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Snyder to head Consumer Health Coalition

October 6, 2014   No Comments

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From Pittsburgh Business Times:

Jason Snyder has been named executive director of the Consumer Health Coalition, a North Side-based consumer advocacy group.

CHC works to ensure access to health care on behalf of underserved and at-risk groups, including people with low incomes, the uninsured and underinsured and people with disabilities.

“With Jason’s advocacy, public relations, leadership and administration experience, we will be able to further develop the organization and grow in our mission to inspire a consumer movement to advance health and enhance access to quality, affordable health care,” CHC Board Chair Barbara Murock said in a prepared statement.

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Consumer Health Coalition to share $2.4 million grant

September 15, 2014   Comments Off

From the Pittsburgh Business Times:

“Consumer Health is the second-largest grantee in Pennsylvania and the group will be working with partners, including Hospital Council of Pennsylvania and Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania to provide one-on-one assistance in underserved areas of western and central Pennsylvania. The consortium will share $505,000 in federal Department of Health and Human Services funds to help people in 27 counties, which have 467,805 uninsured residents or 39 percent of the state’s total uninsured.”

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CHC’s federal navigator funding in the Tribune-Review

September 8, 2014   Comments Off

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

There will be more than double the number of navigators in Allegheny County this year than there were last year, said Antoinette Kraus, interim executive director of the Consumer Health Coalition, which received $505,000.

The North Side-based coalition, which did not receive money last year, said it will hire 14 full-time navigators and train dozens of volunteer counselors in Western and Central Pennsylvania. Seven navigators will work in Allegheny County, Kraus said, compared with three last year.

“This funding will enable us to extend our reach into areas that have not gotten the attention and service they deserve,” said Kraus.

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Many in PA can still get benefit of Affordable Care Act

August 21, 2014   Comments Off

The Tribune-Review shared the story of Alicia Donner, a 27-year-old who was assisted by a CHC Navigator to enroll in a Marketplace plan. This gave her the freedom to change careers without worrying about health insurance:

For Donner, the ability to pick up federally subsidized health insurance made her decision to quit working full time and explore other careers less stressful.

“It was just time for a change,” she said. “And being able to get a health plan made me realize it was time for change, and I would be OK without a full-time job for a while.”

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Pittsburgh receives $200,000 grant to enroll children in health insurance plans

July 14, 2014   Comments Off

Consumer Health Coalition is partnering with the City of Pittsburgh and other child-serving agencies to enroll children in health coverage. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“As a whole, improving the health of our city is a priority of the mayor,” said Betty Cruz, Mayor Bill Peduto’s nonprofit and faith-based manager. “We’re so excited to finally see it come to fruition.”

The city’s Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Allegheny County Health Department will work with more than a dozen neighborhood and community groups to launch the program, including Pittsburgh nonprofits such as the Consumer Health Coalition, a consumer health advocacy group, and Allies for Children, a children’s advocacy group.

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