Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Rate at Historic Low

first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate declined slightly from 5.6 percent in 2016 to 5.5 percent in 2017 – the lowest on record. The decrease continues the downward trend since the Affordable Care Act’s passage despite efforts from the federal government to undermine its progress.“Pennsylvania has taken significant steps to provide Pennsylvanians with access to affordable health coverage, and the result is that the uninsured rate has dropped by more than half in the past eight years,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “One of my first actions as governor was authorizing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Along with the ongoing advocacy efforts of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department and Department of Human Services, more Pennsylvanians than ever are covered, and our insurance market is stable and competitive.”Pennsylvania’s 5.5 percent uninsured rate was released as part of a national study on health insurance coverage for 2017 based on current population reports issued by the United States Census Bureau this week. The decrease is considerably lower than the national uninsured rate of 8.8 percent.More than a million Pennsylvanians have comprehensive health care under the ACA through expanded Medicaid or the marketplace.“The Insurance Department has been working tirelessly to inform consumers about their options and ensure that the market is competitive and stable,” said Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. The record low number of uninsured shows that Pennsylvanians want and deserve access to health coverage. Open enrollment is just six weeks away, so I urge Pennsylvanians who want to enroll or re-enroll in a marketplace plan to start thinking about their coverage needs and to be fully informed about their choices.”“This data shows that despite efforts to undo the progress made by the Affordable Care Act and its coverage improvements, the individual market and Medicaid expansion are still working and helping Pennsylvanians get the coverage they need,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Government should always be looking for ways to make quality, comprehensive coverage more accessible and affordable for the people they serve, and we will not give up this goal.”For more information about health insurance options in Pennsylvania, visit www.insurance.pa.gov or www.healthchoices.pa.gov. Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania’s Uninsured Rate at Historic Low September 13, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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South Africa debates on Gun Laws after the Killing of Police…

first_imgSouth Africa has awoken to the menace of guns in the country after the killing of police officers. At least 60 police officers have been killed this year in the country.According to Gun Free South Africa 18 people are shot dead everyday in South AfricaSouth Africans own guns as a basic necessity with the increased criminal rates in the county; the country has more than 1.8 million licensed guns.last_img

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PRICE FREEZE: Profiteers warned as people struggle with ‘Ursula’ devastation

first_imgIn a bulletin issued at 5 p.m.yesterday, the state weather bureau announced that “Ursula” was already 300kilometers northwest of Coron, Palawan, or 295 kilometers west southwest ofSubic, Zambales. Yesterday, DTI started deploying teamsto monitor prices most especially in northern Iloilo and other parts ofnorthern Panay and Negros islands. Hoarding is the undue accumulation ofany basic commodity beyond the normal inventory levels, or the unreasonablelimitation or refusal to dispose of, sell or distribute the stocks of any basicnecessity or prime commodity to the general public, or the unjustified takingout of any basic necessity or prime commodity from the channels ofreproduction, trade, commerce and industry. By 5 p.m. on Dec. 25, the PhilippineAtmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)lifted all typhoon signals in northern Iloilo. Rascon said the price freeze may lastfor some 60 days maximum as stated in Republic Act (RA) 7581 or the Price Act. Profiteering is the sale or offeringfor sale of any basic necessity or prime commodity at a price grossly in excessof its true worth. The northern part of Western Visayaswas under typhoon signal No. 3 from the night of Dec. 24 to the afternoon ofDec. 25. * that area is proclaimed or declareda disaster area or under a state of calamity* that area is declared under an emergency* the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus is suspended in that area* that area is placed under martial law* that area is declared to be in a state of rebellion; or* a state of war is declared in that area Under Section 6 (Automatic Price Control) ofRA 7581, prices of basic necessities in an area shall automaticallybe frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price controlwhenever: Under Section 15 (Penalty for Acts of IllegalPrice Manipulation) of RA 7581, a person who commits price manipulation shallsuffer the penalty of imprisonment for a period of not less than five years normore than 15 years, and shall be imposed a fine of not less than P5,000 normore than P2 million./PNcenter_img The typhoon was still moving westnorthwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h). It maintained its strength, withmaximum winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h going to the WestPhilippine Sea. What should be followed are theprevailing prices as of Nov. 24 – these are the suggested retail pricesreleased by DTI on October 2019 – or a month before the typhoon struck, saidRascon. Rascon said the DTI monitoring teamswould also check if the supply of goods is sufficient in the typhoon-hit areas. Basic necessities identified underRA 7581 include rice, corn, bread, fresh, dried and canned fish and othermarine products, fresh pork, beef and poultry meal, fresh eggs, fresh andprocessed milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, salt,laundry soap, detergents, firewood, charcoal, candles, and drugs classified asessential by the Department of Health. DTI Region 6 will make sure this isobserved, said Director Rebecca Rascon following the moves of the provincialgovernments of Capiz and Aklan, the municipal governments of Carles and Balasanin Iloilo province, and the town of Pandan in Antique to declare a state ofcalamity due to the destruction left by typhoon “Ursula.” ILOILO City – A freeze in the pricesof basic necessities is automatic in areas under a state of calamity, accordingto the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). On the other hand, a cartel is anycombination of or agreement between two or more persons engaged in theproduction, manufacture, processing, storage, supply, distribution, marketing,sale or disposition of any basic necessity or prime commodity designed toartificially and unreasonably increase or manipulate its price. She warned traders not to takeadvantage of the difficult situation by manipulating prices (hoarding,profiteering, cartel). This is a violation of RA 7581, she stressed.last_img read more

