Wolf Administration Announces Appointees to the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the incoming leadership of the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority. The authority is a state-affiliated entity that will create, manage, and maintain Pennsylvania’s state-based health insurance marketplace. The state-based exchange authority will work to develop and maintain a competitive marketplace, educate consumers on their health insurance options, ensure consumers are treated fairly, identify pathways to lower premiums, and provide resources for those seeking additional support.Act 42, House Bill 3, outlines the process for appointing authority board members. Four voting members are appointed by the governor, while one voting member each is appointed by the speaker of the house, the house minority leader, the senate pro tempore, and the senate minority leader.“Pennsylvania is confidently moving towards a state-based exchange,” Gov. Wolf said. “The individuals appointed to the authority bring years of health care experience, consumer knowledge and industry vision. Their diverse backgrounds will allow the authority to work for all Pennsylvanians and help the state achieve its goal of becoming a leader in health care reform.”Gubernatorial Appointments:Paula Sunshine, Independence Blue CrossSheryl Kashuba, UPMC Health PlanTia Whitaker, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health CentersAntoinette Kraus, Pennsylvania Health Access NetworkSpeaker of the House Appointment:Mark Nave, Highmark“We owe it to all Pennsylvanians to make the system as reliable and responsible as possible,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler said. “I look forward to seeing the commission’s efforts come to fruition as they work to lower healthcare costs and create an exchange that works for everyone in our Commonwealth.”House Minority Leader Appointment:Jessica Brooks, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health“The success of our bipartisan work to make good health insurance more affordable in Pennsylvania depends largely on how well the new exchange authority works,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “I’m very encouraged by the high caliber of people who have joined this effort from the beginning, such as Jessica Brooks of the non-profit Pittsburgh Business Group on Health who is a recognized expert in matters of health care value, access and quality.”Senate Pro Tempore Appointment:Todd Shamash, Capital Blue Cross“The Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority was collaboratively established through legislation earlier this year,” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said. “This authority is a significant undertaking and will help to facilitate greater flexibility with implementation of health care programs for residents across our commonwealth. I am pleased to appoint Todd Shamash to the authority, and I am confident that his background and experience will provide good perspective as part of the leadership team.”Senate Minority Leader Appointment:Laval Miller-Wilson, Pennsylvania Health Law Project“The new health care exchanges are going to be a positive step for access and affordability of health insurance for Pennsylvania residents,” Senator Jay Costa, Senate Minority Leader, said. “I was so pleased to be part of the bipartisan, bicameral process to make this happen; insurance industry and consumer input was part of that legislative process and their representation on the board will be important as we move forward.”The exchange authority also includes, as outlined in Act 42, agency heads from the departments of health, human services and insurance. These are:Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health, SecretaryTeresa Miller, Department of Human Services, SecretaryJessica Altman, Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Commissioner“I am incredibly proud to be taking these steps and moving forward with making health care more accessible and affordable for the roughly 400,000 Pennsylvanians buying individual health insurance,” Commissioner Altman said. “I am confident we can provide a better experience for consumers and provide much-needed options to get Pennsylvania covered.”Additionally, an executive director has been chosen to lead the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authority. Zachary Sherman, who currently serves as the director for the HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange, will provide the experience and leadership needed to help Pennsylvania move into a state-based exchange.Act 42, signed into law July 2, 2019, will create an online health insurance exchange operated by the state. The legislation provides for lower premiums and increased access to health insurance in the individual health insurance market by developing a state-based health insurance exchange and a new reinsurance program. The anticipated reinsurance contribution will save Pennsylvanian consumers up to $250 million in annual health insurance premiums.The state-based exchange will allow consumers to enroll in coverage starting during open enrollment for 2021. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Appointees to the Pennsylvania Health Insurance Exchange Authoritycenter_img August 29, 2019last_img read more

