Polling data repeatedly shows that healthcare affordability is the top issue that state residents, on both sides of the political aisle, want their policymakers to work on.
Pennsylvania's Healthcare Affordability State Policy Scorecard identifies areas where the state is doing well and areas where it can improve. As the scorecard shows, Pennsylvania policymakers have a robust toolset they can use to ensure all residents have affordable coverage that features consumer-friendly cost-sharing and premiums that reflect the efficient delivery of healthcare and fair healthcare pricing.
Pennsylvania has relatively high healthcare spending per person, but a slightly lower-than-average percentage of residents report affordability problems. State policymakers still have work to do! Pennsylvania is transitioning from the healthcare.gov platform to a state-based exchange which could provide additional policy tools to help those that purchase in the small group and individual market.
Our companion document, Healthcare Affordability State Policy Checklist, provides a quick overview of the actions Pennsylvania still needs to take.