Health Care

University of Alabama Birmingham pauses IVF treatments after court ruling

BY: - February 22, 2024

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Jay Mitchell, writing for the majority, said that there was no exception for frozen embryos under an 1872 law known as the Wrongful Death of a Child Act, allowing civil lawsuits for the deaths of children, or under a 2018 state constitutional amendment that required the state to “ensure the protection of the rights of the unborn child.”

Governments can erase medical debt for pennies on the dollar — and some are

BY: - February 17, 2024

Earlier this month, Gov. Josh Shapiro unveiled a budget proposal that would set aside $4 million to purchase and pay off the debt of Pennsylvanians with low incomes. A disproportionate number of the 1 million state residents who owe money to health care providers live in rural areas, according to Shapiro.

Yellen touts Biden administration health care policies in visit to Pittsburgh

BY: - February 13, 2024

High health care costs are a public health issue and an economic one, Yellen added. “The president and I are committed to ensuring that Americans can afford the care that they deserve.”

Fetterman, Warren lead call for DEA to deschedule marijuana

BY: - January 31, 2024

The senators say marijuana should not just be reclassified as a less dangerous drug, as the Biden administration has floated as an option, but taken off the list of controlled substances entirely.

U.S. Supreme Court schedules March 26 oral arguments in abortion pill access case 

BY: - January 29, 2024

The case centers on when and how patients can access mifepristone, a pharmaceutical the U.S. Food and Drug Administration originally approved in 2000.

U.S. Senate panel examines quality, costs of assisted living centers

BY: - January 25, 2024

"I think it’s very important that we hear from people — hear from people about their own experience as family members, as people who are paying the bill and also expecting the promises that are made when someone becomes a resident of an assisted living facility,” Sen. Bob Casey said. 

nurse holding vial of Covid-19 vaccine and syringe

Wastewater tests show COVID infections surging, but pandemic fatigue limits precautions

BY: - January 24, 2024

Wastewater testing indicates the current wave of COVID-19 peaked in late December with 1.9 million daily infections, the highest since the omicron wave of 2021.

Lee, Innamorato rally for abortion rights in Pittsburgh on Roe anniversary

BY: - January 22, 2024

U.S. Rep Summer Lee said women now have fewer rights than those enjoyed by their mothers and grandmothers.

On Roe anniversary, abortion opponents look to White House to fast-track national ban

BY: - January 22, 2024

Nearly two years into a post-Roe America, the battle over abortion rights is being waged primarily at the state level, but this year holds multiple opportunities for abortion opponents to effect a national ban.

COMMENTARY

Why I’m letting go of Roe

BY: - January 22, 2024

The Supreme Court made very clear in Dobbs that there will be no federal protection for abortion; states are on their own. Pennsylvania is on its own.

COMMENTARY
In addition to creating confusion and fear of jail time for health care providers and patients, state abortion bans have led to women and girls being denied emergency medical care to maternity wards closing to an increasing shortage of OB-GYNs. (Getty Images)

Why Medicaid should cover abortions in Pennsylvania

BY: - January 20, 2024

Low-income communities, who already have limited access to healthcare, have few resources to navigate a thicket of restrictive abortion laws and costs.

An illustration of the COVID-19 virus. (Image by Fotograzia/Getty Images)

Patients struck by long COVID plead with U.S. Senate panel for more research funding

BY: - January 19, 2024

U.S. senators pledged Thursday to press for more funding to research long COVID-19.