Articles by: Rebecca Moss of Spotlight PA

As Thousands of Unemployment Claims Expire, PA. Residents Refile, Wait on Federal Benefits

As Thousands of Unemployment Claims Expire, PA. Residents Refile, Wait on Federal Benefits

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Shawn McCreary has measured the last year in time waiting. FULL ARTICLE
Have You Helped Process PA. Unemployment Claims This Past Year? Spotlight PA Wants To Hear From You.

Have You Helped Process PA. Unemployment Claims This Past Year? Spotlight PA Wants To Hear From You.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Spotlight PA is continuing to investigate problems with the state’s unemployment system, and is hoping to hear from the people who have helped the Department of Labor and Industry process more than 5.2 million claims since the pandemic began. FULL ARTICLE
Victims of Unemployment Fraud in Pa. are Blindsided by Tax Documents

Victims of Unemployment Fraud in Pa. are Blindsided by Tax Documents

HARRISBURG, Pa. — When two checks for nearly $10,000 arrived at her home last summer from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Annette Ravinsky didn’t cash them. Ravinsky, now 61, hadn’t worked since the 1980s and was well aware she neither qualified, nor had applied, for state unemployment benefits. FULL ARTICLE
Reform of Secrecy Law for Pa. Utilities Faces Long Odds Despite Agreement That it’s a Problem

Reform of Secrecy Law for Pa. Utilities Faces Long Odds Despite Agreement That it’s a Problem

HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than a decade ago, when the state Public Utility Commission was first considering how to adopt a new anti-terrorism law, critics spoke about the need for balance. FULL ARTICLE
by · December 22, 2020 · Local News, News, PA News
Secrecy Law for Pa. Utilities Gets Boost in Court Ruling Sidelining Public Records Agency

Secrecy Law for Pa. Utilities Gets Boost in Court Ruling Sidelining Public Records Agency

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A secrecy law criticized for giving Pennsylvania utility companies nearly unabated power to conceal information got a boost this week after a court ruled the state’s public records office has no power to compel disclosure. FULL ARTICLE
by · October 24, 2020 · Local News, News, PA News
The Coronavirus Exploited Failure of Pa. Health Officials to Improve Long-Standing Problems With Nursing Home Oversight

The Coronavirus Exploited Failure of Pa. Health Officials to Improve Long-Standing Problems With Nursing Home Oversight

HARRISBURG, Pa. — In the fall of 2016, Karen Murphy, then secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, pledged to reform how the state oversees its nursing homes. FULL ARTICLE
Pa. Releases Names of Nursing Homes With Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

Pa. Releases Names of Nursing Homes With Coronavirus Cases, Deaths

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Amid a growing death toll and mounting pressure from lawmakers and advocates, Pennsylvania officials on Tuesday released a long sought-after list of long-term care facilities where the coronavirus has infected or killed residents. FULL ARTICLE
In Major Reversal, Wolf Administration Says PA. Will Begin Weekly Testing of Nursing Home Residents, Employees

In Major Reversal, Wolf Administration Says PA. Will Begin Weekly Testing of Nursing Home Residents, Employees

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Wolf administration on Tuesday unveiled a plan to begin universal testing of staff and residents in the state’s hundreds of long-term care facilities, which have become the epicenter of coronavirus-related deaths in Pennsylvania. FULL ARTICLE
Pa. Nursing Homes Left to Largely Police Themselves as Coronavirus Deaths Mount

Pa. Nursing Homes Left to Largely Police Themselves as Coronavirus Deaths Mount

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Since the coronavirus emerged as a global threat, older adults have proved to be most acutely affected and at risk of complications and death. This is particularly notable for Pennsylvania, which has one of the oldest populations in the United States and is home to about 126,000 people in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. FULL ARTICLE