Month: October 2020

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on Shopping for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment

first_img December 08, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Message on Shopping for Health Insurance During Open Enrollment Human Services,  The Blog,  Videos It’s one week until the deadline to enroll in health insurance that will have you covered starting January 1, 2016. Watch Governor Wolf’s message to learn more about how to shop for health insurance during open enrollment, and visit governor.pa.gov/get-covered for more information.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces $68.1 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 Counties

first_img July 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces $68.1 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 Counties Environment,  Government That Works,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $68 million for twenty drinking water, wastewater and non-point source projects across fourteen counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“The PENNVEST Board of Directors today continued its commitment to improving the drinking water consumed every day by citizens all across Pennsylvania while also helping to improve the quality of the Commonwealth’s remarkable system of rivers and streams”, said Governor Wolf. ”These otherwise expensive projects are brought within the financial reach of the communities who received assistance today, due to the low interest rates and grants that PENNVEST is able to offer its funding recipients.”Of the $68.1 million, $46.8 million is allocated for low-interest loans and $21.3 million is awarded through grants.The funding comes from a combination of state funds approved by voters, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for the projects are disbursed after bills for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST.For more information, visit www.pennvest.state.pa.us or call 717-783-6798.A list of project summaries follows. PENNVEST Drinking Water ProjectsAllegheny CountyHarmar Township Municipal Authority received a $1,375,000 loan to make improvements to its drinking water treatment plant as well as replace its deteriorated drinking water storage tank.Oakdale Borough received a $340,495 loan to replace deteriorated conveyance pipe in its system as well as install fifteen new gate valves that are needed for adequate flow control and system maintenance.Beaver CountyMidland Borough Municipal Authority received a $3,549,200 loan and a $4,050,800 grant to install a water intake screen, a pump station and a transmission line that will deliver up to 7 million gallons of water per day from the intake to the authority’s treatment plant.Cambria CountyGlendale Valley Municipal Authority received a $2,750,000 loan to make improvements to its system that will include then installation of approximately 1,000 customer meters that will ensure fair and accurate billing as well as encourage water conservation.Carbon CountyLehighton Water Authority received a $4,593,000 loan to replace almost two miles of water distribution mains, install 11 fire hydrant and make other system connection improvements in order to reduce water losses and increase service reliability.Dauphin CountySteelton Borough Authority received a $3,050,000 loan to install a new 260,000 gallon clear-well as well as the pumps needed to deliver filtered water to the clear-well for storage.Mercer CountyGreenville Borough Municipal Authority received a $2,401,578 loan and a $1,443,422 grant to replace almost two miles of drinking water distribution lines, paint two 750 thousand gallon water storage tanks in order to prevent weathering as well as make numerous other improvements to its water treatment and distribution system.PENNVEST Wastewater ProjectsAdams CountyBiglerville Borough Authority received a $1.1 million loan to upgrade its disinfection system and to make other improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.Cambria CountyJohnstown City received a $5,090,300 loan and a $5,809,700 grant to replace collection pipes, manholes and service laterals in order to reduce storm water inflows into its sanitary sewer system.Dauphin CountyBerrysburg Municipal Authority received a $521,866 loan and a $178,134 grant to replace its entire wastewater treatment system with an upgraded system, as well as convert its existing clarifier into a sludge holding tank.Capital Region Water Authority received a $5.5 million loan to install two 80 million gallons per day filtration screens and make other improvements to its wastewater treatment facility.Erie CountyGreene Township received a $5,996,394 loan and a $4,909,041 grant to replace collection pipes, manholes and service laterals in order to reduce storm water inflows into its sanitary sewer system.Huntingdon CountyPetersburg Borough Sewer Authority received a $2,043,844 loan and a $1,456,156 grant to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant by making improvements to its aeration tank, replacing the existing clarifiers and upgrading the plant’s disinfection system.Lackawanna CountyLackawanna River Basin Sewer Authority received a $3,753,300 loan to replace worn out and inefficient solid waste handling equipment that is beyond its effective useful life.Mercer CountySandy Lake Township received a $307,551 loan and a $310,639 grant to install 29 grinder pumps and construct almost two miles of sewer force main as well as a connection to the borough’s collection system.Northampton CountyBangor Borough Authority received a $1,271,500 loan to repair sewage collection pipes that are subject to frequent line breaks, cracks and collapse, causing combined sewer overflows into Martin’s Creek.Perry CountyHowe Township Municipal Authority received a $2,587,180 loan and a $2,952,820 grant to construct approximately four miles of sewage collection lines and force main with grinder pumps as well as pump stations, in order to convey untreated sewage to Newport Borough’s treatment plant.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsLancaster CountyAaron Glick received a $162,520 loan to make improvements such as channels to divert runoff, swales, grassed waterways, fencing and stream crossings, all of which will reduce sediment loadings in Octoraro Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.Christ F. King received a $372,945 loan to install a manure storage tank, a composting facility, roof runoff controls and other improvements that will reduce animal waste runoff into Octoraro Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.Potter CountyMark and Melanie Bachman received a $182,129 grant to construct a wastewater storage tank, upgrade a waste transfer pumping station, install rain gutters and make other storm water control improvements that will reduce nutrient runoff into Ludington Run and the Genesee River.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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WATCH: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Inauguration and Making Progress in Pennsylvania

