Bob Mensch 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 Lawmakers Propose Expanded Definition of Child Abuse http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-propose-expanded-definition-child-abuse <p>State lawmakers are getting ready to move forward with proposals to expand the definition of child abuse in Pennsylvania in an effort to flag more incidents of suspected mistreatment.<br><br>The changes come at the suggestion of a task force convened last year to study child protection laws and issues.<br><br>Attorney Jason Kutulakis, a member of the panel, said the commonwealth’s legal definition of child abuse must be expanded and made clearer.<br> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:59:11 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 10851 at http://wesa.fm State Lawmakers in Dueling Efforts to Fix Child Protection Infrastructure http://wesa.fm/post/state-lawmakers-dueling-efforts-fix-child-protection-infrastructure <p>A state Senate Republican is making a concerted push for the cautious approach when it comes to child protection legislation.<br><br>House lawmakers are poised to advance a number of proposals intended to make children safer in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky abuse case.<br><br>But at a joint committee hearing this week, GOP state Sen. Bob Mensch of Montgomery County said he’s taking to heart advice from others not to rush anything that could add to the burden of local child welfare offices. &nbsp;<br><br>"This is the first step, not the last step," he said.<br> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:39:43 +0000 Mary Wilson & WESA Staff 7557 at http://wesa.fm