Wolf Administration Taking Lead on Health Enrollment after Trump Administration Cutbacks

first_img November 30, 2017 Healthcare,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Members of the Wolf Administration, including Pennsylvania Insurance Department Acting Commissioner Jessica Altman, Department of Human Services Acting Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne will be joined by the Pennsylvania Health Access Network to offer enrollment assistance for individuals eligible for Medicare, plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medical Assistance, and CHIP at the KING Community Center in Harrisburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017.“Selecting a health care plan can be confusing and enrollment is vital to ensuring you are receiving the best plan with the coverage options you need for the following year,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “We want to make navigating that process easier by having subject matter experts on hand to walk you through enrollment.”The open enrollment period for 2018 coverage for Medicare beneficiaries interested in making changes to their Medicare Advantage or prescription drug coverage closes on December 7, and open enrollment for 2018 coverage for ACA enrollees closes on December 15. Enrollment for Medical Assistance and CHIP is always open.“This year, the federal government shortened the ACA enrollment period, so my administration is doing all we can to make sure Pennsylvanians are informed and educated,” said Wolf. “Time is running out – let us help you get the coverage you need.”For individuals unable to attend the event at the KING Community Center on December 2, 2017, please refer to the following information:For additional help signing up for health insurance, visit the Insurance Department’s Open Enrollment Assistant page here: www.insurance.pa.gov/Coverage/Pages/Open-Enrollment-Assistance.aspxFor additional help enrolling in Medicare, find your local Area Agency on Aging here: www.aging.pa.gov/insurance.Pennsylvanians eligible for Medical Assistance or CHIP can apply for benefits in person, by paper application, or online at www.compass.state.pa.us.The KING Community Center is located at 1243 South 18th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104. Wolf Administration Taking Lead on Health Enrollment after Trump Administration Cutbackscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

German basic pension raises questions of financial sustainability

first_img“We have never been able to afford the basic pension,” the spokesperson said, adding that funds for the measure are based on EU financial transaction tax that will never exist.A national debate has erupted yet again after, on May 15, the German parliament reviewed in the first reading a draft law for the introduction of the Grundrente for long-term insurance in the statutory pension, based on a gorvernment proposal.The coalition partners, consisting of the SPD, CDU and CSU parties, included the basic pension in a contract to support Angela Merkel’s government in 2018, reviewed last November, but still a source of doubts on essential points.The SPD originally required that the income would not play a role to assess whether a person had the right to a basic pension, while the Union (CDU/CSU) asked to take into account not only their income but also their entire financial situation.The pension expert for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Peter Weiß, now believes that a basic pension will start in 2021, but one condition, he said, is a solid financing concept.The government intends to present various financing models, including a European financial transaction tax, but “we lack a binding, clear statement of where and when this money is available. This is a basic requirement for the Union. The financial concept must also be in place if we give the final consultation (on the law) in the parliament,” he explained.Under the new scheme, additional pension will be paid to anyone who has at least 33 years of contributions to the statutory pension insurance based on periods of employment, child-rearing or care work.The basic pension is calculated in steps, from 33 to 35 years of contribution to ensure that also below 35 years additional payment is provided, according to the legislator.The Grundrente is guaranteed after assessing that single earners own a maximum monthly income of €1,250, or €15,000 per year, and €1,950 per month (€ 23,400 per year), for married couples or partners.The parliamentary commission labour and social affairs” will hold a hearing on the draft law on May 25. The Deutsche Rentenversicherung (DRV), the administrator of the state pension scheme, has submitted a series of proposals to streamline the financial and bureaucratic processes to grant a basic pension.In a statement, the DRV had considered an “enormous challenge” assessing the requirements for granting a pension. For the first time, pensions must be retrospectively examined and, if necessary, insurance biographies upgraded.The authority foresees July 2021 as the earliest date possible for the payment of the additional pensions because the IT architecture has to be adjusted in a highly complex pension system, and the 26 million already existing pensions can only be processed by the end of 2022.The DRV thinks it is possible that the basic pension is financed with taxes, but “parameters” for financing the measure in the new rules have not been determined exactly.An increase of the federal subsidy may not be sufficient in the long run to cover the additional expenses for pension insurances.The DRV, therefore, supports a reimbursement scheme that would also take into account additional administrative and procedural costs. Reimbursements are made, for example, by the federal government in the context of the Claim and Benefit Transfer Act (AAÜG) or by the Federal Employment Agency for reduction of earning capacity.The spokesperson for Gesamtmetall said: “The basic pension creates new injustices. Everyone involved would be well advised to forego the basic pension.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The introduction of a basic pension in Germany – or Grundrente – has been raising pressing questions over its long-term financial sustainability.“Pension policy decisions will cost money for decades to come and the basic pension will not help against old-age poverty,” a spokesperson for Gesamtmetall, the organisation representing companies in the metal and electrical engineering sector, told IPE.According to Gesamtmetall, the costs to provide a basic pension are “enormous”, with €400m in administrative expenses to calculate in 2021 alone for a pension insurance pot of €1.3bn.A total of around 1.3 million people will benefit from the basic pension from 2021, including 70% of women.last_img read more