WATCH: Governor Wolf’s Message on the Inauguration and Making Progress in Pennsylvania Two years ago today, I was sworn in as your 47th governor of Pennsylvania. On that day, I vowed to restore the billion dollar cuts to education and to take a different approach for Pennsylvania. Together, we are making progress on that promise.We have restored the cuts to our schools, worked with law enforcement and medical professionals to expand treatment and tackle the heroin and opioid crisis, legalized medical marijuana, reformed our liquor system, and expanded health care to nearly 700,000 people.On a national level, today also marks the inauguration of President Donald Trump. And no matter who you voted for, every one of us must recognize the reality that too many middle class and working class families are hurting.I’ve traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania — from Hazleton to Connellsville, Edinboro to Norristown, to inner cities and rural counties — to listen to you.And what I’m hearing is that the economy isn’t working for you and that you’re looking to your elected leaders to act.In Pennsylvania, I have shown that we can do things differently, and take on special interests and the well-connected to make Pennsylvania stronger. I am committed to continuing that work, in a bipartisan way, to protect seniors and education, continue to fight the opioid and heroin crisis, reduce property taxes, protect Pennsylvania jobs from being sent to other states, invest in manufacturing and our economy, and address our budget deficit that threatens all of our futures. These priorities are values shared across our state — regardless of where you live or what party you belong to.I am not a product of our political system — and I don’t care what party you’re in, as long as you’re dedicated to these values. I am from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, I am the first governor of the commonwealth who operated a forklift, managed a hardware store, volunteered for the Peace Corps, and ran a business. Before I was elected, I built a business the right way – by treating my employees fairly, offering solid benefits, and sharing my profits with them.I also changed my business model from a distributor of other people’s goods to one that manufactured products right here in United States that directly competed with Chinese products.And during my Budget Address on February 7th, I’ll present a plan for rebuilding our middle class and making government more efficient so that we can protect education, job creation programs, and social services for the most vulnerable.We need leaders today who are willing to listen to each other, learn from each other, and work together to give all Pennsylvanians a shot at a great life. This age—and this time—demands nothing less. I look forward to continuing to work with Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between to move our state forward. By: Governor Tom Wolf The Blog,  Videos January 20, 2017 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter read more

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Following Budget Passage, Gov. Wolf Launches PAsmart with New Investments in Job and Skills Training

