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Sen. Sean Wiley and Voices For Independence Rally For Medicaid Expansion

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Senator Sean Wiley and Voices for Independence are hoping to get the word out about Medicaid expansion, and they held a rally Friday afternoon at Perry Square to let their voices be heard.

With Pennsylvania's state budget deadline in just 10 days, Sen.Wiley is pushing to add Medicaid expansion before the June 30 deadline.

"Basically what we're looking to do is to provide access to quality health care for over 500,000 people who currently don't have it," said Sen. Wiley.

Perry Square was filled with supporters, and by those directly affected by the expansion.

"What we're finding is for many, the premiums are too expensive, they can't afford the premiums under the Affordable Care Act," said Executive Director of Voices for Independence, Shona Eakin.

According to Eakin, Medicaid expansion would increase the yearly income limit from $11,000 to $15,000, making health care more accessible for thousands of people. But Wiley says that's not all it will do.

"This will also satisfy a fiscal need in the commonwealth by in fluxing $400 million into our state," said Sen. Wiley. "This is a testament that so many people really recognize that this is the direction that this state must go. This is the time that we have to make the changes that have to be made."
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