A Call to Action for National Women’s Health Week
By Emily A. Eckert, Community Health Organizer
Today marks the kickoff of a weeklong, nationwide celebration of advancements in women’s health throughout the ages. National Women’s Health Week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. 2015 is the 16th annual celebration, encouraging women everywhere to take control of their health.
Libby graduated in May, 2014, from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor in Health Science with a concentration in community health. She is currently a part time student working towards a Master’s degree in Health Science at Lock Haven University. Her work experience includes being a substitute teacher, youth mentor, health educator and waitress. She is a die-hard Notre Dame Football fan and tries to attend at least one game during the season.
Assessing the Law's Impact after Five Years
HARRISBURG, PA – Today marks five year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becoming law.
King v. Burwell Threatens to Destroy Gains in Coverage, Strip Health Coverage from 329,000 Pennsylvanians
Oral arguments begin today in King v. Burwell, a case which pits partisan opponents of the health care law against millions of Americans benefitting from it. A ruling against the Affordable Care Act in this case would strip premium tax credits from people who live in states like Pennsylvania, where lawmakers declined the opportunity to establish a state-based marketplace.
Today, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his budget for the 2015 - 2016 fiscal year. In it, he affirmed the decision to consolidate and streamline the health care programs of the previous administration.
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network released the following statement in response:
Emily graduated in May of 2014 from Allegheny College with a dual degree in English and Women's Studies. She then relocated to Philadelphia where she worked as the Communications and Community Outreach Intern at AccessMatters.
Most recently, Emily worked as an Organizer for the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association on their "Get Covered" Affordable Care Act Project.
Emily is a dedicated health and reproductive rights advocate, eager to improve the health status of Pennsylvanians!
Safe Harbor for Families Enrolled in Full-Cost CHIP
HARRISBURG, PA – Today, the Wolf Administration announced a safe harbor for approximately 3,600 families enrolled in the CHIP buy-in program, allowing families to keep their coverage throughout 2015 without facing a tax penalty. Governor Wolf and Acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller also affirmed their commitment to work with insurers and lawmakers to bring benefits in the CHIP buy-in program into compliance with new federal standards.
Real Medicaid Expansion Gives Pennsylvania the Opportunity for a Fresh Start on Health Care
PENNSYLVANIA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced his plan to begin the transition from Healthy PA to a traditional Medicaid Expansion, eliminating the red tape, delays and benefit cuts that have frustrated patients and providers since Healthy PA's rocky start January 1st.
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, issued the following statement in response: