ACA health care exchange navigator regulation bill advances through House committee

ACA health care exchange navigator regulation bill advances through House committee

A bill aimed at regulating federal Affordable Care Act insurance exchange navigators cleared the House Finance Committee Monday on its way to final passage.

Senate Bill 293 by Sen. John Eichelberger (R-Blair) would require that navigators undergo criminal background checks and be registered with the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Senate pension bill’s advance pits plan change vs. plan reform

Senate pension bill’s advance pits plan change vs. plan reform

Senate Bill 1 underwent its first vote Monday, moving out of the Senate Finance Committee along a party-line vote.

The prime sponsor of the bill, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), said the legislation is needed to ease budgetary pressures and take risk away from taxpayers into the future by moving new employees to a defined contribution pension plan and away from the defined benefit plan.

The plan will also alter future benefits of current employees by either increasing their contribution amounts to maintain Act 9-levels or roll back the pension benefit to pre-Act 9 levels.

“By doing this, this will reduce the liability of the system significantly as well as provide new revenue for the system which is tremendously needed,” he said. “At the end of the day, what we are doing is achieving some immediate savings and also putting ourselves in a much more predictable system for the taxpayers in the out years by reducing the risk.”

Monday, May 11, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views

House Democratic leadership set to introduce budget, related bills

House Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny) and House Democratic Appropriations Chairman Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny) announced Thursday afternoon the introduction of Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan and intent to introduce other major components of the governor’s comprehensive plan next week.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Gladys Brown named PUC chairman

Former long-time Senate Democratic staffer and current Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown was selected by Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday to be the next chairman of the commission.

Brown will replace current PUC chair Robert Powelson who will remain on the PUC as a commissioner.

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

Compromise Saylor property tax reform amendment could be considered by House next week

According to Rep. Stan Saylor (R-York), prime sponsor of the lead property tax reform proposal in the House, his legislation will hopefully be considered by the full House as an amendment to a bill on the House floor sometime next week.

“We have so many moving parts now in trying to get to a compromise with the governor, I think it’s easier to just do it on the floor,” he told The PLS Reporter.

At the end of April, Rep. Saylor’s House Bill 860 was pulled from consideration in the House Finance Committee as the Wolf administration requested more time to work with Rep. Saylor on the bill.

Since that time, Rep. Saylor reported he has met with the Wolf administration a number of times on working toward a compromise proposal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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