Capitol Quick Hits for 2.4.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) held a press event in the Main Rotunda today featuring leaders from the health, science and faith communities to support the Clean Power Plan, which establishes state-by-state carbon emissions rate reduction targets.  Poune Saberi, MD, MPH, Occupational and Environmental Physician with Physicians for Social Responsibility, said air pollution has long-lasting environmental effects and health effects in adults and especially children, which can result in a variety of ailments that effect the population’s overall health and wellbeing. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 2.3.15

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society  (PAMED) held a panel discussion regarding the recent rise in measles cases and the importance of vaccinations. Michael Frazier, PhD, executive vice president of PAMED, said the measles outbreak in California has spread to 11 other states, including one case in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland County.
  • A group of 27 advocacy and direct service organizations held a conference call this morning to announce the creation of the Making Work Pay Coalition. Tam St. Claire, President of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition (BCWAC), explained that the coalition was started in response to the need to address the hurdles low wage earning women and their families experience every year.  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 12.1.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today:

  • The Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN), along with consumers, outreach and enrollment groups, legal service organizations and advocacy organizations marked the start of enrollment in Healthy PA by holding a call for reporters to talk about the launch of Healthy PA. Healthy PA will provide low-income Pennsylvanians with the opportunity to purchase private health insurance at affordable rates through a network of eight insurance private insurers, offering three or more health insurance plan options per region.   

Monday, December 1, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 11.24.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 11.24.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) officially changed its name to the Department of Human Services (DHS) during a name change and logo unveiling ceremony today in Harrisburg. “Our new name better reflects the wide range of services we offer to Pennsylvanians as well as respect for our clients, their families and advocacy groups who have been requesting the name change,” said Secretary Bev Mackereth. Gov. Corbett signed Act 2014-132 on Sept. 24, causing the name change to happen Nov. 24, 2014.
  • House Speaker Sam Smith (R-Jefferson) was the featured speaker at today’s Press Club luncheon. Speaker Smith is retiring this year but is currently serving his 14th term in the Pennsylvania House as one of its most tenured members. 
  • The Pennsylvania Medical Society held a conference call this morning to discuss how new Medicare rules, which go into effect on December 31, will impact specific broad aspects of patient care. Experts also discussed the impact of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) on consolidation of health care services.

Monday, November 24, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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Capitol Quick Hits for 11.20.14

Capitol Quick Hits for 11.20.14

Here are the highlights from news conferences, rallies, and advocacy days held in the Capitol today: 

  • The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network celebrated the American Cancer Society’s 39th annual Great American Smokeout in the Capitol Main Rotunda by calling on Pennsylvania’s lawmakers and governor to protect the health of Pennsylvania’s residents by raising the state’s cigarette tax, establishing a tax on other tobacco products such as smokeless tobacco and invest in tobacco use prevention and cessation programs. 
  • Today Gov. Tom Corbett awarded a $750,000 Discovered in PA-Developed in PA (D2PA) grant to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology to collaborate with Drexel University and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The grant is to establish the Pennsylvania Interactive Media Consortium in an effort to grow the high-tech sector of digital entertainment and video gaming. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014/Author: Alanna Koll
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