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

Brevett: Fulham players will be shocked

“He has brought a new manager in with 12 games to go, if Magath doesn’t keep them up is he going to bring in another manager to get them out of the Championship? How much does Magath know about that division? “Sometimes when a new manager comes in you get a new kick and hopefully if they do that they might have a chance. “The confidence is low and it is going to take a completely different mindset, there are a lot of differences between fighting to win things and trying to stay in the league. We will have to wait and see what he comes up with. “Fulham have flirted with relegation a few times but nothing as serious as we see now, it is massive. Financially and for the fans as well. “It means everything to stay in the Premier League. They will be doing their upmost to stay there.” Fulham Supporters’ Trust member Dan Crawford said fans were also ‘surprised’ by the decision to sack Meulensteen, although results may have justified the change. “I was very surprised,” he said. “We had all read that he might have two games to save his job but you just assumed that the performances and fight they showed would have been enough. “We haven’t won a league game since January 1, we are out of FA Cup, bottom of the league and running out of time. “The defending has been abysmal for most of the season, you hope that someone who is a disciplinarian will come in and get things right, he won’t take any prisoners and has virtually no margin for error. “We are in the last chance saloon and everyone recognises that, it slaps a little bit of desperation but that is par for the course given the situation we are in.” Magath will not face the media until he hosts a press conference previewing next Saturday’s crucial Premier League clash with fellow strugglers West Brom. A win in the German’s first game would see Fulham close the gap on the 17th-placed Baggies but a defeat could see them cast further adrift with time running out to continue their 13-year stay in the top flight. Brevett, who currently manages Southern League Premier Division side Arlesey Town, reckons the players will struggle to once again adapt to new ideas. “The players will be shocked,” he told Press Association Sport. “Some are players that Meulensteen brought in in January and they just won’t know what has happened. “As players you have got to get on with it, it is your job. They have to take responsibility but it is true, you do also need continuity in what you’re being told is expected of you. “Just as they are getting used to Meulensteen’s methods and the things that he wants, he is gone and another manager comes in – it will be very difficult for him with 12 games to go, it doesn’t happen over night.” Magath, who has won three Bundesliga titles during his managerial career, now has 12 games to turn things around at Craven Cottage after becoming Fulham’s third manager of the season. Brevett feels a relegation battle requires a different approach and also did not rule out Khan making another change in the summer if Magath fails to keep the club in the top flight. “He owns the club and will do what he thinks is best,” added Brevett. Former Fulham captain Rufus Brevett believes the current squad will be shocked at the decision to replace head coach Rene Meulensteen with ex-Bayern Munich boss Felix Magath. Press Association The Whites currently sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League and have not won a league fixture since a 2-1 victory over West Ham on New Year’s Day. Meulensteen was appointed as Martin Jol’s successor in December but, having been unable to steer Fulham out of the relegation zone, he also lost the faith of owner Shahid Khan. read more

Dodgers want Hyun-Jin Ryu to get his velocity up

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He is recovering from a torn labrum that required surgery and cost him the 2015 season, and though it was his fifth rehab start this season, it was his second since his build-up was halted last month because of soreness.But his fastball, at least right now, is not what is was when he last pitched for the Dodgers in 2014. The four-seamer averaged 92 mph that season, according to PITCHf/x data tabulated by Brooks Baseball, and 91 mph when he debuted in 2013.Roberts said he hoped Ryu could at least. bring his fastball up to 88 mph before he is called up.“I think with his pitch ability and command, as long as he’s healthy, that’s more than serviceable,” Roberts said.Ryu is scheduled to make another start next week, building up to five innings and 65 pitches and is expected to make five more before returning to the rotation. LOS ANGELES >> On the one hand, Hyun-Jin Ryu came out of his minor league injury-rehabilitation start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga earlier this weekend feeling fine.Ryu threw four scoreless innings Friday night, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts reported a day later that the left-hander felt good.An eyebrow-raising moment, though, arrived when Roberts also revealed that Ryu’s fastball sat 86 mph and fell anywhere from 82-89 mph.“You want to get the average up a little bit higher,” Roberts said. “I know that it is rehab, but I expect the velocity to go up.”center_img “The results, we don’t care about,” Roberts said. “I think that it’s more for us how the pitches are executed and how they feel afterward.”Maeda good to go It looked a little ominous at first, when Kenta Maeda was hit by a 95 mph line drive in his right leg Tuesday at Arizona.But Maeda will still make his next scheduled start on Sunday afternoon in the series finale against Milwaukee.“Tomorrow?” asked Roberts, as the Japanese rookie walked through the dugout during the manager’s pregame session with reporters.“Yes,” Maeda replied and pumped his fist.“There you go,” Roberts said, answering a question about Maeda’s status.The right-hander left his start against the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning, though X-rays were later revealed to be normal and indicated only a leg bruise.“Every day, it gets better,” Roberts said. “It shouldn’t affect him at all.”Maeda has not missed a start this season, but one was pushed back earlier this month because of soreness in his hand.Last hurdleYasiel Puig made his final rehab start for Class-A for Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday. He went 1 for 4 and struck out twice.He left after seven innings. Roberts had said he did not need to play an entire game.Puig, out with a strained left hamstring, is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Monday, as the Dodgers host Washington for a three-game series.In his five minor-league rehab assignments, Puig was 5 for 16 with a home run and two RBI.To make room for Puig, the Dodgers can option one of their outfielders, Kiké Hernández, Scott Van Slyke and Will Venable.AlsoJoc Pederson hit leadoff for the first time this season, while Chase Utley had a scheduled day off. Pederson was in the leadoff spot 69 times as a rookie in 2015 and had a .216 batting average, a .325 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage in those opportunities. “There’s been some better contact,” Roberts said.last_img read more