Friday, October 9, 2015

Antoinette Kraus

Hold onto your wallet: Surprise medical bills and what to do about them

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 9:35 AM
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is holding a hearing on October 1 to consider the plight of patients who receive surprise medical bills. Those are bills for services the patient thought were covered by insurance but are not. Consumer advocate Antoinette Kraus and Hospital and Healthsystem Association... Read more

The state budget impasse puts the health of our economy and our most vulnerable citizens at risk

Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:00 AM
At some point in our lives, most of us learn the “penny wise, pound foolish” lesson. And usually, for those of us who are stubborn, we learn the hard way. We put off dealing with that rattle in the car, we push roof repairs to the next season, or we opt for “quick fixes” that... Read more

Pennsylvania needs its own Obamacare exchange

Friday, June 12, 2015, 6:00 AM
Later this month, the Supreme Court will issue its ruling in King v. Burwell, a case that could have far-reaching effects on American health care. The Court will decide whether the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) allows the government to provide subsidies for purchasing insurance... Read more

Health care access for low-income Pennsylvanians is about to get a lot easier

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 AM
For the past year, I have been writing about the barriers low-income Pennsylvanians have faced under Healthy PA, a complex version of expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act created by the Corbett Administration. Next week, at the direction of Governor Tom Wolf, the state will begin removing... Read more

More good news for ACA-doubters to ponder: costs are lower than expected, and holdouts have another shot at getting covered

Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office released updated projections of the Affordable Care Act’s cost and the news is good: the law is costing less originally expected because the competition it creates among insurers is driving down prices. Those lower-than-expected prices are reducing the... Read more

If the Supreme Court does not uphold Obamacare, thousands of Pennsylvanians will suffer needlessly

Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:00 AM
Last week, HHS released the latest enrollment numbers for the insurance marketplace. They show that 471,930 Pennsylvanians selected a plan in this past open enrollment period. Of them, 81% are getting financial help through the Affordable Care Act’s tax credit. More than two-thirds of enrolled... Read more

Philadelphia needs more behavioral health providers to bring care for body and mind together

Friday, February 27, 2015, 9:00 AM
How different are your mind and your body? For centuries, health care has treated them separately both in philosophy and practice. Physical ailments were considered different from mental ailments, and they were treated in different ways and by different kinds of practitioners. And just as important... Read more

Wolf’s Medicaid decision gives Pennsylvania a fresh health care start

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:30 PM
On Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced his plan to begin the transition from Healthy PA to a traditional Medicaid Expansion, a decision that will eliminate the red tape, delays and benefit cuts that have frustrated patients and providers since Healthy PA's rocky start on January 1. From the perspective... Read more

Corbett’s sorry health care legacy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 9:00 AM
Governor Corbett will leave office today. Unfortunately for working Pennsylvanians, his vision for health care – more bureaucracy, higher costs, more complexity and fewer benefits – will remain. That is, unless incoming Governor Wolf sets about immediately to reverse course on Corbett’s... Read more

An open letter to Governor-Elect Tom Wolf: A 'fresh start' on health care starts with rejecting Corbett’s Healthy PA plan

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 11:24 AM
Tom Wolf made history this week, as the first challenger to defeat an incumbent Pennsylvania Governor seeking a second term. Promising a “fresh start” for Pennsylvania, Wolf picked up 55% of the vote to Corbett’s 45. That means a clear majority of Pennsylvania voters think it’s... Read more
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson College of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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