NURSES EVALUATE LEGISLATURE, HONOR LEGISLATORS

The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) held an event  at the Capitol Monday afternoon in coordination with their legislative day.

The association evaluated the legislature and their responsiveness to nurses issues. They gave the General Assembly a B+ for legislative action, noting achievement in passing Senate Bill 5, which provides for community-based health care. The association said the legislature did not get a higher grade largely due to it not passing association supported safe staffing legislation.

The association also gave the legislature a B for overall responsiveness and a B+ in improvement, particularly noting action on the Healthy Pennsylvania plan.

Sen. Joseph Scarnati (R-Jefferson) and Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware) were each honored for their continuing commitment to support and provide a voice to nurses across the state.  

 

 

Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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CAMPERS RETURN TO CAPITOL TO CALL FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION

Nine months ago, a group of advocates calling themselves “Faces of Medicaid” camped out at the Capitol outside the office of Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia) to urge Gov. Tom Corbett to adopt Medicaid expansion in its entirety.

Monday, the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, several of the same campers returned to the Capitol with Sen. Hughes to again call on the governor to adopt Medicaid expansion wholesale, as opposed to the Healthy Pennsylvania plan that has been submitted to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION URGED AT MONDAY RALLY

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION URGED AT MONDAY RALLY

Some call it cannabis, some call it marijuana, some call it a gateway drug, while others call it a natural resource that has numerous health benefits. No matter what you call it, organizers of a rally that packed the Capitol’s Main Rotunda Monday morning called for it to be legalized.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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FOLLOW UP: DRUG COURTS AND THE HEROIN CRISIS

As advertised, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Corrections held its hearing on how drug courts relate to Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis.

During the hearing, subcommittee members heard from a panel of judges, drug court graduates, and legal professionals on how drug courts have lowered recidivism, provided treatment options, and turned around the lives of those who enter drug court programs.

The committee also heard different perspectives about how the heroin crisis got so bad and the need to combat the problem on the front end through education and prevention, and not just through back end rehabilitation.

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Monday, March 31, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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OF PENSIONS AND PLANS

It’s a rule as old as budgets themselves: Tough fiscal situations mean tough spending decisions. This year is no different. With the Commonwealth and school districts entering another tough budget year, debate over public pensions and how they relate to General Fund obligations has once again garnered center stage.

As announced in his 2014-2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Corbett has assumed coming fiscal year pension savings of $170 million for the state and $131 million for school districts in balancing his proposed budget.

To date, no pension reform legislation has been introduced following the governor’s budget address. Here’s a look at the most talked about pension reform concepts and where the debate might take any possible legislation as the June 30 budget deadline approaches.

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Friday, March 28, 2014/Author: The PLS Reporter
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