Many unemployed can not afford COBRA

For each 1 percent increase in the national unemployment rate, another 1.1 million people join the ranks of the uninsured. 

Most of those laid off from a job with a health plan have the option to buy continued coverage under that plan.  This option was established by COBRA legislation passed by Congress in 1985.

Hospital reduces staff due to recession

The Wyoming Valley Health Care System is laying off 15 employees due to recession-related financial difficulties.  Another 55 vacant positions will not be filled.

The news is reported by the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice in its January 15 edition.

Insurance costs, the Blues’ surpluses, and Blues’ merger explored

In a 5-day series of articles published by the Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice and the Sranton Times-Tribune, health reporter Daniel Axelrod has examined the problem of rising health insurance rates by focusing on the actions of Pennsylvania's nonprofit Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers.

The articles include a variety of perspectives and a wealth of specific data.

Following is a list of articles:

Bucks County residents send a message to Obama on health care

Bucks County residents had their say about health care December 30 at at community meeting at the Doylestown Borough Hall. 

As reported by the Bucks County Courier Times, the discussion was one of hundreds that President-elect Obama's transition team has been sponsoring across the nation to discuss reform of the health care system.

Obama transition team hears about health care from Sunbury residents

Sunbury residents had their say December 29th at a speak-out session on health care.  The event was organized by the Obama-Biden Transition Project for the purpose of seeking citizen input on how to reform our health care system.

The Daily Item of Northumberland County reported on the meeting.