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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.