Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

U.S. Marshals help police arrest 71 people in York County

The four-day initiative, dubbed "Operation Slow Burn," targeted people wanted for violent offenses, including two men wanted for homicide.
By Brett Sholtis

Retired Air Force general and former Wolf appointee charged with child pornography possession in Cumberland County

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging retired general Frank Sullivan with more than a dozen felony counts after investigators searched his Mechanicsburg home.
By Brett Sholtis

Drug overdoses reach ‘abnormally high’ level in Dauphin County

The state's opioid command center reports 24 drug overdoses in the county since Nov. 2.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. Insurance Department fines UnitedHealthCare for failing to cover mental health, substance abuse claims

The health insurer must pay restitution to policy holders in cases where claims were miscalculated.
By Brett Sholtis

New study points to more bad news for vaping

Bucknell University researchers have spent the past three years testing two common vaping products. Their research has found that electronic cigarettes release potentially harmful levels of carbon monoxide – the same common, toxic gas that is found in a car’s tailpipe emissions, and which is also found in cigarette smoke.

By Brett Sholtis

Affordable Care Act health insurance open enrollment begins for 2020

Rates have increased an average of 5 percent, but people who don't qualify for subsidies still face potentially high premiums.
By Brett Sholtis

Telemedicine bill passes Pa. Senate, faces hurdle in House

Health systems have widely adopted the practice of telemedicine, but insurers don’t always cover it.   

By Brett Sholtis

People with intellectual disabilities, and their jobs, at center of lawsuit against Pennsylvania

At issue is whether the state should have reduced funds to employers who hire people with intellectual disabilities.
By Brett Sholtis

Proposal with ‘broad support’ would require license for therapists who often help children with autism

Applied behavior analysts are licensed in 30 states. Pennsylvania isn't one of them.
By Brett Sholtis