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Drug overdoses reach ‘abnormally high’ level in Dauphin County

The state's opioid command center reports 24 drug overdoses in the county since Nov. 2.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. Insurance Department fines UnitedHealthCare for failing to cover mental health, substance abuse claims

The health insurer must pay restitution to policy holders in cases where claims were miscalculated.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. revokes Hahnemann University Hospital’s state license

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine said, because the building doesn’t meet the definition of a hospital, her department has no choice but to revoke the license, rendering Hahnemann essentially unsupervised and unregulated while it still contains dangerous and confidential materials.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Affordable Care Act health insurance open enrollment begins for 2020

Rates have increased an average of 5 percent, but people who don't qualify for subsidies still face potentially high premiums.
By Brett Sholtis

Students blast Pa.’s largest community college for cutting campus mental health services while spending big on renovations

'Where’s your money going?' one student asked of the college. 'Because there are people who don’t have insurance who really rely on these services for help.'
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Telemedicine bill passes Pa. Senate, faces hurdle in House

Health systems have widely adopted the practice of telemedicine, but insurers don’t always cover it.   

By Brett Sholtis

People with intellectual disabilities, and their jobs, at center of lawsuit against Pennsylvania

At issue is whether the state should have reduced funds to employers who hire people with intellectual disabilities.
By Brett Sholtis

Proposal with ‘broad support’ would require license for therapists who often help children with autism

Applied behavior analysts are licensed in 30 states. Pennsylvania isn't one of them.
By Brett Sholtis

Menstrual products should be free, lawmakers say

Calling the issue a matter of public health, the group is proposing four bills that would require public restrooms to provide free pads and tampons to anyone who needs them.
By Katie Meyer
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