Health Care

Pa. abortion advocates celebrate Democratic wins, but efforts to expand reproductive care continue

BY: - November 27, 2022

Advocates are celebrating a series of wins after the Nov. 8 general election — an incoming Democratic executive branch and electing candidates who vowed to protect abortion access — but their efforts to expand and secure reproductive care in the commonwealth aren't over.

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Abortion advocates aim to outflank lawmakers in 2024 using ballot measures | Analysis

BY: - November 26, 2022

The midterms showed the political potency of abortion ballot measures.

Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Autism bill would help families, move Pennsylvania forward | Opinion

BY: - November 25, 2022

A licensure bill for behavior analysts is badly needed. Lawmakers should tackle the issue in the next legislative session.

Schools, Sheriffs, and Syringes: State plans vary for spending $26B in opioid settlement funds

BY: - November 23, 2022

States’ choices generally reflect a range of local priorities.


Reproductive coercion is a form of domestic violence | Denise Johnson

BY: - November 20, 2022

Let’s not let pregnancy mortality be another unintended consequence for victims of domestic violence.

Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - November 19, 2022

In Pennsylvania, 10.42 percent of the Keystone State's population carried medical debt, with an average debt of $1,473.


The feds make it too hard for former inmates to access Social Security benefits | Opinion

BY: - November 18, 2022

The government punishes formerly incarcerated people twice by making them jump through too many hoops.

Social Security aid to disabled Pa. residents crashed during the pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 17, 2022

Pennsylvania saw the steepest drop of all 50 states, particularly hitting Black and brown residents, new research shows.

Lung cancer concept. doctor explaining results of lung check up from x-ray scan chest on digital tablet screen to patient.

Report: Pa.’s lung cancer screening rates are too low | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 15, 2022

People of color in Pa. are less likely to be diagnosed early; less likely to have surgery, and more likely to receive no treatment at all.

Election 2022: Abortion rights bumped inflation to the back burner

BY: - November 14, 2022

In Pa., 36 percent of voters said abortion was their top issue, compared with 29 percent who said it was inflation.


A nurse writes to hospital executives: ‘All I’ve ever wanted to be was a nurse’

BY: - November 10, 2022

I want to make everyone aware that nurses are suffering, and health care is on the brink of collapse.

Planned Parenthood Votes canvasser Ellie Seiter talks to Derrick Cathon, 26, of Warrington, Pa., on Saturday, 11/5/22 (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek).

In Bucks County, the fight for abortion rights — one door at a time | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 7, 2022

With abortion on the ballot on Tuesday, reproductive rights advocates aren't leaving anything to chance.