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Issue Spotlight: The Path To Healthy PA

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

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

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March 25, 2015

PBPC hosted its annual Pennsylvania Budget Summit in Harrisburg, providing an in-depth look at the state and federal budget plans and what they mean for communities and families across Pennsylvania. Check out online resources from the Summit.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 18, 2015) – The Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition released today a list of 19 recommendations to make Pennsylvania’s tax system fairer. State and local taxes require low- and middle-income workers to pay more of their income in taxes than the highest-income Pennsylvanians, making it hard to raise sufficient funds for public schools, higher education, health care and other vital services.

How does hydro-fracking affect the rural communities at the epicenter of drilling activity? A rich body of literature on the human impacts and lore exists from the Mountain West: of boomtowns and bar fights, and rising rents and rising crime that accompanied oil and gas development in Wyoming and Colorado in the 1980s and 1990s, and more recently in North Dakota shale oil fields.

Considerable evidence indicates that shale development has followed a similar trajectory in Pennsylvania. Work from academic researchers and advocacy groups such as Food and Water Watch, and our own indepth examination of two high-intensity Pennsylvania drilling counties (Greene and Tioga) document increased traffic, damaged roads, rising rents, and intensified demands on police and local first responders.

October 14, 2014

The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) will end family planning coverage for almost 90,000 low income women currently enrolled in SelectPlan for Women, most of whom will be eligible for comprehensive health care coverage through Healthy Pennsylvania. Rather than ending the SelectPlan waiver, DPW should transition eligible SelectPlan enrollees into Healthy Pennsylvania and continue to offer SelectPlan as a choice for women who are not Medicaid expansion-eligible.

This paper is part of the work of the Close the Gap Campaign, to ensure that states accept the federal dollars set aside to extend Medicaid to low-income adults, and that Medicaid expansion waivers do not undermine the goal of providing comprehensive coverage with minimal burdens on potential enrollees. The Close the Gap Campaign is funded by the ACA Implementation Fund, a collaboration of eight national foundations that include The Atlantic Philanthropies, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation.

Aug. 28, 2014

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Corbett Administration have agreed on a waiver that takes steps to provide Medicaid coverage to working Pennsylvanians.

The agreement removes the most harmful elements of Pennsylvania’s proposed waiver, including work search requirements, premiums on the very poor, and drastic benefits cuts, but it comes at a high cost.”

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Here are updated department totals and line-items for Education, Public Welfare, and selected other programs, based on the Govenor's approval of the budget on July 10. 

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