UK pension compensation limit ‘unlawful’, European court hears

first_imgThe UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) could have to scrap its compensation limit if the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules in line with a legal opinion published this week.In an assessment delivered to the ECJ,  Advocate General Juliane Kokott said “every individual employee… is entitled to compensation of at least 50% of the total value of his accrued rights or entitlements to old-age benefits in the event of the insolvency of his employer”.Kokott was advising on the case of Grenville Hampshire versus the board of the PPF. If the ECJ were to rule along the lines of her assessment then the PPF could be forced to drop its current annual limit of £35,000 (€39,890) in compensation.Hampshire launched his case after his expected annual pension was slashed by 67% following the insolvency of Turner & Newall, formerly a manufacturing business, and the transfer of the plan to the PPF. European Court of Justice in LuxembourgThe UK’s lifeboat scheme pays 100% of a member’s pension up to the annual cap if they are beyond retirement age.However, benefits accrued prior to April 1997 are not indexed, and post-April 1997 benefits can only increase by 2.5% a year maximum. If a member has not retired, they will receive roughly 90% of their pension, up to the annual cap.The European directive at the centre of the Grenville Hampshire case dates from 2008 and states: “Member States shall ensure that the necessary measures are taken to protect the interests of employees and of persons having already left the employer’s undertaking or business at the date of the onset of the employer’s insolvency in respect of rights conferring on them immediate or prospective entitlement to old-age benefits, including survivors’ benefits, under supplementary occupational or inter-occupational pension schemes outside the national statutory social security schemes.”Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law in the UK, said the PPF was likely to still impose a cap – albeit a higher one. The ECJ was likely to agree with Kokott’s assessment, she said, “and improve the rights of executives with big pensions that are currently subject to swingeing cutbacks”. Rogers continued: “The Advocate General has said that it isn’t fair that the PPF compensation caps ‘establish a kind of general suspicion in respect of senior executives who have not yet attained the pension age… a general presumption of the existence of abuse is unlawful’.”A spokesperson for the PPF said the body was watching the outcome of the Hampshire case “with close interest”.“Members are currently receiving benefits from the Turner & Newall scheme at the levels set out in the Pensions Act,” the spokesperson said. “They can be reassured that this is the minimum that they will continue to receive.”European impactsEuropean governments and state-funded compensation bodies would also be monitoring the eventual ruling – expected within three to four months’ time – very carefully, said Hans van Meerten, a professor of international pensions law at the University of Utrecht.He pointed out that Kokott had specifically mentioned in her assessment that any ruling would affect any further challenges “against a body such as the Pension Protection Fund”. “‘Such as’ means that this can be invoked against every body in the member states, which makes it very interesting for the other [EU countries] such as the Netherlands, which does not have a PPF,” he said. “It is not just a question for the UK.”The assessment comes as the UK prepares to leave the EU in March 2019. However, most experts expect any ruling by the ECJ to be rolled up within a possible ‘Withdrawal Bill’ and then enshrined into UK law.“How this will work after Brexit, no one knows,” added Van Meerten, “but if this was judged when UK was still part of the EU, then I would say yes, it would still hold.” However, while a move by the ECJ to follow Kokott’s assessment would have implications for state bodies across Europe, Stephen Schofield, senior partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, said the actual impact on the PPF might be limited. “There would be only a relatively small amount of people affected,” he said.Any costs implications for the PPF were likely to be soaked up by recalibrating the existing levy the PPF charges to UK defined benefit schemes, Schofield added.“All things being equal, it will impact the levy but any impact will be relatively small and no doubt they will collect it over a number of years, rather than in one lump sum,” Schofield said.UK compensation versus EU lawlast_img read more

