healthcare-issues

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.

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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.

Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale

BY: - July 11, 2019

The 27-year-old from Hershey has never run for office before. So he's going big out of the gate.

Pa.’s marketplace change, explained: Why a health insurance proposal easily won bipartisan support

BY: - July 3, 2019

It’s seemingly a legislative unicorn — a bipartisan solution that costs no extra state dollars and could save Pennsylvanians big bucks.

Lawmakers agreed to privatize free medical trips for Medicaid recipients last year. Now, some are trying to stop it

BY: - April 21, 2019

State lawmakers from rural Pennsylvania are pushing back on a privatization measure slipped into last year’s state budget that would affect transportation for at least 150,000 Medicaid recipients.

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.

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What do you do when the doctors oppose Medicare for All? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 5, 2019

The debate is unfolding about as you'd expect it would.