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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January 15, 2014

With the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty at hand, it is a good time to reflect on just how much of a positive impact President Lyndon B. Johnson’s landmark initiative has had in reducing poverty in the U.S.

January 13, 2014

"The focus of much of our work has been to help the uninsured gain access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage," the comment reads. "We do not believe that the proposed 1115 waiver would accomplish that goal."

January 13, 2014

2014 marks the 50th year we have been waging a "war on poverty." We have made some important gains, but much remains to be done.

January 13, 2014

A look at poverty rates and median income changes from 2007 to 2012 in select counties and metro areas in Pennsylvania based on data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS).

January 10, 2014

This op-ed by Sharon Ward appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News on January 10, 2014 as part of its "War on Poverty at 50" series.

December 16, 2013

There is a growing national movement to enact earned sick leave laws at the local and state level. Currently, six cities — New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle, Wash., Jersey City, N.J., and Portland, Ore. — and the state of Connecticut have earned sick leave laws on the books, and earned sick leave fights are underway in several other states and cities across the country.

December 13, 2013

State Representative Seth Grove of York County and business lobbyists want Pennsylvania to be the latest state to pass a law stopping city and local governments from ensuring private-sector workers receive paid time off when they get sick.

December 10, 2013

One justification cited by The Times for paying fast-food workers more is the savings to governmental public assistance programs for low-wage workers. A recent study found that more than half of fast-food workers rely on public assistance.

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