Big sales: Buyers hungry for Brisbane riverfront luxury

first_imgTwo units have sold for almost $10m combined in Mirvac’s Pier development at Newstead.TWO riverfront homes in one of Brisbane’s most luxurious apartment complexes have sold for almost $10 million combined.The sales are rare given the ‘Pier’ development in Newstead is so tightly held because of its location, amenities and luxurious inclusions. This apartment at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead, has sold for $4m.The house-sized property at 1011/1 Newstead Terrace is the largest of the courtyard apartments in the complex, spanning a huge 463 sqm.It has sold for a cool $4 million, but that’s a loss on the previous sale, which records show was $4.025 million in 2017.Selling agent Sharon Campbell of Enclave Property Group said the buyer was a local family who planned to live in the property.“More than ever apartment living is becoming the norm for families,” Ms Campbell said.“There’s so much activity now that the backyard is slowly becoming not as used as it was previously.” One of the bathrooms in the unit at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead.The huge apartment has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, along with a large entertaining terrace, home office and powder room.There’s even room for the extended family, guests or tenants in the additional one-bedroom, self-contained apartment. The kitchen in the apartment at 1011/1 Newstead Tce, Newstead.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoIt has direct gated access to the building’s 25m heated pool and recreation area.In the same building, another apartment at 852/1 Newstead Terrace has sold for $3.45 million.Records show the unit was formerly owned by the managing director of Brisbane Glass, Mike Sweep and last sold in 2014 for $2.7925 million.The 262 sqm apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with two separate living areas, including a family room and study, and a huge outdoor terrace.The property was marketed by Matt Lancashire and Patrick Goldsworthy of Ray White – New Farm.Ms Campbell said there were hardly any resales of apartments in the ‘Pier’ building.She said the local market had been softer this spring, with fewer listings.“Sellers are holding back and buyers are not jumping into properties,” she said.last_img read more

County unemployment numbers decline

first_imgBatesville, In. — Unemployment in the Hoosier state for January 2018 is 3.3 percent, lower than the national average of 4.1 percent. For more than four years, the Indiana rate has been lower than the national average.Unemployment rates in several southeastern Indiana counties declined as well. Dearborn County was at 4.1 percent for January of 2018, down from 5.0 a year ago. Decatur County reported 3.2 percent, down from 3.9 percent in January of 2017. Franklin County had 4.5 percent for January, down from 4.9 in January of 2017. Jennings County reported 4.5 percent down from 5.3 one year before. Ohio County had a rate of 3.8 percent for January of 2018, down from 4.6 in 2017. Ripley County reported 4.1 percent, down from 4.9 percent in January of 2017. Rush County had a rate of 3.2 percent for January 2018 and 4.1 percent for the same period in 2017. Switzerland County reported 4 percent for 2018 and 5.1 percent for January of 2017.last_img read more

Chelsea chief optimistic for future

first_imgClub chiefs Ron Gourlay and Bruce Buck are convinced Chelsea are well set to continue the success achieved during Roman Abramovich’s 10 years as owner. Since buying the club on July 1, 2003, Abramovich has overseen three Premier League titles – Chelsea’s first since 1955 – as well as winning four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Champions League he so coveted and last season’s Europa League. And chief executive Gourlay said: “It has been a hugely successful decade for Chelsea Football Club since Roman Abramovich took control, with an unprecedented number of trophies in the last 10 years. The club has also taken great strides off the field in that time, adapting to meet the challenges of football’s changing landscape.” He added: “Mr Abramovich’s early investment in playing staff paid dividends in creating a team admired around the world, but to keep Chelsea among the elite we have always known we must produce our own world-class talent and we are beginning to see the benefits of our academy, which will help us meet our long-term objectives for Financial Fair Play. “As we prepare for the next 10 years, I feel we are well positioned to continue the success we have so far enjoyed under Mr Abramovich and everybody here is determined to build on that progress we have made.” Chairman Buck recalled the club’s troubled financial situation before Abramovich arrived. The Russian billionaire was only the Premier League’s second overseas owner, following Fulham’s Mohamed Al Fayed, and he set the template for the subsequent influx of eastern European, American and Middle Eastern money into the league. He bankrolled the arrival of £150million worth of talent in Glen Johnson, Alexey Smertin, Geremi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Scott Parker that first summer. More international stars have followed, with the club spending an estimated £874million on transfers and £1.5billion on wages during his decade at Stamford Bridge. UEFA’s new Financial Fair Play regulations present an additional test to clubs such as Chelsea used to spending their way to success. But Buck is confident they – and Abramovich – can adapt. He wrote: “Don’t forget, significant investment has already been made and the club now look optimistically at long-term financial stability under the new Financial Fair Play rules. Roman Abramovich is certainly a man of great ambition and as fervent a Chelsea fan as any you will meet in the pubs around Fulham Broadway before a match. “Time will tell what is possible. But if history is any indication of the future, the future is bright blue.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Get registered, GMRSC urges competitors

