Lack of insurance contributes to death of Bill Koehler

Lack of health insurance contributes to the deaths of two Pennsylvanians each day.

This compelling statistic, based on the analysis of the highly credible Institute of Medicine, is made real by a May 27 article published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  It features the sad story of Bill Koehler, a 57-year-old man from Garfield.

PA Senate budget would cut children's health insurance

The budget plan passed by the Pennsylvania Senate in early May would mean 12,000 fewer children would be covered by health insurance in the 2009-10 fiscal year.

At a May 27th news conference, Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario described the impact of the Senate's plan to cut nearly $8 million from the amount proposed earlier this spring by Governor Ed Rendell for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Bill to expand adultBasic health insurance introduced

PA House Majority Leader Todd Eachus has introduced a bill to expand adultBasic, Pennsylvania's subsidized health insurance plan, to 130,000 working-age adults.

Currently, only 44,000 people are insured by adultBasic, the program started by Governor Tom Ridge in 2001 to help the uninsured buy coverage at an affordable rate.  Approximately 235,000 people are on the waiting list, which has been growing rapidly.  The Eachus bill would enable 86,000 individuals to move from the waiting list into active coverage.

Health crisis will worsen if Congress fails to act

By 2019, up to 66 million Americans could be uninsured and the costs of health care for businesses could double unless comprehensive health reform is enacted by Congress.

That is a key finding in a report, Health Reform: The Cost of Failure, released May 21 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"As battered as our health system has been in recent years, unless we take action, the worst is far from over," said Riza Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D. and president of the Foundation.

PHAN calls for public option in national health reform

The Steering Committee of the Pennsylvania Health Advocacy Network (PHAN)has endorsed a public plan option as an essential part of national health reform.

Attached is a 1-page flyer describing why PHAN believes a strong public option is a necessary part of health reform