healthcare-issues

COMMENTARY

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world

On 2-year anniv. of Pa’s healthcare exchange, officials urge uninsured residents to sign up for coverage

BY: - August 11, 2021

State House Speaker Bryan Cutler and the Wolf administration celebrated the two-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s state health care exchange on Wednesday, while encouraging uninsured Pennsylvanians to sign up for subsidized coverage. In 2019, the General Assembly passed, with just a single dissenting vote, a bill to create a state-run health care marketplace under the Affordable […]

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis

BY: - August 10, 2021

In 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation aimed at increasing transparency for pharmacy benefit manager pricing practices in the state's Medical Assistance program.

COMMENTARY

Medicare is headed for a crisis. We’re not ready – but there’s still time | Ray E. Landis

BY: - July 13, 2021

It is past time to shore up Medicare’s finances and reverse the drift toward its privatization.

COMMENTARY

An investment in homecare is an investment in healthy families & communities | Opinion

BY: - May 11, 2021

Homecare workers are an essential part of our national infrastructure. We need to pay for it and treat it that way.

REPORT: These Pa. cities rank among the worst for allergy sufferers | The Numbers Racket

BY: - April 5, 2021

A 2021 study by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America found that many metropolitan areas are expected to have a “worse than average” year for seasonal allergies. Many of those metropolitan areas are in the northeast, with five located in Pennsylvania. 

COMMENTARY

How racism in the U.S. health system hinders care and costs lives of African Americans | Analysis

BY: - June 30, 2020

In Michigan, African Americans are only 14% of the population, but account for one-third of the state’s COVID-19 cases and 40% of its deaths.

Wolf signs executive order shielding some healthcare workers against malpractice claims during pandemic

BY: - May 6, 2020

The order will remain in effect until the administration ends the coronavirus disaster declaration, Gov. Tom Wolf's office said in a statement Wednedsay

Advocates ask lawmakers ‘to act quickly, act now’ on surprise medical bill legislation

BY: - April 15, 2020

Hosted by Pennsylvania Health Access Network, advocates offered their “enthusiasm” for the consumer protections in a plan now before the state House that would eliminate surprise medical bills for Pensylvanians. The bill, HB1862, sponsored by Rep. Tina Prickett, R-Bradford, has passed committee and is awaiting a floor vote. 

How does the coronavirus test work? 5 questions answered | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 13, 2020

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. If you feel like this short, already ridiculously long new year can now be safely divided into the time before the coronavirus outbreak and the time after, you’re not alone. State lawmakers will return to Harrisburg next week and a very different Capitol building. As of Thursday afternoon, there were […]

Healthcare and insurance in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 10, 2020

To better understand what the health insurance and healthcare picture looks like for Pennsylvanians, let’s look at 2019 data from the Pennsylvania State Data Center.

COMMENTARY

Report: Ransomware attacks have cost Pa. healthcare providers $4.5M since 2016 | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 13, 2020

In Pennsylvania, the medical records of some 343,000 people were affected by the attacks, resulting in canceled appointments and untreated patients.