“Negotiators to meet amid Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate”

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This July 6, 2015 article found on the Lancaster Online website talks about the stalemate between Governor Wolf and the GOP as negotiations continue over the state budget.  The article points out that state employees would still be paid, but that county social services that provide a safety-net for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens would go unpaid until a budget is passed.

“Stairways leader deals with changes in behavioral-health landscape”

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This March 10, 2015 article on GoErie.com talks about internal changes at Stairways as they work together with Beacon Light Behavioral Health to pull their resources together in hopes that they can offer better services to those they serve.   Valarie Vicarri is the new leader at Stairways and will be reporting to Rick Saegar the CEO of Beacon Light unlike her predecessor who reported to the Stairways board of directors.  Everything is being done to reduce any impact this change has on those being served by both agencies as they grow together.

“Here’s why Gov. Wolf’s Medicaid expansion is a win for behavioral health services: Richard Edley”

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This February 23, 2015 Penn Live Op Ed article talks about what is hoped to be an improvement as Gov. Wolf transitions Pennsylvanians from HealthyPA to a more streamline traditional Medicaid program.

Video: “Governor Wolf’s launch of Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania, explained in 60 seconds.”

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This video on YouTube was uploaded by Governor Tom Wolf and quickly describes what will be happening with the change to the Federal Medicaid expansion plan from Corbett’s HealthyPA plan

“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.

“A Letter to Rand Paul re: Disability Benefits for Mental Illness”

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This January 19, 2014 open letter found on the Healthy Place website talks about the struggles faced by people who are disabled by a mental illness.  I tip my hat to the author of it …. I live what you described though with a handful of different dx which includes anxiety disorder among others.

“As Gov. Corbett transforms Medicaid on Jan. 1, fears, glitches, and now a lawsuit”

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This December 26, 2014 PennLive – The Patriot-News, article talks about the problems occurring with the transition from Medicaid to Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA which is his Medicaid expansion alternative plan.

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