HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett appears ready to drop one of the most controversial conditions of his proposal to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars to expand health care to hundreds of thousands of working poor in Pennsylvania.
A Wednesday letter from Corbett to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius concerns his condition that some newly eligible adults meet job-search requirements.
In the letter, Corbett notes that Sebelius' staff has had a policy position against tying Medicaid eligibility to what he calls "job training and steps toward employment."
Then he asks for a chance to institute a voluntary, incentive-only one-year pilot program for able-bodied adults.
Advocates for the poor and uninsured say no state has ever tied Medicaid coverage to such a requirement and that it isn't allowed by law.