Medicaid for all… children? Pennsylvania’s Sen. Bob Casey wants to make that a reality

Every child born in America would be automatically enrolled in Medicaid, the publicly funded health program for low-income families, under a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate. Children are currently eligible for Medicaid if their family’s income is within 133% of the federal poverty rate, or about $39,900 a year for a family of […]

Charting a Path to Equitable Access for PA Early Learning System

The Keystone State has some work to do to provide more access to quality pre-Kindergarten programs for the youngest Pennsylvanians. Only 43% of eligible 3- and-4-year-olds are in high-quality, publicly funded pre-K, leaving more than 87,000 without access, according to the new “State of Early Care and Education in Pennsylvania” report. Maggie Livelsberger, policy director […]

Thousands of Pennsylvanians have lost Medicaid coverage since end of COVID-era rule

Coverage for children has been of particular concern for advocates in the state and nationally, because kids are often eligible for different coverage than their parents. “When you have an adult who … knows they’re not eligible anymore, they’re assuming that their three kids aren’t,” said Carolyn Myers, of advocacy group Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children. The […]

Adams County reportedly spent over $3 million on child abuse investigations last year, DHS reports

Based on reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Adams County CYS has spent more on child abuse investigations and general protective service assessments than other counties of similar size, despite receiving fewer total reports. In the 2022 report from the DHS, Adams County spent $3,187,274 on child abuse investigations and general protective service […]

More investments needed to provide PA children with the foundation they need to succeed

New report highlights access and pay disparities in early care and education system HARRISBURG – A coordinated early care and education system ensures infants, toddlers, and preschoolers succeed in school and allows parents to work while knowing their children are safe and learning in high-quality care. Yet, inequities exist, causing too few children to have access […]