Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA Medicaid waiver plan approved by feds

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday the approval of the Healthy PA Medicaid waiver submitted by the Corbett administration.

“It means we are going to be able to change the health care landscape here in Pennsylvania with a plan that is specifically designed for Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Corbett in a video clip released by Commonwealth Media Services.

Thursday, August 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Study gives Pennsylvania barely passing marks in economic performance and job growth

An annual pre-Labor Day report issued by the Keystone Research Center Thursday gave Pennsylvania poor marks in terms of economic performance and job growth.

The 2014 State of Working Pennsylvania looked at four areas—called “buckets” by the researchers—of the economy: job growth, joblessness (including unemployment and underemployment), wages, and income. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Debate continues on possible impact of EPA’s proposed carbon emissions standards

Earlier this year, the US Environmental Protection Agency released an initial proposal that would require states to lower their carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030 in the interests of reducing greenhouse gases and combating global warming. Many in traditional energy markets—especially the coal industry—are worried this requirement will put them out of business and drive up energy costs.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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JOBS1st summit talks innovation in connecting employers and job seekers

Monday kicked off Pennsylvania’s JOBS1st summit, a key gathering of policymakers, business officials, educators, and other employers to discuss ways to better connect both the current and future workforces with a newly developing job market.

The two-day summit, which concludes Tuesday, is being held in Pittsburgh and has been hailed as a mechanism for those involved in workforce development to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as share best practices and identify ways in which both the public and private sectors can collaborate to align education and training with needed workforce areas.

Monday, August 25, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Report: Pennsylvania has work to do on cancer public policy

A report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society shows Pennsylvania’s cancer-related public policy is lagging behind.

The report, How Do You Measure up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, shows Pennsylvania is falling well short on four of the twelve key public policy points the American Cancer Society considers crucial to winning the fight against cancer.

Thursday, August 21, 2014/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Tags: cancer