Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Did You Get The Memo? Wrongful convictions, smoke detectors and local solar power

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week, so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol.

 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that would enact more safeguards to cut down on wrongful convictions, increase daycare safety through smoke detector inspections and expand access to solar energy.

Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Wolf signs executive order to overhaul state services for vulnerable populations

Wolf signs executive order to overhaul state services for vulnerable populations

 

In an effort to improve state services for vulnerable populations across the state, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed an executive order to launch a new office that will review and recommend changes to social and protective services.  

The executive order will establish the Office of Advocacy and Reform and will be made up of three positions: an appointed executive director, an appointed child advocate and the Department of Aging’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
House Democratic Policy Committee seeks answers in growing hospital crisis

House Democratic Policy Committee seeks answers in growing hospital crisis

With two major Philadelphia hospitals facing uncertain futures, the House Democratic Policy Committee met to discuss how to counter the loss of health care facilities to lower-income Pennsylvanians.
 
Hahnemann Hospital is in bankruptcy court over the nine-figure losses the owner has sustained since buying it in 2017, and it is slated to close before summer ends. Its sister property, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, has been solicited for purchase by a consortium of four local health care brands.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Wolf signs bill that creates a Pennsylvania based healthcare insurance exchange

Governor Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to sign House Bill 3, which will create a health insurance exchange for Affordable Care Act individual market plans that is run by the state and not the federal government. 

By having a market place that is controlled by the state it will allow Pennsylvania residents to find the most cost-effective plans in the state that will provide what they and their families need. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Shapiro hints at future action on state health insurers, but keeps future close to vest at luncheon

Some of Pennsylvania’s top insurers were put on notice Monday by the state’s chief law enforcement official.

Speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he would be saying more in the coming months on the policies and practices of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark.

“We need to make sure UPMC and Highmark are held accountable to our state laws,” he said. “Anyone who injects confusion in the marketplace, who makes it difficult for seniors to access care, who create issues utilizing your money, my money, tax money in order to put money in their pockets...we’re going to have something to say about that.”

Monday, November 19, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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