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Letter to the Editor: Get involved to save the ACA!

December 2, 2016   Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Get involved to save the ACA!

For a healthier and a more just Pennsylvania, get involved in the effort to save the ACA!

From an important Letter to the Editor by Consumer Health Coalition advocate Sue Etters that ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

In years past, I joined with advocates in the effort to win Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvania. We were successful in getting this much-needed program, which provides health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who otherwise would be without health care coverage.

Another way in which we were successful was the fact that a majority of people on this advocacy effort of the Consumer Health Coalition were individuals who already had health care coverage, yet advocated from a sense of justice and care for neighbors. It’s that spirit that builds a community, a commonwealth, a country.

Now, it is time for advocates to again take up the charge and defend this most vital program, which serves millions of Pennsylvania’s children, adults and people with disabilities. One of the most successful aspects of the Affordable Care Act was the provision of states to expand Medicaid. The proposed plan to block-grant fund Medicaid would basically eliminate the successful and lifesaving Medicaid program as we know it.”

Become an advocate by joining in with Consumer Health Coalition’s advocacy efforts by calling 412-456-1877, Ext. 203.

Read the entire Letter to the Editor on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette website:
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/12/02/Medicaid-expansion-has-made-for-a-healthier-Pa.html

Consumer Health Coalition joins other activist groups to deliver petition to Mylan global center

August 31, 2016   Comments Off on Consumer Health Coalition joins other activist groups to deliver petition to Mylan global center

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On Tuesday, August 30, we teamed up with other advocacy groups including Public Citizen, the Thomas Merton Center, and the Western PA Coalition for Single-Payer Healthcare to deliver 700,000 signatures on a petition against the large increase in EpiPen prices to the headquarters of Mylan, the company that sells the medication, in Canonsburg, PA.

Mylan’s unethical and unnecessary price increases make the lifesaving medication less accessible to people who direly need it.

  • In 2007, the wholesale price on an EpiPen in the U.S. was $57.
  • Today, just nine years later, it’s over $300.
  • Even though each EpiPen contains only a few dollars’ worth of medicine.

Add your name to the petition here:
http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13270

Find news coverage of the event here:

WTAE News

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Washington County Observer-Reporter

90.5 WESA

Letter to the Editor: Let’s see leadership on PA budget funding

July 11, 2016   Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Let’s see leadership on PA budget funding

Check out the following Letter to the Editor which ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this weekend on the PA State Budget written by CHC intern Jessica Young:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/07/09/Let-s-see-leadership-on-Pa-budget-funding/stories/201607090005

It’s a rite of passage for every advocacy intern to write and have a Letter to the Editor published. Jessica’s letter is outstanding and kudos to her and the shout-out to members of the Health Committee for People with Disabilities — whom are also quite an amazing crew of advocates!

As for the PA State Budget, as we’ve said during our legislative visits, rallied under, and continue to share: Real People with Real Issues need Real Revenue.

Join in the advocacy!

CHC Holds PA State Budget “Get Real” Rally

June 29, 2016   Comments Off on CHC Holds PA State Budget “Get Real” Rally

Funding Education Sign

On Monday, June 27, 2016, Consumer Health Coalition participated in the PA Budget Statewide Day of Action by organizing a rally at Freedom Corner in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Many people gathered and voiced support for increased revenue that will support human services and education, which are vital to many people.

The crowd chanted the slogan “Real People with Real Issues deserve Real Revenue.”

Speakers at the rally included rally organizer Sally Jo Snyder from Consumer Health Coalition, Sarah Byrne-Houser of Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children, Helen Gerhardt of Just Harvest, and Milton Henderson of TRCIL Services, Inc. 

As the budget deadline draws near on June 30, CHC is encouraging everyone to continue calling their legislators to voice support for revenue that supports our essential human services and education needs.

Follow this link to find your legislator.

See KDKA’s coverage of the rally and the PA State Budget here.

 

CHC Letter to the Editor: Raising tobacco tax is good health and fiscal policy

June 13, 2016   Comments Off on CHC Letter to the Editor: Raising tobacco tax is good health and fiscal policy

CHC’s intern, Arthi Narayanan, wrote a Letter to the Editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette making the case for increasing tobacco taxes to raise revenue for PA’s 2016-2017 state budget in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Letter to the Editor.

She writes, “With the commonwealth currently experiencing a structural deficit of $1.8 billion, we need to focus on raising revenue for the 2016-17 budget. We cannot keep making cuts to expenditures, as these cuts have been hitting education and human services resources strongly.

One of the most effective ways to raise revenue, both from a financial perspective and a health care perspective, is to tax tobacco products such as cigars and smokeless tobacco.”

Read the full letter at the Post-Gazette‘s website: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/06/12/Raising-tobacco-tax-is-good-health-and-fiscal-policy/stories/201606120160

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