Roundtable conversation focuses on future of health care in Pennsylvania

A group of advocates gathered in South Philadelphia to discuss the future of health care in Pennsylvania.

Hadas Kuznits
July 27, 2018 - 3:04 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A group of health care advocates chose the one year anniversary of the failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act to meet and discuss the future of health care in Pennsylvania.  

Shana Jalbert, communications director with Pennsylvania Health Access Network, says as Election Day nears in November, it's important to continue to discuss the health care issues that people want their elected officials to address.

"We hear a lot of concerns from the folks that we work with who we enroll in Medicaid, CHIP and the Affordable Care Act and just people throughout the Commonwealth who are concerned about having their pre-existing conditions covered, concerned about affordability issues and healthcare," Jalbert said. "We want to just make sure that continues to be part of the conversation, even though the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have ended."

Mark Nevins, with Protect Our Care PA, says it was useful to hear the concerns of regular people, and he adds that health care is extremely vulnerable.

"Don't let this health care issue fade into the background, because that's what opponents of the Affordable Care Act really want," Nevins said..."Just because they're not voting on it on the floor of the U.S. Senate, doesn't mean that they're not still trying to find ways to undermine health care in the United States."