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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Premier League stand firm

first_imgThe Premier League sees no reason to change the current rules which ban standing areas in top-flight grounds. The Football League is to ask the Government to review the laws which were brought in after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, while Aston Villa said they want to trial the use of ‘rail-seats’ to promote the introduction of safe standing in the Premier League. A Premier League spokesman told Press Association Sport however: “We support the current legislation and see no reason to change it.” Several top-flight clubs including Manchester City are understood to be open-minded about allowing rail seating – where seats can be locked upright to allow standing and there are safety barriers between each row. Hillsborough cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans and the Merseyside club back the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which has voted unanimously to oppose any reintroduction of standing areas. On Wednesday, Bristol City installed a block of rail seats at their Ashton Gate home, the first at an English football ground – but only Bristol Rugby supporters will be able to use them. Aston Villa’s football operations manager Lee Preece confirmed his club are keen to further the campaign. He said: “We at Aston Villa have said we are quite happy to use an area of Villa Park as a trial so the Premier League, the authorities and the government can see a safe standing area in practice.” The Football Supporters’ Federation has long been an advocate of rail seating and believes that the green light from the Football League’s 72 clubs at their meeting last week is a big step forward. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: France poised for changing of the guard

first_imgFofana and skipper Guilhem Guirado are joined in the lineup by Louis Picamoles, Morgan Parra, Yoann Huget and Maxime Medard, with the latter duo both coming into the Six Nations on the back of strong form at club level.For the time being at least, therefore, there will be plenty of familiar names in France’s team, but that may not be the case for much longer.With the exception of Stade Rochelle back Geoffrey Doumayrou, who is 29, all of Brunel’s replacements for the Wales game are 25 or younger, with 20-year-old prop Demba Bamba the youngest of them and the likes of Baptiste Serin (24), Gael Fickou (24) and Julien Marchand (23) also set to earn some game time on Friday.In addition, there are several more youngsters in France’s 31-man squad, all ready to be called upon should injuries or poor form bring about changes.Uncapped fullback Thomas Ramos (23), halves Anthony Belleau and Antoine Dupont (both 22), and forwards Pierre Bourgarit (21), Fabien Sanconnie (23) and Yacouba Camara (24) represent youthful options outside of Brunel’s initial 23-man selection for the Wales fixture.And given France’s string of poor results in recent times, few of the more established names can consider their places truly safe, particularly with hopes high for a new generation – including Ntamack – that secured glory at the Under-20 World Cup last June.Tel père.Tel fils.#NeFaisonsXV pic.twitter.com/FUhhaXpEA5— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) January 9, 2019The Six Nations is understandably Brunel’s primary focus at present as France looks to improve on a fourth-place finish in 2018, when it did at least run Grand Slam winner Ireland closer than anyone before being sunk by a last-gasp drop goal from Johnny Sexton.Yet it would be no surprise if further members of the successful U20 team, not currently in France’s senior squad, are pushing for caps by the time the Rugby World Cup comes around in September. Romain Ntamack’s selection has caught the eye ahead of France’s opening Six Nations fixture, but the 19-year-old is only one of a host of young stars who could be given a chance to shine by Jacques Brunel over the coming weeks and months.The youngest player in the championship and son of former Les Blues wing Emile, Ntamack will start at center alongside the vastly experienced Wesley Fofana when France host Wales on Friday night. One name to watch is Jordan Joseph, who starred in that U20 World Cup campaign at the age of 17. The 2019 RWC might come just too soon for the Racing 92 No. 8 who is considered one of the most talented teenagers in world rugby.Regardless of whether Joseph breaks through in the near future, it is clear France has no shortage of options when it comes to young talent.As Guirado, Picamoles, Huget and Medard gear up for what is likely to be their final tilt at a world title, it feels like the next crop of French stars are poised to emerge. Ntamack has been picked ahead of Mathieu Bastareaud, a move that suggests Brunel is eager to refresh a team that lost eight of its 11 Tests in 2018.However, while Bastareaud has not even made the matchday 23 on this occasion, the other six members of the 30-and-over brigade in France’s squad will all start against Wales. Related News Six Nations 2019: Team-by-team guidelast_img read more

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