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Report: Farm-Related Fatalities Declining

first_img(Hoosier Ag Today)– Eighteen farm-related fatalities were documented in Indiana in 2013, down from 26 the previous year and reflecting a trend of fewer deadly accidents on the farm, a Purdue University report shows. The 2013 Indiana Farm Fatality Summary data show there have been fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents each year since 1996. Before then, deaths of well more than 30 people each year were common going back to at least 1970, with two years having at least 50. There also has been a continued decline in the number of farm fatalities involving children and other young people under the age of 21. Only one documented victim in 2013 was under the age of 21, a 15-year-old boy who died when a tractor overturned on him in Elkhart County. ”Achieving zero incidents may be an unrealistic goal, but the record clearly shows that something is working and that many tragic incidents have been prevented during the same time as Indiana farmers have become more productive and efficient than at any time in history,” wrote co-authors Bill Field, Purdue Extension safety specialist, and agricultural and biological engineering graduate research assistant Yuan-Hsin Cheng.Contributing to fewer fatalities, the authors said, are a decline in the number of Indiana residents who live and work on farms; advancements in the safety, durability and productivity of agricultural equipment; reduced dependency on youth labor; increasing expectations for safer and healthier workplaces; and continued efforts to increase awareness of the importance of managing risks in agriculture.Advancements in medical care, including that provided by emergency services, also have contributed to lower fatality rates by increasing the probability of victims surviving injuries that once were deadly, according to the report. The authors said the fatalities count, compiled by the Purdue University Agricultural Safety and Health Program, might not be comprehensive because of the lack of consistent reporting requirements, Indiana residents dying at medical facilities in neighboring states, and victims dying from related medical complications well after an accident. The count was tallied through a variety of sources, including news reports, Web searches, voluntary reporting from Purdue Extension educators and individuals, and personal interviews.Accidents were documented in the following counties in 2013: Bartholomew (2), Dearborn, Dubois, Elkhart, Fountain, Franklin, Fulton, Hancock, Hendricks, Howard, Koskiusko, Lake, LaPorte (2), Lawrence, Marshall and Posey. Accidents included suffocation in a grain bin; falling from a tractor and a concrete silo; an overturned mower, tractor and all-terrain vehicle; and being struck by farm equipment, among other causes. There were three instances in which victims died from being hit by a falling tree. The age of the victims ranged from 15 to 78 and averaged 61.4. All were males.The authors noted a “dramatic decline” in the number of children and young adults reported as dying in agricultural workplaces. There have been only three reported deaths of people under the age of 18 in the past three years, the lowest number of such victims in a three-year period since at least beginning in 1994.  ”It is believed that the changing expectations of parents and the general public toward having children and youth employed in some types of farm work, considered especially hazardous, has had a significant influence on the declining trend in fatalities involving this group,” the authors said. “The introduction of larger, more complex and expensive equipment has also made many producers less comfortable using inexperienced workers to operate it.”last_img read more

