By Emily A. Eckert
Pittsburgh City Council Recognizes Health Advocates For Protecting 182,000 Seniors’ Care and Declares it Health Access for All Day
Today, Pittsburgh City Council issued an official proclamation to the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) and the over 5,000 seniors who took action to protect seniors’ care despite UPMC’s efforts to deny in-network access to 182,000 area seniors because of their health insurance carrier. The proclamation – sponsored by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak – declares today “Health Access for All Day” and recognizes this group’s work to preserve access to care for 182,000 Western Pennsylvania seniors.
A special message from PHAN's Policy Director, Erin Ninehouser:
The third year of Open Enrollment begins today. You can now compare plans and apply through healthcare.gov!
Getting covered is essential for protecting both your health and your wallet, and now is the time to explore new plans to make sure that you are getting the most affordable and comprehensive plan for your health needs.
Today, the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (PID) released the approved rates for 2016 health insurance plans in Pennsylvania. Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace (Healthcare.gov) begins November 1st and continues through January 31st.
Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network issued the following statement:
Study Finds Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs and Expanded Access to LARCs
By Emily A. Eckert
New Poll Results Show that Voters Believe “ACA is Here to Stay” and Want Elected Officials to Improve the Law, Not Repeal It
A new survey released today shows that the majority of likely voters in five key battleground states – Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania – believe the Affordable Care Act is here to stay (64%) and that elected officials should work to improve the law rather than repeal it (71%).
When PHAN first heard that UPMC was threatening to cut off more than 182,000 seniors with Highmark Medicare Advantage plans from in-network care, we decided to do what it could to help make sure seniors’ voices were heard.
Seniors in Pittsburgh and throughout the region are deeply upset by UPMC’s efforts to deny more than 182,000 people in-network access to care at their local, community hospitals. PHAN is disheartened by UPMC executives’ decisions to sacrifice care for seniors as they wage their war against Highmark.
by Elizabeth Lurwick; Outreach and Enrollment Specialist