Pool savings to lap up with program aimed at reducing energy costs

first_img Homeowners who already have a pool can visit www.spasa.com.au Easy living in chic styling Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has Climate Care Certified plunge pools.A Brisbane pool company is the first in the country to introduce a program aimed at helping pool owners reduce energy consumption and save hundreds of dollars annually. Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools is the first Australian pool installation company to achieve Climate Care Certified status with the introduction of the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool.The Climate Care Certification Program is an initiative of the Swimming Pool and Spa Association (SPASA) of Australia and is the industry’s efficiency and sustainability certification program. An installation by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools.Through the Climate Care Certified program, homeowners are supported to reduce water and energy consumption by making a positive decision to own an environmentally-sustainable swimming pool while saving money at the same time. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Luxury whole-floor apartments hit the marketcenter_img Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools has a Climate Care Certified status.Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pool owners Geoffrey and Amy Smith said their team had responded to consumer demands to provide an environmentally-friendly swimming pool.“We are empowering consumers to make informed choices when purchasing their next swimming pool,” Mr Smith said. “Our Climate Care Certified Plunge Pools allows consumers to love their swimming pool and the environment at the same time.“Water and energy are precious resources and commodities in Australia, particularly during periods of prolonged drought and peak energy demands.”Mr Smith said for pool and spa owners concerned about water and energy usage, the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool assists to minimise the environmental impact, while maximising all the obvious benefits of a backyard pool. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to pick an up and coming suburb02:06 Mr Smith said having a swimming pool with Climate Care certification provided homeowners with the knowledge that their investment would provide their family with years of enjoyment and at the same time deliver independently verified water and energy savings.SPASA Australia CEO Spiros Dassakis said the Climate Care Certified Plunge Pool by Brisbane Prestige Plunge Pools was a significant step for the pool and spa industry as well as consumers.“Many retailers and technicians know that sustainability sells,” Mr Dassakis said.“Builders, retailers and technicians are now gaining a better understanding of who their customers are insofar as the environment and costs associated with their pool and/or spa.“Consumers, now more than ever, are seeking assurance that the products they buy are sustainable and responsibly made.” Hinterland motel for salelast_img read more

Man killed in hit-and-run yet to be identified

first_imgAn unidentified man was killed in a hit-and-run accident along the Yarrowkabra Public Road, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, on Friday at about 21:00h, according to the Police in a release.The unidentified manThe man was clad in a pair of long grey trousers, a blue-and-white long-sleeved jersey, and a pair of black long boots. A pedal cycle with one of its wheels detached was also found at the scene.The man’s body is at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting identification and post mortem examination.Anyone with information relative to the accident or the identification of the man is kindly asked to make contact with the nearest Police station, or call telephone numbers 261-5457 or 227-2219.last_img

