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:

Join our Get Real Rally: June 27, 2016

June 10, 2016   Comments Off on Join our Get Real Rally: June 27, 2016

Get Real Rally

Save the Date for a “Get Real” Rally! We want to voice our support for PA to raise revenue and fund education and human services.

Join us Monday, June 27, 12:30pm at Freedom Corner.

Questions? Contact Sally Jo Snyder: 412-456-1877 ext. 203 or

CHC Provides Breast Health Education

May 27, 2016   Comments Off on CHC Provides Breast Health Education

Breast Health Education

Breast health awareness is important.
Consumer Health Coalition has teamed up Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh to spread awareness about the importance of breast health and the services that are available to improve access to breast health.Susan G. Komen Pittsburgh is a nonprofit breast cancer awareness organization with a mission to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care, and funding national research.
The voucher program improves health access.
Susan G. Koman Pittsburgh provides a Mammogram Voucher Program of no-cost mammograms and follow-up diagnostic services for men and women who are uninsured or who are unable to meet their co-pays or deductibles. They must also reside in Central or Western Pennsylvania.Receiving regular preventative care is key to early detection of cancer. This program goes beyond mammograms to additionally cover needed follow-up services such as breast sonograms, biopsies, or surgical consultation.
CHC is offering breast health education.
Consumer Health Coalition can provide presentations on breast health and healthcare enrollment. Our breast education services are being funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Healthy Woman Program. If you are interested in scheduling one or would like more information, please contact Leslie at


Pittsburgh Expands Health Access to Children and Families

April 6, 2016   Comments Off on Pittsburgh Expands Health Access to Children and Families

Consumer Health Coalition has been the enrollment partner with the Healthy Together initiative in Pittsburgh since 2014 to ensure that all children have health insurance.

Healthy Together is part of national initiative through the National League of Cities. Recent results show that in the eight cities where a Expanding Health Access for Children and Families was implemented, 16,000 uninsured children and parents renewed or gained access to health coverage.

Healthy Together has been funded for another year, so keep an Enroll-o-bot in your neighborhood, and make sure all the children and families you know are covered.

Check out this video that highlights our work in Pittsburgh:

Cities Expanding Health Access from Mathematica Policy Research on Vimeo.

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