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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
37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.She said it made relaxing, dining and entertaining outside much more enjoyable in the warmer months.The patio is an impressive feature – and understandably the couple’s favourite part of the home. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.“It’s very private, we like that about the block,” Mrs Kelly said.The four-bedroom home is somewhat a hidden gem with a flourishing garden surrounding the entire property.“The landscaping goes right around the house,” Mrs Kelly said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 201937 Champion Circuit, Narangba.“We put a beautiful water feature in the garden as well.“We wanted to create a very intimate feeling to the home.“The house is next to a park on the right side, that’s quit nice because we’ve got the trees around the property, too.” 37 Champion Circuit, NarangbaEVERY detail of this modern home was carefully designed.Owners Virginia and Dean Kelly were seeking an escape from a busy lifestyle when they decided to build the property at 37 Champion Circuit in 2013.“We like the country feel to Narangba,” Mrs Kelly said.She said they were “very particular” about the design, with peacefulness and seclusion in mind throughout process. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.Fondly known as the “man cave”, it has an undercover outdoor kitchen.“We use it all the time – we’ve had some good parties out there,” Mrs Kelly said.It it a seamless extension of the home when the bi-fold doors to the sleek kitchen and spacious living area open up. 37 Champion Circuit, Narangba.The home also boasts high ceilings, a study nook, a two-car remote lockup garage and security screens.It is a short walk from shops, schools, and public transport.“It’s a very friendly street that we’re in and we love our neighbours,” Mrs Kelly said.
Share Share On Saturday July 7th, members of the Rotaract Club gathered to inaugurate its incoming executive for the 2012-2013 Rotaract year at its annual Investiture dinner at the PSU building.Ms. Bianca Payne has been officially installed as the President of the Rotaract Club of Roseau 2012-2013 and has embarked on increasing service within their Club in the coming year. Featured speaker at the event, Mr. Lennox Linton congratulated the members of the Club and urged them to continue delivering their outstanding service. Linton said that members should feel proud that they are working towards building a better Dominica. He emphasized on how impressed he was with the courage of the members of the Club who are too influenced with a host of negative issues that are prevalent in our society today. Rotarian, Hon. Norris Prevost also commended them for their service and encouraged them to continue serving the communities within Dominica.On the evening, the Rotaract Club also recognized the dedication of other members of the Club. Rotaractor of the Year Ms. Vanessa Seraphin, Director of the Year Ms. Vanessa Seraphin and the Spirit Award Ms. Naomi Thomas. The Rotaract Club of Roseau is a non-profit community service organisation for young professionals within the ages of 18-30.Within the last year the club undertook various community service projects throughout the island which included the Carnival Princess show, a children’s Christmas party in the community of Morne Prosper, a Lifeline Project in the community OF La Plaine, and visiting the homeless at the Grotto.Press Release Sharing is caring! LocalNews Rotaract Club of Roseau inaugurates its 2012-2013 Executive by: – July 11, 2012 Tweet 10 Views no discussions Share
Vevay, IN—The Switzerland County Sheriffs Office is warning residents to be advised that they are receiving calls from residents in the county reporting that they have been receiving calls where the person on the phone is stating they are from Duke Energy and are threatening to shut off people’s electricity if not given credit card information immediately.The Sheriff’s Office says they have spoken with Duke Energy who stated their procedure is to send a notice on your bill that you have been scheduled for disconnection, which may be followed up by an automated recording 2 days prior to shut off. Duke Energy will not have a representative call your home or business. Please remember that no one should ever give credit card or personal information over the phone.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has reunited himself with two players he knows well as the Hoops swooped for Sandro and Niko Kranjcar on transfer deadline day. Brazil international Sandro joins from Tottenham on a three-year deal, with Press Association Sport understanding that QPR have paid £10million for the 25-year-old. A loan deal to take Kranjcar to Loftus Road was announced after the 11pm deadline but marks the fourth time Redknapp has signed the Croatia midfielder – who joins until the summer from parent club Dynamo Kiev. “I had a good relationship with the fans at Tottenham Hotspur and I will try my hardest to get the QPR fans to like me. I will give everything on the pitch and fight for every minute. I’m ready and raring to go.” Kranjcar, 30, returns to QPR