Health Care

Seeking to reduce fraud, new grand jury report calls for fixes to Pa.’s Medicaid program

BY: - April 15, 2019

"We all want to ensure that people get the highest quality care possible," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office oversaw the grand jury, said during a news conference at his Harrisburg office.

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Wolf, lawmakers need to remember non-profit nursing homes during budget season | Opinion

BY: - April 15, 2019

Pennsylvania is failing to keep pace with health care inflation as it ramps up regulations (and costs) on even the best of our not-for-profit nursing facilities.

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Medicare for all? Democrats need to focus on protecting Obamacare | Opinion

BY: - April 14, 2019

Everyone wants a health care system that offers universal access to high-quality, affordable care. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans have that access than ever before.

Centre County lawmaker calls for Pennsylvania to regulate herbal supplement kratom

BY: - April 13, 2019

A controversy over an over-the-counter herbal supplement has reached the Pennsylvania State House.

Nurses and moms ask lawmakers to boost funding for at-home care programs

BY: - April 9, 2019

This article has been updated to include the name of the Childhood Begins at Home Coalition, and to remove a reference to UPMC Pinnacle, which employs community health nurses who participate in the Nurse-Family Partnership program, but does enroll clients. Not long after Gov. Tom Wolf unveils his first draft of Pennsylvania’s budget in February, […]

Fourth time a charm? Nurse practitioners rally for bill they say will expand health care access

BY: - April 9, 2019

The state Senate has approved scope of practice expansions three times. Each time the bills have died in the state House.

In speech to new U.S. governors, Gov. Tom Wolf shares Pa.’s experience fighting opioid abuse

BY: - April 9, 2019

In a speech to governors from 33 states and territories, Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said fighting opioid abuse cuts across party lines.

Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. Source: Flickr user James Cridland.

In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a doctor’s office

BY: - April 2, 2019

When it comes to improving the health of an entire community, it takes a lot more than just medical insurance and proximity to doctors. Rep. Joanna McClinton, the youngest woman to be elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus, knows that firsthand. Growing up in the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood that she now serves as a […]

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Is there a path forward on Medicaid work requirements that could help the poor — and not harm them? | Opinion

BY: - April 1, 2019

In the wake of a judge’s ruling that Medicaid work requirements in two states are not legal, questions remain. The most pressing ones are about how to help low-income people, not punish them.

Senate committee advances bill to ban sale of vaping products to minors

BY: - March 27, 2019

Lawmakers split on another measure that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum age to buy tobacco.

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These are the 10 most — and least — healthy counties in Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket

BY: - March 27, 2019

No surprises here: If you live in a place that's more well off, your health outcomes tend to be better.

Rules limiting nursing workload brought back to Harrisburg

BY: - March 22, 2019

Denelle Weller is a 14-year veteran nurse. She knows all about what happens when she and her colleagues are overtired and overworked: She once had to stop a fellow nurse from administering medicine to her daughter incorrectly, which could have led to kidney damage. She directly attributes the mistake to the heavy workload. “I’ve personally […]