COVID-19 pandemic contributes to increase in overdose deaths, state health officials say
By: Rjaa Ahmed - December 8, 2020
Since the creation of the Opioid Command Center in January 2018 during the height of the opioid crisis, drug overdose-related deaths have fallen by nearly 20 percent in Pennsylvania, according to Barishansky. However, the trend has been flatlining since the middle of last year, continuing into 2020 and coinciding with the spread of COVID-19 -- data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that overdose deaths increased by nearly 6 percent from April 2019 to April 2020.
MAP: Despite poll closings nationwide, Pa. polling locations hold steady in 2020
By: Rjaa Ahmed - November 4, 2020
Pennsylvania retained roughly the same amount of general election polling locations over an eight-year period despite implementing several other changes during an especially tumultuous election, a Capital-Star analysis has found.
‘Birth control is healthcare’: Democratic reps call for legislation to ensure access to contraception
By: Rjaa Ahmed - October 29, 2020
Democratic State Reps. Leanne Krueger, Kevin Boyle, and Tina Davis say access to birth control is a right — not a privilege. They slammed the Trump administration for its efforts to curtail equitable contraceptive coverage during COVID-19, arguing that such measures disproportionately impact women of color, and urged the Pennsylvania Legislature to prioritize the passage […]
These women from the Philly ‘burbs have one message for Trump: Leave our healthcare alone
By: Rjaa Ahmed - October 26, 2020
“Medicare is not an entitlement. It is something we have paid into. We have earned it and it should not be touched," one woman said.