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Donald Schwarz

POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Donald Schwarz

If Pennsylvania were looking for new slogan, it might consider this: “Our state needs workers!” 

In 1950, there were 8.7 working adults in Pennsylvania for every person aged 65 and older.  Today, that number has dropped to fewer than four.

It’s clear from this demographic shift that Pennsylvania should be doing everything it can to retain and increase its workforce.  Our tax base and our economy depend on it.

POSTED: Monday, December 9, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Donald Schwarz

Every American needs health insurance.  As the glitches on are repaired, it appears that all those who are eligible for new insurance options will be able to enroll. 

But when that happens, what will happen to the health of Philadelphians?  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates a structure not only to improve access, but it also strives to create a way to improve health as a way to reduce the costs of healthcare in America.  These pieces are outlined in Title IV of the Act. 

The Act authorizes a strong new investment aimed at preventing chronic illnesses as a way of saving billions of health care dollars.  Part of cost reduction is derived from improving Americans’ access to preventive services by removing all copayments. 

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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
Neil I. Goldfarb President & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
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 School 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 School of Population Health
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH Deputy Mayor for Health & Opportunity and Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia
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
Krystyna Dereszowska A third-year law student concentrating in health at Drexel
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