July 10, 2014
ISSUE | SCHOOL AID Up in smoke With a $2-a-pack tax in Philadelphia, I would ask friends from New Jersey to bring me a carton or two if I still smoked. Or like thousands of others, I reside sufficiently near Montgomery and Bucks Counties to make a cigarette run a real tax savings. On a larger scale, I envision a substantial bootleg business. So someone needs to provide a solid projection of the anticipated tax revenue. |Edwin E. Scully, Philadelphia ISSUE | CAMEOS Life in pictures A letter on Monday was accompanied by a Hillary Clinton photo but had absolutely nothing to do with her ("Touchy-feely kind of place," July 7)
July 7, 2014
In the days following the second broadside against the Affordable Care Act from the Supreme Court's conservative majority, the more than seven million Americans newly and fully insured as a result of the landmark law continued to be able to see their doctors, fill their prescriptions, and get quality hospital care. In short, the nation's bumpy pilgrim's progress toward a version of the universal health-care coverage enjoyed in every other Western nation continues along its winding path.
June 26, 2014
ISSUE | HEALTH CARE Get well quick With great sadness, I read that Abington Health is closing its doors to people with mental illnesses because the program is not profitable ("Abington Health to close facility, change care plan," June 20). Under an expansion of Medicaid, most likely, many of these clients could be served. Yet Gov. Corbett insists on a health program that will make money for insurance companies rather than a health program that will provide service for people who are desperately in need.
June 22, 2014 |
Six months into the Affordable Care Act, local mental-health and substance-abuse professionals have yet to see an uptick in clients using their new benefits. The seeming lack of interest has been disappointing for caregivers, but is not completely unexpected. "It's very early," said Patricia Kleven, director of outpatient mental health services at the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment. "I don't know what it will look like in six months or a year. But at the moment, not so much.
June 21, 2014 |
TRENTON - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Thursday that the Legislature's budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 should restore funding cut by Gov. Christie for women's health care and tax credits for low-income individuals. Prieto (D., Hudson) did not provide a detailed alternative budget plan, but said he wanted to raise taxes on millionaires. His proposal includes $7.5 million for women's health care. In the past, Christie, a Republican, has vetoed that level of funding for public and private providers of family planning services.
June 21, 2014 |
After years of losing millions of dollars on its outpatient mental health program in Willow Grove, Abington Health is making big changes. It is sending notices this week to 2,200 patients who use its Creekwood Center that the program will close Dec. 1. About one-third will be routed to primary care offices in the system, where they will be treated by new, integrated teams of doctors and social workers. The rest, including 680 patients who received care through a contract with Montgomery County, must find new providers.
June 19, 2014 |
The Sidney Kimmel Foundation has donated $110 million to Thomas Jefferson University, which will rename its medical school the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson announced Tuesday. The money from Sidney Kimmel, who has given away $860 million of the fortune he made in fashion, including at least $275 million in his native city, will be used to pay for medical school scholarships, attract top faculty, and build state-of-the-art medical school facilities, Jefferson said. The money arrives at a time of tumult in health care and as Thomas Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are being reunited under a new leader, Stephen K. Klasko, who is aiming for what he calls a "revolution in academic health care.
June 15, 2014 |
In the 10 months that Emily Lennon has been an Affordable Care Act navigator, she has reached one solid conclusion: Most people buying health insurance don't speak the lingo. "Nobody understands health insurance," said Lennon, who works at Resources for Human Development. Lennon has found that most first-time buyers, as well as people who were once covered through work but now buy coverage on their own, don't know basic terms like premium and deductible. Start talking coinsurance, out-of-pocket maximum, pharmaceutical formulary, co-payment, in-network providers, tier plans , HMO and PPO , and people get lost in the jargon jungle.
June 3, 2014
AS I READ in the paper recently that another mentally ill person has managed to obtain a gun to kill other people, I have come to the realization that America is no longer about Americans. America has come to represent something insidious and evil; it is a place where Americans go to die. It is a place where people starve to death, and seven out of 10 Americans are food-challenged, which means that they do not know where their next meal is coming from. America is not about them. It is a place where three million children go to bed hungry in this "great country" every night.
May 29, 2014 |
David P. Tilton, president and chief executive of AtlantiCare, is convinced that merging with Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., will have a big payoff for his Atlantic County health system - despite the 211 miles separating the headquarters of the two organizations. "It works because they've proven that they can do this with other organizations as distant as West Virginia and Maine from their Danville headquarters," said Tilton on Tuesday after announcing that AtlantiCare had reached a definitive agreement to merge with Geisinger.