Affordable Care Act / Health Policy / Medicaid / Philadelphia

Healthy or Unhealthy PA? Advocates Weigh in on Gov. Corbett’s Plan to Reform Medicaid in Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett’s Healthy PA proposal to reform the Medicaid system in Pennsylvania through a Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver has been met with harsh criticism by many and for good reason.  Healthy PA (known fondly by some as Unhealthy PA) would disrupt the current cost-efficient Medicaid program in Pennsylvania by enrolling newly eligible individuals and many currently existing … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act / Essential Health Benefits / Health Policy

The time is now for final rules re: mental health parity

The time is now for final rules re: mental health parity This NY Times article illustrates the need for final rulemaking from the federal government on the issue of mental health parity.  While the Affordable Care Act strengthens existing parity laws by mandating substance use and mental health services be covered under the Essential Health … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act / Health Policy / Health Reform / Inequality / Medicaid / Pennsylvania

Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania: Is it still possible?

Today, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, announced his 2013-2014 proposed budget. During his budget address he announced that without further flexibility and reform from the federal government, expanding Medicaid in Pennsylvania would be, “financially unsustainable for Pennsylvania taxpayers”.  Governor Corbett’s announcement came a day after Republican Ohio Governor, John Kasich, announced that he would be expanding Medicaid … Continue reading

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