Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a reporter for PA Post. He’s also WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, focusing on health policy and personal health issues. Brett previously worked as a business reporter for York Daily Record. He’s a graduate of University of Pittsburgh.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


People with serious mental illnesses are waiting months, sometimes ‘a year or more,’ to get treatment

In the 12 years since Harrisburg State Hospital closed, state funding for community mental health programs has decreased, leaving services 'stretched thin.'
By Brett Sholtis

Through the Cracks mental health series: Share your stories and questions

Through The Cracks will draw on experts and first-hand accounts to target problems and break down stigma associated with mental health.

By Brett Sholtis

Pre-existing conditions shape election debate over health care

At the center of the debate is a question: Is a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act the same as voting against protections for pre-existing conditions?
By Brett Sholtis

Barletta, Casey clash over pre-existing conditions, ACA repeal

With Casey pointing to a lawsuit set to dismantle the ACA, and Barletta accusing Casey of personal attack ads, the discussion around health care is heating up.
By Brett Sholtis

American Idol runner-up shares Type 1 diabetes story in Berks County

"I was pretty sick, and I was hospitalized, and it was in a pretty public way."
By Brett Sholtis

Parents discovered a lack of help for special needs children. Now they’re pushing the state for more licensed therapists

As the state moves toward new regulations for helping special needs children, advocates say the standard is too low in Pennsylvania.
By Brett Sholtis

Lead poisoning home inspectors aren’t getting paid — and some say children are at risk

Following a state policy change, long-time lead inspectors aren't able to get contracts, while most of the work goes to one private company.
By Brett Sholtis

Coffee house, built and staffed by recovering addicts, offers strength in numbers

The owner knows first-hand how a community can bolster recovery
By Brett Sholtis

Telemedicine bill draws support from providers, concern from insurers

Patients talking with a physician by video chat, phone call or instant message is the future, one doctor said. An insurance industry representative cautioned that the proposed bill treats all providers the same, and that could drive up costs for insurers.

By Brett Sholtis

For some addicted to opioids, drug replacement therapy can be key to recovery

Like many others, Stacy Zeigler’s story of addiction begins in a doctor’s office.

By Brett Sholtis