first_imgFollowing Budget Passage, Gov. Wolf Launches PAsmart with New Investments in Job and Skills Training SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his commitment to strengthen our schools, build our workforce, and grow our economy, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his PAsmart initiative in the recently enacted 2018-19 state budget. As a first-of-its-kind $30 million investment, PAsmart will support workforce development through STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training.“PAsmart is a new and innovative way of connecting people with the training they need for in-demand middle class jobs that employers need,” said Governor Wolf. “By investing in people and skills to create a strong and talented workforce we can attract more businesses to Pennsylvania and grow our economy for everyone.”PAsmart is built on recommendations of the governor’s Middle Class Task Force, which last year brought together the leaders from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, education, and workforce development. At listening sessions throughout the commonwealth, the message was clear: there are jobs without trained people to fill them and some workers need new skills to get them, but a four-year college is not for everyone and a one-size fits-all approach will not work. Pennsylvania needs targeted investments in workforce development to strategically prepare for our economic future.PAsmart invests $20 million in computer science and STEM learningThe demand for jobs in science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) and computer science is rapidly growing. Pennsylvania will have an estimated 700,000 open STEM jobs this year, and over the next decade, seven in ten new jobs will require workers to use computers and new technologies in a constantly changing economy.PAsmart will:Increase STEM and computer science training for K-12 students;Increase the number of STEM and computer science educators;Expand job training through STEM and computer science “boot camps” to help adults change or advance their career.“Pennsylvania is a national leader in STEM education, but we must do more to stay competitive in the global economy,” said Governor Wolf. “We must give students and experienced workers who need new skills the opportunity to prepare for these emerging high-demand jobs that can support a family.”Earlier this year the State Board of Education, acting on the governor’s request to make computer science education available to all students, endorsed the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) K-12 Standards. In STEM training, Pennsylvania is a national leader, ranking fifth for the number of STEM graduates and is home to five STEM learning ecosystems.PAsmart invests $10 million in apprenticeships, job trainingTo develop a stronger workforce pipeline, by 2025, the governor has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent today to 60 percent, as well as doubling the number of registered apprentices.PAsmart will:Invest $7 million to expand apprenticeships in traditional and non-traditional occupations, including youth pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeships at high schools and career and technical centers, and encourage businesses, community colleges and other higher providers to expand registered apprenticeships and work-based learning experiences for adults.Provide $3 million to build on the Department of Labor and Industry’s successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training.“After restoring education funding over the past four years to get children started on the right path, this $30 million investment for PAsmart will help to build a first in the nation workforce,” said Governor Wolf. “PAsmart is the next step in my efforts to strengthen the economy, build a thriving business climate, and ensure Pennsylvania residents have access to good paying, middle class jobs.”The funding will be disbursed by competitive grants administered by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board. Organizations eligible to apply include: local education agencies; intermediate units; postsecondary institutions; local workforce development boards; public libraries; employers; labor organizations; chambers of commerce; after-school providers; education, training and workforce providers; nonprofits; community organizations, and others.PAsmart will also improve the effectiveness of workforce development programs by breaking down bureaucratic barriers and silos among state agencies to close gaps in job training.As part of the PASmart initiative, the Wolf administration launched a new website earlier this year that is dedicated to helping people get information about pursing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life.center_img June 27, 2018last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Unveils Plan for Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Recovery

