Pennsylvania Becoming an Island of the Uninsured

The evidence is beginning to pile up showing just how much Pennsylvania is losing by failing to expand Medicaid under the Afforadble Care Act.

Ben Nassau: Workforcing the Issue

A new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and FamiliesUSA found that of all the people who would be covered if Pennsylvania expanded Medicaid, roughly 60 % of them – around 285,000 people – are active in the workforce. They are the folks who help us every day. Their work is, to quote the report, “critical to the state’s economy.”

Medicaid Expansion Delay Keeps the Doctor Away for Workers

Today, PHAN and Families USA released a report confirming that the majority of Pennsylvanians who would gain coverage under Medicaid Expansion are working -- mostly in the food service industry, retail sales, and office and administrative support.

Ben Nassau: Good News Everyone

Let’s not bury the lede this time: Earlier this morning, the Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth announced that they no longer plan to end the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities program. This is huge. The program, which was going to vanish January 1, 2015, covers over 34,000 Pennsylvanian workers with disabilities. It allows people with disabilities to work without fear of losing their coverage, and that coverage provides critical services and support they need remain in the community. It also helps provide secondary coverage to low-income people on Medicare.

Ben Nassau: Keep Calm and Health-Carry On

As you may or may not have read, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a ruling today stating that tax credits to purchase insurance are not legal for citizens of states that haven’t set up their own marketplace (hello Pennsylvania).