Por Cristina Rouvalis
As we survey the political landscape post-election, there has been a great deal of discussion and debate about an issue that received little attention during the presidential campaign – potential changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  There has been speculation that the new administration and Congress may consider fundamental shifts in the way federal funds are distributed to the states to operate Medicaid. There has also been speculation that there may be proposals to change how older Americans get health insurance through Medicare.
Although a fight is expected to break out between the General Assembly and the governor about the overall framework of the 2016/17 state budget, there are areas of agreement between legislators and the Administration.  One of these areas of critical importance to older Pennsylvanians, is how revenues from the Pennsylvania lottery will be spent.
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Note:   The following article by AARP State President Jim Palmquist is running in newspapers across PA. 
AARP Pennsylvania today said that while Governor Corbett’s 2013-14 budget proposal released today increases state spending for programs helping older adults remain at home, the plan lacks forward-looking solutions to other issues of interest to the nation’s fourth-largest senior population. 
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