Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Schmidt, Arkoosh, Browne officially take office as department secretaries

BY: - June 29, 2023

Al Schmidt, Val Arkoosh, and Pat Browne became secretaries of the state, human services, and revenue departments, respectively.

Lung cancer concept. doctor explaining results of lung check up from x-ray scan chest on digital tablet screen to patient.

Pa. has eliminated its Medicaid provider application backlog, removing barriers to care | Opinion

BY: - June 9, 2023

The move allows providers to do what they do best: Care for people.


House Appropriations Committee examines $19B Human Services budget

BY: - April 11, 2023

Acting Human Services Secretary Valerie Arkoosh appeared before the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday to field lawmakers’ questions on issues ranging from mental health to dental care as they parsed the state’s largest departmental budget. The $19 billion spending proposal for the Department of Human Services includes a $2.7 billion increase over the 2021-22 […]

Direct service providers rally for more money in the 2022-23 state budget at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa.’s intellectual disability community will not be left out of 2023’s budget debate | Opinion

BY: - March 29, 2023

These are our neighbors and our family members. This is my brother. We must act on their behalf right now.

Shapiro admin encourages Pennsylvanians affected by SNAP changes to seek help if they need it

BY: - March 21, 2023

The expiration of the expanded federal benefit affects approximately 1.9 million people across the commonwealth, according to the Department of Human Services, which administers SNAP allocations in Pennsylvania. 

Millions of people are expected to lose their Medicaid eligibility in the coming months as states return the programs to pre-COVID status. The loss of that revenue is expected to hurt struggling rural hospitals. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pa. is ready to help with Medicaid changes. We need your help too | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2023

We remain steadfast in our goal to protect the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians by keeping them covered.


Shapiro taps MontCo’s Arkoosh to lead Pa. Human Services Dept.

BY: - January 11, 2023

With his Jan. 17 inauguration closing in, the Democrat is moving quickly to fill the remaining spots in his emerging administration.

Montgomery County Democrat Val Arkoosh suspends U.S. Senate campaign

BY: - February 4, 2022

'My name may not be on the ballot, but make no mistake, I will still be fighting every day to help win this election,' she said.


Senate hopeful Arkoosh: Toppling Roe would have ‘horrific’ consequences | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 24, 2021

With facts and science under assault, the MontCo pol says the Senate needs a woman and a doctor in its ranks.

Fetterman, Bartos strengthen campaign war chests in third quarter | Analysis

BY: - October 24, 2021

There’s now a clearer picture of which candidates have a financial advantage heading into the end of the calendar year.

Building a ticket that matches Pennsylvania’s diversity could pose challenge for Democrats in 2022

BY: - October 19, 2021

Democratic hopeful Shapiro doesn’t look like the majority of Pennsylvanians — 51 percent of the state’s population are women. About 20 percent of the state is not white, a share that's grown in the last decade.

Val Arkoosh is vying for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat. And she’s prioritizing women in the workforce

BY: - October 12, 2021

If elected to fill the seat left vacant by Lehigh Valley Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, Val Arkoosh would not only be the first woman to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate but the first female physician from either party.