November 30, 2015 |
If you're in the individual market for health insurance and want to be covered by New Year's Day, you have until Dec. 15 to choose your plan on the Affordable Care Act exchange. Choosing a health plan is confusing, so it's understandable if you're tempted to just grab the lowest premium you can find. But don't do it. Depending on your family's income and health needs, you could come out ahead with a plan that has a higher monthly premium but that offers better coverage. That's why it's worth going over the last year's medical expenses, looking for items likely to come up again, such as prescriptions for chronic conditions.
November 10, 2013 |
Some people - likely those close to the federal poverty level - will be able to find insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace that are free. That's because subsidies help cover the costs, and they rise for poorer applicants. As many as 715,000 Pennsylvanians - or more than half of commonwealth residents shopping for insurance on the marketplace - are eligible for subsidies, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. But navigators, insurers, and industry analysts are urging people to consider their overall needs carefully before choosing a plan and not to be seduced by the idea of no or very low monthly premiums.
May 5, 2013
The biggest changes in health insurance in a generation are set to take effect this year and next. Robert I. Field, a law and public health professor at Drexel University, answers questions about the changes stemming from the health law. Insurance exchanges are coming. What are they? An exchange is a marketplace where you can buy health insurance for you and your family. Most people will access them online, but there will be offices for those who prefer human contact.
April 13, 2013 |
In Tennessee, welfare benefits may be reduced for families whose children get bad grades in school. The plan, laid out in a bill that has cleared committees in the state's House and Senate, touched off an uproar. Quickly, the legislation was amended to say the money would not be cut if the parents attended parenting classes or got tutors for their children. Still, anger persists about the bill. No such bill exists in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. But 15 cosponsors in the Pennsylvania legislature are backing a bill by State Sen. John Wozniak (D., Cambria)
October 17, 2012 |
It costs a lot of money to live in the Philadelphia region without government assistance - as much as $70,000 a year or more for a family of four in some places. That's the word from a study being released Tuesday. It measures what it costs a family of two adults with one preschooler and one school-age child to live in the region, taking into account the costs of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. In the city, a family of four needs $61,199 a year to meet basic needs without public assistance such as welfare or food stamps, says the latest version of the Self Sufficiency Standard, a measure calculated every two years by the University of Washington for PathWays PA, a Delaware County antipoverty advocacy group that focuses on women and children.
January 10, 2012 |
Pennsylvania plans to make the amount of food stamps that people receive contingent on the assets they possess - an unexpected move that bucks national trends and places the commonwealth among a minority of states. Specifically, the Department of Public Welfare said that as of May 1, people under 60 with more than $2,000 in savings and other assets would no longer be eligible for food stamps. For people over 60, the limit would be $3,250. Houses and retirement benefits would be exempt from being counted as assets.
April 15, 2011 |
TRENTON - The federal government has agreed to pay for half of New Jersey's Medicaid program for low-income, childless adults through 2013, saving the state more than $300 million. The 50 percent matching grant, announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is effective immediately and runs through the end of 2013. Medicaid is funded with state and federal dollars. Under health-care reform, the program will expand to allow for coverage of more adults starting in 2014 and will be fully funded by the federal government for the first few years.
March 13, 2009 |
Nearly 500,0000 people with low incomes would pay up to $10 a month for prescription drugs under Gov. Corzine's budget proposal. An additional 7,500 who receive free drugs for HIV and AIDS would pay between $6 and $30 per prescription as part of the budget-cutting measures detailed in documents released yesterday. The two changes would cost the prescription beneficiaries - and save the state - $6 million to help balance Corzine's $30 billion budget proposal. Ending coverage of medicine for erectile dysfunction under Medicaid and the state senior-citizens prescription program would save an additional $3.3 million.
December 20, 2007 |
Joining Pennsylvania and a handful of other states seeking to make sure all children have health insurance, New Jersey is about to offer low-cost coverage to youngsters from middle-class families. Starting Jan. 1, the program will cover uninsured children whose parents earn too much to qualify for other government health-care programs. The plan is to offer coverage to families no matter what their income, provided their youngsters have gone without coverage for at least six months.
October 30, 2007 |
On a day when President Bush was in the area for a political fund-raising luncheon, five Democratic members of Congress came together to ask him not to veto a revised children's health insurance bill. They gathered in the playground of the Parent-Infant Center in West Philadelphia to underline their support for the reauthorization and expansion of the program known as SCHIP. "It's been working, and we want to extend it to another four million children, which would be 10 million total," said U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.)