Waiting list for adultBasic health insurance at record level

The number of Pennsylvania adults waiting for the opportunity to buy subsidized health insurance reached 145,800 in early December.  That total climbed by 15,000 during the month of November alone and is higher than at any point in the history of the program, which began in 2002 under then-Governor Tom Ridge.

Comprehensive health reform #1 domestic priority

A diverse assortment of statewide associations, service providers, and labor unions has come together to urge members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation "to make comprehensive health reform (the) top domestic priorioty and the one you ask your leaders to tackle first in the next Congress."

Discount drug cards available to Pennsylvanians

On December 19, Pennsylvania joined 21 other states where residents can secure discounts on prescription drugs via a free prescription drug card.

The discount cards are available to all Pennsylvanians regardless of income or age.  No written application is required.  To secure a card, simply visit www.padrugcard.com and register there. 

Upon a customer's request, many pharmacies will process prescriptions through the Pennsylvania Drug Card, even if the customer does not present a drug card at the time of purchase.

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.