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June 22, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 21, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The day before Universal Health Services Inc. held its annual meeting Tuesday, members of the Service Employees International Union distributed leaflets outside Friends Hospital in Philadelphia and three other area behavioral health facilities run by UHS. On Wednesday, four union members showed up at the annual meeting for the King of Prussia-based company, which employs 65,000 people in 25 acute-care hospitals and 195 behavioral health facilities around...
BUSINESS
May 15, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union that represents casino workers in Atlantic City has for years been experimenting with ways to reduce health-care costs for its members while improving results. The latest effort is a primary-care center opened this year in Atlantic City by Unite Here Health, a national labor-management trust fund that provides health benefits to 20,000 Unite Here Local 54 members and dependents. The center, which had its grand opening Tuesday, has three physicians and a nurse-practitioner.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pittsburgh congressman who is also a clinical psychologist is pushing an ambitious overhaul of the country's mental-health care that is winning praise for its breadth - but also criticism from patient advocates who fear it would erode the rights of the mentally ill. Rep. Tim Murphy's bill, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, came partly in response to the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn. It is also a response to parents who want desperately to help sick children who are sometimes unable to help themselves.
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