first_imgGov. Wolf Unveils Plan for Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Recovery SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a Plan for Pennsylvania that will provide citizens and businesses relief, allow for a safe and expedient reopening, and lay a road to recovery from the challenges and hardships created by the 2019 novel coronavirus.“I asked for you to close schools and businesses, cancel large events, stay at home, all in an effort to simply keep our friends, our neighbors, our families, our coworkers, alive,” said Gov. Wolf. “I will be forever grateful for your courage, compassion, and speed. Despite uncertainty, Pennsylvanians acted collectively, not because of any order, but because we care deeply for each other. Now I am asking again for you to believe in our Commonwealth.”Relief for PennsylvaniansThe Wolf Administration has taken broad and far-reaching actions to help meet the short- and long-term needs of individual Pennsylvanians in the face of this unprecedented pandemic. Ensuring that Pennsylvanians from all walks of life have access to the resources they need has been and will continue to be a top priority of the governor.Food InsecurityWorked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that individuals in need of food no longer need to complete cumbersome paperwork and income verification to prove they are eligible for or in need.Extended Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) certification periods for six months to prevent SNAP case closures.Begun to issue emergency allotments to all SNAP households for March and April 2020, increasing the current monthly allotment.Lifted burdensome requirements for the State Food Purchase Program to provide flexibility in determining eligibility.Partnered with United Way PA 211 to make available a comprehensive list of COVID-19-specific food resources.Launched a partnership with Operation BBQ Relief and the Salvation Army to deliver more than 700,000 meals to all corners of the commonwealth.Boosted food bank supplies by directing $2.6 million to charitable food programs through the Neighborhood Assistance Program.Procured 750,000 shelf-stable meals through the Defense Logistics Agency to food banks and senior home-delivered meal programs.Worked to ensure that free school meal programs are transitioned into take-home or community distribution programs to meet food and nutrition needs of students.The PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has repurposed staff to provide additional workforce capacity for food banks across the state struggling to attract volunteers.Student Loan DebtFederal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, temporarily stopping monthly payments through September 30, 2020. Payments can still be made if borrowers choose.The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is notifying borrowers that forbearance for the American Education Services (AES) and commercial loan portfolio is available upon request through September 30, 2020.Individuals Who Have Been Furloughed, Laid Off, or Have Reduced HoursIn addition to regular state Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits, which provide roughly half of an individual’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week, the federal CARES Act expanded UC benefits through several new programs:Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) expands benefits to gig-economy workers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who are otherwise ineligible for UC.Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (FPUC) provides an additional $600 per week, on top of regular UC benefits, to all UC recipients.Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an additional 13 weeks of UC benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular 26 weeks of benefits, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.Individuals Who Are Uninsured or UnderinsuredAnnounced all major health insurers providing comprehensive medical coverage in the commonwealth will cover medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and associated treatment for consumers and have committed to waive any cost-sharing for the testing.In addition, many auto and homeowners insurers are giving money back to drivers who are spending less time on the road and placing moratoriums on canceling policies amid financial hardships.Made telehealth the preferred delivery method for medically necessary health care services for physical health, behavioral health, and substance use disorder services and explained that telephone only services may be used where video technology is not available. All Medical Assistance services delivered via telehealth are being reimbursed at the same level as in-person services.Established a 24/7 mental health crisis line that received more than 1,300 calls in the first 10 days.Students and FamiliesIn this time of unprecedented school closures, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has worked with Intermediate Units (IUs) throughout the commonwealth to develop and implement continuity of education plans to ensure seniors graduate, students can be promoted to the next grade, and all students continue to have access to remote learning through the remainder of the academic year. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has:Coordinated with rural communities to provide access to roving wifi buses to meet the internet and remote learning needs of students without internet access.Partnered with the statewide leads for PBS to offer communities with limited internet access use of free instructional programming that is being broadcast by all of Pennsylvania’s PBS affiliates.The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has worked with local communities to identify and stand up child care facilities for children of health care workers, first responders, and other essential employees to ensure they can continue to respond to the COVID-19 disaster while knowing their children are being cared for.Relief for BusinessesPennsylvania’s businesses are in an unprecedented position, many shuttered across the state to protect against the spread of the deadly coronavirus, others changing their entire business plans around to help meet the many needs of people across the state.Many businesses have had to furlough or lay off employees, and others that have relied on in-person transactions have had to move to remote platforms overnight. While the needs are varied among the business community, the severity of the impact of the coronavirus on the overall economy is, and will remain, unforeseen for some time.The Wolf Administration has worked diligently with federal, state, and local government partners, the business community, and other critical external partners to ensure businesses can avail themselves of all the tools available to offer a modicum of relief in the face of this crisis.Department of RevenueThe Department of Revenue (DOR) has extended tax filing deadlines to assist with short-term liquidity for businesses. DOR has also worked to reduce or suspend enforcement actions, including liens filed will be reduced; bank attachment actions will not be taken; license inspections, revocations, and citations will be limited; and tax clearance requirements will be the more lenient debt collector standards. DOR is also providing flexible terms for new payment plans allowing up to $12,000 for up to one year.Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentThe Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) made more than $60 million available for small businesses through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program.Although the funds were depleted in four days and the department received more than 900 applications, we are looking at ways to recapitalize the program given its need as a bridge to federal stimulus funds.DCED has also allowed for three-month loan payment deferrals for loans administered by the department.Banks and Mortgage ServicersIn alignment with federal CARES Act, Pennsylvania banks and mortgage servicers are implementing 60-day foreclosure moratoriums and 180-day forbearances on all federally backed loans. In addition, there is now a 120-day moratorium on evictions from properties with federally backed loans.The PA State Treasury, the PA Department of Banking and Securities, and the PA Housing and Finance Agency have come together to develop a series of relief recommendations and are working collaboratively with banks and other creditors to push for broad flexibilities and relief actions to assist businesses and consumers across the state.Federal CARES ActWith the passage of the federal CARES Act, businesses of all shapes and sizes will be able to access billions of dollars in federal resources to assist with everything from payroll support, more favorable loan terms, and fully refundable tax credits for businesses that are trying to keep workers employed while keeping their doors are shut to the public.Relief for Health Care Systems and ProvidersThe Wolf Administration has undertaken every possible effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus and ensure our health care system, and the providers that make up its fabric, can withstand the ramp-up, surge, and aftermath of this deadly pandemic.While hospitals and health systems have been promised significant financial aid from the federal government, many are facing financial strain now and need relief before those dollars become fully available. The Wolf Administration has taken steps to provide that immediate relief.Established the Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to provide up to $450 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) in critical working capital bridge funding at a very low interest rate to Pennsylvania’s hospitals.Spreading the word about the federal government’s expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program for Providers and Suppliers, which provides necessary funds when there is a disruption in claims submission or processing. The expansion of this program extends to a broader group of Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. The federal government announced that they have approved over $51 billion for providers across the country in the first week of the expansion program.Worked closely with the General Assembly to transfer $50 million in state funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.Worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to allow for payments for direct-support providers to assist people with disabilities in hospital settings where they may need support beyond that provided by hospital staff.Signed an Executive Order that allows the state to transfer personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies between health care facilities should it become necessary as the coronavirus pandemic worsens to ensure that all health care providers have access to PPE and critical supplies and that if supplies need to be redistributed to meet the needs of communities hardest hit by the virus, it can be done efficiently and as quickly as possible.Supplied over 1.8 million N95 masks, 136,000 gowns, 912,000 procedure masks, 730,000 gloves, 990 goggles, and 147,000 face shields to health care workers.Waived requirements to allow for retired medical professionals to quickly reactivate their licenses in order to bolster the capacity of the health care workforce.Worked with medical schools across the commonwealth to allow Graduate Medical Trainees (GMTs) to obtain their GMT licenses upon graduation.Extended license renewal deadlines, and waived additional administrative requirements for new and temporary health care licensees, so that practitioners do not have to worry about their license status during the emergency.Working to limit the scope of potential liability for health care providers resulting from the care of patients during the COVID-19 crisis.Contracted with ECRI, an independent, nonprofit health services research organization, to enlist experts in the field of infection control to help protect those in the state’s long-term care facilities.Collaborating with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to support personal care homes and assisted living residences to provide information about infectious disease management protocols and resident care requirements.Partnering with university health systems to staff a phone line designed to answer specific COVID-19 related questions for these facilities and to provide real time support.Businesses across the commonwealth have pivoted from current business models to manufacture or produce personal protective equipment (PPE), gowns, masks, and other critical supplies meant to assist individuals and communities in responding to COVID-19.Reopening PennsylvaniaWith new case counts showing that these aggressive efforts have flattened the curve, the governor and his administration will begin to plan for a reopening process that protects Pennsylvanians and helps to stabilize the economy. The administration will work with economic and public health experts to determine the metrics used for safe reopening by taking a regional, sector-based approach.In consultation with Team PA, the Department of Health, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, and others, the administration will develop guidance for businesses, local governments, workers, customers, and others and guide a safe reopening process.StandardsOur approach will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach to reopenings in Pennsylvania.We will put forth guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities for assured accountability as we reopen.Reopening necessitates that adequate personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing are available.Reopening requires a monitoring and surveillance program that allows the commonwealth to be deploy swift actions for containment or mitigation.Protections for vulnerable populations must remain steadfast throughout the reopening process, such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations should remain in place for the duration of the reopening process.Recovery for PennsylvaniansDeveloping a recovery framework and programs that make a difference for the people of Pennsylvania is paramount. That framework must include, at a minimum:Fair, family-sustaining wages for all Pennsylvanians.Expand worker protection for workers following Department of Health orders or guidance from health care providers to isolate and quarantine.Expand paid sick and family and medical leave policies.Expansion of safe, affordable, and high-quality child care.Strengthen the Unemployment and Workers Compensation Insurance systems.Funding and flexibility to support continuity of education and continued active distance learning (including planned instruction and enrichment) for all students, including a focus on equity and students with special needs.Accountability and transparency for spending and dispensation of federal, state, and local resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic.Expand student loan forgiveness and repayment programs, particularly focusing on debt relief for individuals who are the front lines of responding the COVID-19 disaster.Expand rapid re-employment programs to support laid off workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19-related business closures.Accountability and transparency for spending and dispensation of federal, state, and local resources to address the COVID-19 pandemic.Recovery for BusinessesWhile the plan for long-term recovery still lies ahead, there are already lessons learned from this disaster that allow us to put markers down for where we need to go once the disaster subsides. There is still much we do not know, including when businesses can begin to reopen safely. But the broad contours of a policy agenda in the future must include the following:Developing an evidence-based state innovation strategy that allows Pennsylvania to attract the best and brightest people and companies.Vigorous financial support for small businesses, both short term to limit the number of businesses that would otherwise have to close their doors for good while we shelter in place, and long term as small businesses restructure and recover in a post-COVID-19 economy.Economic development incentives to attract companies willing to create and retain good-paying jobs.Investments in our manufacturing industry who has risen to the challenge of meeting some of our most pressing and immediate needs, including tax credits for manufacturers who convert or retrofit their facilities or operations in order to produce personal protective equipment to help with the COVID-19 response.Investment, upgrade, and extension of Pennsylvania’s broadband network to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the internet. This includes resources for students/families/workers and/or incentivizing businesses to expand access to broadband to support remote learning and job search activities.Investments in our diverse agriculture industry, robust food processing sector, farmers markets, and the many industries that support a safe food supply. While this industry is life-sustaining, it has suffered a severe disruption in its supply chain, and recovery must ensure the certainty and future of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry to continue to produce a safe, secure food supply.Support for non-profit organizations.Recovery for Health Care Systems and ProvidersThe COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the fragmentations within our health systems. Pennsylvania has banned together to support and equip our hospitals and medical professionals with the tools they need to respond, but our recovery is dependent upon long-term policy change. A policy agenda to support the health and recovery of Pennsylvania’s residents must include:Health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians that is affordable and transparent, and a system that allows for choice in coverage.Ensuring the protections of the Affordable Care Act are in place at the state level, to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions, including Pennsylvanians recovered from COVID-19, can obtain full coverage and not worry about lifetime or annual caps on coverage should they need further care.Making sure that patients who seek out in-network care aren’t surprised with a bill for treatment by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility.Requiring transparency in short-term limited duration insurance products and protecting consumers who need to fill an unexpected gap in coverage.Continue to cut bureaucratic red tape and make it easier for new Pennsylvanians, including military spouses, with an out-of-state occupational license to work. Greater flexibility is needed in licensure requirements for a broad set of out of state practitioners interested in providing care in Pennsylvania.Continued telehealth expansion and adoption of telehealth as a primary mode of health care delivery for physical and mental health services as well as substance use disorder treatment. New telehealth policy should be inclusive of accessible modes of communication such as telephonic delivery when other means are unavailable. Additionally, telehealth services should be reimbursed at the same rates as if the services were delivered in person.Significant increases in housing services and investment in low-income housing development to reduce the number of Pennsylvanians unable to be safely discharged due to lack of shelter and to promote health and wellness in community settings.Continued prioritization of home and community-based services to reduce congregate placements for children, individuals with disabilities, and seniors.Increased and more formalized role for community-based organizations in health and wellness activities and health care delivery. This pandemic has made clear that health does not begin and end in the doctor’s office, let alone in a hospital, and Pennsylvania’s community-based organizations have an important role to play.For more information on the Governor’s Plan for Pennsylvania visit www.governor.pa.gov/plan-for-pennsylvania/.View this information in Spanish.center_img April 17, 2020last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Signs 11th Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration to Continue Work to Aid in Opioid Epidemic