for a second loan spell, having helped the club to gain immediate promotion back to the Premier League last season. Redknapp also took the winger to Portsmouth and Tottenham and Kranjcar is pleased to be working with him once again. “It’s a great feeling to be back, it feels like home. I felt a special emotion with the club and the fans,” he said. “The fans were phenomenal last season. I had a great relationship with them and hopefully it’s only going to get better. I really feel happy here, at a club where I really want to play, and I play with all my heart. I can’t wait for my season to start with QPR. “I believe I still have something to prove, for myself and for all the fans. The Premier League is a lot more physical than it was in the past but I’m looking forward to it. I have no doubt this club is going to be in the Premier League for a long time.” The duo join Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker, Jordon Mutch, Leroy Fer, Jack Robinson, Alex McCarthy, Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas in signing for the Hoops during a busy transfer window. With other deadline day deals for Lassana Diarra and Fabio Borini falling by the wayside, Sandro and Kranjcar take QPR’s summer signing total to 10 as Redknapp looks to build a side capable of achieving Barclays Premier League survival. Sandro has been capped 17 times by Brazil and Redknapp is delighted to have the player amongst the ranks at Loftus Road. “Sandro’s a proper footballer and a top class professional – he’s an absolutely fantastic signing for us. I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Redknapp. “He’s been a massive target of mine all summer and I honestly didn’t think we’d be able to pull it off – it’s a real statement from the club, from the owners, to bring in a player of his undoubted ability. “He brings energy, aggression, power and quality. They call him the Beast. He’s not only a top quality footballer, but a fantastic boy as well. He’ll lead by example for us. Tottenham fans loved him and I’m sure the QPR fans will too.” The former Internacional midfielder confirmed linking up with Redknapp again played a big part in his decision to move across London. “I like new challenges and this is one I’m really looking forward to,” said Sandro. “Working with Harry again, who I share a great relationship with, is very special to me. Football is in my heart and I’m very happy at this moment. I’m very pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to meeting my team-mates. Press Association
SHANE Dowrich and Jason Holder moved West Indies into the lead after Sikandar Raza’s maiden five-wicket Test haul put Zimbabwe in a promising position on day three of the second Test.Raza struck a valuable 80 in Zimbabwe’s first innings of 326 in Bulawayo and the all-rounder showed his quality with the ball on Tuesday, reducing the tourists to 230-7.Wicketkeeper-batsman Dowrich (75 not out) and captain Holder (71no) came to the rescue, though, combining for an unbroken stand of 144 for the eighth wicket to move the Windies on to 374-7 at stumps.Skipper Jason Holder is 71 not outKieran Powell, dropped on 11 and 85, fell 10 runs short of a first Test century since 2012 before Dowrich and Holder moved West Indies into a 48-run lead with two days remaining as they attempt to seal a 2-0 series whitewash.Powell brought up his half-century in the third over of the day after the Windies resumed on 78-1 and added 55 for the second wicket with Devendra Bishoo (23), who was dropped by Brendan Taylor off Graeme Cremer not long before Raza had the nightwatchman caught and bowled.Raza (5-82) struck again to snare Kyle Hope (1) leg before and Cremer put down a chance to get rid of Powell when he closed in on a century, but the opener’s 230-ball knock – which included seven boundaries – ended when Sean Ervine took a fine diving catch in the gully off Chris Mpofu.Roston Chase (32) crashed a delivery against the sightscreen just before lunch as Shai Hope (40) ticked along nicely at the other end, but Raza continued to wreak havoc, trapping his fellow-spinner lbw and removing Jermaine Blackwood in his next over.The Windies trailed by 96 with just three wickets remaining when Raza cleaned up the in-form Shai Hope for 30, but Dowrich and Holder got their side out trouble with their sixth and seventh Test half-centuries respectively.Dowrich struck nine boundaries in accomplished knock, while Holder struck Raza down the ground for six and hit six fours as Zimbabwe failed to strike again in a frustrating final session which swung the match in West Indies’ favour. (Omnisport) ZIMBABWE 1st innings 326West Indies 1st innings(overnight 78 for one)K Brathwaite c Masakadza b Cremer 32K Powell c Ervine b Mpofu 90D Bishoo c & b Sikandar Raza 23K Hope lbw b Sikandar Raza 1S Hope b Sikandar Raza 40R Chase lbw b Sikandar Raza 32J Blackwood c Cremer b Sikandar Raza 5+S Dowrich not out 75*J Holder not out 71Extras (b2, lb2, nb1) 5TOTAL (7 wkts, 150 overs) 374To bat: K Roach, S Gabriel.Fall of wickets: 1-76 , 2-131, 3-135, 4-163, 5-219, 6-225, 7-230.Bowling: Mpofu 21-7-46-1, Mire 5-2-5-0, Cremer 43-7-134-1, Raza 43-12-82-5, Chisoro 34-7-94-0, Masakadza 4-1-9-0.Position: West Indies lead by 48 runs with three wickets remaining.
