State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Even as the smog clouds that have characterized the city for decades fade, Pittsburgh continues to have lackluster air quality.

The way to fix this, according to activists, is to start from the top, with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Since July, three environmentalist groups — the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment and the Breathe Project — have gathered outside Allegheny County Courthouse each Friday with signs, grievances, and the occasional protest song. The events have followed clean air activism that's sporadically popped up since March.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

Democratic lawmakers call for expansion of indoor smoking standards

A decade since the enactment of the Clean Indoor Air Act, Allegheny County lawmakers came together to celebrate the law’s passage and call on their colleagues to increase the law’s authority.

When first implemented, the law forbade smoking in public areas, but allows for exceptions — too many as far as some elected officials are concerned.

“This is a matter of fairness,” Rep Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny) said. “We know the law works, but let’s make it work for everyone.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

Knowles to introduce bill stripping state funding from cities with safe injection sites

From reversing the city’s soda tax, to overriding Philadelphia’s sick leave policy and overturning a bulletproof glass ban for the city’s “stop and gos”, the city’s laws have been in the House’s sights.

Now, Philadelphia may get another pre-emption, as Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Schuylkill) wants to ban all safe injection sites in the commonwealth.

“Being in favor of this treatment is completely crazy,” Knowles said. “You’re going to have someone oversee someone use illegal drugs? It’s against the law. What about the liability of people administering the drugs?”

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
DHS discusses new service expansion funding for intellectual disabilities and autism

DHS discusses new service expansion funding for intellectual disabilities and autism

Department of Human Services Deputy Secretary for Developmental Programs Nancy Thaler led a press conference on Wednesday discussing the expansion of services that are now available for Pennsylvanians with autism spectrum disorder. 

At the press conference Thaler discussed how Governor Wolf's 2018-2019 budget included $74 million for support programs and services for these Pennsylvanians and their families. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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