COMMUNITY NOTICES: SIX-WEEK INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE STARTS IN DUNKINEELY

first_imgDunkineely Community News:DCL Interior Design started last Wednesday and will continue on Wednesday 28th from 7-9pm – it’s a 6 week course with Sile Kelly, cost €30 (part funded by the ETB Community Education Programme).At time of writing, there are still 2 places available on this course and if you wish to join the course then call the DCL office on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 or email [email protected] DCL Calligraphy and DCL Interior Design are the two courses we have running this term part-funded by the ETB Community Education Programme. We will take names for a waiting list for both courses once they are full. Contact DCL on 074 9737678 / 087 3421922 if you are interested.Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be in office Thursday evenings in Dunkineely (DCL building) 5.30 – 7.30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: [email protected] & District Gun Club fundraising dance is being held on Friday 30th January in Inver Community Centre. There will be dancing from 10.30pm-12.30am with music by White Lightening. Refreshments served. Tickets cost €10.Pauric Mc Nern is running this years London City Marathon on 26th of April for Billy’s World Ireland (a new charity in Carrick- On- Shannon set up to create a wonderful adventure theme park for families with children with special needs and their siblings – a place for the entire family to enjoy, together!) Pauric’s Coffee morning on Saturday 7th of February at his House in Aighan, Bruckless from 11:00am till 2:00pm. Everyone Welcome.” NOTICE OF AGMDUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LIMITEDNOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company will be held at the DCL Office on the 10th day of February 2015 at 8pm. Regulations concerning this meeting are available from the DCL Office, Main St., Dunkineely, Co. Donegal.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page). COMMUNITY NOTICES: SIX-WEEK INTERIOR DESIGN COURSE STARTS IN DUNKINEELY was last modified: January 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CommunityDunkineelyFeaturesLocalNoticeslast_img read more

‘Slow Adventure’ tourism plans for Donegal

first_imgA new sea route and slow adventure experience could be on the way to the north west, as two new eco-tourism experiences were considered by local authorities in Donegal and Derry.A number of special meetings have taken place recently in the River Watch Visitor Centre in Derry which have brought together project partners from across the globe involved in the promotion of Slow Adventure experiences, through the SAINT (Slow Adventure in Northern Territories) and Cool Route tourism initiatives.The COOL Route Project – Cruising Oceans on Latitudes above 51 Degrees North – investigates all aspects of the potential to establish a yacht cruising route along the western offshore areas of the Northern Periphery Area, stretching from Co. Cork in the South of Ireland, to the UK (Northern Ireland and Western Scotland) and onwards to the Faroe Islands and Norway.  As an ecotourism product, exploiting the natural resources of the area in a manner that is sustainable and environmentally viable; this new sea route will be marketed internationally and will have a common branding, booking and information system. The SAINT Project has eleven partners across seven countries all working to develop new visitor experiences which will result in the creation of a transnational Slow Adventure Brand. The aim of the SAINT project is to encourage more tourists to come to the areas to enjoy and experience the outdoors and engage with remote, wild and nature-rich places.Donegal County Council is delighted to be working in partnership with such a wide range of destinations, with representatives from Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Northern Ireland all sharing their research and experience. Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Alderman Hilary McClintock, said the Slow Adventure concept had particular relevance for local companies. “Both the SAINT and Cool Route projects are innovative and exciting in their approaches, and have a wealth of experience to pass on to local businesses. “This partnership approach to tourism offers the opportunity to learn from examples of best practice and new ideas based on the first hand experiences of companies from around the world”.“These businesses all have the shared objective of creating new and effective ways to enhance the tourism offering of their region and the creation of a strong multi-national brand and we can really benefit from sharing their insights. I would really encourage local tourism businesses to find out how they can get involved.”The partnership will now continue its work over the coming months aiming to use the knowledge and resources shared by the partners to develop new tourism initiatives tapping into the unique resources and features of the region. Over the coming months the partners will continue working on opportunities around project collaboration and maximising the business opportunities for SME’s in the region around Slow Adventure and Marine Tourism. The Cool Route and SAINT Projects are funded through the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, under the Interreg IVB NPA Programme.‘Slow Adventure’ tourism plans for Donegal was last modified: November 14th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more