*As 22 delegates claim to have re-elected Senator Ifeanyi UbahThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has stated categorically that there has been no election into the executive committee of the Anambra State Football Association.Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau minced no words in declaring that what took place in the state on Monday, 27th July 2020 and which some stakeholders styled ‘an election’ was a charade of very low grade, and the NFF would never recognise such a sham. “That was an act of brigandage and the NFF fully dissociates itself from it. The Electoral Committee sent to the NFF a letter which they received from the Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force, requesting that the elections into the State FA and the local football councils be postponed, in line with the situation in the country, as the ban on sporting activities and mass gatherings was still alive.“The same Electoral Committee issued a press statement on Monday, 27th July 2020 informing the general public that the elections would no longer hold, and regretted the inconvenience that the sudden postponement may have caused the candidates, delegates, observers, stakeholders and the general public.“In view of these, it is incomprehensible how anyone could have gone ahead with the charade they are calling ‘election’, and you begin to wonder who actually conducted the so-called election,” Gusau said on Tuesday.Gusau, who is also a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, stated further: “That was an affront on the Government and the NFF will never be part of it. The Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force made it clear that there should be no such gathering. It is irksome, and let it be said without ambiguity that the NFF does not recognize such a sham and it cannot stand.”However, in what appears to be a total disregard to the directive of the Anambra State Covid-19 Task Force that no election should take place in view of the prevailing pandemic in the country, Chairman of the Anambra FA, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, was reported by a section of the sporting media to have been returned unopposed for another term in office.Ubah was reported to have been re-elected by 22 delegates who snubbed the directive by the state government.In his post election speech, the senator representing Anambra South in the upper legislature promised to revolutionise Anambra State Football by promoting massive grassroots development of the game.“I promise to accelerate the development of football in Anambra State with a view to providing jobs for the teeming unemployed youths. We all know that football, if properly managed, could be the bedrock of the state’s economy. Going forward, it is going to be football revolution,” the owner of Ifeanyi Ubah FC said.His assurance to harness talented Anambra youths and use football as source of employment, has also received a boost as the Grand Patron, Prince Arthur Eze, doled out N10 million donation in support of the new executive.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Zhao Lim/The Badger HeraldLast week, Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves admitted the rough patch his penalty kill unit recently hit. Two games later, it appears the shorthanded ship might be righted.After a less-than-stellar performance Friday night against Minnesota State-Mankato, the Badgers looked dominant on the penalty kill in game two, holding the Mavericks to an 0-for-5 performance on the power play. MSU managed only six total shots on goal on its five man-advantages.Wisconsin sophomore assistant captain Craig Smith said there was one main adjustment the Badgers made.“We just wanted to make sure there was communication. Friday night, we had a couple guys running around – including myself – we didn’t really feel it out as well as we thought we had it,” he said. “We came back, we took video and made sure there was a lot of communication on the ice, made sure we had our guys covered.”The Mavericks were hard-pressed to gain any rhythm on their first two power plays Saturday night, as the Badgers were able to easily clear the puck and disrupt MSU with an aggressive forecheck.It was a stark contrast to Friday, where MSU looked very dangerous with the man advantage.“We were somewhat scrambling last night with our penalty killing. We weren’t as concise as we wanted to be last night,” Eaves said. “Coach Butters did a nice job, along with the penalty killers. It was a great meeting, the players were talking, they were asking questions, they got up on the board and what here and this there. They were part of the process. I think going through that helped us be more concise and detailed in what we did tonight.”The work UW did on the penalty kill looked eerily similar to last season’s unit, which at times outshot its opponents while they had the man advantage.But for Eaves, the important thing was the win.