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

Henderson hopes Gerrard stays

first_img Henderson, installed as vice-captain this season, admits he is still learning much from his team-mate and is hopeful he will get the chance to continue that education for a couple more years at least. “I hope he stays on for as long as he can and then even after that really, I hope he stays at the club as long as he can,” he said. “For me, he has been the best player for a number of years, not just for Liverpool but in the Premier League, and I think he still is. “Hopefully we keep him because he is a massive player for us and a great leader. “Everyone has a lot of respect for him in the dressing room. He leads by example. He is a top player, but he is also a top person. “The lads feel they can go to him with anything and he will always help them out and put them first. That is massive as a captain. “Everyone gets on really well with him. With the aura that he has got he could be a different person but he is very grounded, very humble. “We can go to him and he will help us out with anything he possibly can and that is priceless. The 34-year-old’s future has become a topic for considerable debate after it emerged this week he had not yet accepted the offer of a new contract to extend his current deal which expires in the summer. Speculation, fuelled by manager Brendan Rodgers’s judicious use of the midfielder in an attempt to reduce his workload, has linked Gerrard with a move to Major League Soccer, but the captain provided a timely reminder of his qualities with an influential performance in the 3-1 win at Leicester on Tuesday night. Press Association “Then he puts in performances like that (against Leicester). He is our leader, he is a role model to us all. “If he was to go, he would be a massive loss. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. “Liverpool without Steven Gerrard is unimaginable. Nobody wants to lose him and I’m sure the club don’t as well.” Gerrard has played in a more advanced position in the last three matches and that has not only benefited him personally but the team around him. Striker Rickie Lambert, who has started the last four matches in the absence of injured duo Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli after just three starts in as many months, believes the captain still has plenty to offer and is relishing playing alongside him. “Some of the talk has been silly really. He is always going to come back – that is the silly thing – and he is Mr Cool in those situations,” he said of Gerrard’s well-taken second goal at the King Power Stadium. “He always has been and it was a great finish. Long may it continue. “He is not going to play every single game but that is what he can do. “He is one of those players who can play in multiple positions and if he is closer to me it makes my game a lot easier. “His all-round play, his vision, everything about him…when he has got the ball he will put it in the area you want. “Obviously we are desperate to keep Stevie. It is clear it is his decision but I think he needs to stay at Liverpool for the rest of his life.” Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits Steven Gerrard very much remains the man the players look up to and it would be unimaginable to think of him not being at the club. last_img read more