Pennsylvania State Legislature http://wesa.fm en High-Cost 'Specialty Tier' Prescription Drugs Under Scrutiny in PA http://wesa.fm/post/high-cost-specialty-tier-prescription-drugs-under-scrutiny-pa <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you have hemophilia, multiple sclerosis or any number of other hard-to-treat diseases, the cost of your medications alone could reach into six figures, depending on your insurance coverage.</span></p><p>“It’s roughly $15,000 a month, and from that I’m lucky to have good insurance so we have good co-pay structure, co-insurance," said Nick Vizzoca, whose 13-year-old son has hemophilia.</p><p>The Pittsburgh resident said he is worried his son’s medication could be placed into a specialty tier and the co-pay could sky rocket.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 19753 at http://wesa.fm High-Cost 'Specialty Tier' Prescription Drugs Under Scrutiny in PA State Senator to Introduce Legislation Against Frivolous Lawsuits http://wesa.fm/post/state-senator-introduce-legislation-against-frivolous-lawsuits <p>State Sen. Larry Farnese of Philadelphia will introduce legislation meant to protect community and civic organizations from frivolous lawsuits.</p><p>Farnese was spurred into action by the dissolution of the Old City Civic Association in Philadelphia, which he says was overwhelmed by lawsuits that steadily increased their insurance premiums until they could not afford them anymore.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 16632 at http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season http://wesa.fm/post/micek-aclu-lawsuit-payday-loans-penndots-lost-construction-season <p></p><p>In the wake of <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/state-budget-passed-deadline-no-news-most-pressing-legislation">Governor Corbett’s budget signing</a> and the Supreme Court’s overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act, <strong>John Micek </strong><a href="http://blog.pennlive.com/capitol-notebook/index.html">Opinions Editor of the Harrisburg Patriot-News </a>explains the many pressing issues at the state level.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:00:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12884 at http://wesa.fm Micek On ACLU Lawsuit, "Payday Loans" & PennDOT's Lost Construction Season Rendell Enters the Fray over Transportation Funding http://wesa.fm/post/rendell-enters-fray-over-transportation-funding <p>Ed Rendell couldn't sit this debate out.<br><br>The former Democratic governor has penned a letter to all the state House members pleading for their votes on the $2.5 billion transportation funding plan — and not to let it be linked to other issues, like liquor privatization.<br><br>In years past, top lawmakers have talked about such deal-making as perfectly acceptable. The Senate President Pro Tem calls it the "Rendell school of leverage."<br><br>But the school's namesake said the stakes are too high now.<br> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:50:05 +0000 Ryan Loew 11418 at http://wesa.fm State AG: Proposed Funding Increase Not Enough to Stave Off Furloughs http://wesa.fm/post/state-ag-proposed-funding-increase-not-enough-stave-furloughs <p>Pennsylvania’s top fiscal watchdog isn’t sure an offer from state House Republicans to hike his agency’s funding could prevent some of the layoffs planned for mid-June.<br><br>Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the proposed $2.6 million increase wouldn’t be enough to bring back all 67 people throughout the state who are slated to lose their positions.<br> Fri, 31 May 2013 16:14:28 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 10553 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Senate Panel Examines Futures of Cities Large and Small http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-senate-panel-examines-futures-cities-large-and-small <p>Cities throughout Pennsylvania, regardless of size, are facing similar issues such as blight, aging infrastructure and unsustainable pension systems. To learn more about the future of municipalities, the state Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee held a hearing Wednesday to better assess needs.</p><p>The first person to address the committee was Pittsburgh’s 8<sup>th</sup> District City Councilman and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Peduto. He said there are four main issues facing the city: pensions, economic development, education, and infrastructure and transportation.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:24:03 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10408 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania Senate Panel Examines Futures of Cities Large and Small Human Trafficking Legislation Introduced in Harrisburg http://wesa.fm/post/human-trafficking-legislation-introduced-harrisburg <p>State Sen. Daylin Leach of eastern Pennsylvania is supporting two pieces of legislation designed to combat human trafficking in Pennsylvania. &nbsp;</p><p>Leach said too often, minors are arrested for prostitution and treated as criminals when they are, in fact, victims. &nbsp;</p><p>"They're forced into doing this by pimps and traffickers, yet the pimps and traffickers are never there when the person's arrested," Leach said. "So we charge the young lady and she has a criminal record, and she has to deal with that, whereas the person who's actually responsible faces no consequences."</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:40:51 +0000 Charlee Song 9196 at http://wesa.fm