Access 101

Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act: How It Works

We are less than a year away from the day when everyone will have access to affordable, quality health coverage. It won't matter where you work, how much you earn, how old you are, or if you've been sick in the past -- affordable health insurance will be at your fingertips. 

Get Ready for a Break on Health Care Costs:

It's going to be a new day for health care on January 1st, 2014. No more denials for pre-existing conditions. No more getting charged more because you happen to be a woman. And no more financial ruin over health care costs -- thanks, in part to new tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for working and middle-class families to afford coverage. 

Ensuring Access, Protecting Community Health

Having insurance is one thing, using it is another.

For too many patients in the Pittsburgh region, the last few years have been filled with anxiety over the ongoing battle between Western Pennsylvania's health care giants: UPMC and Highmark. 

Community health should never take a back seat to corporate interests, especially when the interests involved are "non-profit" "charitable" organizations who are legally required to operate in the public interest and serve the community. 

Help is at Hand… 896,000 Pennsylvanian’s Will Receive Tax Credits to Help Them Buy Health Insurance in 2014

Families USA, a national health consumer organization, released a report today, “Help is at Hand: New Health Insurance Tax Credits in Pennsylvania”. The report finds that beginning in 2014, approximately 896,000 Pennsylvanian’s will be eligible for new premium tax credits.

Highlights from Harrisburg: A Successful Start to the Cover the Commonwealth Campaign!

Earlier this afternoon, health care advocates stood shoulder to shoulder with physicians, providers, lawmakers and faith leaders to press forward in the campaign to bring jobs and coverage to Pennsylvania through the Medicaid expansion.

We're on our way to Harrisburg to bring home jobs and health care coverage to Pennsylvania!

As we speak, over 150 advocates are on their way to the Capitol to tell lawmakers it’s time to take the money to Cover the Commonwealth, and bring jobs and health care coverage to Pennsylvania families. 

Oppose SB10! Protect the Affordable Care Act in PA!

On Wednesday, March 7th at 9:30am the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a hearing consider a bill (Senate Bill 10) by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in at attempt to block implementation of the Affordable Care Act and continue to undermine public support for the law in our state. 

Pennsylvania Moving Forward on Insurance Marketplace; Industry Working to Influence Lawmakers to Do the "Bare Minimum"

In an email today, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department announced it’s intent to move forward on establishing a health insurance marketplace in PA. The Department has applied for funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to complete the planning and begin designing a new health insurance marketplace (an “exchange”) that needs to be open for business on January 1, 2014. 

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