1 in 3 Americans uninsured

A Families USA study released in early March demonstrates that fully one-third of Americans under age 65 lacked health insurance for a portion of time during the two years 2007 - 2008.

For three-quarters of the 87 million people affected,  the period of no insurance was at least six months in length.  For one-quarter, the period lasted for the full two years. 

Demand for adultBasic overflows

Seven years after Pennsylvania launched a low-cost health insurance plan for working-age adults, demand for the program is overflowing.  According to a March 15 Associated Press story written by Marc Levy and published by the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, 25,000 names were added to the waiting list in February alone, bringing the total on the list to 205,000.

House committee considers small group reform

Pennsylvania is one of only two states that provides no rate protections for small employers buying health coverage for their employees.  As a result, health insurers have almost unlimited freedom to compete for the business they want: employee groups with a low risk of needing medical care.   Small employers, on the other hand, are suffering in Pennsylvania's relatively unregulated market due to the unpredictability and unaffordabilty of rates.  Many have dropped coverage as a result, thus adding to the number of uninsured.

Pennsylvania a key to national health reform

The Keystone State will live up to its name in 2009 as national health reform is debated in Washington.

"Your work here in Pennsylvania with Senator Specter over the next several months will be very important," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA and a recent participant in the White House Summit on Health Care.  "Your Senator Specter will cast a key vote on national health reform."

U.S. Rep. Schwartz hopeful about health system reform

Allyson Schwartz, the 3-term member of Congress who represents a bit of Philadelphia and a big junk of Montgomery County, says that 2009 may be the year for fundamental reform of our national health system.