Health and Family Security

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 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.

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 5, 2013

The governor’s budget does little to reduce the trend of disinvestment in Pennsylvania schools and communities. It relies heavily on speculative and one-time sources of funding, and proposes expensive new corporate tax breaks that will continue to shift costs to local taxpayers. Read PBPC's media statement.

November 15, 2012

Income gaps widened in Pennsylvania between the late 1990s and the mid-2000s with earnings for low-income families dropping as the income of the wealthiest continued to increase, according to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

September 20, 2012

New Census data show that poverty rates remained high in Pennsylvania last year. The state's uninsured rate showed little change from 2010 to 2011, although Pennsylvania continues to have a lower uninsured rate than the nation as a whole.

September 14, 2012

New Census data offer a mix of good and bad news. The share of Americans without health insurance declined, but the middle class continues to struggle in the wake of the recession and the acceleration of income inequality.

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