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Wilma Sue Bates, 60, Osgood

first_imgWilma Sue Bates, 60, of Osgood passed away at 5am, Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Chicago on July 17, 1957 the daughter of Paul and Grace Eversole Turner. She was married to Bruce Bates on March 7, 2014 and he survives. Other survivors include two daughters Rhonda (Donald) Clark, and Pamela DeWitt both of Versailles; one step-son Chris (Amanda) Bates of Greensburg; two step-daughters Amanda Bates of Westmoreland, Tennessee, and Brandy (Donald) Howington of Sunman; 8 grandchildren, and 10 step-grandchildren; one brother Arlie Turner of Milan. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Bates was a 1975 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and worked at Deoful in Sunman as a packer for 21 years. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Ray West officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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USC professor wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

first_imgDr. Arieh Warshel of the USC David and Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday.The award recognized Warshel, Martin Karplus of the Université de Strasbourg in France and Harvard University, and Michael Levitt of Stanford University for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems,” according to a press release. The three men wrote computer programs that combined quantum mechanics and classical chemistry to understand the makeup of proteins and develop drugs to combat disease.Warshel has been a professor at USC since 1976.Warshel and his colleagues have each earned the title of Nobel Laureate and each will receive one third of the Nobel Prize total award of 8 million Swedish kronor, or approximately $1.2 million.“For over four decades, Professor Warshel’s forward-thinking ideas and his unique ability to combine insights from many fields have continued to expand the capabilities of computational chemistry, transforming computer simulations into a predictive tool for studying biological systems,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said in a statement. “This is the kind of path-breaking work by world- renowned faculty that our academic community nurtures and celebrates.”last_img read more

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Leavey Library opens with renovations

first_imgThe $20 million renovation of Leavey Library, which began in summer 2014, will finish on Thursday.In December of last year, Undergraduate Student Government conducted a survey of students to determine if there was a need for renovation and, if so, what specific areas needed improvement.Suns out, books out · The $20 million renovation to Leavey Library includes a brand new outdoor terrace with 130 to 150 seats. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanHugh McHarg, associate dean of planning and communications at USC Libraries, explained what renovations have taken place during the summer. As of now, renovations are focused only on the lower level, the ground level and the outdoor terrace.The terrace has temporary furniture that will be replaced before the end of the semester with permanent furniture that will allow for 130 to 150 new seats for studying outdoors.On the ground level, there are 43 new seats available for studying, a 40 percent increase from last year. Improvements on the lower level include brand new furniture that allows for 115 new spaces for studying, a 43 percent increase.Additionally, the interior of Leavey received a much-welcomed facelift with new carpeting and floors, replacing the turquoise and pink combination for softer colors such as cream and mocha on the walls.McHarg said the USC Libraries are grateful for input and support from students for the renovations.“[I owe] a lot of this to USG in advocating to renovate the space,” he said. “They have had two resolutions passed in two years and now the library is happy to be able to listen to students.”He also noted the importance of a good study atmosphere for students.“It was great to hear from the students last year, their vocalization of passion of library spaces for them,” McHarg said. “For a lot of undergraduates, the library is a central part of their experience.”Students also seemed to welcome the changes. Myklyn Balmut, a junior majoring in political science and international relations, said the updates to the building have encouraged her to utilize the new resources.“I had a great roommate to study with freshman year and have lived in a single for two years now,” she said. “But the renovations are definitely a motivation for me to check out Leavey Library as a place for individual and group studying this year.”Jakov Stulic, a senior majoring in theatre and creative writing, also said he is now looking forward to using Leavey Library this year.“The renovations will allow the library to serve as a tool for students that both welcomes them and encourages them to keep studying,” he said.Raquel Buscaino, a freshman majoring in physics and computer science is excited to have a renovated library for her four years at USC.“It was very refreshing when I walked into Leavey,” she said. “It is now a very good environment to study and will continue to be very attractive to students. Leavey will be my home.”last_img read more

