Gov. Wolf: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patients

first_img May 18, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patientscenter_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that through the federal stimulus bills providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be able to be reimbursed for providing those services to uninsured patients.“All Pennsylvanians should have access to necessary testing for COVID-19 and this federal funding will help eliminate any financial burden on those both providing and receiving tests,” Gov. Wolf said.The Department of Human Services (DHS) also reminded Pennsylvanians of the continued availability of health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance (MA), or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).“We are also pleased to work with the federal government to ensure that people who are uninsured can receive COVID-19 testing and treatment without worrying about how to pay for it. No Pennsylvanian should forego medically-necessary testing for fear of what it might cost, and providers will be able to collect payment for testing and services directly from the federal government,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Affordable health care and access to it is a necessity at all times, but it is especially vital during a health crisis. DHS is always working to make sure that people who need coverage to protect themselves and their children have it. I encourage anyone who may need coverage to apply for Medicaid or CHIP.”As part of the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act and CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Payments for uninsured individuals will be administered through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).HRSA is accepting claims as of May 6 and will accept claims for services dating back to February 4, 2020. Providers should access the HRSA website at https://coviduninsuredclaim.linkhealth.com/ to learn what services are covered, determine who is eligible, submit claims, and find more information.COVID-19 testing is mandatory coverage for individual and marketplace insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Pennsylvanians can apply online for both Medicaid and CHIP at www.compass.state.pa.us. Medicaid and CHIP enroll individuals throughout the year and do not have a limited or special enrollment time, so people needing health coverage can apply for these programs at any time. There are income limits for Medicaid, but no income limits for children to qualify for coverage through CHIP.“The Affordable Care Act has ensured that we have health insurance options available, even if people lose the coverage they currently have,” Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Individuals and families can sign-up for health coverage through the marketplace at healthcare.gov, outside of the annual open enrollment period, if they experience a life change that qualifies them from a Special Enrollment Period. These circumstances include the loss of health insurance provided by an employer, which many individuals may experience during the COVID-19 outbreak. There are several resources available for displaced employees during this difficult time, so I encourage those affected to reach out for guidance and assistance.”The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) offers free, personal, no pressure, no obligation, non-biased enrollment assistance. PACHC and its network of Community Health Centers are available to assist you in navigating and enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medical Assistance (MA), Medicare and CHIP. Certified Exchange Assisters are available throughout Pennsylvania to help residents enroll in these programs.Pennsylvanians can find exchange assisters in their area here. Individuals can also search by using the find a health center page. Individuals with additional questions or in need of further assistance can contact the PACHC’s Navigator Hub at 1-866-944-CARE (2273).Visit pa.gov for a “Responding to COVID-19” guide or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.Guidance to DHS providers related to COVID-19 is available here.Ver esta página en español.last_img read more

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Three months after Angels traded him, C.J. Cron returns to Anaheim

first_imgCozart has hit fairly consistently at his career norms for about a month, so apparently, Scioscia decided now was the time to go back to this. He conceded that having Trout hit first is problematic because they want him to be a run-producer.“Just trying to flip some things to get some things going,” Scioscia said. “We’ll settle back into this template as we go forward.”ALSOBlake Wood (elbow impingement) retired two of the four batters he faced, on 18 pitches, in a rehab outing for Class-A Inland Empire on Thursday. Wood is expected to be activated on Friday or Saturday.UP NEXTAngels (Nick Tropeano, 1-2, 3.64) vs. Rays (Blake Snell, 4-3, 3.12), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) The roster was heavy with right-handers, and Cron was limited to one position. He also had a career .307 on-base percentage, which the Angels felt was too low.“I knew with the Ohtani signing there was a lot of roster malfunction there,” Cron said. “There were a few different first basemen. When (the trade) it actually does happen it is a little shock, but I was expecting it.”Cron said he still had no hard feelings toward the organization – “They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues” – and he was happy to come back and see his former teammates and his family.TROUT BACK TO NO. 2After just two games hitting in the leadoff spot, Mike Trout was moved back into the No. 2 spot on Thursday, with Zack Cozart hitting first and Ohtani moved down to the No. 5 spot.Manager Mike Scioscia said earlier this week he was experimenting with Trout and Ohtani in the top two spots, while they waited for Cozart or Ian Kinsler to get hot enough to go into the leadoff spot. ANAHEIM — As C.J. Cron returned to Angel Stadium, wearing a new uniform and with a set of impressive stats to his name, he had the expected answer when asked what was missing in Anaheim.“I have to say the at-bats,” he said before starting a four-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium on Thursday. “Just being in there every day and coming to the park and knowing I’m going to be in that two hole. It allows me to make the necessary adjustments that you need at this level. I can maybe give an at-bat to work on something. When you are playing three days a week, your career hinges on that day.”Cron was hitting .289 with 10 homers and an .861 OPS with the Rays prior to Thursday’s game. In his Angels career, he had a few hot months of that type of production, but inevitably his numbers would slide and the Angels would stop playing him every day, or even send him to the minors.With the Angels, he hit .262 with 59 homers in 408 games. The Angels traded him to the Rays just before the first full-squad workout of the spring, because they had a logjam at first base with Shohei Ohtani pushing Albert Pujols more often from DH into the field.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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India votes in world’s largest election

