‘It is unacceptable and it’s preventable’: Officials say high levels of childhood lead poisoning is significant problem in Lehigh Valley

At least 350 children in Lehigh and Northampton counties experience lead poisoning every year, a new report by the anti-crime organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids shows. Though lead poisoning is preventable, it’s all too common in the Lehigh Valley and across Pennsylvania, the report states.

Doula Care Saves Lives, Improves Equity, And Empowers Mothers. State Medicaid Programs Should Pay For It

The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates among high-income countries. Generations of structural racism have contributed to maternal mortality rates of US Black mothers being three to four times higher than that of White mothers. US Black mothers are also 2.1 times more likely than White mothers to experience severe maternal morbidity or adverse pregnancy outcomes that […]

Cost Estimate Tool: Calculating the State Cost of Extending Postpartum Medicaid

In March 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, giving states the option to extend pregnancy-related Medicaid eligibility to one year after delivery. Specifically, states will have the option to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage through a State Plan Amendment (SPA) starting in spring 2022. PolicyLab supports federal efforts to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage […]

Report: Lead detected in 80% of Allegheny County, Pa., water systems

PITTSBURGH—Lead was detected in 80 percent of water systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which encompasses Pittsburgh, in 2019, according to a new two-year analysis. While the federal limit for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion (ppb), experts—including those at the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and […]

How Will the American Rescue Plan Strengthen the Prenatal-to-3 System of Care? A Summary of the 2021 Act’s Benefits for Infants and Toddlers

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 invests unprecedented amounts of funding in the prenatal-to-3 period. As a result of this investment, states will have more support and choices to effectively build a comprehensive and equitable prenatal-to-3 system of care. The new law includes a number of provisions critical to supporting individuals and families […]

Advancing Postpartum Coverage in Medicaid: Waiver or SPA? 

The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act has many new opportunities and important provisions that we are still absorbing and unpacking. One key change, as readers of SayAhh! know, is the new state option to provide 12 months of postpartum Medicaid and CHIP coverage to women after the end of their pregnancy, well beyond the […]

Wolf administration promotes free ​testing for lead in drinking water for schools and child care programs 

All schools and child care programs in Pennsylvania have been advised of the Voluntary Lead in Child Care and School Drinking Water Testing Program, which will provide $1.74 million from a federal grant for testing lead in drinking water.