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Pa. Medicaid plan panned by health care advocates

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Health care advocates who are reading Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to bring billions of federal health care dollars to Pennsylvania are criticizing it as punitive and bureaucratic.

The 100-page proposal was unveiled Friday morning and kicks off what could be a long process of public review and negotiations with the federal government.

Under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the federal government promises to foot most of the bill for any state that expands Medicaid to cover more low-income adults.

Corbett says his proposal increases access to health care for about a half-million people and is affordable. But two health care advocates interviewed Friday said some conditions he's requesting are likely to be rejected by the federal government and would make it difficult for people to keep coverage.

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