November 25, 2013 |
Robert F. Rink, 82, of Wayne, a life insurance company executive, died Friday, Nov. 15, at Paoli Memorial Hospital of a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Starting in 1955, Mr. Rink worked in the life insurance industry, rising to president of the Life Insurance Co. of North America, which became part of Cigna Corp. After retiring in 1989, he taught business and finance courses in the degree-completion program at Eastern College. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Rink graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.
October 24, 2013 |
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has invested $50 million in a new biotech start-up that seeks to be the nation's first commercial provider of gene therapy, company officials announced Tuesday. Spark Therapeutics will assume control over two clinical trials that originated at the prominent teaching hospital - one in which patients with a rare form of blindness already have regained some vision, the other an early-stage effort to treat hemophilia B. Jeffrey D. Marrazzo, Spark's CEO, said the goal was to tackle still more genetic diseases in the future, including other rare forms of blindness, blood disorders, and two neurodegenerative diseases that he declined to identify.
October 22, 2013 |
More than a month after a fire gutted its Burlington County meat warehouse, leaving a rancid smell hanging in the air, Dietz & Watson has hauled away up to 10 million pounds of meat and demolished most of the building. The stench is virtually gone from the company site in Delanco Township, some residents in nearby Edgewater Park said, and an odor-neutralizing solution has spouted out of supply hoses and aerosol fogging nozzles around the clock. "We're pleased and feel very good that those neighbors are breathing fresh air again," company spokesman Steve Aaron said last week.
October 4, 2013
IT OCCURS TO ME that the scenario in D.C. is very much like an episode of "Breaking Bad. " First and foremost, we have the addicts, and their drug of choice is power. Be they liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, our representatives in Congress are overdosing on arrogance and hubris. There's Harry Reid, the Brigham Young of the Potomac who is inspired by God (or Obama, same difference) and knows that his way is the right one. There's John Boehner, the indecisive Hamlet from Ohio who can't decide whether to satisfy the moderate old guard or yield to the aggressive young tea-party Turks (jerks?
October 2, 2013 |
TRENTON - For the third time, top state officials - including a so-called Hurricane Sandy czar - failed to attend a bipartisan legislative hearing on the progress of recovery efforts from still-homeless storm victims and others. Storm victims Monday said the officials' absence added insult to injury when they testified during the third joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Environment and Energy Committees at the Statehouse Annex. Hearings were held in Atlantic City in August and in Jersey City last month.
October 2, 2013 |
TRENTON For the third time, top state officials - including a so-called Hurricane Sandy czar - failed to attend a bipartisan legislative hearing on the progress of recovery efforts from still-homeless storm victims and others. Storm victims Monday said the officials' absence added insult to injury when they testified during the third joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Environment and Energy Committees at the Statehouse Annex. Hearings were held in Atlantic City in August and in Jersey City last month.
September 22, 2013 |
A Lancaster County furniture company could get the chance to tell the U.S. Supreme Court why - on religious grounds - it shouldn't have to pay for its employees' birth-control costs. Attorneys for the Mennonite-owned Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. filed a petition this week to argue before the nation's highest court after losing in federal court in Philadelphia. Even if the Supreme Court doesn't pick up Conestoga's case, it still is likely to weigh in on the federal government's contraception mandate, legal experts say. That's because the Obama administration also wants the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
September 20, 2013 |
As massive changes loom in how Americans obtain health insurance, Independence Blue Cross will market its policies through a private exchange, allowing it another way to access thousands of potential new subscribers. "There is a growing trend toward private exchanges," Peter Panageas, IBC vice president of sales, said as the region's largest health insurer announced Wednesday that it would join Aon Hewitt Corporate Health Exchange. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, nearly all Americans must be covered by health insurance by Jan. 1. That's the same deadline for states to create - or allow the federal government to create - markets, also known as exchanges, offering standardized health insurance plans at competing prices.
August 23, 2013
A MARKETPLACE like no other is opening soon. Beginning Oct. 1, people without health insurance can shop for what is promised to be affordable health-care coverage. It's all part of the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2010. For the past three years, various parts of the law have been implemented: Young adults can stay on their parents' health insurance until they turn 26; insurance companies are prohibited from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential services such as hospital stays; people with Medicare get free preventive services.
July 23, 2013 |
A pharmacist since 1965, Dick Brown knows the remedies for a lot of things. So the 70-year-old Chester County businessman self-prescribed recently after assessing market conditions and coming up with what he found to be an unappealing prognosis for independent pharmacy owners like himself. His Rx: Sell and retire. That, in addition to his wanting some time for tennis, golf, and other fun while his body is willing to oblige, is why Parkesburg (population 3,600) will no longer see the Longenecker Pharmacy sign at the Parkesburg Shopping Center.