first_img August 19, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Governor Tom Wolf signed his 11th renewal of his January 2018 opioid disaster declaration to help the state fight the then-burgeoning opioid and heroin epidemic. The declaration allows the state to loosen regulations and work outside of typical procedures to expedite aid and initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder and those who work to prevent and treat this medical condition.“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commonwealth’s Opioid Command Center continues its work to fight another health crisis – the opioid epidemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “The work that is enabled by this declaration is vital to saving the lives of so many Pennsylvanians, providing education and treatment, and advancing initiatives across the state to continue to battle this epidemic. This work is no less important during COVID and I am grateful for all those dedicated professionals who continue the drumbeat of compassionate care and work toward ending this crisis.”The declaration allows for the redirection and reorganization of commonwealth resources to align programs from multiple agencies to work together to mitigate the opioid crisis, its causes and its effects. Because of the magnitude and complexity of the opioid crisis, additional resources may be needed to fully contend with the severity of this continuing and expanding disaster emergency.“As the commonwealth continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing our fight against the opioid epidemic has never been more important,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “Governor Wolf’s 11th renewal of the disaster declaration shows his unwavering commitment to support individuals suffering from substance use disorder and focusing resources to support the drug and alcohol community.”Yesterday, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an updated naloxone standing order permitting community-based organizations to provide naloxone by mail. This will assist organizations with distributing naloxone to Pennsylvanians in-need while reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All Pennsylvanians can continue to obtain naloxone at a pharmacy under a previous standing order issued by Dr. Levine in 2018.“The opioid crisis continues for those with the disease of addiction, our communities and our state,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Renewing the disaster declaration allows us to continue our efforts to ensure that we are helping those in need. Recovery works, and treatment is possible for those with this disease.”Work to address the opioid crisis focuses on three areas: prevention, rescue and treatment. Efforts over the past several years, working with state agencies, local, regional and federal officials, have resulted in significant action to address the opioid crisis:The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program has reduced opioid prescriptions by 34 percent and has virtually eliminated doctor shopping.The number of people receiving high dosages of opioids (defined as greater than 90 morphine milligram equivalents per day) has dropped 53 percent since the PDMP launched in August 2016.The Opioid Data Dashboard and Data Dashboard 2.0 has provided public-facing data regarding prevention, rescue and treatment.11 Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) programs are serving as part of a hub-and-spoke model to provide evidence-based treatment to people where they live, with just under $26 million dedicated into the centers.More than 45 Centers of Excellence, administered by the Department of Human Services, provide coordinated, evidence-based treatment to people with an opioid use disorder covered by Medicaid. The COEs have treated more than 32,500 people since first launching in 2016.The waiver of birth certificate fees for those with opioid use disorder has helped close to4,800 people, enabling easier entry into recovery programs.A standing order signed by Dr. Rachel Levine in 2018 allowed EMS to leave behind more than 2,400 doses of naloxone.Education has been provided to more than 6,600 prescribers through either online or face-to-face education.882 drug take-back boxes help Pennsylvanians properly dispose of unwanted drugs, including 178,540 pounds of unwanted drugs in 2019.The Get Help Now Hotline received close to 38,700 calls, with nearly half of all callers connected directly to a treatment provider.The state prison system has expanded their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program which is viewed as a model program for other states.A body scanner pilot project was successful in reducing overdoses and violent crime in a number of facilities. Body scanners are in place in more than 30 locations and are currently being expanded to additional facilities.Several agencies have worked together to collaborate on the seizure and destruction of illicit opioids across Pennsylvania.Education and training on opioids have been provided to schools. Future plans are in place to make opioid education a standard component of their school-based training.The coordination with seven major commercial providers has expand access to naloxone and mental health care, while also working to make it more affordable.Naloxone has been made available to first responders through the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, with more than 63,400 kits made available and close to 12,700 saves through that program. More than half of those saves, 6,633, occurred in 2019.EMS have administered more than 40,600 doses of naloxone and more than 10,000 doses were made available to members of the public during the state’s naloxone distribution last year.For more information on Pennsylvania’s response to the opioid crisis visit www.pa.gov/opioids.Ver esta página en español. Gov. Wolf Signs 11th Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration to Continue Work to Aid in Opioid Epidemiccenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Malaysian developers launch new $650 million waterfront community on Gold Coast

