State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment

After reaching an agreement with Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, seven state insurers will now cover medication-assisted addiction treatment, using substances such as methadone, without prior authorization.

State cabinet members, including Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, said that the agreement will save people with substance abuse time normally spent checking with insurance companies to see if they’d cover a plan.
Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

Gas industry leaders call for regulatory regime fixes

A new cabinet position and a commonwealth agency focused on energy production and coordination are on the agenda for state business leaders who want to expand Pennsylvania’s gas economy.

In a report released Thursday entitled “Forge the Future: Ideas for Actions,” industry leaders said that the state’s potential in gas economic growth – totaling $60 billion between production, energy generation and manufacturing - is threatened by poor business conditions in the state, from the nation high 9.99 corporate net income tax to slow permitting.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Statute of limitations negotiations near finish line as arguments over sovereign immunity continue

Statute of limitations negotiations near finish line as arguments over sovereign immunity continue

A compromise on the General Assembly’s statute of limitations bill is due the end of this week and will be officially announced next week, according to Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks).

Rozzi has been meeting privately with Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) for the past few weeks to negotiate the language in closed door discussions.

However, multiple lawmakers expressed their certainty that the bill would pass before the elections, adding to next week’s final push by both chambers to move legislation ahead of Nov. 6.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philly reforms bail policies, questions Temple expansion

Philadelphia City Council passed eight bills during their public session Thursday. They also withdrew a proposal that drew significant community criticism.

Most of the bills passed affect residential construction or improving properties in certain areas of the city.
Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

Pashinski discusses importance of HB 1539 and kinship navigator programs

On Thursday morning, Department of Human Services Secretary, Teresa Miller, and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary, Jennifer Smith, joined Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne), Rep. Katharine Watson (R-Bucks) and other legislators to announce grant funding that supports kinship navigator programs.

Thursday, October 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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