When it comes to health care, your race and where you live make a difference

As part of its quality initiative, on December 17 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report on Regional and Racial Variation in Health Care among Medicare Beneficiaries.

Recession threatens health safety net

Unemployment often leads to the loss of health care coverage.  That's because most people are enrolled in health insurance through their employers.  While under COBRA they can continue coverage after being laid-off, without wages people can not afford the cost of the health insurance premiums. 

Obama says problems with health care are “part of the emergency”

President-elect Obama is signalling his intent to make health reform a top priority during the first year of his administration.

Speaking December 11th at a news conference in Chicago, Obama picked Tom Daschle as his choice to lead Health and Human Services and direct a new White House Office of Health Reform.  A part of Daschle's job, according to the president-elect, is to secure "affordable, accessible health care for every single American."

Physicians and hospitals sue Governor Rendell

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS) and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) are taking Governor Ed Rendell to court.  In a lawsuit filed in Commonwealth Court on December 11, PMS and HAP allege the Rendell Administration is violating the law by not making tobacco tax money available to them to help pay for medical malpractice insurance premiums.

The story is reported by the Scranton Times-Tribune

Schuylkill Healthcare ACTION making plans for 2009

Schuylkill County residents are organizing to push for health care reform in 2009.

In a November 25 letter to the Pottsville Republican Herald, Lori Michael describes Schuylkill Healthcare ACTION as "a citizen's group founded to learn about and advocate for legislation that would make health insurance available and affordable to all Pennsylvanians."