November 25, 2013 |
Pennsylvania's controversial ex-welfare secretary has a new gig. The State of Maine has hired Gary Alexander's consulting firm to study the state's Medicaid system and examine Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The contract is worth nearly $1 million. Alexander's stormy, two-year tenure in the Corbett administration was marked by deep cuts to social service programs serving the disabled, the elderly, women, and children. Alexander also opposed expansion of Medicaid.
November 17, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN Norristown Police Chief Willie Richet finally will be able to relax and wear something other than his uniform. And he has mixed feelings about that. When Richet retires next week, he'll put away his badge after 40 years with the Montgomery County seat's law enforcement agency. Mark E. Talbot Sr., director of the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation, will be sworn in as Norristown's next chief Tuesday. Given how long he has served and the fact that he is a Norristown resident, "it made for great relationships," said Norristown Councilwoman Linda Christian, the public safety committee cochair.
November 16, 2013 |
It was a murder that jolted the city – an aspiring young teacher from a small town in Minnesota killed for his iPod just steps from his apartment in the Italian Market. Beau Zabel, 23, had been in the Philadelphia only 42 days when he was shot dead while walking home from his summer job at Starbucks in June 2008. Now, five years later, Philadelphia police and prosecutors say they finally have enough evidence to charge his alleged killer. "An arrest is imminent," Capt.
November 12, 2013 |
Three weeks ago, Daniel J. Hilferty, 57, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross, joined other insurance executives in Washington to meet with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. The topic? The massive computer software nightmare that has complicated enrollment in the new health insurance exchanges and set off a war of partisan sniping in Washington. Question: What's your reaction to the glitches and what did you tell the White House?
November 7, 2013 |
A possible candidate for the presidency of Pennsylvania State University has become mired in allegations of receiving unauthorized income while at his current job in New York, the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union reported Tuesday. David R. Smith, president of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, has accepted $349,295 in payments from outside sources on top of his $625,000 in compensation from SUNY, the Times Union reported. The amount of outside payments was specified in a Nov. 1 letter to Smith, a pediatrician, from SUNY chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, a copy of which the Times Union reported it had received.
November 5, 2013 |
Tom Nestel, the top cop at SEPTA, is a natural on Twitter. "Rider complained about loud radio player on Rt66 each night. Tonight, undercover Transit Police pulled the cord on bus DJ," he tweeted on Oct. 23, adding the hash tag #silenceisgolden. It's that dash of snark that makes some of his Twitter updates sparkle. "Spiderman 'forgot' to pay at 46th St. He's paying now. . .#cheesesandwich. Can't outrun the radio and the cameras :-)" Nestel tweeted two days later, adding a photo of the offender's Spider-Man-style hoodie.
November 2, 2013
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille hasn't had the luxury of ignoring the state's most troubled courts. He presides over one of them. In the past year alone, one of the high court's recently deposed justices, Joan Orie Melvin, was sentenced to house arrest for misusing state staff. A sitting justice, Seamus P. McCaffery, is under federal scrutiny related to referral fees paid to his wife, who is also a lawyer and his top aide. McCaffery denies any wrongdoing and has been engaged in more or less open hostilities with Castille over the fees and other issues.
November 1, 2013 |
Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday that if reelected next week, he would push to ban judges from hiring relatives or hearing cases brought by lawyers who have made substantial contributions to their campaigns. In a meeting with the Inquirer Editorial Board, Castille said an overhaul of the state's Code of Judicial Conduct was among his main goals should he win retention. Castille, a Republican, has been on the court for nearly three decades and its chief since 2008.
October 31, 2013 |
CAMDEN Following an alarming survey in which more than half the students in some Camden schools said they felt unsafe, the district superintendent announced at the monthly school board advisory meeting Tuesday a series of town hall forums and focus groups on the state of the city's schools. Paymon Rouhanifard said he would hold town hall meetings at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy on Nov. 12, Bonsall Family School on Nov. 14, Woodrow Wilson High School on Nov. 20, and Molina Elementary School on Nov. 21. All meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. He will also hold focus groups with students, teachers, parents, and support staff, all part of what he calls his listening tour.
October 30, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The president of the group representing Pennsylvania's hospitals said those institutions will continue to pay out roughly $1 billion in uncompensated care if the state does not move to expand Medicaid coverage next year. "Most important to hospitals is the end goal," said Andy Carter, president and chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Hospital and Healthsystem Association. "Whether it's full-blown Medicaid expansion or the model that Gov. Corbett has put in play, in either case, most observers believe that we will achieve close to universal coverage in the commonwealth.