April 12, 2016
Declining enrollment and rising educational costs will result in the closing of St. Agnes-Sacred Heart School in Hilltown at the end of the school year in June, officials announced Sunday. Students are being given the option of "transitioning" to nearby Catholic schools for 2016-2017, the pastors of St. Agnes and Sacred Heart churches told parishioners. Families who to do so will be paid a $1,000 subsidy per student each year if they attend any one of the surrounding schools.
September 14, 2015 |
On Norristown's Main Street, where development is patchy and restaurants have opened and closed at warp speed, some are questioning the municipality's decision to subsidize another eatery. In February, the council approved a $160,000 grant to renovate the first floor of 9 W. Main St. into a sit-down soul food restaurant. The space formerly housed a cafe called Maddy's. The restaurant, Diva's Kitchen, had been operating a more takeout-oriented business on West Johnson Highway. In July, the council increased the grant to $250,000 and reduced the scope of work.
June 27, 2015 |
In its second ruling in three years upholding President Obama's health-care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned back challengers' claims that the law barred health insurance subsidies to millions in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The 6-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., upheld a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act and allows the administration's five-year-old initiative to get health coverage to more Americans. The decision lifted a cloud that threatened to end coverage for millions of Americans, disrupt state insurance markets, and pressure politicians whose constituents receive the subsidies to find a way to save them.
June 1, 2015 |
Myra Kodner has spent most of her career helping people qualify for programs such as food stamps and Social Security benefits. She knows qualifying people for a government program means submitting the right information in the correct format. So when her husband, Don, lost his job in customer service - and with it the couple's health insurance - in March 2014, Kodner swung into work mode. She gathered the couple's information and called the Affordable Care Act's healthcare.gov help line to buy insurance.
March 22, 2015 |
Until she could buy health insurance on healthcare.gov last year, Gina Connor saw her doctor only when it was "unavoidable. " With most of her income going to caring for her child and paying the mortgage and utility bills, Connor relied on over-the-counter remedies for some five years to see her through. But doctor visits became "unavoidable" for colds and other ailments, Connor had to pay out of pocket. "It was expensive, depending on what was done," said the 38-year-old Upper Darby resident.
November 30, 2014 |
It took Holly Phares 27 days and 20 hours to enroll in health insurance during 2013's disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. She doesn't expect a repeat of her slog through last year's cyber hell. But the choral director for Tabernacle United Church in West Philadelphia will be shopping the marketplace for a better deal rather than simply reenrolling in her Independence Blue Cross platinum PPO. "They say there are twice as many choices" in the marketplace, says Phares, 51. "I'm just not going to stick with Blue Cross.
November 9, 2014 |
When the Affordable Care Act marketplace reopens on November 15, Lenora Fedick will "more than likely" reenroll in her current Independence Blue Cross plan. But before she commits, the Phoenixville resident wants to know that she's getting every penny's worth for the premium she's paying. So Fedick is going to do a little shopping. "I want to make sure that I'm getting the best deal," said Fedick, who was among the roughly 50 residents who attended Independence's "Renewal" seminar at the Phoenixville YMCA last week.
September 15, 2014 |
Young adults are paying as much or more in premiums for the cheapest bronze plans purchased on the Affordable Care Act marketplace as people ages 54 to 64, according to a University of Tennessee Health Science Center study. The study, published online last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that the reverse premium age curve - premiums should be cheaper for younger people, who use less health care - is the result of how tax credit subsidies are calculated under the law. It could mean that paying the penalty for not buying insurance as required by the individual mandate would be less than the monthly premiums for those low-premium policies.
August 4, 2014 |
Seven months after coverage began for people who bought health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, more are now insured and most of the nearly 10 million people who have signed up say they are satisfied with their plans. Yet now a new set of challenges looms. Will the plans be affordable, and will users know how to use tiered networks and other innovations without incurring huge bills? "The law has pretty much met the early benchmarks, but if it stopped here, I don't think anyone would declare it a success," says Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is tracking the law. The law offers new insurance options for the individual market.
June 12, 2014 |
TRENTON - It may take several years to know for certain whether the $82 million in tax credits New Jersey awarded the 76ers on Tuesday to open a new practice facility in Camden will improve the city's economy. What is clear: Those tax breaks are part of a larger surge in subsidies granted by the state to businesses since Gov. Christie took office in 2010. A new report, to be released Wednesday, says New Jersey has awarded $4 billion in tax subsidies and credits to corporations this decade - up from $1.2 billion in the 2000s, and $160 million in the 1990s.