CPBB chartIssue Spotlight: The War on Poverty at 50

It has been 50 years since the United States began the War on Poverty. Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done.

Learn More

Commentary: It's time to renew our War on Poverty

Resources on the War on Poverty's 50th Anniversary

Recession Fallout: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Blog: Don't Give Up The Fight

Browse Poverty Publications Below

June 12, 2013

Like all states, Pennsylvania must redesign its health care infrastructure regardless of whether it expands Medicaid. There is no reason that the expansion could not take effect in January 2014 if policymakers allocate the federal dollars in the 2013-14 budget. Read a fact sheet about the expansion in Pennsylvania.

June 6, 2013

It will help to move Pennsylvania and the nation from a system that is riddled with coverage gaps, where individuals get necessary health care at the last minute and at the highest cost to themselves and health care institutions, to one which emphasizes health, wellness and prevention," Sharon Ward testified before the House Human Services Committee.

May 15, 2013

In a PBPC webinar, health care experts update you on the expansion of Medicaid health coverage in Pennsylvania and what is being done to make it a reality in Pennsylvania. Watch the webinar and download the PowerPoint presentation.

March 28, 2013

Last month, Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey would accept federal funds to extend Medicaid health coverage to more than 300,000 New Jerseyans because it was “the smart thing to do for our fiscal and public health.” Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett should follow his lead.

February 28, 2013

There is growing bipartisan agreement that the optional expansion of Medicaid provided by the Affordable Care Act is too good an opportunity to pass up.

Updated: February 20, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett proposed a 2013-14 budget of $28.4 billion — up $400 million, or 1%, from the budget in place when he took office in January 2011. Read PBPC's detailed analysis of the proposal.

February 11, 2013

The proposed public welfare budget brings with it little of the controversy of the past two budgets. The one exception is the continued assault on health care services. The proposal fails to build in the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act — a move that jeopardizes billions of dollars in federal funding.

January 14, 2013

If Pennsylvania does not opt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, it will create a coverage gap for families between 46% and 100% of poverty. These families won’t receive Medicaid coverage, and they won’t receive subsidies to buy health coverage.

Monthly archive