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Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal

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first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and members of his administration today urged Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to reject the seriously flawed Graham-Cassidy health care reform proposal, citing its devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians, many of whom have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion implemented under Gov. Wolf.“The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal-and-replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise.  This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.”The letter, signed by Gov. Wolf and acting commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Jessica Altman, and acting secretary for the Department of Human Services, Teresa Miller, reiterates that the Graham-Cassidy proposal contains many of the same flawed components of the failed earlier repeal-and-replace attempts by Congress.“Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.“In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”The letter outlines Pennsylvania’s significant progress on providing affordable and accessible health care with the Affordable Care Act, and advises the senators that the only way forward is a bi-partisan approach as presented in a letter to Congressional leaders from Gov. Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors.“Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like mandating cost sharing reductions – that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Senators Casey and Toomey:The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise. This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is at a historic low of 5.6 percent. If the Graham-Cassidy proposal is adopted, we know this positive trend will be reversed and the commonwealth’s uninsured rate will skyrocket.  While the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not have an opportunity to provide a full picture of how this plan will impact insurance rates, as noted above, many of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy proposal were previously considered in House and Senate bills. Those bills would have, according to CBO estimates, resulted in anywhere between 23 million and 32 million Americans losing health care coverage by 2026. And, according to the Center for American Progress, the Graham-Cassidy plan will lead to more than one million Pennsylvanians losing health care coverage, taking them back to the days of seeking routine treatment in emergency rooms.Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.The most likely outcome would be wrestling with the impossible decision of who should receive health care – a child born with a disability? A young adult struggling with an opioid addiction who needs our help to receive recovery services? A mom fighting cancer? A senior who has worked hard all his life and needs access to quality health care to age with dignity? We do not know the answer and are hopeful that you will take the responsible position of voting “no” to Graham-Cassidy so that no Pennsylvania leader ever has to make a decision about who deserves health care and who can go without.Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like appropriating funds for cost-sharing reductions– that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the ACA. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorTeresa O. MillerActing Secretary of the Department of Human ServicesJessica K. AltmanActing Insurance CommissionerWold Administration Letter to Senators Casey and Toomey Regarding Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal September 22, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Aklan all set for 2020 WVRAA

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first_imgAposin cited the partnership of theprovincial government under the leadership of Gov. Florencio Miraflores and theDepartment of Education with the support of community stakeholders in hostingthe annual multi-sports competition in the region. Aside from Makato, six other townswill also host the delegates with events happening in the towns of Kalibo,Numancia and Malinao.  Athletes race to the finish line. This year, the province of Aklan will welcome around 5,000-strong contingents for the annual Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association. WVRAA Miguel Mac Aposin, Schools DivisionSuperintendent in Aklan, said they are prepared to welcome around 5,000-strongcontingent for the 2020 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA)Meet slated Feb. 15 to 22. BORACAY – The venues and billetingquarters in Aklan are ready to host the athletes, coaches and sports officialsfor the biggest sporting event in Western Visayas.   The Aklan Sports Complex in BarangayCalangcang, Makato town is the venue of the opening ceremonies on Feb. 16.       The province last hosted WVRAA in 2015for student athletes in elementary and secondary level.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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QuASA to publish OUTlist next week

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first_imgQueer and Ally Student Assembly co-Director Varsha Sivaram speaks at the Solidarity Rally in September. Sivaram said the annual OUTlist is a way to commemorate Coming Out Month. (Emily Smith)Early next week, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly will publish its annual OUTlist, a collection of University-affiliated names and organizations intended to show support for the queer community on campus. The list received 672 signatures this year throughout the month of October, including student organizations Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Undergraduate Student Government, El Centro Chicano and Daily Trojan.“The OUTlist is a platform where transfers, students, faculty and staff can show their support and solidarity toward students of the queer community,” Undergraduate Student Government co-Chief Diversity Officer Milton Dimas said. The OUTlist, according to the LGBT Resource Center website, is inspired by a 1990 publication of 50 signatures from students who pledged to end homophobia and accept all people on campus. Since then, the OUTlist has only grown and gained support at USC.“We do it in commemoration of Coming Out Month because it’s a sensitive time for a lot of queer folks,” QuASA co-Director Varsha Sivaram said. Sivaram said an informal version of the OUTlist — a whiteboard people were encouraged to sign — was put up at QuASA events this year to help spread awareness for the actual online document. Another addition to the OUTlist, according to Sivaram, was a quote section where people could state why they had signed the document.One particular quote that stood out to her expressed that support is fundamental to queer individuals who are still coming out. “It’s the notion [that] if I had had someone who was publicly supportive of the queer community or was secure in their queerness who came out and said it was okay for me when I was coming out, that would have been enormously helpful,” Sivaram said. The OUTlist demonstrates USC’s commitment to supporting the queer community on campus, Dimas said. “It’s important to continue to [have the OUTlist] because students who identify as queer should feel welcomed, considering the fact that we [are a] Trojan Family,” Dimas said. Erin Cooney, co-director of QuASA, said that it is crucial to give allies a chance to declare their support and the LGBTQ community an opportunity to see its supporters. Sivaram emphasized that the OUTlist provides LGBTQ members with the reassurance that they are not alone without pressuring them to come out.“I think it’s a tangible show of support for folks,” Sivaram said. “It cultivates the notion that there’s a supportive environment for them at USC.” Chris Bradley, a senior majoring in business administration and accounting, signed to OUTlist. He said the list allows queer individuals a chance to be comfortable with their identities, regardless of whether they are out or not. “The biggest thing for me was to break the stereotype and to have people be open with themselves,” Bradley said. “There’s still a couple kids at USC who haven’t come out, which is surprising considering this is a relatively friendly campus. It goes to show that even in 2018 there’s a lot of work to be done.” Bradley said the OUTlist provides a source of pride for queer students. “It’s a mark of progress we’ve made,” Bradley said. “[The OUTlist] goes to show how confident [we are] and how far we’ve come. I feel very strongly that we are not going to go back.” Further plans to expand the OUTlist include coordinating an event geared toward garnering more signatures. “Our mission during Coming Out Month … is giving people safe spaces in order to express themselves,” Cooney said. “Even within the queer community people have such different identities and experiences that it is significant to give people a place or opportunity to have those conversations.”last_img read more

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