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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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Qatar to leave OPEC from January 2019

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first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Qatar PetroleumWorld’s largest liquefied natural gas exporter Qatar has decided to step away from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Speaking at a news conference, Qatar’s minister of state for energy affairs, Qatar Petroleum’s president and CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the country is set to withdraw effective January 1, 2019.Al-Kaabi, said, “Qatar has worked diligently during the past few years to develop a future strategy based on growth and expansion, both in its activities at home and abroad.”The decision follows Qatar’s revision of its international role as well as its long-term strategy that will put even more focus on its natural gas industry.Al-Kaabi added that Qatar is set to attend this week’s OPEC meeting in Vienna. OPEC members will be meeting in Austria to discuss supply cuts.Qatar, currently producing 77 mtpa of LNG has devised plans to increase the production capacity to 110 mpta.last_img read more

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Other Sports Road to F1 has become tougher, says Arjun Maini after shock sports car switch

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first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian driver Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 has become tougher with his shock switch to sports car racing but he says it is a matter of time before he is back in a single seater series to pursue his “ultimate dream”. The 21-year-old from Bengaluru announced his switch to endurance racing last week and will be doing a full season of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) besides making his debut in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans.The move was unexpected, to say the least as he was trying to find his feet in the world of single seater racing including F2 and F3, which are considered as feeder series to Formula 1.”To be honest, I wanted to remain in single seaters but there were not many good options for 2019. A full season of endurance racing and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans is what I have in hand and I am looking forward to this new challenge. Having said that, reaching Formula 1 remains the ultimate dream,” Maini told PTI.After an underwhelming F2 season last year when he felt let down by his own team, Trident, Maini could not secure a drive with another outfit for the following season. He also tested for Team Le Mans in the highly competitive Super Formula in Japan but, by his own admission, did not do enough to seal a seat. Arjun Maini’s road to Formula 1 – Pursue his “ultimate dreamIndia produced two Grand Prix drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun ChandhokJehan Daruvala won two races in Euro F3. “I reached Suzuka the night before the test and when you don’t know the circuit that well, you need some time to get up to speed. The team had already finalised its drivers so there was not much I could do anyway.”I realised how competitive the racing scene is in Japan and you have to really stand out amongst a high quality of drivers,” said Maini, who was also a development driver with Haas F1 Team for the past two seasons but did not get a test drive.He and Jehan Daruvala are seen as Formula 1 hopefuls from India, a country which has so far produced only two Grand Prix drivers in Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok.The 20-year-old Daruvala, who won two races in the Euro F3 over the previous two seasons, has joined Prema Racing in 2019 for the all-new F3.While Daruvala too has not been able to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams, Maini feels his contemporary has been wiser with career choices.”He has definitely been more clever, has done the right things at the right time. Looking back, I feel I should not have rushed into F3 after finishing second in British F4 back in 2014. Maybe I was better off doing Formula Renault 2.0 before moving up to F3,” said Maini.He says there is no point being an also-ran in F2 or F3 and “you must finish in the top three” to attract the attention of Formula 1 teams.Considering that the ELMS has only six rounds, Maini is exploring limited single seater opportunities, including another appearance at the Macau Grand Prix.last_img read more

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