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March 3, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
The Affordable Care Act is changing more than the way Americans buy health insurance. It's making it simpler for unhappily married couples to uncouple. Word is starting to spread among family law attorneys that in the post-ACA era, health insurance isn't the binder it once was for holding bad marriages together. With more options available on the market and preexisting conditions no longer an issue, people once reluctant to divorce for fear of losing health insurance coverage would do well to reconsider.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Crozer-Keystone Health System, the biggest health-care provider in Delaware County, said Thursday that it was cutting 250 positions, after losing $15.7 million since July 1. "Changes in health care continue to have a negative effect on Crozer-Keystone and many other health-care providers in our region and throughout the country," Crozer said in a statement. The layoffs at Crozer, which employed 6,800, will include doctors and a "significant number of managers," the statement said.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Certified application counselor Eric N. Goren has spent the last five months helping people negotiate the often-perplexing path to buying health insurance on the Affordable Care marketplace. And primary care doctor Eric N. Goren is beginning to see the results of his efforts at a clinic in West Philadelphia. "I've started to see a small number of folks who are now insured," said Goren, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. One thing the ACA hasn't changed is the lag time between calling for and scheduling an appointment.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Health insurance is a good thing, right? Not if you are severely injured and taken to the nearest hospital, a large new study has found. Insured patients were significantly more likely to be admitted to their local hospital - and so less likely to be taken to a designated trauma center - than uninsured patients with similar injuries, according to the analysis of 19,312 emergency department encounters at 636 hospitals. Trauma centers, many of which already treat high numbers of uninsured patients from nearby inner-city neighborhoods, lose out financially.
NEWS
February 20, 2014 | By Seth Zweifler, Inquirer Staff Writer
In what looked more like a lively fitness class than a protest, a group of about 40 Pennsylvania health care advocates, unionized workers, and uninsured Philadelphians took their cause to Gov. Corbett's Center City office Tuesday. For about a half-hour around lunchtime, protesters lining South Broad Street pumped their fists, spun in circles, and passed out yellow pamphlets in trying to convince passersby that Corbett's plan to overhaul Medicaid - a key part of the Healthy Pennsylvania campaign that the governor has touted for months - is no more than a poorly disguised Trojan horse for policies they consider stingy.
NEWS
February 10, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Community health centers never put much effort into the kind of high-pressure haggling over insurance company contracts that many hospitals and large medical practices engage in. With maybe 10 percent of patients covered by commercial plans, it didn't matter. Suddenly, it does. Some of their uninsured patients are now eligible to buy subsidized commercial coverage on the marketplace set up by Obamacare. The most popular new plan in Southeastern Pennsylvania puts providers in tiers that set copays and deductibles.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Say you're a 62-year-old man who's ready, willing, and eager to take Social Security's offer of early retirement. There's just one pesky detail. Although you're well-fixed financially, you can't afford hundreds of thousands of dollars in uninsured medical bills. And your wife, a 55-year-old cancer survivor worried about a relapse, can't get insurance. At least that was so last year, when you were still "job-locked" - stuck by your family's need for insurance in a position you'd be happy to give up, perhaps to a recent college grad struggling to find work.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Anastasia Gelashvilli wanted to get to her taxes done when she walked into the Campaign for Working Families at 1207 Chestnut St. on Tuesday. And she left several hours later with a finished return. But the 25-year-old woman from Northeast Philadelphia also came away with an appointment with an Affordable Care Act navigator to buy health insurance. "My income isn't that high to get medical insurance," said Gelashvilli, 25, a recent Russian immigrant who works full-time in a family-owned clothing shop downtown.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. The daughter of local radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman, who was killed in her Linwood home in May 2012, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday under the "slayer statute" to block her stepfather from collecting on $600,000 in life insurance. The lawsuit by Kim Pack, 31, of Linwood, against James Kauffman is based on a legal doctrine that prohibits those who have caused the death of another to benefit monetarily, said lawyer Patrick D'Arcy, who is representing Pack.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
MOBILE, Ala. - Oklahoma corner Aaron Colvin crumpled at the end of a one-on-one passing drill in Tuesday afternoon's South team Senior Bowl practice. In the stands, Colvin's agent, Ken Sarnoff, immediately feared the worst. Sarnoff worked his way down to the field, where an orthopedist on hand already was manipulating Colvin's right knee. It felt loose. Quickly, Colvin was loaded into a car for transport to an MRI clinic. Sarnoff jumped into his rental car and the caravan sped off. "It's the most devastating thing I've experienced in 16 years in the business," Sarnoff said yesterday from Pensacola, Fla., where he accompanied Colvin to the clinic of famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
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