Health Care

November 16, 2010

Employers provided health insurance to 876,000 fewer Pennsylvanians in 2008 and 2009 than at the start of the decade, according to a new report analyzing U.S. Census data.

October 5, 2010

Poverty rates remained essentially unchanged in Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2009, but some parts of the state saw a jump, according to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The new report also offers a snapshot of health insurance rates in communities across the state.

September 17, 2010

Pennsylvania experienced a small increase in poverty and a large decline in health insurance coverage. This report is the first to include a full year of data during the Great Recession.

July 28, 2010

Since 2005, Pennsylvania's four Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans have contributed a portion of their surpluses to the state's adultBasic health insurance program. AdultBasic is now in jeopardy, as those contributions are set to expire at the end of the year. PBPC and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network have released a report detailing the funding crisis and the larger surpluses the Blues are now sitting on.

July 8, 2010

Lawmakers avoided a prolonged fight over spending and taxes, but they also missed an opportunity to raise recurring revenue to put Pennsylvania on surer fiscal footing. PBPC has a full analysis of the 2010-11 budget plan signed into law on July 6.

March 19, 2010

Access one-pagers on the benefits of health care reform legislation for each of Pennsylvania's 19 Congressional Districts. These reports include information on the bill's impact on families, small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured.

November 6, 2009

Federal stimulus funds helped stave off deep cuts in health care and education. Still, the 2009-10 state budget cut more than $500 million from the prior year and relies heavily on one-time revenue sources. Read PBPC's full analysis of the state budget.

September 10, 2009

Census Bureau data begin to show the tangible impact of the worldwide recession on Pennsylvanians as incomes fall, poverty rises, and more people rely on public heath care.

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