Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Some of Pennsylvania’s top insurers were put on notice Monday by the state’s chief law enforcement official.

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he would be saying more in the coming months on the policies and practices of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark.

“We need to make sure UPMC and Highmark are held accountable to our state laws,” he said. “Anyone who injects confusion in the marketplace, who makes it difficult for seniors to access care, who create issues utilizing your money, my money, tax money in order to put money in their pockets...we’re going to have something to say about that.”

Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

Heavy lies the crown come November, as leadership record becomes campaign fodder

The last time Mike Turzai, Jake Corman and Frank Dermody all faced challengers was 2010, when the House members were their caucuses’ whip, and Corman headed Appropriations.

Eight years later, all three have climbed to the very top of leadership—and are facing challengers channeling discontent with the status quo to try and knock them off.

“It doesn't matter if you’re Republican or Democrat. When we look at the issues, the same cast of characters aren’t working,” Joshua Nulph, Dermody’s 21-year-old challenger, said.

Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Tweets of the Week - October 15, 2018

Tweets of the Week - October 15, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, October 19, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

Pressure-filled week ends without Senate vote on statute of limitations reform

After a day of closed door caucuses, whispered rumors and fiery press conferences, statute of limitations reform went quietly into a late Harrisburg night.

That was despite enormous pressure on the Senate from victims of child abuse, Attorney General Josh Shapiro and the House throughout the week. Victims lined hallways reading the grand jury report and held personal conversations with senators, from the rank and file to leaders.

But Wednesday, the last voting day before the Nov. 6 elections, there never was a vote on SB 261 — Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s (R-Jefferson) own bill, amended in the House to include a civil window that he refused to back. 
Thursday, October 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations

As pressure continues to mount on the Senate to pass a bill to help survivors of child abuse, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) said a deal was nearly in place


“We have almost all the components to a bill agreed to with a [victim’s compensation] fund,” Scarnati said. “We’re down to looking at what a window would look like. Attorneys are working, I’m working, we’re trying to come up with a compromise, something that Rep. [Mark] Rozzi will like.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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