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March 30, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
It was February when the woman walked into Alex Walker's North Philadelphia office to have her tax return done. Finishing her return, the Jackson Hewitt tax preparer asked whether she had health insurance. The woman said she wasn't sure - things were changing at work. "I told her to find out what her job was doing and come back and see me before March 31st," Walker said. The woman returned last week, and Walker helped her fill out the application for coverage through the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. A licensed insurance broker working with Jackson Hewitt then contacted the woman at home, helped her choose a plan, and completed the enrollment.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pharmaceuticals wholesaler AmerisourceBergen resumed its expansion into foreign markets Monday, saying it will invest about $100 million for a minority stake in a leading distributor in Brazil, Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A. AmerisourceBergen, headquartered in Valley Forge, is the second largest distributor of prescription medicine in the United States, as measured by revenue. Brazil is the world's fifth most populous country, with about 200 million people, so there is opportunity, but also immense challenges.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The planned financial split this summer of the Jefferson Health System will result in two organizations close to the same size in terms of revenues, but not in term of profits. Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals Inc. had $1.55 billion in revenues in the year ended June 30, compared with $1.43 billion at Main Line Health Inc., according to data released this week. But Main Line, which owns four acute-care hospitals in Philadelphia's relatively affluent western suburbs, had $157 million in operating profit in fiscal 2013, twice as much as the $74 million reported by Thomas Jefferson.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE & TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. 9 tonight, HBO.   YOU'D PROBABLY count yourself lucky to have someone like Katrina Gilbert taking care of a person you love. A certified nursing assistant who spends her days - sometimes as many as eight in a row - lifting, feeding, cleaning and otherwise caring for the residents of a Tennessee convalescent home, Gilbert actually seems willing to listen to those who no longer get much of a hearing from anyone else.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Politics, 'Funny' style Need to get your message heard? You have to go to where the peeps are. In that light, there's nothing funny about President Obama 's decision to talk health-care reform on satirical website Funny or Die ( www.funnyordie.com ). A vid posted on Hangover star Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns shows the president entering a jocular interchange with the comic. ZG wanted to engage the world leader about our nation's plans for dealing with aggressor North Ikea, but Obama was eager to get his message out. "What'd you come here to plug?"
NEWS
March 13, 2014
PERHAPS YOU'VE noticed Gov. Corbett lately lugging his conservative record from the right over toward the center-left. After pulling polling numbers more often equated with pestilence than politicians, Corbett, who is seeking re-election, suddenly is using his office to seek popularity. As you might imagine - given his past positions/proclamations on women, minorities, gays, the unemployed, the needy and, well, everything - this requires some heavy lifting. The guv just underwent hernia surgery.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
M AX PERELMAN, 37, of East Falls, is co-founder and head of business development for Philly start-up Biomeme. Backed by DreamIt Ventures, Biomeme has a device that will turn your smartphone into a mobile DNA-replicating machine to help point-of-care clinicians quickly diagnose and track infectious diseases. Other co-founders are Jesse vanWestrienen, 30, of Old City, and Marc DeJohn, 44, of East Falls. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Biomeme? A: Marc and Jesse have backgrounds in bioscience and engineering and had been working on a mobile-diagnostics device.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn't had a drink in a week. And his hands - on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of frostbite - "looked like something out of Halloween . " The worker sat down. "She said, 'I know you from somewhere,' " recalled Tiller, 61. They started tossing out names from the Southwest Philadelphia community where both had lived.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The biggest, broadest study of one of the hottest new trends in health care - the patient-centered "medical home" - found almost no benefits, researchers reported Tuesday. Yet neither they nor other experts saw the results of their three-year study, involving more than 100,000 patients in Philadelphia and its suburbs, as primarily negative. Indeed, Independence Blue Cross, which took part in the study and saw early results coming in several years ago, revamped its payments to primary care providers.
NEWS
February 26, 2014
Better legal tools Recent arrests in connection with the 2012 arson and vandalism of a Quaker meetinghouse construction site in Chestnut Hill shed light on a longstanding concern that intimidation and violence remain a dark side of organized labor in Pennsylvania ("Violence doesn't benefit unions," Feb. 21). While most unions do not participate in these activities, the scenario involving Ironworkers Local 401 shows the state needs additional legal safeguards. State law exempts parties to a labor dispute from prosecution for certain types of harassment, but legislation before the state House (House Bill 1154)
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