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Syracuse keeps morale up with post-play celebrations

first_imgSyracuse had just allowed its fifth run of the inning to the second best team in the country:  Florida State.After a lineout to third baseman Hannah Dossett, she pointed over to second baseman Alicia Hansen with a little skip. Hansen mimicked the gesture to junior shortstop Sammy Fernandez, who relayed the message to the outfielders. Then, in one fluid motion, they passed around their individual dances as Hansen moderated from the infield. It ended back in the infield with Faith Cain, SU’s first baseman, swinging her arm over the ground.The Orange buckled down on the next play and forced the next two batters out to end the inning.Syracuse (30-18, 10-10 Atlantic Coast) keeps its morale up through such post-play celebrations. Hansen and Fernandez lead the charge, as the Orange makes the gestures a team-wide affair and pick-me-up in the middle of quick and long innings alike. When the conference tournament begins May 11, SU will trust its rituals to get out of jams.“I’m someone who’s known for getting hype over the little things,” Hansen said. “It makes the mood a lot lighter. It’s good to show we are that happy after we get an out. It makes us want to get more outs.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse performs the celebrations after every out. The results speak for themselves: SU stands tied for fifth in the ACC with a .963 fielding percentage, and leads the conferences in strikeouts, with 361.Most of the celebrations start with Hansen, who said she’s “the creative one,” and has a different movement with each of her teammates. The most notable is the celebration she has with Fernandez, her middle-infield partner, in which they dab before they send it out to the outfield. Hansen loves Carolina Panthers star quarterback Cam Newton, who made the celebration famous during his 2015 MVP season.“It helps make things more exciting on the field,” Fernandez said. “You get really excited to make the out so you can look around at all your teammates and celebrate with them.”Junior right fielder Rachel Burkhardt, one of the most vocal players at SU, said outfielders use the celebrations to communicate actual game situations, including number of outs and number of runners on base.The celebrations have also become a bit of a legacy thing, which some Orange players have developed since high school. More experienced players can develop relationships with younger players on the team by crafting a tailored celebration. Many said it has brought the team closer together.“It’s like a pat on the back, even though we can’t physically pat each other on the back,” Burkhardt said. “It’s kind of a pride thing, my team has faith in me, I can get the job done for them. I’ll give my best effort because they trust in me.“It keeps you in the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

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‘Barca defeat a disaster’ – Pique

first_imgGerard Pique branded Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat to 10-man Ajax on Tuesday “a disaster”, as they suffered their first loss under Gerardo Martino.First-half goals from Thulani Serero and Danny Hoesen allowed deservedly put the Dutch in complete control and, although the Blaugrana threatened a comeback when Xavi scored from the penalty spot following Joel Veltman’s red card just after the restart, Frank de Boer’s men held on to claim a vital win.Pique, who started at centre-back alongside Javier Mascherano, with Carles Puyol at left-back, was enraged by the end of Barca’s 20-game unbeaten run and insisted that the squad cannot afford a repeat performance if they are to win anything this season.”We played a horrible first half,” the former Manchester United man, 26, told reporters after the match. “There is no excuse – it was a disaster.”What happened in the first half can’t happen again. The attitude wasn’t right; the whole team know that.”Although Barca are no longer unbeaten, they can take some solace from the fact that they remain top of Group H ahead of their final match of the round against Celtic, who are doomed to finish fourth, while Ajax and AC Milan will battle it out for second place at San Siro.last_img read more

