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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

New regulations are changing which drugs Medicaid covers in Pennsylvania. Here’s what that means for consumers.

As of January 1, the State Department of Human Services is requiring that all prescriptions covered by Medicaid be drawn from the same preferred prescription drug list, which switches out a number of medications for cheaper alternatives.

By Liz Tung/WHYY

Nearly 150K in Pa. will be forced to change medications beginning Jan. 1. Here’s why

Physicians fear access to critical medications could be delayed because of the quick rollout of new state regulations
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Central Pa. lawmaker sounds alarm over care for people who can’t breathe on their own

It often takes weeks or months of specialized care before a patient can breathe on their own again, and such care is labor-intensive and expensive.

By David Wenner/PennLive

Wolf, Republicans resume tug-of-war over Medicaid work requirements

The governor has vetoed two different bills. Lawmakers plan to send him a third.
By Katie Meyer

Pa., N.J. health experts warn new Trump immigration rule will increase uninsured

“For the past year almost, we’ve seen the fear, the anxiety, folks not signing up their kids for coverage.”
By Nina Feldman/WHYY

‘They’re bursting at the seams’: As Hahnemann closes labor unit, concerns over lack of maternity wards in Philly

Philadelphia area nurses, midwives and other medical providers said the loss of a hospital like Hahnemann that takes many low-income, Medicaid-dependent patients is unfathomable.

By Emily Scott/WHYY

Pa. turns to random audits in bid to track Medicaid dollars

The random reviews are part of a new strategy to make sure contractors aren't misusing Pennsylvania's dollars.
By Katie Meyer

Lawmaker targets companies that profit from Medicaid claims

"This is a government program for some of the poorest of the poor, and no one should be making a profit on it to that extent."
By Brett Sholtis