first_imgDear Editor,Hundreds of millions of Indians voted in five phases of balloting so far. Two phases of voting remain — one this Sunday and the other the following Sunday — to complete the process.The general election has been billed as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The campaign takes the form of a Presidential election. Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won a historic landslide in the last elections, in 2014.Modi staked his claim in 2014 to lead India on a tough image against terrorism and a truly secular government without favouring any religious or caste group. He has been tough against those who infiltrated the porous borders of India to spread terror. Modi ordered surgical strikes against camps in Pakistan in February. His action won overwhelming approval from the nation.In India, people generally vote against the incumbent. Most of the incumbent MPs of the BJP are disliked, including the popular Bollywood actress Hema Malini, who is seeking re-election from Mathura, the holy city of Lord Krishna.But voters tell this writer they want to give Modi a second term; thus they will vote for the incumbents on account of Modi, who remains the BJP’s main vote-getter.Modi is campaigning everywhere on behalf of the candidates of his party, the BJP, which is in an alliance with other parties called the NDA. The largest opposition party is the Congress, which is in an alliance with other parties called the UPA. Sworn enemies in the opposition have come together to defeat Modi, but opinion polls put the NDA ahead of the UPA by almost two to one. However, the polls say the NDA will not win a majority of the seats. It takes 272 seats to form the government in a parliament of 543 elected members of the lower house, or Lok Sabha.This writer, in his own informal polls, puts Modi ahead of the Congress and likely to come close to a majority of seats, giving him a second five-year term in office. Without an opposition alliance, the BJP would win over 300 seats. As it is now, the party is struggling to capture 250 seats. The BJP won 283 seats in the last election.The seven-phase elections commenced on 19th April and will conclude on 19th May. Counting of ballots is on 23rd May. There are some 970 million eligible voters across the country. This is the largest election ever conducted in the world.The tone of the campaign has been acrimonious, especially against opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and two of his alliance partners, Akilesh Yadav of SP and Mayawati of BSP.The BJP faces strong challenges from other regional parties in the south and in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been trying to bring together the parties to form a coalition to unseat Modi. Rahul’s father (Rajiv), grandmother (Indira) and great-grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) were all Indian prime ministers.His mother, the Italian-born Sonia, declined the PM position in 2004. Rahul himself declined the PM position in 2009. His sister, Priyanka Gandhi, formally launched her political career in January. She is not contesting a seat, although it was announced she would contest against Modi. Had she done so, she would have been trounced.Modi is contesting in the prestigious Benaras seat. This writer’s poll has him well ahead to win by a landslide. Priyanka is campaigning for her brother and mother Sonia, who is contesting a seat Rae Bareli, from Uttar Pradesh, the state where 70 percent of Indo-Caribbean people trace their roots. Rahul is also contesting from UP in Amethi constituency. Fearing he would lose, Rahul has fielded himself in a second seat in Kerala state. In India, a candidate can run for more than one seat, but can only represent one seat in parliament and resign the others if elected from more than one.The Lok Sabha, or lower house of Parliament, has 543 elected seats, and any party or coalition needs a minimum of 272 MPs to form a government. Opinion polls say Rahul will lose Amethi. However, this writer found from his survey that Rahul would win Amethi and also in Kerala.The main issues in the campaign are high unemployment, national security, and India’s role in world affairs. Caste and religion also play critical roles in how people vote. Chamars, called dalits in India, are voting for the BSP led by Mayawati. The Yadav cast is voting for the Yadav party, called SP. At Friday namaz before each vote, imams instruct Muslims to vote for the party they feel would defeat the BJP. But Muslims are divided, with women supporting BJP because the party has given women equal status to that of males, angering the latter. In addition, the BJP has sought to outlaw multiple marriages and triple talaq divorce in which a man simply tells his wife he divorces her.It is hard to predict the exact number of seats each alliance would win, but everywhere this writer has travelled, voters tell him the NDA under Modi would be returned to office for another term, unless something major goes wrong.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisram(In India)last_img read more

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