Health Care

On the agenda for Pennsylvania’s DSA-backed freshmen: small steps toward a larger progressive vision

Elizabeth Fiedler may be new to Harrisburg, but she’s well aware of the math equation that powers Pennsylvania’s capital.In the 253-member General Assembly, Republicans outnumber Democrats 110-91 in the House and 26-21 in the...

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman offers ‘safe space’ for opinions on legalizing marijuana

It was the opening night of a listening tour that will take Gov. Tom Wolf's No. 2 all over Pennsylvania.

Suburban Philly lawmaker’s bill would require schools to teach students about dating violence

A Montgomery County lawmaker is hoping the second time's the charm on bill that would require Pennsylvania high schools to teach "dating violence" education to their students.In a 'Dear Colleague' memo sent out late last...

Wolf, lawmakers need to boost Medicaid rates for long-term care homes | Opinion

For the fifth year in a row, the governor proposed flat funding for Medicaid rates in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Let’s cut through the smoke and look at the facts on marijuana legalization |...

As Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor embarks on a listening tour to hear voters' views on legalized marijuana, it's important to consider the whole picture

Report: 37,000+ cancer diagnoses made because of Pa.’s Medicaid expansion

It's been four years since Gov. Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid access to low-income adults.Since then, 1.4 million people have been covered, and Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has fallen to 5.5 percent. That's the lowest in...

Pennsylvania Attorney General Shapiro sues UPMC over patient access, report

Shapiro sued Thursday in an effort to keep health giant UPMC from ending its business relationship with rival Highmark Health, in hopes of preventing higher costs from hitting about 70,000 western Pennsylvania patients.

Top Pa. Senate Dem. moves to halt Highmark/UPMC divorce

The Pennsylvania Senate's top Democrat is wading into the acrimonious -- and seemingly endless -- break up of two of the state's largest healthcare providers.Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, is seeking co-sponsors for...

Rep. Jake Wheatley thinks Pa. is ready for recreational pot – again

Even with Senate GOP leadership opposed and a decriminalization bill just receiving its first tentative vote last fall, Rep. Jake Wheatley sees reasons for optimism that this session could mean legal pot for Pennsylvania.

Wolf, lawmakers need to remember that local solutions are the key to fighting opioid...

State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf have made tremendous strides, but local responses are best crafted by county leaders and their partners in communities across the state.