I'm writing in agreement with your paper's editorial "Moving Target: Corbett Has a New Excuse to Resist Medicaid Plan" (May 26). One of the central goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by offering affordable coverage options through Medicaid and new health insurance exchanges (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013).
According to a report published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured ("The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis"), this expansion would increase access to care and shrink out-of-pocket expenses for low-income individuals and families. Without implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, gaps will exist in coverage for individuals with incomes below the federal poverty line and above the state's Medicaid eligibility line, according to a report in American Medical News ("Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Adds New Dimension to Poverty Line").
In my opinion, Gov. Tom Corbett would be doing the citizens of Pennsylvania a great disservice if he continues to oppose this provision of the Affordable Care Act because it could limit access to health insurance for an estimated 643,000 low-income Pennsylvanians. I hope that the recent Senate Bill 5 (which aims to expand access to primary and preventative care across the state by providing funding for nurse-managed clinics, volunteer clinics and hospital-based clinics) recently signed into law last month by the governor will serve as a preamble for statewide expansion of Medicaid under the new health care law.
The writer is a student in the nurse practitioner program at Carlow University.