healthcare-issues

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.

Pa. lawmakers roll out bipartisan proposal aimed at curbing Medicaid fraud

BY: - January 13, 2020

Pushback to a proposed "False Claims Act," began piling up less than a hour after it was introduced at a Capitol news conference on Monday.

Pa. House passes fetal remains bill with bipartisan backing

BY: - November 18, 2019

Every Republican backed the bill, along with a smattering of Democrats, which passed on a 123-76 vote. 

Anti-abortion lawmakers advance bill to mandate burial, cremation of fetal remains in Pa.

BY: - October 29, 2019

The legislation would apply to abortions, miscarriages, or any procedure that results in the expulsion or extraction of an embryo or fetus.