Currently we have a multi-payer health insurance system in Pennsylvania. The Payers are private insurance companies. Each company offers a multitude of plans, each with varying levels of deductibles, co-payments and coverage. This privatized multi-payer system puts profits first, denies claims to maintain profit margins, and is responsible for over 60% of Pennsylvania bankruptcies. The average physician spends $84,000 annually to interact with private insurance companies. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 12.1% (1.2 million) of Pennsylvanians were uninsured in 2010, up from 11.7% in 2009 and 10.6% in 2008. This multi-payer system is grossly inefficient.
According to the 2013 Economic Impact Study, the State of Pennsylvania would save over $17 BILLION ANNUALLY while providing comprehensive healthcare coverage for ALL Pennsylvanians under The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan.Read More
Premiums for individuals in The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan will be 3% of gross income. Enter your gross income to calculate your TOTAL yearly healthcare cost Read More
Even though we are a country where most citizens and physicians believe in healthcare coverage for all, we continue to struggle under an outdated "profit-first" system that strands the very people who need it most. The health insurance industry uses a good part ...
By Michael Ollove Stateline, The Pew Charitable Trusts, 8/7/2014 BERLIN, Vt. – Dr. Marvin Malek has been yearning and advocating for a publicly financed, single-payer health care system for at least two decades. Now, as Vermont stands on the threshold of being the first state to launch such a plan, he’s confessing to trepidation. “I […]
The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) provides subsidies for purchasers of insurance who fall between 133% and 400% of the federal poverty level to help them to afford the premiums. The Halbig decision says that only state exchanges can provide these subsides because the ACA specifically says only state exchanges provide subsidies. Pennsylvania is one […]
The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) for Pennsylvania can be broken down by gender at the state and county level and by ethnicity at the state level only. For race the trends can be seen in the table below. The trends for the three groups were similar with Hispanics having rates more than double […]
Perhaps both sides could agree it may be a way forward Christopher J. Hale Fred Rotondaro July 3, 2014 Time Magazine Now that the initial shouting and—at times—vitriol from both sides has subsided after Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, it’s time to take a sober look at what the ruling […]
On March 19, 2013 Senator Jim Ferlo announced the re-introduction of Senate Bill 400 which would create The Pennsylvania Health Care Plan. Our plan is the most logical and financially sound. Everyone contributes to the health care fund based on income, everyone benefits. Read More
In 2017 the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) allows states to develop their own health care system. In Pennsylvania, we now have an extremely complicated multiple payer system. The payers are private insurance companies and costly non-profit companies that act like the for-profits. Each company offers a multitude of plans, each with varying levels […]
President Bob Mason Announces Quarterly Retreat and Board Meeting Health Care 4 All PA is excited to hold its Quarterly Strategy Retreat and Board Meetings in State College and Bellefonte, on Saturday, August 16 and August 17 respectively. Our board members and activists from across the state will converge for creative and […]
I have a letter to the editor published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The text of which can be read below. The Frayed Safety Net editorial does raise some important issues in the availability of medical services in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties since 2000. It cites the ‘decade’s long decline’ in the population […]
There is a lot to digest in all of the 221 posts that have been imported from the PUSH Blog site. Here is a summary of the top ones according to the built in stat counter and Google Analytics. 1. Bob Mason’s Letter to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette State President Bob Mason’s letter to the editor […]