Bev Mackereth http://wesa.fm en Corbett’s Alternative to Medicaid Expansion in PA Released Online http://wesa.fm/post/corbett-s-alternative-medicaid-expansion-pa-released-online <p>The Corbett administration has made its <a href="http://www.dpw.state.pa.us/ucmprd/groups/webcontent/documents/document/p_039654.pdf">alternative proposal</a> to the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion available to the public.<br /><br />It’s one step closer to receiving federal review of a plan that would allow hundreds of thousands of people to enroll in private health insurance plans subsidized with federal funds.<br /> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 20:58:40 +0000 Mary Wilson 20960 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Residents to DPW Head: Fix the Department! http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-residents-dpw-head-fix-department <p>Lost paperwork, benefit delays, being hung up on or treated rudely – those are just some of the problems faced by some residents of Allegheny County as they try to navigate through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for either food assistance or health benefits. On Wednesday, Just Harvest, an agency which helps connect people to services, held a meeting with DPW Secretary Beverly Mackareth and concerned residents who outlined problems they’ve had and some of what they’d like to see going forward.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:07:39 +0000 Deanna Garcia 18995 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Residents to DPW Head: Fix the Department! PA Looks to Other States in Medicaid Talks http://wesa.fm/post/pa-looks-other-states-medicaid-talks <p>If there’s any expansion at all to move hundreds of thousands more Pennsylvanians onto the Medicaid rolls, it’ll have to be custom-made for the commonwealth.<br><br>Department of Public Welfare Secretary Bev Mackereth says her staff is looking at how other states have made the expansion a partly public-private partnership – sending people to buy health care insurance from the federally mandated exchange and using federal dollars to pay for it.<br><br>Other things, she says, require more negotiation.<br> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:04:05 +0000 Mary Wilson 15652 at http://wesa.fm Study: Medicaid Expansion Would Net Billions, But Unknowns Remain http://wesa.fm/post/study-medicaid-expansion-would-net-billions-unknowns-remain <p>A new study finds expanding Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania would yield billions of dollars in federal funding and result in hundreds of millions of dollars in additional state tax revenue over the next eight years.<br><br>The Independent Fiscal Office report says the expansion would mean big cost-savings for the commonwealth — due largely to the number of people whose medical coverage would be picked up by the feds.<br><br>But baked into the study are several assumptions necessary for completing a fiscal analysis, said IFO director Matthew Knittel.<br> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:59:04 +0000 Mary Wilson 8386 at http://wesa.fm State DPW Head Sounds Optimistic Note on Possible Medicaid Expansion http://wesa.fm/post/state-dpw-head-sounds-optimistic-note-possible-medicaid-expansion <p>The head of the state Department of Public Welfare is sounding an optimistic note about a possible Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.<br><br>Acting DPW secretary Bev Mackereth said she’s following up with federal officials about the topic of adding hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians to the government-run health insurance program.<br><br>She said federal officials have been forthcoming with information to the best of their ability.<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:53:13 +0000 Mary Wilson 7480 at http://wesa.fm