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Hyun-Jin Ryu accepts Dodgers’ qualifying offer, Yasmani Grandal declines

first_imgLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will forgo free agency and return to the Dodgers for the 2019 season after accepting the qualifying offer before Monday’s deadline.Catcher Yasmani Grandal, on the other hand, declined the qualifying offer and will enter the free-agent market on the heels of a poor postseason. Grandal can still negotiate and re-sign with the Dodgers. But the team will receive a compensatory pick in next year’s draft if he signs with another team.The $17.9 million qualifying offer represents a large pay raise for the 31-year-old Ryu, who originally signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers when he moved from Korea to the major leagues in 2013.Since then, Ryu has gone 40-28 with a 3.20 ERA in 97 games (96 starts) for the Dodgers, including 7-3 with a 1.97 ERA in 15 regular-season starts this year. But Ryu lost almost two seasons to shoulder and elbow surgeries and has pitched more than 100 innings just once since 2014. That could color the way the Dodgers approach replacing Grandal this winter, allowing them to look for a short-term bridge to the day when Smith or Ruiz is ready to assume the primary position. Wilson Ramos, Martin Maldonado, Kurt Suzuki, Robinson Chirinos and Jonathan Lucroy are among the free-agent catchers this winter. Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto could be available in a trade – though it will take an impressive package to win the bidding for him.Despite his offensive and defensive struggles in the postseason, Grandal figures to be the top choice among those free-agent catchers. While Friedman said he doesn’t have an explanation for Grandal’s defensive mistakes during this year’s World Series, he said he still considers Grandal an “elite” catcher (largely because of his pitch-framing skills).“Yes – excluding the six days, whatever that was, where he was less than elite. But, yeah,” Friedman said.“I think if you go back to ’17 it was as much about Barnes taking it (the starting job during the postseason). Barnes was unbelievable in ’17. You can make the argument that it was much more about him taking it. This year, he (Grandal) went through that period where he struggled. That can happen in May. Unfortunately, it happened in October. … He is a streaky player. But relative to position – it’s really elite. I would prefer kind of a more even-level distribution. But I would also prefer how it has played out to most catchers in the league.” “I will bet on him this winter to diagnose, fix and get himself in a good position going into spring training,” Friedman said.The Dodgers have a quartet of highly-regarded catching prospects in their farm system – Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith, Connor Wong and Diego Cartaya. None are close to being ready to assume the No. 1 role at the big-league level. Only Smith has advanced beyond Double-A – and he hit .138 in 25 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.“He’s someone we’re very high on. We feel there’s real potential with the bat, a chance to be elite behind the plate, really like the way his mind works,” Friedman said of Smith, who spent most of September with the big-league team, getting a hands-on taste of what the Dodgers require of their catchers without being on the active roster.“(That experience) we feel will really benefit him when he comes up. When that will be, we’re not sure yet. We think he is in really good position to help us at some point next year and feel really good about where he is developmentally.”Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error His return adds to the Dodgers’ deep stock of starting pitching. Under contract for 2019 are Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Ryu with Alex Wood, Walker Buehler, Ross Stripling and Caleb Ferguson under team control.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Grandal’s departure, however, highlights the catcher position as an area needing to be addressed this winter.Assuming Grandal leaves as a free agent, the Dodgers would be in the market for a front-line catcher. Backup Austin Barnes has not demonstrated the ability to fill that role, having regressed badly offensively last season (a .205 batting average and .619 OPS).“If you look at 2018 for Barnesy it is very out of whack for the rest of his career,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said last week. “So I feel very confident there is a better version in there offensively. And then defensively he is really good and the way he prepares, the relationships with the pitchers are very strong. So a catcher – it’s not just about what they OPS. It’s also how much they help on the run prevention side and Barnesy is really good on that front.”Friedman blamed Barnes’ offensive regression last year on getting “out of whack mechanically.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more

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