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

Koeman delight at Saints role

first_img Koeman said in a statement: “I am thrilled to be the manager of Southampton Football Club. “From my very first meeting with (executive director) Les Reed, I could see clearly that this was the right club for me. We share the same philosophy of football, and the same belief in how to develop the club. “Southampton have a talented first-team squad, a world-class academy and the infrastructure to sustain success in the Premier League. “The opportunity to continue the development of this famous football club was simply too good to turn down. I cannot wait to get started.” Koeman resigned from his previous post at Feyenoord last month having led the team to second, third and second during his three years at the club. The 51-year-old has won the Dutch title with both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, the Copa del Rey at Valencia and coached Vitesse, Benfica and AZ Alkmaar during a 14-year managerial career. His reputation for employing an attacking brand of football and committing to the promotion of young talent will sit well with Southampton who have nurtured the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw in recent seasons. Executive director Reed said: “From the moment we met with Ronald, it was clear he had the vision and ambition to take our club forward, that he shared our football philosophy and could see the opportunity to move our club to the next level. Ronald Koeman is thrilled to have been appointed Southampton manager, claiming he knew it was a perfect match the very first time he met with the club. “The club, the players and the fans will all be excited to have a man of Ronald’s experience at the very highest level joining our club. “Ronald’s passion for the opportunity here at St Mary’s was very clear, and we look forward to continuing our growth with him as part of our team.” One of Koeman’s first priorities will be to bring stability and direction to the club by resolving the futures of key players. As well as Pochettino, Rickie Lambert has already left the club, while Lallana, Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have all been linked with moves away. Saints will be hoping Koeman’s pedigree as both a manager and player will carry weight with the club’s top talents. In a glittering career that included spells at PSV, Ajax and Barcelona, the defender won four Eredivisie titles, four Primera Division titles and two European Cups – the second of which saw him score the winner in a 1-0 win over Sampdoria in 1992. Koeman also won the European Championship in 1988 with Holland, for whom he played 75 times, and was named Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1987 and 1988. Southampton will also name a new goalkeeping coach in the near future to replace Toni Jimenez, who followed Pochettino to Tottenham. Koeman has been handed a three-year contract to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who left for Tottenham after guiding the Saints to eighth in the Barclays Premier League last season. The former Holland international is joined at St Mary’s by his older brother Erwin, who has been named assistant first team manager, and Jan Kluitenberg, who will be an assistant and fitness coach. Press Associationlast_img read more

Nims, seniors lead Syracuse on Senior Day

first_imgThe starting lineup was different Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome — head coach Gary Gait started seven of his eight healthy seniors on Senior Day.It was Taylor Nims’ first start of the season and just her fourth game of the year. With 25:02 left in the second half, the sideline erupted in applause as Nims netted her third goal of the game.Ella Thorpe fed Nims the ball. Nims swung her stick behind her head and found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season.“It’s funny,” Nims said, “I usually practice it in practice, but I wasn’t really thinking about it during the game. I just happened to be in the right spot at the right time.”All game long, Nims found herself in the right position to give Syracuse (12-3, 6-0 Big East) an 18-6 victory over Marquette (2-14) Sunday afternoon in the Dome. Nims ended with a career-high four goals, one assist and increased minutes in front of her family. Gait credited Nims and the other seniors for getting the Orange off to a hot start, allowing opportunities for others to get involved. In the first 15 minutes, seniors Nims, Tori Praino and Bridget Daley scored to spark a 10-0 Syracuse run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s definitely a sense of urgency that I feel,” senior Daley said. “I’ve been feeling that for the last few games, but I think that’s how you have to play every game when it comes down to your last few games in your senior year.”The seniors led the Orange to a dominating performance over the young Golden Eagles, and behind their efforts, Gait began to clear out his bench early in the first.With the constant rotation of players, Syracuse dominated Marquette on draw controls. The Orange won 80 percent in the first half.Syracuse’s dominance on the draw controls didn’t allow the Golden Eagles to pass the 50-yard line for more than three minutes. The lack of possession on draw controls harmed the Golden Eagles. They only got off two shots before the half, scoring on just one.Syracuse slung 23 shots before the half, helping 10 different players get on the board for the Orange. Syracuse would end the game with 39 shots to Marquette’s eight. This effort was without leading scorers Alyssa Murray and Kayla Treanor in the second half.“The team came out focused and ready to go and that allowed us to play everybody on Senior Day.” Gait said. “It wasn’t one of the top teams in the country, but it could’ve been an opportunity for mental letdowns.”Treanor and Murray did not start the second half, and goaltender Kelsey Richardson would also not play the rest of the game. This gave freshman Shannon Byrne her longest minutes of the season with 19:52.Said Gait: “Overall, it was a good day for Syracuse lacrosse. We are happy with everything and that everyone had an opportunity to play.” Comments Related Stories Kempney, Syracuse dominate draw controls in blowout win over Marquette Published on April 22, 2013 at 1:38 am Contact Melissa: qsbronso@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more