Antoinette Kraus, For The Inquirer

Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network

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Congress must take action to keep Medicaid healthy as states reopen | Expert Opinion

Budget shortfalls have the potential to further harm families and communities if the federal government does not take action to shore up the programs that keep Pennsylvanians healthy.

Out-of-control prescription drug prices finally have a solution in Pennsylvania | Opinion

A ground-breaking solution to the prescription drug pricing crisis has emerged. Last month, Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), introduced legislation that would directly tackle the high prices people are paying at the pharmacy.

Surprise medical bills should be stopped, not arbitrated l Opinion

Nearly 1 in 3 Pennsylvanians are hit with surprise medical bills in a year, and most don’t know where to go to resolve the issue.

Surprise ambulance bills are painful. This bill could make it worse l Opinion

When people call for an ambulance, there is rarely time to think about what the ride may cost them or to figure out whether the ambulance is in their insurance network.

Health costs are crushing Pennsylvanians; a new survey shows how much

In particular, Pennsylvanians pointed to the rising cost of prescription drugs as being a pressing problem. A full two in three Pennsylvanians say they are worried about the cost of prescription drugs.

How an undercount of 2020 census could impact Pennsylvania’s health-care funding

The census has direct bearing on how hundreds of billions of federal dollars nationwide are allocated to states, affecting the funds that states receive for Medicaid, CHIP, and other critical programs that help people stay healthy, such as food stamps.

Philly's heroin camps illustrate how housing instability hurts health

Shutting down encampments and connecting some people to treatment are only temporary fixes. Bigger ideas are necessary to holistically address this problem. By looking at this crisis as both a healthcare and a housing issue, policymakers can move toward real solutions that address the root causes of the problem.

Short-term health plans will undermine the ACA

Due to repeated attempts at sabotage by the Trump Administration, the Affordable Care Act's individual marketplace has seen rising prices over the past year. The average premium cost rose by 30.6% between 2017 and 2018 in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as health policy experts, have called for the passage of a stabilization package that would shore up the marketplace and prevent prices from rising further in 2019.

Children should not lose health care due to partisan bickering

In September, lawmakers in the House and Senate missed an important deadline to renew funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

GOP tax bills would slam the sickest Pennsylvanians

The tax reform bills currently making their way through Congress both have significant implications for healthcare, but they differ on one controversial element: eliminating the medical expense tax deduction. The House bill has come under sharp criticism for eliminating this deduction, largely because it would be a catastrophic move for Americans with high out-of-pocket medical expenses, a population that disproportionately includes seniors and people with disabilities.