Health

Ben Allen, WITF

(Elizabethville, Dauphin County) -- For people trying to recover from addiction to opioids like heroin, living in a rural area can add more stress. The concerns at a town hall in the rural northern Dauphin County community of Elizabethville came from two directions. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) - It's now been a year since medical marijuana was legalized in Pennsylvania. The drug's still not available for prescription in the commonwealth, but Governor Tom Wolf says the process is right on-track, with permits set to be allocated soon and the rollout expected to be totally complete by the middle of next year.  

Schumer Supports Bill That Combats Opioid Abuse

Apr 12, 2017
WXXI

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer was in Rochester Tuesday to announce his support for a bill that would boost federal resources in the fight against opioid use. 

Kim Paynter / WHYY

Unless Congress passes the Miners Protection Act by April 28, more than 2,000 retired union coal miners in Pennsylvania will lose their health care. The bill proposes to use interest from the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to shore up the health and pension funds administered by the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).  

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The commonwealth is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The project will see the Department of Corrections team up with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national organization it has previously worked with to reduce state prison costs. 

Lead paint was finally banned for home use in 1978. But because so many older homes still have lead paint in them, it’s still a major hazard. So what’s the best way to tackle the problem if you suspect it’s lurking in your house?

Payne Horning, WRVO

Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) hosted an opioid forum in Oswego Thursday night -- his first public event since Congress' failed attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He was one of more than 30 Republicans who helped sink their party's legislation last week.  

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While House Republicans didn't get their American Health Care Act to the floor last week, some are still waiting, and watching. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller recently met with insurance company executives, and she says they feel that the healthcare dot gov marketplace is stabilizing. But there's uncertainty. 

Matt Ryan / New York NOW

ALBANY (WSKG) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s considering suing the federal government over an amendment to the health care act proposed by two New York congressmen, saying it may violate state sovereignty. 

Advocates from the Center for Disability Rights and other organizations are calling on local Republican congressional members to preserve critical components of the Affordable Care Act that would affect disabled populations. 

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