Wolf vetoes Medicaid work requirements

Wolf vetoes Medicaid work requirements

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation to add work requirements for able bodied adults to receive medical assistance in Pennsylvania Friday.

The bill, HB 2138, passed the House in April and the Senate last week with ayes and nays from both parties.

It was written to exclude those under 18 and over 65, parents of kids under six, pregnant women, the disabled and some others from the requirements. But Wolf, who expanded Medicaid in his first term, said the bill would create unnecessary barriers.
Sunday, October 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Single payer in Pennsylvania? House Democrats hold roundtable on proposal

Single payer in Pennsylvania? House Democrats hold roundtable on proposal

Sara Atkins is a mother of five children who are all described as “medically complicated.” They all have one of Tourette’s, OCD, ADHD, and other mental illnesses.

One of her children has to have treatment that costs $30,000 per month.

House Democrats hope that HB 1688 could alleviate some of that stress. The House Democratic Policy Committee gathered in Bala Cynwyd outside Philadelphia this week to have an open discussion about health care in Pennsylvania.
Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views
State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

State Supreme Court upholds 2015 Wolf executive order, paving way for home care worker advisory committee

Gov. Tom Wolf claimed victory Tuesday in a three-year-old battle as the state Supreme Court upheld a 2015 executive order designed to represent in-home care workers in executive branch decision making.

The order, issued in his first month in office, set up an advisory committee for the fast growing industry, now about 20,000 strong in Pennsylvania, that often provides low wages and has high turnover for health care workers aiding seniors or people with disabilities. 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Nurses of PA rally for safe staffing ratios

Nurses of PA rally for safe staffing ratios

Members of Nurses of PA joined in the Capitol Rotunda Tuesday afternoon to rally and tell legislators that they need better staffing and they need legislators to vote in bills to make it happen. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

Pittsburghers jam council chambers to express opposition to UPMC expansion plans

More than a hundred registered speakers took to Pittsburgh City Council chambers to voice their opinions, largely skeptical, of a $2 billion expansion of a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital — catching a few members' ears in the process.

UPMC, the multi-billion dollar health care and insurance enterprise, gained council’s approval in 2012 to expand its Mercy campus in Uptown — a rundown neighborhood sandwiched between downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Thursday, July 19, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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