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January 31, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Promising to restore a North Philadelphia neighborhood known for dilapidated buildings and a lack of medical resources, city and state officials helped break ground Wednesday on a $15 million health-care facility near the Strawberry Mansion area. The Stephen Klein Wellness Center, named for the developer, is expected to offer primary care, dental, and behavioral health services - as well as 50 job openings - when it opens near 21st Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. More than 100 people jammed inside a heated tent Wednesday for the ceremony.
NEWS
January 29, 2014
Choices in care As someone diagnosed with depression, I agree with U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.) that comprehensive mental health care must be accessible to all ("Overhaul of mental health care long overdue," Jan. 26). However, it's troubling to me - and should be to anyone who treasures our country's ideals of personal liberty - that Murphy's legislation to accomplish this would expand the use of involuntary psychiatric treatment. Those who suffer from physical chronic conditions have the unquestioned right to input on their treatment.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's good for some can be bad for others, and that maxim was demonstrated again last week with the release of the annual National Health Expenditures analysis. Though America spent just shy of $2.8 trillion in 2012 on health-care spending, the rate of growth was essentially flat, continuing a four-year trend, according to the study by the federal government's Office of the Actuary, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, published in   the journal Health Affairs. That is the longest period of slow or no growth in the 53-year history of the analysis.
NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Paul Jablow, For The Inquirer
Buying prescription drugs overseas is back on the national agenda. Maine recently allowed residents to buy drugs from pharmacies in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Australia, triggering a lawsuit from the pharmaceutical industry. And a bill introduced last month in Congress would let people buy drugs from countries with safety rules similar to our own. Prescription drug prices here are generally higher than anywhere else in the world. While it is technically illegal for U.S. citizens to import drugs manufactured here and exported, it is a fact of today's world.
NEWS
January 12, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Depending upon whom you listen to, Healthy Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's plan to reform and expand the Medicaid program is a disappointing flip-flop; a good plan in need of tweaking; a bureaucratic nightmare; or all of the above. Those were some of the opinions voiced at a public hearing - one of six statewide - held a little over a week ago at the National Constitution Center on the administration's plan to extend health insurance to as many as 500,000 commonwealth residents. Pennsylvania, which did not take money to expand Medicaid in 2014, is one of three states seeking a waiver and approval from federal officials to implement its own plan starting Jan. 1, 2015.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
M ASON REINER, 36, and Dr. Randy Robinson, 41, both of Elkins Park, are co-founders and CEO and chief medical officer, respectively, of R-Health. The Center City startup, launched in October, charges a monthly membership fee that enables individuals, employers, unions and small businesses to see primary-care doctors without co-pays or deductibles administered through a health insurer. I spoke with Reiner, who is a Wharton School graduate and serial entrepreneur. Q: Where did you get the money to start the business?
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | By Robert Calandra and Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writers
Braving snow-covered roads and temperatures more Twin Cities than City of Brotherly Love, health advocates of many varieties filed into the Constitution Center auditorium Friday for a brief shot at criticizing (mostly) or praising Healthy Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett's controversial proposal to expand Medicaid. Corbett's proposal came under fire for being too complex, too slow to take effect, too restrictive, and too expensive for the poor from one side and too generous from the other.
NEWS
December 31, 2013
I LOVE the annual ritual of making New Year's resolutions. Every year you have another chance. So don't be discouraged if you didn't meet last year's resolutions. Keep trying, especially if at the top of your list was to become a better money manager. Fidelity Investments found that for the third consecutive year surveying consumers, the top three financial resolutions for 2014 are saving more, paying off debt and spending less. As you begin listing the things you want to change about your finances in the New Year, I want you to think a little differently about the promises to yourself.
NEWS
December 30, 2013 | By Art Carey, For The Inquirer
Mike Mittelman, the new president of Salus University, believes strongly in the importance of a sound body for a sound mind. During his three decades in the Navy, he ran a dozen marathons and participated in several Olympic-distance triathlons. A graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, the institution that evolved into Salus, he is frustrated that so few people are familiar with Salus, what it offers, and the exciting work it is doing not only to improve vision but also to enhance health care in a wide variety of realms.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Robert Calandra and Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writers
With Monday's deadline - now extended to Tuesday - to sign up for health insurance starting Jan. 1, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the federal website and sought help from local organizations. About 850,000 people had visited the website by 2 p.m., five times more than the same time the previous Monday, on top of 1.2 million over the weekend, a federal spokeswoman said, and there were few glitches. "Yes, everybody waited until today to enroll," said a harried-sounding Laura Line, corporate assistant director for Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development, who had to rush off the phone at 5:15 p.m. to help a new arrival get insurance.
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