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

December 2, 2016   No Comments

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

It comes down to this: Vote!

November 7, 2016   Comments Off on It comes down to this: Vote!

Go Vote on November 8!

It’s been a long election season, but we’re nearing the end. Here’s your chance to make your voice heard and exercise your right.
  • Know your poll:
    Find your voting location. All locations are open 7 am–8 pm. If you’re in line at your voting location by 8 pm, you’re allowed to vote. If you’re voting for the first time at your voting location, bring an accepted form of identification with you.
  • Check your ballot:
    You can see your exact ballot and decide on candidates ahead of time. You can even write down your voting decisions and take this into the polls with you.
  • Get to the polls:
    Here’s an extra tip: Uber and Lyft are offering $15 off rides to and from the polls with the Promo Code VOTEPA.
  • Tell your friends.
    Share that you voted in person and with social media. Encourage friends to vote too!

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: Health care navigators are here to aid consumers

July 26, 2016   Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Health care navigators are here to aid consumers

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CHC’s Leslie Bachurski wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Post-Gazette to ensure that people know the value of Health Care Navigators in navigating the costs and options:

“The Affordable Care Act created navigators, unbiased educators who provide free assistance to consumers and clearly explain in understandable terms one’s choices. Consumers whom I assist often have a limited budget for medical spending and may not be savvy with health care terminology. Making sure doctors are covered and understanding prescription costs and how much an ER visit will likely cost are really important. The benefits of sitting down with a navigator are that all of these important details are explained.”

Read the full Letter to the Editor here: http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/letters/2016/07/25/Health-care-navigators-are-here-to-aid-consumers/stories/201607230024

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!

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