by Laura Piontkowski
Dean Angstadt is a self-employed tree-cutter who hated Obamacare. A lot. He hated it so much that he refused to sign up for coverage through the law even when his doctors told him he needed major heart surgery to survive.
But Angstadt was blessed to have a guardian angel who was every bit as stubborn as he was in the form of his close friend, Bob Leinhauser. Mr. Leinhauser, a retired firefighter and a nurse, stayed doggedly on Angstadt's case for months, beseeching him to at least look into the ACA and try to sign up for coverage.
In January of 2015, Families USA released an action plan with four key goals and 19 specific proposals to advance today’s health care in order to eliminate disparities in health care. These goals and proposals are meant to ignite a social advocacy movement, and with the recent highlights of King v Burwell and expanded Medicaid in Pennsylvania, now more than ever, we must push for continued improvement of our health care system.
Best of Luck to DeShaun and Sabrina!
by Elizabeth Lurwick, Outreach and Enrollment Specialist
Emily A. Satifka is PHAN's newest Community Health Organizer!
She has focused her studies and professional experience on social welfare policy and community outreach. Prior to working at PHAN, Emily served with City Year San Antonio as an Americorps member, and was the Field Director and Deputy Officer of Operations for the Emanuel Pleitez campaign for Los Angeles Mayor.
The Pennsylvania Department of Insurance recently announced that Keystone Health Plan East will function as the state’s new Essential Health Benefits benchmark plan for 2017.
By Emily A. Eckert, Community Health Organizer
PHAN Receives RWJF Grant To Begin Campaign To Reduce Health Care Costs Among PA's Most Vulnerable Populations
The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) has been awarded a Value Advocacy Project grant of $300,000 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve the health care system for people in Pennsylvania.
The grant will support an eighteen month project that will work to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes for a subset of the Medicaid population with high costs, poor health outcomes and high health needs.
Context, “Inartful Drafting,” and Avoiding “Death Spirals”
By Patrick Keenan, Consumer Engagement Manager