Gov. Wolf Highlights Critical Need for Access to Care During COVID-19 Outbreak

first_img Healthcare,  Latest News,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, in collaboration with the Department of Health, is submitting for publication a notice to the Pennsylvania Bulletin outlining proactive steps and recommendations for consumers and major health insurers to help mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.“The commonwealth remains laser-focused on mitigation of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “Posting these recommendations for health insurers further reinforces our commitment to making sure all Pennsylvanians have the health care they need during this uncertain time.”“Health insurance coverage plays a critical role in the affordability and access to health care services,” said Altman. “We must all be prepared to address this public health crisis, and that includes continually assessing and making adjustments to increase access to necessary care for Pennsylvanians.”The Pennsylvania Bulletin is akin to a guidebook for proposed rules and regulations for state agencies and is regarded as the prime source for timely information.Notice Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insurance Coverage, provides several recommendations for health insurers, including:Providing access to accurate information, informing insureds of available benefits and quickly responding to inquiries about coverage.Providing telehealth delivery of services instead of in-person health care services and being prepared to meet any increased demand for that means of delivery.Verifying provider networks are adequate to handle a potential increase in the need for health care services related to COVID-19.Easing preauthorization requirements, so that they are not a barrier to access necessary treatment for COVID-19, and being prepared to expedite utilization review and appeal processes for services related to COVID-19.Easing access to prescription drugs, making expedited formulary exceptions, and permitting the temporary use of out-of-network pharmacies (at in-network cost-sharing) in the event of medication shortages at in-network pharmacies.Major health insurers in Pennsylvania have announced they are taking the necessary steps to cover medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and associated treatment for consumers, and have committed to waive any cost-sharing for the testing. This increased access to testing is especially critical as multiple commercial medical labs are in the process of implementing testing capabilities and some have begun to perform tests.“All of the major insurers in Pennsylvania’s market have already stepped up and made proactive announcements to ensure access to medically recommended health care services and testing related to COVID-19,” added Altman. “This bulletin further outlines areas where I am asking insurers to be vigilant and take additional steps as needed in their responses to COVID-19.”The department encourages patients to be aware of steps their insurance company is taking to increase access to necessary care related to COVID-19. Consumers with excepted benefit policies, short-term, limited duration health insurance coverage, and/or health care sharing ministries, need to understand these plans can have significant limitations on coverage and may not provide the same level of access.Self-funded coverage, which is not within the department’s regulatory jurisdiction, may also have different limitations. However, the department is encouraging health insurers to coordinate closely with the business they administer on behalf of employers who self-fund their health benefits to ensure consistency in access across all forms of coverage.“The opportunity to conduct in-state testing without putting the financial burden on consumers allows us to better identify those at risk,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. “Removing the financial consumer obligations associated with tests and care will allow more individuals with symptoms to come forward and be tested.”The Insurance Department, in partnership with the Departments of Health and Human Services, developed an FAQ that provides information and answers to common questions related to insurance coverage and COVID-19.For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage that is updated daily.The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has a consumer services team available to answer questions about insurance coverage and benefits at (877) 881-6388. PID may also provide assistance if a consumer receives an unexpected bill related to COVID-19, or other health care services. Gov. Wolf Highlights Critical Need for Access to Care During COVID-19 Outbreak March 10, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Trojans In Tennis Action

first_imgCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney. The varsity is 2-3 on the season and the JV is 4-1. They will play against Lawrenceburg on Thursday. East Central defeated Batesville 3-2 in boys tennis on Tuesday. Lleyton Ratcliffe and Adam Scott picked up wins at #1 and #2 singles for the Bulldogs. Batesville was defeated in three sets at both #1 and #2 doubles.   In JV, Batesville defeated East Central 4-1. Lyle Oesterling and Jackson Tracy won in singles along with the doubles teams of Jaden Smith/Jon Hoff and Chase Schwegman/Jackson Wanstrath. last_img read more

30-year EPL jinx break: Liverpool supporters in Ebonyi anticipate more fan base

first_imgLiverpool Football Club of England’s fans in Ebonyi State are anticipating increased fan base following the club’s clinching of the English Premier League on Thursday night.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Merseyside based club thus ended a 30-year jinx with 86 points with seven games to spare after Chelsea FC beat their (Liverpool) closest rival Manchester City 2-1. The club, which last won the title in the 1989/1990 season and are the European Champions League defending champions, nearly lost the title following calls for the EPL cancellation as was applied in other leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.A cross section of Liverpool fans interviewed by a NAN correspondent in Abakaliki on Friday congratulated the team for the victory notwithstanding fans being forced to celebrate it at home and on the social media.Amos Ogbuehi, a businessman, said more soccer followers were expected to join the club’s fan base in Ebonyi State due to the EPL triumph and the awesome soccer artistry displayed by the team this season.Ogbuehi said: “We are ‘small in number’ when compared to fans of other established clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“This triumph will enhance Liverpool’s popularity in the state and across the globe after the club recorded ‘near-misses’ in preceding seasons in the quest to break the 30 years jinx.” Chukwuma Ogwa, a civil servant, said he had yet to recover from the ‘hangover’ of celebrations from the triumph, which had ended years of painful wait by the club’s supporters.Ogwa said: “I give much of the credit to German Coach Jurgen Klopp who arrived Liverpool in October 2015 with a record of two German league (Bundesliga) titles with Borussia Dortmund and champions league silver medal with the same club.“He introduced the fast-paced, high-pressing, attacking football pattern, which he describes as heavy metal football, and this has already gotten the Champions League title for us.”Adamma Obah, a youth activist, hailed the impact of two African superstars in the triumph, Mohammed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal.Obah said: “These players have been outstanding in Liverpool and their contributions are made more ‘soothing’ with the current ‘Black lives matter’ syndrome across the world. “Both players are currently Africa’s topmost performers and this shows that the continent is capable of producing ‘world-beaters’ in sports and other spheres of human endeavour.”Emmanuel Uzor, a Chelsea FC fan and aide to Governor David Umahi, urged Liverpool fans to specially thank Chelsea for easing the path of victory for them by beating mighty Manchester City.Uzor said: “Chelsea are known to assist clubs on the verge of clinching the title to clinch it as we helped Leicester City FC to win the 2015/2016 EPL title with some games to spare by drawing 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur.“I pray that another team will reciprocate Chelsea’s gesture next season as we are poised to dethrone Liverpool as league champions.”RelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Umahi congratulates Obaseki, expresses hope in democracy, electoral process Ebonyi accident: Police Officer among dead, three more bodies retrieved from river NAN.Tags: Ebonyi StateJurgen Kloppliverpool fcNigeriaPremier Leaguelast_img read more