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

Shafer praises Florida State’s all-around talent

first_imgLast Saturday was just another blowout for No. 2 Florida State. The Seminoles piled up 59 points and held Wake Forest to just three.But FSU totaled just 296 yards of offense. Instead, Florida State leaned on seven takeaways to spark this rout.The Seminoles are more than just Jameis Winston — they’re one of the best all-around teams in college football.“It starts up front,” Syracuse head coach Shafer said during his weekly press conference Thursday.Florida State’s defense, and its line in particular, haven’t put up some of the outlandish number of other elite defenses, but Shafer likened their stats to a top quarterback recruit who only throws for 1,200 yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a part of me that almost feels bad for them because they’re out of the game early a lot of times,” Shafer said, “so they haven’t had the ability to put up some of the stats that other teams are.”And the Seminoles are just as strong on the other side of the ball. Left tackle Cameron Erving and center Bryan Stork are both NFL prospects. Gaps are hard to come by.As an old defensive coach, Shafer first takes a look at the opponent’s offensive-line scheme. Then he takes a look at the players, trying to find a weakness to exploit.“We’ve had blitzes in the past where we’ve said we’re checking the blitz to that guy,” Shafer said. “There’s not a guy like that at Florida State. They’re all really good players.“I haven’t seen a weakness in this team. I really haven’t.” Comments Published on November 14, 2013 at 11:24 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgUlster Colleges Colmcille Cup Under 13 ½St. Eunan’s College  8-15 St. Pat’s Grammar, Knock  1-02 St. Eunan’s College are top of their group and have qualified for the quarter Finals after Easter as they won their 3rd match in a row.Played in Garvaghey the Donegal boys got off to a blistering start with 2 goals and 2 points in the 1st eight minutes by Keelan Collier and Jack Gallagher each player scoring 1 – 1.The Belfast boys found it difficult to settle and by half time St. Eunan’s led by 6-05 to 0-02 and the game was over as a contest.St. Eunan’s introduced some new players in the 2nd half and after a sluggish start they were soon back in the rhythm and won by 8-05 to  1-02. There were many great performances especially Oran Brogan in defence whose perception to read the game was excellent. Jack Gallagher roved forward with great movement and with the pace of Jack Alcorn and Seimi Breslin St. Eunan’s were always on top.Noel O’ Donnell had a splendid game at mid field and was at the forefront of setting up many opportunities for a hungry forward line. Callum Friel scored 2 – 3 and with his overall work rate and endeavour to distribute the ball earned Callum – the Michael Murphy Man of the Match award.St. Eunan’s College team:Matthew Whoriskey, Sean Collum, Oran Brogan, Cian Mc Monagle, Peadar Mc Geehin, Jack Gallagher, Conal Mc Dermott, Jack Roarty, Noel O’ Donnell, Kelan Collier, Seimi Breslin, Jack Alcorn, Conor Cassidy, Callum Friel, Emmet O’ Boyle, Conor Hughes, Sean Marsh, Ben Gallagher, Donnacha Devenney, Ronan Coady, Tobi Akinyimiki, Sean Mc Veigh, Adam Duncan, Calvin Aidoo, Shane Monaghan, Killian GribbenScorers: Callum Friel   2 – 3, Seimi Breslin 1 – 3, Jack Alcorn 1 – 3, Kelan Collier 1 – 2, Jack Gallagher   1 – 1, Noel O’ Donnell 1 – 1, Emmet O’ Boyle 1 – 1 and Donnacha Devenney 0 – 1.  GAA: ST EUNAN’S EARN SENSATIONAL RESULT IN ULSTER COLLEGES COLMCILLE CUP was last modified: March 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CollegeGAAschoolsSportSt EunansUlster Collegeslast_img read more