House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill

When the legislature returns to Harrisburg in September, there will be one bill awaiting a vote in the House Health and Human Services Committee that has earned bipartisan support and, according to its supporters, could do a lot to help those struggling with the cycle of opioid addiction. 

House Bill 424, introduced by Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon), creates guidelines for a warm hand-off program, allowing those treated for overdoses to find longer-term treatment faster and more efficiently. It also creates an Overdose Recovery Task Force.
Friday, July 12, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities

Medical professionals told members of the House Democratic Policy Committee and the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus that the quality of health care available to citizens often depends upon their income and zip code.
 
The joint hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia. Located in the Olney section off North Broad, this hospital offers health care to many lower-income citizens and will likely see more with the closure of Hahnemann Hospital later this year.
Thursday, July 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Despite bond issuance, voting reforms still on hold

Gov. Tom Wolf approved $90 million in bonds to help counties buy new voting machines Tuesday. This decision came days after he vetoed Senate Bill 48, which called for the funding along with some election reforms.
 
Introduced by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), the bill would have ended the option of the “straight party ticket” vote and the state’s closed primary elections. Pennsylvania remains one of seven states that allow voters to cast a whole ballot by pushing one button.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals

Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals

Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting has been designated the temporary manager of Hahnemann and St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia by the owners, Pennsylvania Academic Health Systems (PAHS), according to a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health last week.
 
PAHS voluntarily agreed to be temporary manager after announcing it will close the Center City-based Hahnemann in late June due to millions in losses since acquiring the facilities from Tenet in 2017. The company filed for bankruptcy as well.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

PHARE Fund gets boost from budget

The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund received a $15 million increase in the recently passed budget, raising their 2019-20 budget to $40 million. 

Established in 2010, the PHARE Fund helps create guidelines to establish and maintain affordable housing across Pennsylvania. There is money specifically allocated to help those making below 50 percent of the area’s median income. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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