first_imgWITH exactly one week before the second national Drag Racing championship of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) just under five competitors have been registered.According to the club, competitors should make haste in registering themselves before next weekend’s event.Club president Rameez Mohamed in a statement today reminded those errant competitors to get organised early and avoid the rush.“I know the event is going to be big, I’ve seen the local cars that are being built for this event; but just over a week remains and we have just about five cars registered so far,” Mohamed said.“What we are trying to avoid is persons crowding the office on Saturday and Sunday to get registered and possibly missing out on such.”He noted that bikes are not exempt from being registered as the club tries to cut out the ‘late culture’ of registration.“We also don’t want (next) Sunday to be delayed by the persons coming to line up to register their cars. Register early, Saturday and Sunday can be test days where you have a chance to use the lights and what’s not.”The GMR&SC boss sent out a stern warning, saying, “If you try to get registered between Saturday and Sunday and don’t get through then there is really nothing we can do. We have an event to run and we want to do it smoothly.”According to Mohamed, over 100 competitors are expected to register for the event which will see the driver with the fastest reaction win $20 000.Del Ice Co has sponsored cash prizes for the fastest 10-second ($200 000), 11-second ($150 000) and 12-second ($100 000) cars.Sponsors for the event include Platinum Car Show, KFC, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck  Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery  Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Wind Jammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks.Tickets for adults cost $1 000 and children $500.last_img read more

St. Martin’s School Kick-starts 50th Anniversary with Fitness Walk Today

first_img“With the way we have mapped out the activities for the event, we do not foresee any ugly incident happening. All the same, we have taken every necessary precaution against any unforeseen circumstance,” supervisor of the school, Reverend Sister Stella Maris Idibie said.Other activities for the 50th anniversary of the school include charity visit and spelling bee, old school carnival, excursion, seminar and exhibition, gala/award night, with the grand finale slated for February 9.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of St. Martin’s Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos, teachers, parents and pupils of the school will, today, embark on fitness walk on major streets of Surulere.Parents and pupils of the school have been looking forward, with enthusiasm, to the fitness walk, which will start at 6.30am. They promised to turn out it large numbers.To ensure a hitch free event, special scarf was provided for participants and adequate security has been provided. The school management has made provision for medical aids and ambulance to take care of unforeseen circumstances.last_img read more

Report Card Wisconsin vs. Illinois

first_imgGame Ball ball goes to: TE Travis BeckumBeckum had a huge game for the Badgers, grabbing 11 passes for 160 yards. With Luke Swan out of the game for the second half, Beckum emerged as Donovan’s go-to option in the passing game. Beckum made a tremendous diving catch at the beginning of the fourth quarter and had another circus catch on his back earlier in the game.Offense: B-Statistically, the offense played one of its best games of the year, compiling 519 yards. Donovan threw for a career-high 392 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions in the fourth quarter proved costly and gave Illinois any momentum Wisconsin had gained by coming back. Falling behind 17-0 early meant carries were scarce for P.J. Hill. Hill ran 21 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Reserve running back Zach Brown also looked good relieving Hill.But while the numbers weren’t bad, the offense failed to put up touchdowns on three early possessions inside the 25-yard line.Defense: DThe Wisconsin defense that ended last season ranked fifth nationally is nothing but a distant memory at this point. The Badgers’ tackling Saturday was nothing short of terrible.Illinois was able to run for 289 yards for the game, and Wisconsin still has not shown an ability to slow — let alone stop — the spread option attack.Wisconsin has still has huge problems forcing turnovers — the defense has created none in three games.The defense was playing without middle linebacker Elijah Hodge, who missed practice all week in the leadup to the game, but replacement Culmer St. Jean played decently.Special Teams: CThe Wisconsin special teams was anything but Saturday. Kick and punt returner David Gilreath looked hesitant on returns and never got going straight ahead. Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff missed his first field goal of the season and was good on two of three field goals, but his missed kick sailed well left.Ken DeBauche managed a 33.7 yards per punt average despite shanking a 13-yard punt. He made amends for that 13-yarder by also hitting a 49-yard punt.Overall: CThe Badgers played far from a perfect game, but at the end still had an opportunity to win the game. In fact, had a couple breaks gone Wisconsin’s way, the Badgers could have still won a difficult road game. Illinois is a very good team — probably deserving of being ranked even prior to the surprising win over Wisconsin — so in that way the loss isn’t that bad.With the way Wisconsin had been playing the last four weeks, a loss was coming somewhere on the horizon.Up next: Penn StatePenn State rebounded from a loss to Illinois two weeks ago to defeat Iowa 27-7 in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions used a balanced offensive attack (256 yards rushing, 233 passing) to never really give Iowa a chance.The Badger defense will face another tough test in the running game, as Rodney Kinlaw is coming off a 168-yard effort.For Wisconsin, this game will truly be a fork in the road. The Badgers will need to rebound quickly to avoid losing two consecutive games. It might not be a bad idea to work on tackling, either.last_img read more

