Time for physicians to speak up for uninsured

On Wednesday, June 10th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will debate House Bill 1, the plan sponsored by House Majority Leader Todd Eachus to expand the number of working-age Pennsylvanians who could purchase affordable, private health insurance through adultBasic.

In its June 10th edition, the Harrisburg Patriot-News published the following op-ed, authored by Berry Friesen, PHAN's public affairs manager, urging physicians to support the Eachus plan.

Video: State Leaders Support Health Access

Leaders of prominent Pennsylvania organizations stood together June 2nd at the Capitol in support of pending legislation to improve access to health care in the state. Watch video clips from that event.

Holden, Altmire, Carney: public option "only a fallback"

Pennsylvania congressmen Tim Holden, Jason Altmire, and Chris Carney have joined other Blue Dog Democrats in supporting the delay of a public health insurance option until it has been demonstrated that private insurance carriers have failed to meet "targets" for "adequate competition and cost containment."

The Blue Dog Coalition is comprised of moderate and conservative Democratic members of Congress. 

Patrick Murphy, the fourth Pennsylvania Blue Dog, has distanced himself from the others.  A June 4th statement from his staff indicated the following:

State leaders stand together in support of health access

Leaders of prominent Pennsylvania organizations stood together June 2nd at the Capitol in support of pending legislation to improve access to health care in the state.

Bishop Robert Driesen of the Upper Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Bishop Jane Allen Middleton of the Central PA Conference of the United Methodist Church, Fran Viglietta of the PA Catholic Conference, and Jacqueline Rucker of Christian Churches United represented religious communities.

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.