Opinion: Medicaid Murmurings

June 9, 2014   Comments Off

A great opinion piece from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Editorial Board. It discusses our work with the Cover the Commonwealth Campaign. While Governor Corbett has proposed Healthy PA, we are advocating for full Medicaid Expansion to help the 500,000 uninsured people across PA.

Mr. Corbett, an early opponent of Obamacare, … proposed Healthy PA, which would allow those individuals to buy private insurance with help from federal subsidies. That plan depends on approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and, despite some adaptations made by the governor, it’s still in limbo. And so are hundreds of thousands of families.

The measure approved by the state House committee meets in the middle. It would allow the federal expansion to go forward at the same time Mr. Corbett is trying to get the OK for his plan.

Likewise, the Cover the Commonwealth Campaign — made up of 130 organizations — today will announce a middle-ground proposal that would allow the expansion to go into effect at least until there is a verdict for Healthy PA.

Read the full piece here.

Rally at the Capitol Building for Medicaid Expansion

June 9, 2014   Comments Off

We traveled from the city of bridges to tell our lawmakers in Harrisburg that bridging the Medicaid gap will also bridge the budget gap.

Sally Rally

From ABC:

Advocates who rallied Monday inside the Capital said that if Corbett would accept Medicaid expansion, it would solve both the coverage gap and a budget gap north of a billion dollars.

Read more here.

Frankel Urges State To Adopt Medicaid Expansion

May 14, 2014   Comments Off

State Rep. Dan Frankel joined our press conference to advocate for Medicaid Expansion. Coverage from WESA:

“It’s hard to turn your back against this when it addresses so many important issues facing the state at this time,” Frankel said.

Adopting Medicaid expansion could create as many as 40,000 jobs in the health industry and help solve the state’s budget deficit, according to Frankel.

Read the full article here.

Coalition continues fight for Medicaid expansion

May 14, 2014   Comments Off

Pittsburgh City Paper covers our advocacy efforts for Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania:

Nursing student Britt Lawson was supposed to be the featured speaker at a press conference on expanding Medicaid held at the Consumer Health Coalition earlier today. But Lawson was unable to make it, said Rev. Sally Jo Snyder, because the 24-year-old’s crippling medical debt forced her to have to work a double shift.

“We hear hundreds of those stories everyday,” said Rev. Synder, who serves as the director of advocacy and consumer education at the coalition.”We all know someone who is uninsured.”

Read the full story here.

Watch Britt Lawson tell her story:

Medicaid expansion: advocates fault Corbett for delaying health care for 500,000

April 7, 2014   Comments Off

Read about our rally for Medicaid Expansion in Harrisburg from The Patriot News:

On Monday, advocates said Corbett’s decision has cost Pennsylvania $500 million in federal funds in 2014 that could be providing health care for 500,000 people. The said money also would give a financial boost to hospitals and local heath care providers, and eventally create upwards of 35,000 jobs. The federal government will pay 100 percent of the cost of the expansion for several years, before the federal share eventually drops to 90 percent. 

Read more here.

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