Sunday, December 16, 2012
Highmark holds groundbreaking ceremony at the mall site along Route 19 in Pine Township.
Highmark Inc.'s Wexford Medical Mall will be a "one-stop shop for all of your health-care needs". That's what Highmark President and CEO William Winkenwerder said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the 174,000-square-foot facility in Pine Township that will cost nearly $100 million. Construction of the medical mall at 12311 Perry Highway (Route 19) will be completed in summer 2014, officials said. "Today's announcement is an important milestone in our efforts to transform the delivery of health care in Western Pennsylvania," said Winkenwerder. The massive structure will be "patient-centered and a state-of-the-art patient experience," he said. Allan Klapper, system chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at West Penn Allegheny …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sometimes, candidates' platforms force us to choose which of the many issues is most important to us.
Can you be pro-life, yet support a candidate who is cutting programs that affect the health and well-being of the poor? Can you be in favor of gay marriage when your faith says it's wrong? Can you be anti-Obamacare knowing your relative has coverage only because of the Affordable Care Act and will have no insurance if it's repealed? Can you be a hunter and own a gun for sport, yet favor gun control to keep weapons off the street? Sorting through the conflicts between values, morals and beliefs is particularly difficult this election. The same people who give to food banks might still support tax cuts that target programs that feed the hungry. Or those with a relative who is gay might oppose gay marriage for moral or religious reasons, yet …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This campaign is full of issues but, in the end, which is most important to you?
Pittsburgh was a political hot spot on Friday when President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and two Republican vice-presidential hopefuls, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, came to town to discuss their platforms with supporters. Obama's speech centered on economic recovery, education, health care, student loan interest rates and the middle class. Pawlenty and Jindal, hoping to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, focused their talks on job creation, energy regulation, taxes, health care and federal spending. Take our poll and let us know which of these issues is the most important to you or most likely to influence your vote. Tell us why this issue is important to you in the …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning that the Affordable Care Act, known to many as Obamacare, mandating every American to purchase health insurance is constitutional. How do you feel about the decision? Vote in our poll or share your thoughts in
The Supreme Court announced Thursday morning that the Affordable Care Act mandating every American to purchase health insurance is constitutional and should stand. The court decided that the government is permitted to penalize individuals who refuse to purchase health insurance, according to NBC News. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can levy a "tax" on individuals who do not buy into the system, according to NBC News. The individual health care mandate is the key provision in Obamacare, and some legal experts thought that it could be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Had it been stripped from the law, many other provisions—such as covering people with pre-existing conditions and not capping insurance coverage…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Jennine Prince worked for Office Based Anesthesiology Systems in Cranberry.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh indicted a Butler County woman on Tuesday on charges she embezzled nearly $65,000 in a health care scheme, United States Attorney David J. Hickton said today. According to the one-count indictment, Jennine M. Prince, 42, of Mack Lane, Valencia, stole the money between April 2010 and September 2011 while working for Office Based Anesthesiology Systems Inc., on Route 19 in Cranberry. Prince, who was the company's office manager, was responsible for making bank deposits of cash received from patients as copay payments, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office statement. Instead of depositing the money, Prince embezzled $64,656.41 of the funds. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
The Obama administration is requiring church-affiliated employers to provide health care plans that cover access to contraception.
Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop David Zubik Friday joined a growing segment of religious leaders speaking out against the Obama administration’s new law that requires religious employers to offer health plans covering free contraceptives. In an open letter titled "To Hell With You," Zubik on Friday characterized some of the mandates in the administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as a "slap in the face" and an attack on religious freedom. Zubik specifcally refers to guidelines that require all individual and group health insurance plans, including self-insured plans, to cover FDA-approved contraception, sterilization procedures and pharmaceuticals "that even result in abortion," Zubik writes. "The Obama administration has …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The meeting will take place at the Community Health Clinic of Butler County.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Butler County residents will meet today with health care providers and advocates to mark the six-month anniversary of AdultBasic’s demise and to renew calls for a better solution for working families, according to a press release from the Pennsylvania Health Access Network. The network will be releasing a report with the latest numbers on what happened to adultBasic recipients. Health care advocates also will discuss the impact of Highmark’s plan to raise rates by 9.9 percent on Special Care, the statement said. Special Care was the plan offered to individuals who were losing their adultBasic coverage. Cece Foster, director of the Community Health Clinic of Butler County, said she has seen first-hand the impact the demise of adultBasic had…