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States That Expanded Medicaid Are Reducing Uninsured Amongst Minority Populations; Outreach Important to Sustaining Coverage Gains

August 22, 2017

The Commonwealth Fund recently released a report that shows that the decision by states, such as Pennsylvania, to expand Medicaid has resulted in 2016 uninsured rates for lower-income whites, blacks, and Latinos that were born in the United States dropping below 10 percent. 

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Pennsylvania CHIP Enrollment up 4.1 Percent This Year

August 22, 2017

Pennsylvania has seen 4.1 percent growth in Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment during 2017, despite a slight decline from July to August. Since December 2016, Pennsylvania has added 6,874 eligible children to the state program, increasing from 169,367 last December to 176,241 this month.

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Pennsylvania Hospitals Add Jobs for Eleven Straight Months

August 21, 2017

During July, Pennsylvania hospitals added 900 jobs to their workforce, capping off an 11-month hiring frenzy which resulted in 8,900 new hospital jobs since August 2016 and record high hospital employment in Pennsylvania. Preliminary, not seasonally adjusted, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry data show that direct hospital employment reached 278,200 in July 2017. Hospital employment in Pennsylvania has risen 5.7 percent (15,100 jobs added) since their recession low of 263,100 jobs in April 2010.

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Tackling the high price of medications in PA:  Why target 340B, a program for vulnerable patients and hospitals?

August 11, 2017 | Jolene Calla

Tackling the high price of medications in PA: Why target 340B, a program for vulnerable patients and hospitals?

Pennsylvanians, like all Americans, are concerned about how much they pay for prescription drugs. Taking the right medication in the right way is crucial to the health of many Americans. About half of us take prescription medications of some kind. But how are we to take our medications if we cannot afford to pay for them?

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Overdose Survivors in the ER: Seizing Opportunity within Tragedy

June 06, 2017 | Michael Consuelos

Overdose Survivors in the ER: Seizing Opportunity within Tragedy

Hospital emergency rooms across the state are working to realize the potential for opportunity within the tragedy of Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic. While caring for overdose survivors rescued from death, emergency rooms are working to foster connections that could help those patients recover their lives.

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