“We score one goal and they don’t get any in the specialty teams, and that’s the difference in the game, perhaps.”Gudmandson still going strongAfter holding the Mavericks to just one goal Saturday night, Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson extended his own streak of allowing two or fewer goals in a game to 12 contests.The last time Gudmandson allowed more than two goals was a 6-5 loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in November, where he was pulled during the game.The senior came up with big stops in both the 3-2 win Friday and 2-1 win Saturday, making 71 saves on the weekend.It wasn’t just the quantity of stops that was impressive, though, as Gudmandson made some highlight-reel saves Saturday. On a bouncing puck near the end of the game, he was able to make a key stop to preserve the win. Earlier in the game, he flashed a quick glove in snagging a shot over his shoulder as he was falling forward.“I don’t know if I could really rank the saves, but I’d say it’s probably up there,” Gudmandson said. “I think that save and the backdoor one in the second period were my two best.”And while the Badgers knew they would be leaning on Gudmandson more this season than last, the Sherwood Park, Alberta native has managed to elevate his play as the season has worn on.“Yeah, he did. He made some huge saves tonight,” Smith said. “It was getting late in the game there, they were making some pretty good rushes on us, jamming the net hard. He stood his ground well and made some huge saves for us. And we’re happy to have it.”The streak has contributed to Gudmandson leading the WCHA in both goals-against average and save percentage. His 1.76 GAA and .935 save percentage are also second and third in the nation, respectively.“Well, Goody’s been playing well for quite a period of time,” Eaves said. “And if you want to talk about the things that he’s doing well, he’s stopping the puck well, the first shot. He’s controlling most of his rebounds. His puckhandling has been the best it’s ever been, in terms of the actual passing. The actual reading up ice and taking what’s given – like a defenseman, he’s been almost like a third defenseman at times. So when you put all those things together, you’re getting a pretty complete package.”The biggest thing, though, might be how strong Gudmandson is mentally.“The bonus that he has going now is his confidence level,” Eaves continued. “For a goaltender, that’s as important as his glove hand. If that’s working for you, then it gives you a chance to be a really good goaltender.”
Uncapped duo Ander Iturraspe and Daniel Carvajal have both included in Vicente del Bosque’s 30-man Spain World Cup squad, along with Fernando Torres, but Real Madrid pair Alvaro Arbeloa and Isco have been omitted from the provisional panel.Arbeloa was part of the Spain sides that have won back-to-back European Championships and the World Cup in the last six years.Carvajal earned a spot after impressing following his return to Madrid last summer, while Athletic Bilbao midfielder Iturraspe is the other player in the squad yet to make a senior appearance for Spain.Highly-rated Madrid playmaker Isco is among those who have missed out, as well as Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, who has had a poor first season at White Hart Lane.Chelsea striker Torres, who scored in the finals of both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, has not had the best of campaigns either and has been absent from the last few Spain squads, but he has won a berth.Aside from Torres, Del Bosque has included eight more Barclays Premier League players, including Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina, who has spent the season on loan at Napoli. The others are Manchester City trio David Silva, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, Manchester United pair David De Gea and Juan Mata, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla.The defending champions have included seven players from Barcelona and four each from Champions League finalists Real and Atletico Madrid.Del Bosque will announce his final 23-man squad on 25 May.Spain have a tough group in Brazil, with the Netherlands, the team they beat in the final four years ago, Chile and Australia alongside them in Group D.Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), David De Gea (Manchester United) Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid)Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Silva (Manchester City)Forwards: Pedro (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)