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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St. Nick Sweeps Batesville In Volleyball

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th and 8th grade teams hosted the Batesville Bulldogs at Milan Elementary on Sept. 3 and both St. Nick teams came up with the wins for the matches. It was an exciting night of volleyball, and St. Nicholas had plenty of fans there to support their efforts and show their school spirit.For the 7th grade match, St. Nicholas won in 3 sets with scores of 23-25, 25-13, and 15-5. Set 1 was point for point and close the whole time. St. Nicholas came out to take set 2 and 3 convincingly by playing as a team.Ella Fledderman had an amazing night serving by going 24/25 with 3 Aces. Jessica Rees was perfect with 15/15 and 2 Aces; Taylor Whitehead went 7/7 with 3 Aces, and Katie Johnson went 9/11 with 1 Ace.For Batesville, Laine Struewing and Kylie Laker each had 6 service points including an ace.The 8th grade team won in 2 sets with scores of 25-15 and 25-15.The girls served aggressively and with consistency. Molly Gregg anchored the team in serving and went 25/26 with 15 Aces; Katelynn Bischoff served 8/9 and Ella Fledderman served 6/6. St. Nicholas set the ball up well throughout the match which lead to all girls being able to attack the ball.For Batesville, Kari Reer was perfect on all 9 ofher serves earning 7 points including an ace. Macy Prickel had 3 kills at the net.St. Nicholas will be back in action next week with South Ripley, South Dearborn, and St. Louis.  Batesville will play at home vs. North Decatur on Tuesday.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg and Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

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Beat writers predict close result for Syracuse on the road at Georgia Tech

first_imgSyracuse (15-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) squares off against Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) on Wednesday night at Atlanta’s McCamish Pavilion. The Orange enters the game riding a three-game winning streak including its most recent win over Pittsburgh on Saturday night. It was SU’s first win on the road in ACC play.Here are our beat writers predictions for the game.Matthew Gutierrez (18-3)Bee stingGeorgia Tech 67, Syracuse 61It’s admirable what Yellow Jackets head coach Josh Pastner has done in Atlanta. He inherited a team a season ago that was returning not a single player who averaged more than 5.0 points per game. All he did was take GT, picked to finish 14th out of 15 ACC teams, to the NIT finals. On Sunday night, his unit nearly beat No. 20 Clemson. Georgia Tech has beaten Miami and Notre Dame this season, too, so GT should have its way at home against the Orange this week. Syracuse gave little reason to believe against Pittsburgh that it can pick up a second road win in conference play, at least for now.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (17-4)Welcome to AtlantaSyracuse 58, Georgia Tech 55These are two of the ACC’s worst offensive teams — each rank in the bottom quartile for effective field goal percentage — so expect a defensive battle on Wednesday night. That would favor the Orange, which has one of the nation’s best defenses that can block shots and nab steals with the best of ’em. As tough it is to win on the road in the ACC, the Orange should grind it out with the Yellow Jackets and rely on Tyus Battle and Frank Howard to “fill it up,” as GT head coach Josh Pastner said on Wednesday. Plus, Syracuse needs this one bad to avoid putting itself in a deep hole for its postseason chances.Tomer Langer (16-5)The big oneSyracuse 64, Georgia Tech 59This is arguably Syracuse’s most important game left on the schedule in the sense that its the most winnable road game remaining. Georgia Tech has a stifling defense but really struggles to score. Syracuse is similar, but there are two key distinctions. The Orange’s defense is stronger, and it’ll have the best player on the floor in Tyus Battle. Syracuse picks up a big road win and improves its winning streak to four. Comments Published on January 30, 2018 at 8:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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