Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodaySometimes, if you fight very, very hard against injustice, you win. That’s what happened in Pennsylvania last week, where a court struck down the state’s voter ID law. As the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia described in its complaint and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania acknowledged in its opinion, the evidence of disenfranchisement is vast and the stories are compelling. The court found that “approximately 430,000 electors remain without compliant ID.”  That’s 4 percent of eligible Pennsylvania voters!  Just …

26 States With a Big Health Coverage Gap

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in states across the country.  It’s true: Many more Americans will now have access to affordable health care.  But, other hard-working people, who live in states that have not yet committed to expanding Medicaid, will fall into a new coverage gap. That’s right: In the 26 states that have not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, adults who earn up to $15,000 a year will not qualify for any type of subsidy through the …

New Health Care Coverage Gap

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet Lorna, a 59-year-old who has been unemployed for a year and, as a result, doesn’t have health insurance. She has Type-2 Diabetes.  Recently she had to have some blood tests done, costing $600 that she can’t afford.  She has a broken tooth that she’s not able to get fixed.  She wants to work, but can’t find a job in the area. Meet a 60-year-old woman whose husband retired in 2010 and, as a result, she lost her health insurance coverage. The …

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Has Another Day in Court

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayJust a month before the presidential election last year, a lawsuit brought by 94-year-old Vivienne Applewhite temporarily blocked the key component of a Pennsylvania law requiring strict photographic identification to vote. Now the challenge to the constitutionality of the law is back in state court for a more permanent ruling. Thirty-seven states have laws requiring registered voters to show ID when they arrive at the polls. Some of these – like the strict laws requiring photo ID cards in Georgia, Indiana, …

Countdown to Care: Winners and Losers

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsIn the mad rush to pass budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the health care of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Americans is at stake – and time is running out.  As I write, only about half of the states have agreed to expand Medicaid, which will extend health coverage to residents who earn about $15,000 a year or less.  The closer we come to July 1, the greater the wins and harder the losses: Key Winners: 300,000 …

In Philadelphia, New Voter ID Law Hits Elderly Voters the Hardest

Posted on 07/18/2012 by | Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOver 80 years old and living in Philadelphia? Then there’s more than a one in four chance that you don’t have the identification you’ll need to vote this fall, according to an analysis by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania’s controversial new voter ID law requires voters to produce a driver’s license or other government-issued photo ID before they are allowed to cast a ballot. Critics charge that the law — which the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging in court — will disenfranchise …