Corbett aide who helped craft Medicaid overhaul leaving

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HARRISBURG -- The architect of the Corbett administration's Medicaid overhaul will be leaving to take a position with insurer Capital BlueCross.

Todd Shamash, a deputy chief of staff for the governor, has a background in the healthcare sector, and previously served as senior counsel and director of government affairs for Jefferson Health System, based in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Shamash has been an integral part of the administration's ongoing proposed overhaul of Medicaid, known as Healthy PA.

The plan, much of which still requires federal approval, proposes a number of changes for existing Medicaid recipients and would move about 500,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians into private insurance plans with federal subsidies, rather than traditional Medicaid.

A spokesman for the governor's office said Mr. Shamash had let the office know about the the new position when discussions with his new employer became serious, and Mr. Shamash has not been involved in any matters directly related to Capital BlueCross since.

Mr. Shamash was asked to stay to aid in the the state budget process and assist with a transition.

The administration has not yet announced a date for his departure.

Kate Giammarise: 717-787-4254 or or on Twitter @KateGiammarise.

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