Health Care

Issue Spotlight: The Path To Healthy PA

Covering Low-Income Uninsured Pennsylvanians: The Path to and from Healthy Pennsylvania

Learn More: Medicaid Expansion and the Affordable Care Act

Commentary: Governor's Healthy PA Plan Not Such a Great Deal for Pennsylvanians

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August 7, 2013

If a health insurer does not spend 80% to 85% of premium dollars on direct medical care, it must provide rebates to consumers under the health reform law. In 2012, insurers provided $6.9 million in rebates to 123,581 Pennsylvania consumers — an average of $77 per family.

July 9, 2013

The Pennsylvania Legislature has approved and the Governor has signed a 2013-14 state budget that spends $28.376 billion. The biggest change in the final budget from the Governor’s February plan is an increase in Medicaid Capitation payments, which funds the managed care providers.

July 2, 2013

“There is little to celebrate in this budget," says PBPC Director Sharon Ward. "It fails to adequately address the enormity of the funding crisis facing Pennsylvania schools. 80 percent of the cuts to classrooms are left intact, and that means higher property taxes and even larger class sizes in our schools.

July 1, 2013

Pennsylvania has an unparalleled opportunity to expand health coverage to between 600,000 and 800,000 hardworking low-income Pennsylvanians, lowering the state's uninsured rate by over 50% and giving the state's health care economy a shot in the arm.

July 1, 2013

The Senate voted 40-10 to expand Medicaid with certain conditions. The House, however, stripped the expansion language from the must-pass Welfare Code bill.

June 20, 2013

"The expansion will benefit a large number of working Pennsylvanians across all age and demographic groups," Sharon Ward stated in written testimony to the House Health Committee.

June 20, 2013

Despite having put their health and lives at risk while serving in the armed forces, 1.3 million U.S. veterans—including 47,000 here in Pennsylvania—lack health insurance.

PA Policy Perspectives: A Webinar SeriesJune 19, 2013

Get the latest on the 2013-14 budget debate in Harrisburg from PBPC Director Sharon Ward and Research Director Michael Wood. Plus, find links to all of PBPC's Spring 2013 webinars.

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