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...it is hard to keep up with the current healthcare landscape. In order to prevent future headaches and complications one needs to understand the facts that lead to an accurate and logically sound opinion on Pennsylvania’s healthcare.

The current demography of Pennsylvania is necessary for a well-rounded understanding of the healthcare landscape. Pennsylvania has the sixth largest population in the United States with 83% concentrated in urban areas. One third of the state’s population lives in four of the major counties: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery and Allegheny. In order to attend to the needs of its large population, Pennsylvania has the 6th largest economy in the United States with majority the state’s spending allotted to healthcare and social assistance. The Affordable Care Act enacted January 1st 2014 in Pennsylvania strives to expand health care coverage to 1.2 million of its uninsured citizens.

The Supreme Court ruling allowed states to decide if they wanted to adopt a Medicaid expansion plan. Pennsylvania decided to expand and adopt, which allowed an increase in coverage to 500,000 low income uninsured adults in the state. Governor Wolf’s Medicaid expansion plan is “HealthyChoices” and he strives to have it completed by the end of September of 2015.

While only 35% of Medicaid enrollees in Pennsylvania are elderly people and people with disabilities they account for 72% of the total program costs. Pennsylvania takes care of its beneficiaries with their spending per beneficiary higher than the national average.

Recently there has been an increase in the number of individuals enrolled in the Pennsylvania Medicaid program because the new law allows Pennsylvania to apply both Medicaid and health insurance to marketplace coverage.

The ACA gave the state the option to choose between creating its own state-run marketplace or a federally facilitated marketplace. Pennsylvania opted for the latter, which decreased monthly premiums from $300 to $268. The government is trying to help make health insurance affordable for everyone. The federal government provides Pennsylvania money for support for outreach and enrollment.

While this is the current status of Pennsylvania’s healthcare landscape, changes are likely to occur in the future in regards to the ACA, and the Pennsylvania healthcare market place. The healthcare system is continuing to evolve and changing to meet the demands of its constituents.

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