Tanzania Must Learn from AFCON 2019 Exit, Says Amuneke

first_img“It’s an eye-opener for Tanzanian football. We’ve not been at the tournament since 1980, a lot has happened in 39 years and the game has changed and continues to change,” Amuneke told BBC Sport.“What’s important is to adapt to these changes and improve as a team. There are lots of lessons to pick.“Our greatest undoing was our lack of experience. We are not experienced enough because we are used to playing football without so much pressure.“But we’ve seen in this tournament that when you have the ball, a lot of teams put the pressure on you.”The East Africans showed promising signs against neighbours Kenya and despite never troubling Senegal and Algeria, they were never embarrassed.Amuneke, who coached Nigeria to the 2015 Under-17 World Cup title, said his team would take some valuable lessons from their first big-tournament experience.“We didn’t show confidence or feel comfortable when in possession of the ball,” Amuneke said.“In every journey there’s a process of learning. When we go back we need to look at ourselves from a holistic perspective and see how we can develop our football.“It’s obvious that right now in modern football, if you don’t have the ability to compete you have no chance of winning – that’s what happened to us.The 1994 African Footballer of the Year, who has managed his country’s youth teams and Sudanese club SC Khartoum, also believes the future is bright for Tanzanian football.“I’m happy with my players, we all worked hard to be here, they didn’t invite us we earned it,” he added.“If we continue with the same spirit, improve on what we’ve been doing I think we can grow as a team.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tanzania’s head coach Emmanuel Amuneke has said that the Africa Cup of Nations has been a real “eye-opener” for the Taifa Stars following an early exit in Egypt.Tanzania, who competed in their first tournament since 1980, failed to progress to the knock-out stages and finished bottom of the group with three defeats.For the former Nigeria and Barcelona winger, it was a telling reminder of how much football has evolved on the continental showpiece event.last_img read more

XLMedia’s largest backers execute London AIM cash-out

first_img Submit Ory WeihsIssuing a market note, London AIM listed industry marketing and player acquisition specialist XLMedia has informed that its two largest shareholders WebPals Entertainment and Partners Limited Partnership have agreed to sell their remaining stakes in its enterprise.The joint disposal will see early stage investor WebPals and Israeli VC fund Partners Limited place 64.2 million of XLMedia shares for sale, at a target price of 110p per share.The combined share sale represents approximately 32% of equity in XLMedia, for a sum of £70.6 million.  XLMedia governance has confirmed that private bank Berenberg will be acting a sole bookrunner for the transaction.As a result of the share sale, XLMedia Chief Executive and Founder Ory Weihs will be forced to decrease his corporate shareholding from 4.5 to 2.7 million shares, as Weihs holds an indirect attachment to investor WebPals Entertainment.Last February, WebPals sold 40 million XLMedia shares, representing a 20% stake, at 100p per share.Presenting its full-year 2016 financial results this March, XLMedia governance reported company revenues of $103 million with FY net profits of $31 million (2015: $24.3 million); Share XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Share Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articles XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more