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.”

Read more here.

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.

Read more here.

Pittsburgh Wins $200,000 Youth Health Care Grant From National League Of Cities

July 14, 2014   Comments Off

From the Office of Mayor William Peduto:

The Peduto administration’s Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment worked with the Consumer Health Coalition, the Allegheny County Health Department, Allies for Children and a score of other partners developing the Pittsburgh campaign, called Healthy TogetherHealthy Together is the first tier of the Live Well Pittsburgh initiative launched in April 2014, designed to target the total health of the city. The Healthy Togetherenrollment campaign prioritizes health insurance enrollment for youth across the city’s 90 neighborhoods, to increase access to care and empower community members to take control of their health.

Read more here.

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.

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