Medicaid http://wesa.fm en Frankel Urges State To Adopt Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/frankel-urges-state-adopt-medicaid-expansion <p>Healthcare advocates, along with State Rep. Dan Frankel (D-Allegheny), unveiled an <a href="http://pahealthaccess.org/">online ticker</a> today, which tracks the amount of money they claim Pennsylvania is losing by rejecting Medicaid expansion.</p><p>As of today, the state has missed out on more than $640 million since the start of 2014, according to the ticker.</p><p>“It’s hard to turn your back against this when it addresses so many important issues facing the state at this time,” Frankel said.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 20:14:49 +0000 Michael Lynch 29218 at http://wesa.fm State DPW Concludes Hearings on Medicaid Overhaul Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/state-dpw-concludes-hearings-medicaid-overhaul-proposal <p>About 40 members of the public spoke out at the seventh and final hearing on the Corbett's administration's Medicaid overhaul plan Thursday in Harrisburg.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo was among them.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />The Bucks County Republican said the state should accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars now while it continues to negotiate an alternative plan with the federal government.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:18:55 +0000 Mary Wilson 22635 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Governor Corbett's Health Care Plan http://wesa.fm/post/update-governor-corbetts-health-care-plan <p>The Corbett Administration is making details of its alternative proposal to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion available to the public.</p><p>The Governor recently held a presser on his health care plan days after releasing it online. <a href="http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/healthypa/index.htm">The plan</a>, which would allow hundreds of thousands of people to enroll in private health insurance plans subsidized with federal funds, is one step closer to receiving federal review.</p><p>90.5 WESA's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson reports on the plan from Harrisburg and says the proposal is similar to those of other states, but includes a few elements unique to the Commonwealth’s needs.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:22:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21216 at http://wesa.fm An Update on Governor Corbett's Health Care Plan Options Aplenty, Lower-Than-Expected Premiums for Pittsburghers in Health Insurance Marketplace http://wesa.fm/post/options-aplenty-lower-expected-premiums-pittsburghers-health-insurance-marketplace <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that people will have more options in the health insurance marketplace and premiums will not be as high as originally thought.&nbsp;</p><p>Premiums nationwide will be about 16 percent lower than originally expected.</p><p>“In the past, consumers were too often denied or priced-out of quality health insurance options, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers will be able to choose from a number of new coverage options at a price that is affordable,” Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:12:01 +0000 Erika Beras 17141 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Administration Says Medicaid Plan Doesn't Need Legislative Approval http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-administration-says-medicaid-plan-doesnt-need-legislative-approval <p>The Corbett administration insists it doesn’t need legislative approval to go forward with its overhaul plan for Medicaid, despite some cries to the contrary.<br><br>The governor has linked his acceptance of federal funding for private health coverage for low-income residents to a separate plan to change Medicaid benefits and add a work-search requirement.<br><br>Todd Shamash, a deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office, says Corbett doesn’t need legislative say-so to go forward, as long as federal officials approve.<br> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:12:19 +0000 Mary Wilson 16795 at http://wesa.fm Drug Database Proposal Part of Corbett's Health Care Plan http://wesa.fm/post/drug-database-proposal-part-corbetts-health-care-plan <p>Part of the Gov. Tom Corbett's Medicaid plan includes health care policy changes that remain in the hands of the state Legislature, including one bill supporters say would reduce prescription drug abuse.</p><p>The governor called on state lawmakers to expand the state's medication tracking database. The current system monitors only certain drugs, and law enforcement alone has access to the information.</p><p>A bill before the state House would expand the database to track all controlled substances. It would also let doctors and pharmacists check the database.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:12:44 +0000 Mary Wilson 16756 at http://wesa.fm Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/concerns-governor-corbett-s-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Tom Corbett’s medicaid expansion plan sounds like “a step in the right direction” according to <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fpahealthaccess.org%2FContact&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF1t7tSBZ05Yi2D2sVxio3JAnRLOw">Erin Ninehouser</a>, the Education and Outreach Director for Pennsylvania Health Access Network, but she does have some reservations.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:05:32 +0000 Nick Frost 16694 at http://wesa.fm Concerns in Governor Corbett’s Medicaid Expansion With Corbett's Medicaid Plan, a Familiar Rift in His Own Party http://wesa.fm/post/corbetts-medicaid-plan-familiar-rift-his-own-party <p>Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to reform Medicaid and extend federally subsidized private health coverage to half a million more Pennsylvanians is riling up the staunch conservatives within his party.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>GOP state Representative Daryl Metcalfe of Butler County says he’s calling the proposal an expansion, even if the governor isn’t using the same language.<br> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:48:26 +0000 Mary Wilson 16691 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Sends Medicaid Plan to Feds http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-sends-medicaid-plan-feds <p>Gov. Tom Corbett is proposing a way for about half a million low-income Pennsylvanians to get access to health insurance, but only if the federal government signs off on reforms to the state's traditional Medicaid program.<br><br>The proposal includes replacing Medicaid co-pays with monthly premiums that will range from zero to $25 a month per person based on a recipient's income. The governor also wants to require working-age Medicaid recipients, with some undefined exceptions, to show they're looking for work or getting job training.<br> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:39:43 +0000 Mary Wilson 16625 at http://wesa.fm Corbett Sends Medicaid Plan to Feds Federal Initiative Aims to Lower Hospital Re-Admissions from Nursing Homes http://wesa.fm/post/federal-initiative-aims-lower-hospital-re-admissions-nursing-homes <p>Thirteen of the Pittsburgh region’s nursing homes are taking part in a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative to reduce the number of nursing home residents who are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days.</p><p>Four of those 13 &nbsp;are the Kane Regional Centers in McKeesport, Glen Hazel, Ross and Scott Township.&nbsp; Those centers are receiving an in-house nurse practitioner and employee training designed to help pick out situations that need medical intervention.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:54:54 +0000 Emily Farah 13829 at http://wesa.fm Hospitals and Health Care Providers Switch to Electronic Records http://wesa.fm/post/hospitals-and-health-care-providers-switch-electronic-records <p>Doctors, hospitals and patients are now more connected than ever as the majority of health care providers in the United States are making the switch to electronic health records.</p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced recently that it already exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor’s offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to use EHRs by the end of 2013.</p><p>According to a 2012 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 17 percent of physicians and 9 percent of hospitals were using EHRs in 2008.</p> Sun, 26 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 10169 at http://wesa.fm