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Pennsylvania Lawmakers Get a Lesson on Massachusetts' Health Insurance Exchange

A blog post from Emma Lowenberg, originally published on Third and State.

Members of the Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee heard from a national expert today on Massachusetts’ experience structuring a health insurance exchange.

States have until 2014 to create state-based health insurance exchanges that meet the criteria set forth in the Affordable Care Act. If they do not create a satisfactory exchange by then, the federal government will establish one for them.

While emphasizing that there is no “one size fits all” approach for states as they structure insurance exchanges, Dr. Jon Kingsdale said Pennsylvania can learn a thing or two from the Massachusetts experience.

Third and State Week in Review: Unemployment Benefits, Drilling Fee Bill and the Latest Jobs Report

Last week, we blogged about a drilling fee bill moving in the Pennsylvania Senate, a resolution to the legislative standoff over extended unemployment benefits, an update on the May jobs report and more.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Pa. House to Vote on Extended Unemployment Benefits Today

A blog post from Mark Price, originally published on Third and State.

Updated: June 17, 2011 - Community and Legal Services of Philadelphia has carefully analyzed the bill that finally passed the Legislature. As they explain, the legislation includes provisions that permanently cut unemployment benefits for thousands of workers in the future.  Many of these changes hurt low wage workers in particular. We'll have more on this in the coming days.

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