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.

Economy exposes sick health care system

The Scranton Times-Tribune makes the link between economic revitalization and health system reform in its December 30 editorial.  "Economic problems have revealed that the (health care) system - or the convoluted patchwork that passes for a system - is in critical condition."

Health system reform a necessary part of economic restructuring

Writing in the December 30 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Michael Vitez describes a few of the millions who await President-elect Obama's action on health system reform.

Free treatment for women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer

Pennsylvania women diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer are eligible for free medical treatment under the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Healthy Woman Program.

To be eligible, women must meet the following criteria:  (a) be uninsured or without credible insurance; (b) be under age 65; (c) have annual household income less than 250 percent of the federal poverty line ($24,500 for a single-person household and just under $50,000 for a four-person household); and (d) receive screening, diagnostic, or consultative services from the Healthy Woman Program. 

Using Medicaid to meet health needs during the recession

When the 111th Congress begins work in January, its first order of business will be passage of a stimulus package to help the economy get moving again. 

During economic downturns, the Medicaid program (called Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania) is one of the tools Congress can use to stimulate the economy while also helping average people hang on until better times return.