A report on Pennsylvania’s program for Women, Infants and Children finds there are barriers to participation for eligible families

From 2018 to 2022, there was a roughly 25% decline in participation in Pennsylvania’s WIC program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC helps low income pregnant and breastfeeding parents and children under age five afford food. A report from Thriving PA looked into the barriers that are keeping people from participating […]

Pennsylvania Moves to Find Families for Teens in Foster Care

Recent changes in a Penn­syl­va­nia law expand efforts to find sup­port­ive fam­i­lies and care­givers for teens in fos­ter care. The new pro­vi­sion improves recruit­ment prac­tices for fam­i­lies and helps pre­pare young peo­ple to thrive as they age out of fos­ter care and into adult­hood. The changes took effect on Jan­u­ary 2, 2023. “This is a huge win for more […]

Report: More PA Kids had Health Insurance During Pandemic

A new report says during the pandemic, more children were able to keep their health insurance in the Commonwealth. The “State of Children’s Health” report – by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children – says the gain was small, but an important reason for it is that states were not allowed to take people off of Medicaid during […]

Report shows improvement in numbers of uninsured children

The State of Children’s Health report by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children shows that the number of uninsured children in the state decreased during the pandemic from 4.6% to 4.4%. However, much of that decrease was due to the federal continuous coverage provision that prevents states from disenrolling children and families from Medicaid during the public […]

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS HEALTH CARE Report: Ranks of uninsured Pa. kids dropped during pandemic | Tuesday Morning Coffee

It’s already been shown that enhanced Medicaid coverage was a crucial lifeline for millions of people during the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. And as the federal government eyes winding down the public health emergency (PHE) sometime next year, as many as 18 million people could lose that coverage, data shows. And among those who could be […]