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“Pa.’s Medicaid expansion wreaks chaos for addiction and alcohol treatment providers”

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This January 25, 2015 The Inquirer article found on the Philly.com website offers more details into what the “Glitch” in the transition from medical assistance to Corbett’s  Healthy Pa Medicaid alternative plan was.  The glitch seems to effect people in treatment for mental health and or drug and alcohol

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treatment, specifically those told they were enrolled in Healthy Pa Plus …. the result of the glitch is that this group of people were somehow switched to private pay insurances INSTEAD of the Healthy Pa Plus program they were told they were being placed in.  I’ve been attempting to follow this glitch, but was sick for a couple of weeks with the flu so I was out of commission, now I’m playing catch up and am just now (about a week after recovering) starting to feel like I’ve regained the upper hand on all the stuff I got behind on.  This is the first article I’ve seen about this glitch since before my bout with the flu when I posted the article about it back in December which I have linked below.

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“Tension over healthcare between Corbett and Wolf”

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This November 22, 2014 The Sentinel article on CumberLink.com talks about the growing tension between Governor Corbett and Governor Tom Wolf as they battle over Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.

I have to wonder what kind of impact this power struggle will have on the people who would benefit from Medicaid as the political powerhouses duke it out on Capitol Hill

“An open letter to Governor-Elect Tom Wolf: A ‘fresh start’ on health care starts with rejecting Corbett’s Healthy PA plan”

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This November 5, 2014 Open Letter to Governor Wolf from Antoinette Kraus, Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, talks about the need to ditch Corbett’s Medicaid plan and go with a traditional Medicaid expansion to ensure that Pennsylvanians who are eligible for Medicaid either get into the program or are able to keep their coverage if they are already in the program.

“PA welfare department gets a new name”

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This September 24, 2014 WFMZ-TV News segment talks about a new law signed by Governor Corbett that officially changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to be the Department of Human Services.  The name is felt to better encompass what the agency does or provides.

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“Corbett care plan no longer cuts aid for disabled”

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This July 24, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the ongoing negotiations between the Corbett administration and the federal government over Corbett’s alternative to medicaid expansion.  The article indicates that workers with disabilities who receive MAWD will continue to receive coverage at this point and that for now the threat of losing that medical coverage has been lifted.

“As suicides spike, new Pa. law to start prevention efforts in 6th grade”

 

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This July 12, 2014 TribLive News article talks about a new law in Pennsylvania that is requiring schools to begin to educate kids as young as 6th grade about suicide prevention.  This law was passed in part because across the country the number of deaths because of suicide has surpassed the number of deaths due to vehicle accidents.  other factors discussed in the article were some specific cases of suicide that were also a catalyst for the new law.

“Corbett care plan cuts aid for disabled”

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This July 8, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the cuts that will occur for those who are disabled and receive Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) if Governor Corbett’s alternative to Medicaid expansion is approved.

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