representatives of the Department of Human Services (DHS) about how the agency ensures it only provides services for those in need.


Republicans expressed concerns about welfare fraud and recipients that are not actively looking for work.


Republicans pushed for House Bill 59 that Gov. Wolf vetoed last session. The bill would have put stronger work requirements onto welfare recipients.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Wolf announces new health plan for impoverished seniors

Governor Tom Wolf’s administration rolled out a new health care plan that partners with private insurance companies to coordinate care for elderly and disabled Pennsylvanians. 

The program, called Community HealthChoices, will be mandatory for all individuals over the age of 21 who receive both Medicare and Medicaid. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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