Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

Pittsburgh and state officials discuss possible implications of proposed Affordable Care Act repeal

As U.S. House members debate a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in Washington, Pennsylvania officials met in Pittsburgh Thursday to discuss the impact the move would have for state residents.

During a press conference at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller said that because of the ACA, 6.1 million Pennsylvanians benefit from access to free preventive care services, 5.4 million can’t be denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and 4.5 million are no longer subject to annual and lifetime limits that used to be placed on covered benefits. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance faces significant roadblocks

A proposed state law to end paid sick leave policies in cities like Pittsburgh isn’t the only barrier the city faces in enacting an already passed paid sick leave ordinance. 

The ordinance, passed by Pittsburgh City Council in August 2015, would require businesses with 15 or more employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 35 hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours. Employers with fewer than 15 employees would have to provide upward of 24 hours annually under the measure. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Pittsburgh Mayor declares day of solidarity with immigrant residents

Mayor Bill Peduto wants immigrants and refugees to know that Pittsburgh is a welcoming city for all. 

Peduto joined the U.S. Conference of Mayors, declaring Tuesday the Cities’ Immigration Day of Action- a declaration of solidarity with immigrant families around the city and nation. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Council calls on Congress to not support Trump's proposed budget

Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor presented a Will of Council before City Council Tuesday morning strongly opposing the “draconian” cuts President Donald Trump has presented in his proposed budget, and to encourage Congress to reject his proposed spending plan. 

“Now is really the time, as a city, and as elected [officials] to reach out to other elected officials on the federal side to say how dramatic this would be to our city and the basic services that we provide,” said Councilman O’Connor at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
In Pittsburgh, Aging Secretary Osborne kicks off regional forum on combatting Alzheimer's Disease

In Pittsburgh, Aging Secretary Osborne kicks off regional forum on combatting Alzheimer's Disease

Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne kicked off a series of regional Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Forums in Pittsburgh Monday, to discuss the progress of the state’s plan on the disorders. 
“The challenges for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and those who selflessly care for them, are often staggering,” said Sec. Osborne. “In Pennsylvania, over 400,000 individuals are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder, and that number is expected to increase markedly as the baby boomer generation reaches the age of 65 and beyond.” 
Monday, March 20, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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