January 26, 2015 |
A year before Healthy Pennsylvania's rollout, Michael Harle, president and CEO of Gaudenzia, the drug and alcohol treatment center, was assured by top state Medicaid officials his clients would not see their health insurance change. Harle has been around. So he asked for that guarantee in writing. He didn't get it. A high-placed executive "promised me that they would get it right," he said. But "they" didn't. After Medicaid recipients began shifting to the new program on Dec. 1, "all hell broke loose," Harle said.
January 22, 2015 |
"LET ME get this stuff out of the way," says Don Tollefson, moving a briefcase, files and papers from his car's front passenger seat to the back one, which is already jammed with a big cooler, law books and various bags. "I want to drive you around my neighborhood. This is my world now. " I do not fear the watchful young men who coolly assess us outside Tollefson's digs on Monday. He lives on a rundown North Philly block where the drug trade operates, 24/7. I am more nervous about Tollefson's 1997 Honda Civic.
January 19, 2015 |
Saying a priority is to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians, Gov.-elect Tom Wolf on Saturday named two cabinet members with experience expanding coverage under President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Wolf reached south of the border to tap Theodore "Ted" Dallas, currently the secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, to be his secretary of human services. The agency serves the most vulnerable by providing cash aid, home-heating help and health care for the poor, foster care and adoption services, child abuse protection, and support for the aging and people with intellectual disabilities.
January 5, 2015 |
A 74-year-old Camden man has been charged with first-degree death by auto, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, for allegedly killing a pedestrian in October while driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors said Neri Garcia turned himself in to the Camden County police Wednesday and was released after posting bail, which had been set at $150,000 cash or bond. Garcia could not be reached for comment. Officials said in a statement Friday that Garcia hit 53-year-old Benjamin Cortes-Ramos with his 2000 Ford Explorer at about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Westfield and Rosedale Avenues in Camden.
December 31, 2014
AS 2014 COMES to an end, now is the time you begin to think about your 2015 resolutions, right? Naturally, you want a better life, more money in your pockets, and to finally shed whatever baggage you may be carrying. But the ugly truth is, when it comes to resolutions most of us overpromise and under-deliver. Not because we want to fail, but it's just profoundly and incredibly hard to change our behaviors. So, with that in mind, I say get rid of the guilt and start with small, quantifiable goals, and when life throws you the inevitable curveball, instead of giving up, resolve to get back on your game.
November 29, 2014 |
Sobriety checkpoints popped up throughout Pennsylvania the day before Thanksgiving to crack down on impaired drivers during the holiday, one of the biggest travel periods of the year. During last year's Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays, 1,072 of the crashes in the state involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Thirty-five people died. West Chester is working to make sure servers and sellers of alcohol know their responsibilities under the law during the holidays and throughout the year.
November 15, 2014 |
Agents raided a Chester County golf club Wednesday morning and seized a large stock of alcoholic beverages that allegedly was being sold illegally, state police reported Thursday. Officers of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed a search warrant at the French Creek Golf Club in Elverson Borough following an undercover operation prompted by a complaint about illegal sales. State police officers reported confiscating 575 bottles of wine, 610 bottles of liquor, 2,687 cans and bottles of beer, seven kegs, and records believed to be related to the alleged illegal sales of alcohol.
October 11, 2014
A headline Thursday with a story on the suspension of the chief executive of Valley Forge Casino for allowing two underage women access to the casino floor could have been read as indicating that the women were served alcoholic beverages. The women did not gamble or drink alcohol while there.
September 26, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I need your help. Is cider a wine or a beer, or just juice? It keeps showing up on tap at the pub, and my pals and I are stumped. Marnie: Cider terminology is a little confusing, Buzz. Almost everywhere else in the world, a cider is a fermented alcoholic drink made from apples or pears. However, in the U.S., "apple cider" is simply apple juice that has not been filtered or pasteurized. That's the cloudy juice you see at the grocery store.
July 10, 2014 |
TODAY WE LEAD with perhaps the greatest movie star of all-time, John Wayne , and his estate's ongoing battle with a prestigious ACC basketball power. Duke University was founded in 1838, but didn't actually become Duke until 1924, when James B. Duke gave the school a pile of money. Wayne was born in 1907 and was nicknamed "Duke" as a boy. Now, the Hollywood Reporter says John Wayne Enterprises is tired of Duke (the school) getting in the way of products profiting Duke (the nickname)