With the federal public comment period ending this week on the Corbett Administration's Healthy PA proposal, Pennsylvanians delivered a loud and clear message to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Healthy PA is overly complex, overly complicated and unnecessary. The best choice for Pennsylvania taxpayers and uninsured workers is to join all of our surrounding states by expanding Medicaid immediately.
The response has been overwhelming. People across the state have been sending emails, mail and comments with online tools to explain their opposition to Healthy Pa. Many of them are citing the proposed benefit cuts, eliminating medical assistance for people with disabilities, unaffordable premiums and delays in coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured workers.
The anonymous comments include:
Commenter # 520: "I work as hard as I can and take care of myself the best I can and MAWD has allowed me to do that. Please don't let them take it away."
Commenter #211: "Pennsylvania's plan will discriminate against people with disabilities in a number of ways. The largest impact will be stopping people from receiving quality medical equipment, especially decent manual wheelchair's that will not damage the users' shoulders, arms and back."