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Deaths of people with intellectual disabilities in Pa. went unreported, says federal regulator

Thousands of unreported “critical incidents,” including two deaths and cases of abuse and neglect, were found in an audit of medical claims.

By Brett Sholtis

Supervised injection at Prevention Point? Ahead of major ruling, Safehouse lacks location and funding

Safehouse, the nonprofit behind Philadelphia’s proposed supervised injection facility, is waiting on a federal judge to determine whether it’s legal to open the first medical site of its kind in the U.S.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY and Max Marin/WHYY

One year in, crisis center to stop school violence in Pa. has fielded more than 40,000 tips

The partnership between Sandy Hook Promise and the state Attorney General's office aims to prevent mass shootings and help children dealing with problems.
By Brett Sholtis

Health officials urge immunization as flu cases climb statewide

State health officials are urging Pennsylvanians to get immunized as the flu season ramps up.

By Rachel McDevitt

Advocates rally against bill to keep White Haven and Polk state centers open

Polk Center and White Haven Center are two of the four facilities for people with intellectual disabilities still in operation across Pennsylvania.

By Brett Sholtis

Pa. Democrats push to shore up insurance coverage in case ACA is struck down

They want a GOP-controlled Senate committee to hold hearings on several of their bills backstopping ACA provisions. It’s not clear if they’ll get their wish.
By Katie Meyer

Pa. sees a small uptick in the number of abortions, but still markedly lower rates than previous peak counts

The majority of abortions - 88 percent - were performed to unmarried women.
By Ivey DeJesus/PennLive

Safehouse asks judge for a final ruling that makes it legal

When a judge ruled in October that the nonprofit Safehouse would not violate federal law, advocates celebrated the decision. But technically, the judge’s ruling was too narrow in scope to close the case completely.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Transgender state employee sues over exclusion of gender transition surgery from health care plan

The plaintiff works for the state Department of Human Services.
By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Governor Wolf promises action on mental health, but doesn’t say how it will be funded

The governor's office says the plan is "aimed at expanding resources" as well as fighting stigma, but said it's too early to talk funding or structure.
By Brett Sholtis