Affordable Care Act / Health Insurance Exchange / Health Policy / Health Reform / Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State-Operated Health Insurance Exchange- Not Happening

PA Will Miss Health Insurance Exchange Deadline On Wednesday, October 17, Pennsylvania Health Insurance Commissioner, Michael Consedine stated that the Commonwealth will not be meeting its November 16th deadline to submit an Exchange Blueprint to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department. Because of this, the State will not be able to establish its own … Continue reading

Education / Health Disparities / Health Equity / Inequality / Medication / Social Determinants of Health

Using Medication to Treat Social Ills

The critical need for a social determinants approach to health care is illustrated in an article in today’s NY Times.  In “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School” Atlanta doctor, Michael Anderson, explains that he prescribes Adderall to help even the educational “playing field” for low-income students.  Prescribing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) … Continue reading

Philadelphia Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force Update
Food Insecurity / Food Policy / Homelessness / Pennsylvania / Philadelphia

Philadelphia Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force Update

In a recent post I called for more attention to be brought to Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter’s Outdoor Serving of Food Task Force Report. This weekend I got what I wished for. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Jennifer Lin reported on the fact that Mayor Nutter and outdoor food serving groups came to an agreement about the ban on outdoor … Continue reading