Health Care

Pennsylvania looks to expand access to doula services in 2024

BY: - December 8, 2023

Doulas, who are non-medical, trained professionals provide emotional, informational, and physical support before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth, such as help with breastfeeding, breathing techniques during labor, and planning the birthing process. Doulas have been praised by medical professionals and lawmakers who say their services help improve maternal health outcomes in Pennsylvania. 

BIRTH CONTROL PILLS

Shapiro joins call for clarity on Affordable Care Act coverage of OTC birth control pills

BY: - December 4, 2023

In addition to Shapiro, the letter was signed by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Grisham, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker. 

PrEP has revolutionized the war on HIV — but barriers to access remain

BY: - December 1, 2023

[This story, which we feature today on World AIDS Day, is part of ongoing work on LGBTQ+ healthcare in North Carolina, written by Joe Killian. It was conceived and written through a partnership between NC Newsline and Qnotes Carolinas.] As a 40-year-old gay man, Trevor Hoppe still remembers a time when sex was inextricably linked […]

EPA proposes plan to replace 100% of lead service lines within 10 years

BY: - December 1, 2023

The proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements are part of an effort to reduce lead in drinking water that can harm children and adults and disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities.

Advocates say bill to involuntarily hospitalize people who overdose may do more harm than good

BY: - December 1, 2023

Senate Bill 962 would make Pennsylvania the 38th state to involuntarily hospitalize people who overdose.

Biden campaign pivots to focus on healthcare

BY: - November 30, 2023

President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is launching a new ad today with a focus on health care costs, part of a larger push by the campaign to persuade Americans that former President Trump would revisit his attempts to do away with the Affordable Care Act if (ACA) elected to a second term. The ad titled […]

COMMENTARY

Opinion: PA leads the way in early mental health and wellness tools, access for young people

BY: - November 28, 2023

By Bob McCullough We are in the midst of a mental health crisis here in the United States and young people, sadly, are not immune. The prevalence of mental health challenges for young people is well-documented, but access to mental health services remains extremely limited. The pandemic exacerbated mental health issues while decreasing access to […]

With federal and state laws changing and litigation unresolved, the Abortion Defense Network helps patients, their loved ones, providers and support groups with free legal advice, pro bono representation, and help paying legal expenses. (Getty Images)

Shapiro signs informed consent bill into law

BY: - November 27, 2023

The bill, now Act 31, was sponsored by state Reps. Liz Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) and Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery) and would require medical facilities in Pennsylvania to obtain consent before performing pelvic, prostate or rectal exams on anesthetized patients.

With federal and state laws changing and litigation unresolved, the Abortion Defense Network helps patients, their loved ones, providers and support groups with free legal advice, pro bono representation, and help paying legal expenses. (Getty Images)

Legislature sends informed consent bill to Shapiro’s desk

BY: - November 16, 2023

The bill, which passed through the House Health Committee in March, would require medical facilities in Pennsylvania to obtain consent before performing pelvic, prostate or rectal exams on anesthetized patients.

Abortion rights advocates. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images).

Pennsylvania House committee passes bill to prevent courts from cooperating with other states’ anti-abortion laws

BY: - November 15, 2023

House Bill 1786 would prohibit Pennsylvania courts from cooperating with other states’ civil and criminal cases involving reproductive health care services.

Veterans’ health care coverage expanded by Biden administration

BY: - November 10, 2023

Five changes to expand veterans’ benefits will include the VA speeding up coverage for burn pit exposure that was part of a bipartisan law passed last year.

How abortion became the central issue in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race

BY: - November 8, 2023

Abortion was not explicitly on the ballot in Pennsylvania's 2020 judicial elections. But reproductive rights advocates have learned the hard way that they have to play the long game.