Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to sign House Bill 3, which will create a health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act individual market plans that is run by the state and not the federal government. 

By having a market place that is controlled by the state it will allow Pennsylvania residents to find the most cost-effective plans in the state that will provide what they and their families need. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund received a $15 million increase in the recently passed budget, raising their 2019-20 budget to $40 million. 

Established in 2010, the PHARE Fund helps create guidelines to establish and maintain affordable housing across Pennsylvania. There is money specifically allocated to help those making below 50 percent of the area’s median income. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania

While national debate has increased over the necessity and safety over childhood vaccinations, trends show more students are entering Pennsylvania schools with all their required shots than previous years.

According to Department of Health surveys, a higher percentage of students in public and private schools in the 2017-18 school year had their MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), hepatitis B, and varicella immunizations than those in 2014-15. The number and percentage of students admitted provisionally dropped substantially.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

The Allegheny County Health Department reached a $2.7 million draft agreement regarding the 2018 enforcement order levied against U.S. Steel on Friday.

While there are aspects of the agreement that still need to be finalized, the $2 million U.S. Steel has agreed to pay will cover fines handed down due to violations during the Christmas Eve fire. A majority of the money will go towards benefiting the communities impacted by the pollution.

Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Right 2 Know Episode 13: Budget recap

Right 2 Know Episode 13: Budget recap

This is how the budget ends, not with a bang but with Andrew and Justin discussing the finer points of the $33.9 billion spending plan. We break down where the legislative debate heads from here (minimum wage anyone?), the meteoric rise of Sen. Katie Muth and what is on the menu for our 4th of July cookouts. Like what you hear? Subscribe on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.
Monday, July 1, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Categories: News and Views
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