first_imgThe Malaysian developers have timed the launch of their flagship Australian project to meet increased demand for land on the Gold Coast.“SDSC has timed the first release of land to coincide with a resurgence in the Gold Coast market, which has been exhibiting a strong and consistent performance for some time,” Mr Hymus said.“We’ve seen solid demand for land in the city’s northern corridor over the past couple of years, particularly in areas such as Coomera and Pimpama.“However, there has been nothing like Serenity Cove come to the market in a very long time, especially in such a central location. Developers have described the new masterplanned community as a haven for boaties.TWO OF Malaysia’s largest developers have launched a $650 million masterplanned community on the northern Gold Coast.Serenity Cove is being developed by SDSC, a joint-venture partnership between Sime Darby and Brunsfield International Group.SDSC, which has owned the Helensvale site for eight years, has timed the launch of its flagship Australian project to meet increased demand for land on the Gold Coast. Serenity Cove, which is being marketed by Colliers International, will include luxury homes, apartments, a marine hub, shops and a dining precinct. Colliers International national director of residential project marketing, Tony Hymus, said Gold Coast land – “particularly waterfront lots of this calibre” – was in short supply. Colliers International national director of residential project marketing, Tony Hymus, says the developers have already completed site works and buyers can begin building immediately. Picture: Richard Gosling.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“Hope Island has finally come of age and the market is increasingly recognising the amenity of the area, including extensive waterways, luxury resorts and championship golf courses.“Proximity to Brisbane is also proving a bonus. We had one interstate buyer arrive at Brisbane Airport at 9.30am and was on-site at 10.15am.”Mr Hymus said all lots were complete and buyers would be able to start building immediately.Serenity Cove, which borders Oyster Cove and Hope Island Resort, is considered the final piece of the Hope Island masterplan.Designed as a haven for boaties, there will be full marine amenities and direct access to the Broadwater via Coombabah Creek. A newly completed $5 million lock offers direct ocean access from Lake Serenity.center_img The project will include a retail and dining precinct.The first residential release comprises a mix of 48 waterfront lots along Saltwater Creek and Lake Serenity, some with marina berths. Blocks range from 630sq m to 1517sq m with prices starting at $529,000.Project manager Mark Mehr said the launch had been supported by strong buyer interest for land and a rising scarcity of prime waterfront lots.“This is the last development of its kind at Hope Island, and we’re being inundated with inquires from people nationwide,” Mr Mehr said. “We are expecting a good response from buyers as we release the first stage of this waterfront community. It offers a range of designs to suit a variety of lifestyles.” More than a third of the Serenity Cove site, or about 27ha, is dedicated as a nature reserve while a further 10ha will become parkland and 19ha will be developed.“We will deliver a quality project through commitment, creativity, and a holistic approach to building that is significantly minimising our impact on the environment,” Mr Mehr said. Development is expected to start on the commercial village and town homes once the first stage nears completion.last_img read more

