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November 28, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
It's beginning to look a lot like ... the 2014 gubernatorial race! With six fun-filled, promise-loaded campaign months to go, five of the announced eight (yes, we kid not, eight) Democratic candidates appeared Saturday at a raucous Temple University forum that resembled a revival meeting. Actually, you couldn't call the event a debate because the candidates agree on virtually everything, probably down to how they like their eggs. The program quickly evolved into a political version of a talent show, with a generous dose of church testifying.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Sandra Khalil is one broke woman. She lives in a ramshackle house in Hatfield, has no income or health insurance, and drives an ornery car whose display panel flashes "STOP" in red when she starts it. Khalil could be a comfortable woman. She is a trained engineer with a specialty in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. She spent 12 years working for drug giants Johnson & Johnson and Merck & Co. as a process engineer. She was on the fast track to senior management. But after a layoff, she traded the big bucks, the gilded health insurance plan, and a car with manners for a life of helping people without health insurance find care.
NEWS
November 25, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
  PHILADELPHIA Five of the eight Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Corbett next year lobbied for the limelight and lit into the incumbent Saturday at a candidate forum that exposed few gaps between them on policy and yawning chasms separating their styles. Some had the raucous crowd of union members and community activists fired into a frenzy, while others left the auditorium at Temple University's Performing Arts Center lukewarm. "I want to jack up some Republicans who have never created a job in their lives and don't know what they're talking about," said State Treasurer Rob McCord, of Bryn Mawr, in a reach-for-the-rafters performance that bordered on the evangelistic.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2013 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anna L. Aagenes, district director for State Sen. Brian Sims (D., Phila.), offered a caution to constituents who turned out this week to learn about the Affordable Care Act. "These are not the people to complain to about the website," she said Wednesday evening, referring to Moshe Bitterman and Elizabeth Rosario, two ACA counselors with the Public Health Management Corp. "They are not from the government. They are here to help. " Against the backdrop of the uproar over the troubled federal ACA website and canceled health care policies, grassroots efforts to educate and register consumers for insurance policies under the ACA continue.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
For women with limited resources and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, having a baby can be both joyous and perilous. Merck & Co., the pharmaceutical giant with facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is joining with nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia and Camden to reduce that peril by working to improving maternal health care. Merck said Tuesday that it was underwriting new outreach efforts by the Maternity Care Coalition, long known for its MOMobile home-visiting services, and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, nationally recognized for improving access to and coordination of care in New Jersey's poorest city.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
AtlantiCare, the dominant health-care provider in Atlantic County, has signed a letter of intent to join Geisinger Health System, an integrated health system in rural Pennsylvania known nationally for high quality and low cost, the providers said Wednesday. AtlantiCare had significant talks with seven health systems to find a partner that would help accelerate its move toward a model emphasizing health management rather than getting paid for discrete episodes of illness, David P. Tilton, AtlantiCare's president and chief executive, said.
NEWS
November 14, 2013
PRESIDENT Obama finally stopped spinning and came clean. On Thursday, he admitted that he'd misled people with his assurances that "if you like your health plan, you can keep it. Period. " He said that he was sorry, and that his administration is looking into ways to help the folks who got bushwhacked. It's a good thing. Obama will spend the rest of his presidency fighting for the Affordable Care Act. He couldn't effectively argue for its benefits if he kept defending what was a false promise.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2013
BAR and restaurant employees, easily one of the most underinsured groups in the American workforce, have been dealt a holistic hand by a small group of physicians who have made industry health care their priority. Founded in New York City in 2007, by Dr. David Ores - and in Philly since last fall, thanks to South Philly M.D. Bruce Hopper - the Restaurant Worker Referral Program is aggressively focused on the needs of workers "in the biz. " You can gather as much from the nonprofit's logo - serpents intertwined around a fistful of cutlery instead of a staff.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
BUSINESS
November 11, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
If a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a handful of numbers can prove just as valuable. Take these: The average annual health-insurance premium for a family that gets coverage through work: $16,351. The median income last year for a family of four: $79,698. The gross annual income for a full-time worker earning the federal minimum wage: $15,080. Those numbers tell a crucial story getting lost in the noise over the troubled rollout of the online insurance exchange at HealthCare.gov and the anger and confusion over cancellation notices - about 3.5 million so far, by one estimate - blamed on the Affordable Care Act. It bears repeating here.
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