Health Insurance http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Awarded $200K To Provide Children With Health Insurance http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-awarded-200k-provide-children-health-insurance <p>Pittsburgh was awarded $200,000 to insure children in the city through Healthy Together.</p><p>The money was granted from the National League of Cities and was given to eight cities that showed a quality and feasible business plan to increase access to healthcare. Cities could receive up to $260,000 for their efforts. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:29:39 +0000 Jess Lasky 32598 at http://wesa.fm As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment http://wesa.fm/post/deadline-nears-allegheny-county-makes-one-last-push-health-care-enrollment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With just two weeks left to sign up for health insurance through state and federal online exchanges, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has declared March 17-23, 2014 to be Affordable Care Act Week in Allegheny County.</span></p><p>Fitzgerald said county officials are working with nearly three dozen partner organizations on “one last push to encourage residents to get all the information and be able to enroll in the marketplace.”</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:51:17 +0000 Liz Reid 26017 at http://wesa.fm As Deadline Nears, Allegheny County Makes 'One Last Push' For Health Care Enrollment Children's Health Insurance Coverage Up Nationwide, But PA Rates Stagnant http://wesa.fm/post/childrens-health-insurance-coverage-nationwide-pa-rates-stagnant <p>A new <a href="http://ccf.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Children%E2%80%99s-Health-Coverage-on-the-Eve-of-the-Affordable-Care-Act.pdf">report</a> from Georgetown University finds that nationwide, the rate for uninsured children continues to decline, even as most Americans perceive that the rate is on the rise.</p><p>“As of 2012 it was just over 7 percent nationwide without coverage,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. “That is certainly still too many, but in fact that’s a historically low number.”</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:00:49 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20366 at http://wesa.fm Report Finds 1 in 20 Pennsylvania Children Uninsured http://wesa.fm/post/report-finds-1-20-pennsylvania-children-uninsured <p>More than twenty years after the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) became law, a new report finds that about 1 in 20 Pennsylvania children is still uninsured.</p><p>According to the second annual <a href="http://www.papartnerships.org/publication_files/2013-childrens-health-care-in-pa.pdf">State of Children’s Healthcare in Pennsylvania</a> report by the <a href="http://www.papartnerships.org/">Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children</a>, or PPC, nearly 148,000 children in the state lack health insurance.</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid 18864 at http://wesa.fm Advocates: Financial Assistance Available for Health Exchange Plans http://wesa.fm/post/advocates-financial-assistance-available-health-exchange-plans <p>With less than two weeks until Pennsylvania's online health insurance marketplace opens to the public, advocates are trying to spread the word about its offerings.<br><br>For people who feel the slightest pecuniary pinch and don't have significant health coverage, the soon-to-launch state exchange offers a chance to shop at a discount.<br><br>Financial assistance will be available to some purchasing health care plans through the marketplace opening Oct. 1, allowing those individuals to greatly reduce the percentage of their income spent on coverage.<br> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:46:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 16863 at http://wesa.fm New Highmark Insurance Plan Channels Patients to Specific Hospitals http://wesa.fm/post/new-highmark-insurance-plan-channels-patients-specific-hospitals <p>A new insurance plan from Highmark allows employers to nudge their employees toward particular hospitals when they need risky surgeries.</p><p>Employers using the "Blue Distinction" program can give incentives, such as waived deductibles and co-pays, to employees who choose hospitals that have proven track records for certain surgeries.</p><p>The company can also choose to increase co-pays or even “carve out” coverage for any other hospital when the specialty surgery is needed, according to Highmark Vice President of Regional Sales Eric Hays.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:44:24 +0000 Noah Brode 7809 at http://wesa.fm