April 16, 2014 |
Like sands through the hourglass, so passed the last minutes to enroll in Obamacare - with an extension. And since the government had decreed that Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. was the final, no-joke, we really, really mean it this time deadline, the atmosphere was tense at Get Covered PA. Racing against the clock, in its scruffy subleased space on the seventh floor of a Chestnut Street office building, a half-dozen volunteers, community activists, and...
April 14, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Amira Davis, 9, sits near the front of her fourth-grade classroom each day at Aldan Elementary School in Delaware County. She can read each word when her teacher spells out lessons in thick, glossy strokes of black marker on the room's central whiteboard. But, she recently told her mother, when her teacher fires up the room's overhead projector, Amira has to squint to make out the words. "If she didn't mention that she couldn't see the board, we never would have come today," Amira's mother, Amber Lozado, said.
April 12, 2014 |
Dean Adler of Lubert-Adler Partners says he and Ron Caplan of PMC Property Group have agreed to pay $42 million to New York-based Loeb Partners for the Marketplace Design Center at 2400 Market St., the building with the whales painted on the side visible from the Schuylkill Expressway. "It's right in the middle of the Market Street Corridor, Rittenhouse Square, and University City," Adler told me Thursday. He says the partners hope to keep the Design Center businesses in place, in a consolidated area, along with the telecom server farms that use part of the building; add "creative office space" for tech companies in some of the vacant areas; and top the building with a "mid-rise" apartment tower, as Caplan and Adler have done at the former AAA MidAtlantic building three blocks away at 2040 Market St. "It's a former car factory, and the roof is 80 feet up, where you get magnificent views of the river," Adler added.
April 10, 2014
OK, DEMOCRATIC voters, time to tune in. All four Dems running for guv now are running TV ads. They cost lots to make, more to air. They represent everything - the image, ideas and direction - candidates are selling. Every element of every ad is tested with focus groups. Everything you see, every word you hear has a purpose. By their ads ye shall know them. So since such ads in a state the size of Pennsylvania are critical to outcomes, let's take a look at what's airing now. Allyson Schwartz is up with a spot called "Got It Done.
April 4, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he might be nearing a decision on whether to pull the plug on his proposal to offer health insurance for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians. In his strongest statement on the yearlong Medicaid negotiations, Corbett said he was "reaching his breaking point" with the federal government. "We've been negotiating for a year and I am starting to feel like a yo-yo," Corbett told reporters after addressing doctors and health professionals at a state-sponsored public health conference.
March 31, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA After spending about an hour entering information on the Obamacare website with the help of a specially trained navigator, Willaree Simon had health insurance for the first time in a year. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," she said, turning to hug Laura Line, her guide through the process. "Now I can sleep. " "You're the reason why we do this," Line said. Simon was among dozens of people who went to the Free Library's Central Branch on Saturday to get help signing up for coverage.
March 30, 2014 |
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.
March 28, 2014 |
GOV. CORBETT, like Republicans across the nation this year, is hoping that criticizing the Affordable Care Act will help him win re-election. Corbett and his Pennsylvania Republican Party allies have repeatedly bashed the four Democrats seeking to replace him by saying the law, better known as Obamacare, cost 250,000 Pennsylvanians their health insurance and denies them access to doctors. One problem: It's not at all clear what happened to those 250,000 Pennsylvanians.
March 25, 2014
For the last half-century, millions of American women have been digging into their purses to pay for birth control pills and other contraceptive methods that weren't covered by their health insurance plans. Unfortunately, that won't change if the Supreme Court, following arguments expected Tuesday in the latest high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act, decides to void provisions that increase birth control coverage. The court will consider two cases, one brought by a Lancaster County cabinetry business, Conestoga Wood Specialities, whose Mennonite owners say it would violate their religious beliefs to help pay for employees' birth control.
March 23, 2014 |
It doesn't take an alchemist to turn silver into gold or platinum. At least not in health insurance. Independence Blue Cross seeks to perform that bit of alchemy with its newest and lowest-cost silver-tier Keystone HMO Proactive plan. Buyers in the Affordable Care Act marketplace have made it the insurer's best-selling product. It's a lower-cost silver plan with "an opportunity to get platinum-like benefits," said Paula Sunshine, Independence's vice president for consumer affairs.