Pennsylvania Celebrates 20th Anniversary of HealthChoices Program; Highlights Necessity of Providing Affordable, Quality Care Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, Press Release, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) celebrated the 20-year anniversary of HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program. Since implementation in February 1997, the program has expanded to cover all 67 counties and serves over 2.8 million children, individuals with disabilities, pregnant women, and low-income Pennsylvanians by providing primary and specialty care, preventative care, dental care, prescription drugs, and behavioral health services.“The success of the HealthChoices program highlights why Pennsylvania needs to continue to provide affordable, quality care to residents who need it most,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “While Pennsylvania’s Medicaid system is providing quality medical care and timely access to services, Republicans in Washington are proposing to roll back coverage. Their proposal would pull the rug out from under our most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities, by slashing their health care and putting their lives at risk.”In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf announced Medicaid expansion. As a result, over 700,000 more Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices. Of those 700,000 individuals, almost 125,000 have received vital drug and alcohol treatment which has been instrumental in battling the opioid and heroin crisis. If Republicans in Washington rolled back Medicaid, these Pennsylvanians would be robbed of the opportunity to seek substance use treatments, which would exacerbate our already crippling opioid and heroin crisis.In the recently revealed Republican health care proposal, Medicaid expansion would be scrapped, future reimbursement for states would be capped, and people with pre-existing conditions may no longer be guaranteed coverage. This would force more people to rely on the emergency room for uncompensated care, which translates to higher costs for all of us, and likely push many small and rural hospitals in Pennsylvania to close.“Over the last two decades, the department has delivered access to critical health care to Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable. HealthChoices has given Medicaid recipients access to a wide array of services in a cost-effective manner through a more streamlined, consumer driven system,” said DHS Secretary, Ted Dallas. “ Any rollback of Medicaid could be fiscally devastating to the commonwealth or force us into rationing care for Pennsylvanians, which is unconscionable.”Currently, Pennsylvania has the lowest uninsured rate in the state’s history at 6.4% for the general population and 4.1% uninsured rate for children.Provider enrollment in the MA program has also increased. Today more providers than ever are enrolled in the Pennsylvania MA program, increased from 92,801 in 2014 to 108,776 currently.“One of the department’s main goals is to provide access to high-quality services. The HealthChoices program does just that,” said Dallas.Key design features of HealthChoices have contributed to its success over the long term:Inclusivity – MA recipients of all ages and most eligibility groups, including older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities, participate;Focus on special needs – The definition of special needs for HealthChoices recipients is not limited by clinical diagnosis allowing for individuals to access treatment easily;Comprehensive array of services;Enrollment assistance – enrollment specialists provide accurate, unbiased information to enrollees to help them select their health plan;Continuous open enrollment – MA recipients may request a health plan change at any time;Consumer choice – participants are able to choose from the participating health plans;Health home – Access to primary, preventative, and specialty care through their primary care provider; andOngoing public input through consumer committees.For more information on the HealthChoices program, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com. March 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The property at 16 Hilda St, Mermaid Beach sold under the hammer for more than $1.7 million at the weekend.SWELTERING conditions did little to deter house hunters from descending on Mermaid Beach in the hope of snapping up a classic beach shack at auction on Saturday.While hundreds of people were cooling down in the surf, about 70 others were fighting for a spot in the shade at the front of the Hilda St property.There were 10 registered bidders vying for the three-bedroom house just metres from the beach. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.“Being low-rise and so close to everything, it offers a pretty phenomenal lifestyle.”He said buyers were willing to spend millions of dollars for property in the area as they were such good investments.“They’re not buying it as a short term plan,” he said.It comes a week after another older Mermaid Beach property a few streets south on Hedges Ave sold under the hammer for $1,771,500. There was fierce competition for the dated brick house, which was snapped up by a Melbourne buyer.Prior to that, the deceased estate last sold in 1956.Meanwhile, an old Currumbin Waters property also sold at auction last week.The Prudhoe Place house sold under the hammer for $830,000. It is the first time it has had a new owner in almost 40 years.Property records show the 941sq m block with 21m of water frontage last sold in August 1979 for $19,500.Marketing agent Matt Arnold, of Ray White Gold Coast South Network, said it was “authentically original right down to its psychedelic wall paper and green ceramic kitchen tiles”. The classic beach shack is just metres from the beach. MORE NEWS: Outside-the-box design sets mansion apart It’s been updated inside to give it a more modern style.The auction kicked off with a bid of $1.45 million before quickly climbing to $1.7 million.Bids in $1000 and $5000 increments slowly raised the price to $1.721 million when the hammer came down.A local buyer who was bidding by phone made the final bid.London Estate Agents principal Ron London, who marketed the property, said the new owner had big plans for the highly sought-after site.“They’ll eventually build their dream home there in the next couple of years,” he said.Property records show the house was built in 1960 and last sold in November 1999 for $403,000.MORE NEWS: Why rents on the Coast are going up Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The north facing character home is on a 438sq m block and has an open floorplan, high ceilings and an updated kitchen.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt was on the market for about a month before it went to auction.“It’s been a great campaign with lots of interest,” Mr London said.“We had a lot of social media traction as well.”He said it was becoming harder to find classic beach shacks in the area as many had been replaced with million-dollar mansions or townhouses.“It’s a rare offering,” Mr London said. The kitchen has also been updated.