Under Gov. Rendell blueprints for healthcare reform were drafted. With the change in office, it is uncertain if these recommendations will be used by Corbett.
Gov. Rendell challenged state lawmakers to stay in Harrisburg until the budget is passed, to create a sense of urgency.
Gov. Rendell and the House Democrats’ are considering using $340 million of tobacco settlement funds to lessen the deficit. These settlement funds are normally used for programs to stop or prevent smoking.
Gov. Rendell wants an investigation into recent increases in health care premiums, stating that insurers are hiking up rates before the federal healthcare reform goes into effect.
Gov. Rendell and other members of congress are concerned about the potential loss of $850 million in federal funding for medicaid, which would increase the state’s deficit.
Gov. Rendell met with state lawmakers to began negotiations on the budget, but with fewer realistic options to reduce the deficit, agreeing on a budget may be difficult.
Gov. Rendell said that thousands of jobs would be eliminated of congress doesn’t pass legislation that includes approximately a billion dollars in federal Medicaid funding.
Gov. Rendell and key legislators are attempting to find a method to pass the budget on time, despite a struggling economy and an astronomical deficit.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rendell created a health care task force to create a high-risk pool for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.
Gov. Rendell said that state workers won’t be furloughed if the budget does not pass on time this year.