The Corbett administration said today it will submit a waiver sometime after mid-January seeking to use billions in federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians.
The details of the proposal will be made public Friday when the plan is released in the weekly Pennsylvania Bulletin.
In a briefing with reporters, state officials said they will submit the proposal following a series of hearings across the state but gave no projected timetable for its implementation.
Today's confirmation hearing for Gov. Corbett's nominee to head the Department of Environmental Protection was largely rolling along smoothly until a climate-changing question - on climate change.
Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) asked Acting DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo whether he believed in climate change, and whether he thought humans have contributed to the earth's temperature rising. Leach, no doubt, was remembering an exchange earlier this year between legislators and the DEP's former secretary, Michael Krancer, who seemed reluctant to give a definitive answer to the very same question (Krancer later clarified his views).
Democrat Tom Wolf is putting his money where his crudites would go.
The York County businessman says instead of holding a fancy party in a gilt-edged suite at the Waldorf-Astoria during the annual Pennsylvania Society gathering next week, he will donate the cash to Pennsylvania food banks instead.
Wolf wrote in a letter that while he always enjoys the event and planned to host a reception this year, after talking it over with his wife Frances, decided to "take a different route."
The Corbett administration is certainly not afraid of turnover. Since taking office in January 2011, for instance, the governor has shaken up his inner circle twice, and has seen a half dozen cabinet secretaries take leave.
So it should come as little surprise that the governor's press office has quietly gone through an extreme makeover of its own over the last few months.
Democratic state Rep. Brian Sims, the first openly gay official elected to the Pennsylvania legislature, will be traveling to Japan this week to talk human rights.
The occasion: the 65th anniversary of the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.
Pennsylvania's controversial ex-welfare secretary has got a new gig.
The state of Maine has hired Gary Alexander's consulting firm to study the state's Medicaid system and examine Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
The contract, for the Alexander Group, is worth nearly $1 million.
Will they or won't they vote it again?
That was the question being asked around the Capitol today about the fate of the $2.3 billion transportation bill that was defeated last night.
A top House Republican aide - Dave Thomas - Tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the "Micozzie amendment" would be voted today and the "Hanna amendment" would not.
Gov. Corbett lined up a bipartisan group of supporters in the Capitol Rotunda today to make a last ditch effort to urge the House to take up the $2.3 billion transportation bill before the end of the year.
Corbett, making a rare appearance at a Capitol press conference with his Democratic predecessor, Ed Rendell, said "the time is now" to pass a comprehensive transportation funding bill that will provide cash for bridge, road and transit improvements.
"No action on the compromise plan that all sides have hammered out in the last few weeks is not acceptable," he said.