PathWays PA E-Newsletter: July 13, 2009

PA Budget

Today in Philadelphia, state senators held a hearing on SB 850 in which they mentioned that their colleagues, particularly those outside of Philadelphia, had not heard from their constituents on the budget in general or the cuts involved in SB 850 in particular.

If you are upset about the cuts in SB 850, which range from education to hospitals to the elimination of the Industry Partnership program, please tell your legislators today. At the hearing today, senators said they need to hear from you: if the choice is between cutting spending on hospitals, burn units, Industry Partnerships, and childcare, or increasing revenues, which do you support?

Federal Issues

Real Health Care Reform Can’t Wait

The key committees working on health care in the House and Senate are finalizing their proposed legislation and it is crucial they continue to hear from their constituents. They need to hear that real health care reform needs to include:
  • Affordable coverage;
  • Comprehensive benefits, including reproductive health coverage for women;
  • Choice of a private or public health insurance plan; and
  • Fair insurance practices.
Please contact your representatives today to remind them that real health care cannot wait!

Support Grants for Adult Education

An estimated 30 million adults in this country have such poor reading skills they struggle with daily tasks such as understanding simple newspaper stories or health care directions. As unemployment rises, more people than ever are seeking help with their literacy skills so they can compete in a shrinking job market.

The Labor and Health and Human Services Appropriations Bills are working their way through Congress. Within these bills are measures that provide funding to states for adult basic education and literacy programs through the Workforce Investment Act. Action on these bills is expected soon.

For more information and to contact your members of Congress please click here. Please take action today!

Phone Calls and Webinars

Comparative Effectiveness Research Webinar

Doctors and patients need reliable, unbiased information treatments to ensure that patients get the best quality care possible. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is meant to help.

CER compares the effectiveness of different types of treatments, such as comparing which drugs work best, to help doctors and patients make the most effective health care decisions and avoid potentially ineffective, wasteful, and potentially harmful treatments.

Identifying procedures that provide the best results at the lowest cost and avoiding waste in the health care system will improve quality of care and get us more for our health care dollars.

The objectives of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Webinar are to provide grassroots consumer advocates with:
  • An overview of comparative effectiveness research and its impact on patients and consumers;
  • An understanding of the current debate among advocates and lawmakers about CER;
  • An understanding of CER activity at the federal, state, and private sector levels;
  • Messages to help consumers understand how CER impacts their lives; and
  • Advocacy opportunities to improve comparative effectiveness research and its use.

For more information on the event please click here. To RSVP for the Webinar, please contact Juliet Feldman at


Working Families Resource Summit

WHEN: Saturday, August 1 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

WHERE: Interboro High School
16th and Amosland Road, Prospect Park PA

The summit will feature a panel discussion and a question and answer session that will be followed by a service fair meant to connect community members with government agencies, non-government organizations, and local resources.

To RSVP and for more information please visit click here. If you have any question please contact Eve Massa at 610-892-8623 or


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