August 18, 2016 |
Aetna Inc.'s decision to withdraw from Affordable Care Act exchanges in Pennsylvania and 10 other states means that Independence Blue Cross will be the only major firm offering individual plans for 2017 to Southeastern Pennsylvania residents. In its announcement Monday, Aetna, of Hartford, Conn., cited a second-quarter loss of $200 million on the exchange business because a large number of newly insured people needed high-cost care. Aetna serves about 31,000 Pennsylvanians through the marketplace, about 6 percent of the state's individual health insurance market, according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.
June 3, 2016 |
IN A TENSE cross-examination, the Bucks County doctor accused of running a pill mill with the Pagans Motorcycle Club traded verbal blows Thursday with an FBI agent over matters ranging from alleged perjury to oral sex. William J. O'Brien III, who's acting as his own attorney, is facing federal charges in a Philadelphia courtroom that he illegally distributed narcotic painkillers. Prosecutors called FBI Special Agent Joshua Gill to testify about prescriptions O'Brien had written out to several of his patients and display those records to the jury.
May 16, 2016
Benedic Ippolito is a research fellow in Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute New warning signs that Humana may be pulling out of the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, coupled with UnitedHealthcare's recent exits, have reignited the debate about the stability of the insurance marketplaces. Ironically, blame for undermining the exchanges may ultimately lie with one of the ACA's most popular provisions: allowing young adults to join their parents' insurance.
May 2, 2016 |
The members of Team USA, many of whom were making their outdoor season debut in a year in which they hope to end up in Rio de Janeiro performing at the Olympics, came through Saturday with five wins out of six races in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World competition at Franklin Field. Fair or not, most of the attention on the 17th annual program featuring the world's top professional sprinters focused on the race the United States did not win - the men's 4x100 meters, where No. 3 runner Tyson Gay and anchor Isiah Young could not get together on the race's final baton exchange.
October 3, 2015 |
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Thursday she had evidence that a sitting Supreme Court justice - quickly identified by her staff as J. Michael Eakin - had sent and received "racial, misogynistic pornography" on state computers. Kane said she had given the state Supreme Court, the Judicial Conduct Board, and the state Ethics Commission more than 1,500 Eakin emails to review. Her spokesman said he could not say how many contained offensive material. One email, Kane said, contained "a joke about a woman who was beaten by her husband, and the punch line is that she should just shut up. " She said another noted that 30 percent of female murder victims were killed by husbands or boyfriends.
September 24, 2015 |
Two Philadelphia brothers, both with lengthy criminal records, allegedly engaged in a deadly argument Monday evening. Police responded to reports of a person with a gun at 6:35 p.m. Monday, on the 5100 block of Kershaw St. in Parkside. On arrival, police found Jacquell Roundtree, 31, on his front porch with gunshot wounds to his back and side. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he died shortly after 9 p.m. Police said Wednesday they were seeking a suspect, Dominic Roundtree, 29. Both brothers were in the news within months of each other in 2005.
September 19, 2015 |
How do you keep an independent record store open for 30 years? "It helps if you don't want too much for yourself," Philadelphia Record Exchange owner Jacy Webster answers drily, and then laughs. "It's not a real profitable business. " Webster cofounded the Record Exchange in 1985 with Greg Harris, who is now CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. It hasn't made him rich, but the store managed the rare feat of surviving as a bricks-and-mortar gathering place that sells honest to goodness physical product.
September 11, 2015 |
The image in the minds of relatives of the last moments of Antorie Coates and his girlfriend, Alida Maria Cruz, could not have been more ghastly: shot to death in a van, doused with gasoline and set on fire. On Wednesday, relatives gave a message to the man who admitted killing them: "We forgive you. " Courtroom observers said the atmosphere at the guilty plea and sentencing of 38-year-old William Deputy of Upper Darby was so intense that he wept openly as Coates' sister, Akeya Coates, and mother, Eva Whaley, made victim-impact statements.
August 24, 2015 |
Between payments made to trade partners and large contracts absorbed in return, the Phillies have committed more than $50 million in trades during their rebuilding. Here is a breakdown from each trade. 1st year Player Contract details of contract Cash paid in trade Jimmy Rollins 4 years, $44 million 2012 $1 million Marlon Byrd 2 years, $16 million 2014 $4 million Jonathan Papelbon 4 years, $50 million 2012 $4.5 million Cole Hamels 6 years, $144 million 2013 $9.5 million Also acquired Matt Harrison in trade $32.6 million Ben Revere 1 year, $4.1 million 2015 $1.5 million Chase Utley 2 years, $27 million 2014 $3.5 million* TOTAL 19 years, $285.1 million $56.6 million *–could increase depending on bonuses and exercising of 2016 option.
June 27, 2015 |
In its second ruling in three years upholding President Obama's health-care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned back challengers' claims that the law barred health insurance subsidies to millions in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The 6-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., upheld a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act and allows the administration's five-year-old initiative to get health coverage to more Americans. The decision lifted a cloud that threatened to end coverage for millions of Americans, disrupt state insurance markets, and pressure politicians whose constituents receive the subsidies to find a way to save them.