Dr. Valerie Arkoosh had a busy day today. This morning's Philadelphia Inquirer published an op-ed she co-authored with Marc Stier, "Take Money for Medicaid." Later in the day she was scheduled to be among the speakers at a rally in Harrisburg:
Health care advocates will join uninsured workers, physicians, disability groups, and faith leaders to call on the state legislature to reject Governor Corbett’s recommendation and move to accept the $43 billion in new federal funding that has been set aside for Pennsylvania to extend coverage to up to 700,000 adults. The group will hold a press conference at 1pm in Harrisburg on Tuesday to kick off a statewide campaign targeting the Governor and lawmakers to seize this historic opportunity.
The Affordable Care Act gives states the opportunity and the funding to extend Medicaid coverage to working adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level (roughly$15,900 for an individual and $32,400 for a family of four in 2014). Under the new law, the federal government will shoulder 100% of the cost of extending coverage from 2014-2017 and 90% in the years after that.