Health and Family Security

Issue Spotlight: Healthy PA Is 'Bad Medicine'

Governor Corbett's Healthy PA plan threatens to undermine the stability of community health centers and services for Pennsylvania's most vulnerable, writes Dr. Hilda Shirk, the chief executive officer of SouthEast Lancaster Health Services.

Learn More: Read Dr. Shirk's Commentary

Comments: Read PBPC's Comments on the Healthy PA Plan

Summary: Governor's Healthy PA Plan

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September 19, 2013

In an editorial, The Philadelphia Inquirer raises a number of good questions about Governor Corbett's Medicaid proposal and makes the right call in saying an expansion of health care in Pennsylvania cannot wait

September 17, 2013

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) show that Pennsylvanians have not made up for health insurance coverage lost during the Great Recession. Medicaid expansion is needed now more than ever, PBPC Director Sharon Ward said today.

September 16, 2013

Governor Corbett said that Pennsylvania's Medicaid program was costlier than other states. It is important to understand that very few healthy adults receive Medicaid coverage in Pennsylvania, with most enrollees being children, seniors, and people with disabilities who cost more to cover.

September 16, 2013

Governor Tom Corbett announced a plan today that would expand health coverage in Pennsylvania but also institute new requirements for Medicaid enrollees that could make it more difficult for people to access health coverage.

August 21, 2013

A methodologically flawed study from the Cato Institute reinforces the stereotype of low-income Americans living high on the hog at the expense of the working class taxpayer. Sharon Ward takes the study apart and sets the record straight.

August 20, 2013

This short video explains that those who receive nutrition assistance typically receive benefits for only eight to 10 months, and the average benefit equals $1.49 per meal per day. For many families SNAP benefits do not last through the end of the month.

August 18, 2013

"Food stamps help feed more than 1 million Pennsylvania children, seniors, and their families — a goal that has been achieved with a record high accuracy rate in recent years," PBPC Director Sharon Ward writes in a letter to the Erie Times-News.

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.

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