healthcare-issues

COMMENTARY

Congrats on the baby — now pay up | Opinion

BY: - October 12, 2021

'Only you and your doctor can decide what’s best for you,' the letter read.  Funny, because it doesn’t feel that way.

COMMENTARY

Pa. House panel approves bill raising income limits for prescription drugs program | Friday Coffee

BY: - October 1, 2021

The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Reps. Steve Samuelson, D-Northampton, and Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, is headed for the House floor.

COMMENTARY

It’s past time to make critical investments in public health for communities of color | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2021

Seventy-eight percent of all COVID-19 cases where patients were hospitalized, needed a ventilator, or died from COVID-19 were in relation to obesity or obesity-related diseases. This directly impacts the Black population, who are 1.3 times more likely to have obesity in comparison to the Non-Hispanic White population.

COMMENTARY

Nursing home reform needs to cross the finish line | Opinion

BY: - August 30, 2021

When there is enough staff to take care of physical and emotional needs, without being rushed, without feeling like it’s an assembly line, it makes all the difference for quality of life.

COMMENTARY

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world

On 2-year anniv. of Pa’s healthcare exchange, officials urge uninsured residents to sign up for coverage

BY: - August 11, 2021

State House Speaker Bryan Cutler and the Wolf administration celebrated the two-year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s state health care exchange on Wednesday, while encouraging uninsured Pennsylvanians to sign up for subsidized coverage. In 2019, the General Assembly passed, with just a single dissenting vote, a bill to create a state-run health care marketplace under the Affordable […]

State laws for prescription drug brokers soon could have teeth | Analysis

BY: - August 10, 2021

In 2020, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation aimed at increasing transparency for pharmacy benefit manager pricing practices in the state's Medical Assistance program.

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