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

Brathwaite, Roach, Holder run roughshod over Jaguars

first_img… Champs need 330 runs for victoryBy Clifton RossVENOMOUS spells from pacers Kemar Roach and Jason Holder, coupled with a touch of class from skipper Kraigg Brathwaite, kept Barbados Pride in the driver’s seat against Guyana Jaguars, heading into an important penultimate day of action.The Bajans stole Day 2 from under the nose of the Jags and were bowled out for 210 in 66.2 overs. Brathwaite was left stranded on an unbeaten 84 heading into Day 3 with Pride leading by 329 runs.Fast-bowler Keemo Paul returned 4-52 while seamer Chris Barnwell (2-26) and off-spinner Kevin Sinclair (2-28) were the other successful bowlers.The pillage commenced when, after resuming on 19 for 2, the champs were shockingly blown away, crashing to one of their lowest totals in 4-Day cricket. They were mowed down for just 55 runs.It was a rampant approach from the pair of seasoned West Indies pacers, Roach snapped up 5-20 in a venomous spell that rocked the champs.Holder bagged 4-24 as the pair put on one of the classiest exhibitions of pace bowling on the Providence surface, giving the Pride a 119-run lead over the hosts.The 9-wicket haul between Holder and Roach inevitably confined the Jaguars batsmen, with the West Indies pair of Shimron Hetmyer (14) and Romario Shepherd (12) being the primary scorers.After flattening the Jaguars, Brathwaite made the wise decision to continue piling on the runs, as he picked up where he left off in the first innings.After off-spinner Sinclair landed a double strike to remove both Shayne Moseley (15) and Shamarh Brooks (6), Guyana got back into the match for a brief passage.Jonathan Carter made up for his woes in the first innings, hitting a solid 43 with six fours and a six before Barnwell pinned him lbw.The Jags seamers, similar to the first innings made quick inroads into the lower-order, as Reifer, Barnwell and Paul helped to negate Holder’s possible retaliation which saw him muscle 5 fours in his 22.Despite the hiccups, Brathwaite remained calm and brought up a gritty half-century while stretching Pride’s lead beyond 300 runs heading into today’s play.Wickets continued to tumble as Paul found his line. He easily mopped up the remaining batsmen, denying the Pride captain of what looked like a certain century.Day 3 will continue today at 14:00hrs.last_img read more

Rossi, Vinales cheat death as morbidelli, Zarco crash

first_img(BBC) – MOTOGP riders, Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco, crashed at the Austrian Grand Prix, with Valentino Rossi narrowly avoiding a collision as their bikes careered across the track.Yamaha’s Morbidelli and Johann Zarco of Avintia Ducati were up and walking after the incident.The two riders came together on turn three, with Maverick Vinales, another rider close to hitting their bikes.“It was so scary, it was terrifying,” Rossi said.“Franco’s bike passed me at an incredible speed and also the bike of Zarco jumped over Maverick. We were very lucky.”Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won when the race resumed after a 20-minute pause.Nine-time world champion Rossi, 41, who recently said he does not have a “clear deadline” for retirement, looked visibly shaken after the crash.The victory was Dovizioso’s third at the track and meant Ducati have won every race since the circuit was added to the calendar in 2016.last_img read more

How ‘Sweet’ it is: Badgers advance to Sweet 16 with sweep of Illinois State

first_imgFor the final time in their collegiate careers, the seniors on the Wisconsin volleyball team wrapped their arms around their teammates and swayed side-to-side singing “Varsity” on their home court one last time.Except the season is not over. In fact, the fun part is just getting started.The Badgers (30-2, 19-1 Big Ten) defeated Illinois State (27-6, 18-0 Missouri Valley Conference) in three sets (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before a sellout crowd at the UW Field House Friday night.“You never think your last [home] game is gonna happen,” senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson said. “You always think you have forever left.”“Overall, it’s a rush of emotion,” Thompson added. “It’s still a really exciting time.”With a 1-0 lead in the match, the Redbirds and the Badgers were deadlocked at 12 before Wisconsin cued up a 6-0 run to distance themselves from a feisty Illinois State squad in the second set.“Tonight they gave us everything we could handle,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Their [libero Emily Orrick] was outstanding tonight. She gave us a lot of fits, and I thought their setter [Kaitlyn Early] did a really good job of mixing the ball around. It was tough to score on them.”Orrick had 21 digs, but Wisconsin’s junior libero Taylor Morey led all players with 22 digs. Wisconsin sophomore setter Lauren Carlini had 33 assists, while Early had 32.Two kills from freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates and a service ace from junior libero Taylor Morey put the Badgers up 15-12 in the second set and forced an Illinois State timeout. Following the timeout, kills from sophomore middle blocker Haleigh Nelson and Bates, along with a Redbird error, gave Wisconsin a comfortable 18-12 lead they would hold for the remainder of the set.It was the second time in as many nights Wisconsin had dominated the first set but struggled in the second.“We come out of the first game and we’re trying to focus, and we come into the second game and just happen to get down,” Thomas said. “I think that our team is good at battling back no matter where we’re at in a game, doesn’t matter if its the third game, fourth game or fifth. We came back and took away the game.”The early going of the third was tightly contested as well. Wisconsin’s Courtney Thompson’s physical play at the net paced the Badgers to a 10-10 tie. Then, two solo blocks and a kill in-a-row from senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman gave the Badgers their first real momentum kick of the set and forced an Illinois State timeout.The Redbirds, as they had done the previous night against Marquette by erasing a two-set deficit and winning the next three, refused to go quietly. They evened the score once again at 15, but two key kills from Thompson put the Badgers up 20-17 in the set and UW eased to a set and match win.“I thought we executed our game plan,” Sheffield said. “It wasn’t perfect, but I thought we did a really good job against a really good team that was really doing their darndest to keep us off-balance.”“You’re holding a team that won 27 matches, and they didn’t score 20 points on you,” Sheffield said. “Sometimes you can sit up here and find a whole lot of things to complain about and be frustrated about, but at the end of the day that’s a pretty good effort that we saw from our team tonight.”The first set was the only set the Badgers jumped on the Redbirds early, getting out to a 8-3 lead. Bates had five of her match-high 10 kills in that set alone.Thompson added nine kills of her own, while Thomas, Chapman and Nelson each contributed seven.The Badgers out-blocked (12-3) and out-hit (.240-.131) the Redbirds, something Illinois State head coach Melissa Myers attributed to their size and strength advantage.“At the end of the day they’re a big, strong blocking team,” Myers said. “We knew they were going to have that presence, we just didn’t execute.”The loss ended Illinois State’s 23-match winning streak, while the Badgers upped their winning streak to 21 matches in-a-row. Wisconsin’s Sweet 16 site is Louisville, Kentucky, where they will play the winner of No. 13 Kentucky-Ohio State next Friday, Dec. 12.Following the match, it was a mix of emotions for a senior class that had to grip the idea of never playing another home match but was still advancing toward a national championship.“We’ve had so many moments and so many great times,” Chapman said. “I was sad about that, but I’m not sad about much else, because I know we’re going to accomplish so much more this season. Whether we’re playing here, whether we’re playing in Louisville, it’s more about who you’re with, rather than the place.”Thomas said the tears in her and her teammates’ eyes were tears of joy, not sadness.“We couldn’t be more proud and more happy to end it here [like that],” Thomas said. “It’s awesome.”While Sheffield was happy with his team’s performance, he said the team knows that tougher competition awaits as the tournament progresses.“The teams get more challenging, the stakes are higher,” Sheffield said. “You gotta be prepared to bring it.”last_img read more