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Snap up the home of a fast-as-lightening bowler

first_imgFormer England fast bowler Frank Tyson in a file shot from 2010 at his home on the Gold Coast, where he spent his leisure time painting portraits. Picture: Tim MarsdenHe had met his Aussie wife Ursula during that Ashes tour and eventually retired to the Gold Coast in the 1980s after stints as Victorian Cricket coach and head coach for Queensland.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoOther sports stars selling up and buying in…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWN The Queensland home of legendary fast bowler Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Queensland home of legendary fast bowler Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson. Picture: Realestate.com.au The Queensland home of legendary fast bowler Frank ‘Typhoon’ Tyson. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home has a swimming pool, covered alfresco barbecue space and the double garage had been converted into a TV room.The home, which is just 12 minutes drive from the white sand off Broadbeach Boulevard, was marketed at “bargain hunters” with a price of $750,000.center_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:7488868916b7e1de8c338b9b Player Element ID: vjs_video_599 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning 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 Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videos The Bundall property, which was left in his wife’s name after his death on the Gold Coast two years ago, only recently come on the market and is believed to be under contract already.The three bedroom, two bathroom, double garage home is on an 800sq m block that the Tysons bought for $235,000 in November 1994. The land alone was valued at $415,000 last year, with Bundall having seen the median price of houses rise 40 per cent in the past five years. Portrait of himself in action in his forties: Former England fast bowler Frank Tyson was quite handy with the brush as well as the ball, painting this one in his 80s. Picture: Tim MarsdenTHE Queensland home of a fearless bowler, so quick even the legendary Don Bradman declared him “the fastest bowler I have ever seen” has come on market.Frank “Typhoon” Tyson, an English fast bowler whose first Ashes Test in 1954-55 saw him devastate Aussie batsmen, had called Australia home since 1962 when he emigrated from the United Kingdom.last_img read more

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Local music identity puts inner-city home up for auction

first_imgIt’s not hard to spot Ms Lovejoy’s favourite colourMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe classic timber-and-tin house has upper and lower decks to the rear as well as a usable downstairs area, sure to have hosted a creative gathering or two. From the outside, the home is a classic Queenslander cottageThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage will go under the hammer at midday today, with visitors certain to spot splashes of Ms Lovejoy’s signature red hues among the decor. Kylie Lovejoy pictured with her band “Jim Rockford” with (from left to right) Mitchy Mayhem, Junior Hickey and Fred.LOCAL music identity, Kylie Lovejoy, is bidding farewell to her home at 104 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill this weekend.center_img The cavernous downstairs spaceMs Lovejoy said she will miss her inner-city crash pad.“I’ve lived there for 10 years and have been in the area for 23 years,” Ms Lovejoy said.“I’m very sad to be leaving the house, it’s so unique, loaded with character and charm.“If I could lift-up it and move it, I would do it in a second,” she said.Ms Lovejoy said she and her son, Phoenix, were moving closer to family.“Now that I have a toddler, I want to be closer to my parents so Phoenix can grow up with his grandparents,” she said.Ms Lovejoy bought the home as an investment, but eventually moved in to enjoy its charms.Ms Lovejoy and her partner hit the headlines in 2015 after Phoenix was born 26 weeks into her pregnancy during a Hawaiian holiday, prompting a stay in intensive care for the newborn.US medical bills started mounting and the Brisbane’s music community rallied to help raise funds for the family.“Thankfully, the American insurance ended up covering Phoenix’s costs completely as he is an American citizen, however, the bill ended up with me for my claim, with everything denied through company, Insurance and Go,” Ms Lovejoy said.“I had to endure a 15-month legal battle with them, they tried every loop hole not to pay. After (a) long hard dispute, I finally won with the ombudsmen declaring they had to pay my medical bills,” she said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

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Auction success for Brisbane family with baby on the way

first_imgThe kitchen area at 9 Eton Street, Toowong.The property is on a 405sq m block and there is the potential to renovate and extend the home.Mr Degn said the two bedrooms were generous in size and serviced by a stylish bathroom.Character features throughout the home include polished floors, VJs and high ceilings. 9 Eton Street, Toowong. The deck at 9 Eton Street, Toowong.Mr Degn said the vendors were a couple with a baby and another on the way.“The house was too small for them,” he said. 9 Eton Street, Toowong.A young family looking for a bigger home have sold their Toowong Queenslander at auction.The two-bedroom, one-bathroom home sold at auction on October 7 for $740,000.Place – Paddington selling agent Andrew Degn said the lady who bought the home at 9 Eton St was a “strong bidder”. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 20199 Eton Street, Toowong.last_img read more

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