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Bellevue Bulletin 07/05/2019: Cyber Snow Days, Hahnemann Hospital updates, and Healthcare

Bellevue Bulletin 07/05/2019: Cyber Snow Days, Hahnemann Hospital updates, and Healthcare

Happy Friday, July 5th, and welcome back to your weekly update from Bellevue.

First up on the docket, if you haven’t heard yet, Pennsylvania is planning to shift from healthcare.gov, to a state-based insurance exchange. What does this mean? Governor Wolf’s staff says that if PA switches to its online marketplace, users will save money and there will be improved access to affordable healthcare insurance. The online exchange could reduce premiums for residents by up to 10%. The operation enrollment plan will take effect in January 2021, as the legislation is still pending approval from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on what the difference is between healthcare.gov and a state-based system, and how it might affect you, click here.

The next big piece of news coming from Harrisburg is a blessing for parents, and a definite curse for kids – Governor Wolf signed a bill on Tuesday that will allow schools to have “flexible instruction days” due to snow or other events. Which means, sorry kids, you’ll have to work from home. But, it will hopefully cut back on snow days that end up taking days away from vacations, holidays, and the end of the year. The state Department of Education has already conducted a pilot program over the past three years with various school districts, and the plan doesn’t require that schools participate. Cyber snow days are on the horizon.

Last month, Hahnemann University Hospital announced that it would close its doors in early September, citing “continuing, unsustainable financial losses”. It was a hard hit for both the 2,500 employees and the rest of the surrounding neighborhood. With the closing looming, the PA Secretary of Health has installed a temporary manager to oversee the process, and ensure that the transition goes smoothly. Among other challenges, Hahnemann’s closure forces nearly 570 residents to find new places to continue their training, causing other health systems in the region to figure out how many residents they can accommodate. Since the stories from Hahnemann are likely to keep coming, we’ll make sure to keep you updated.

There was no stated meeting this week, due to the Fourth of July. Happy Independence Day!

Until next time! Don’t forget to follow us @PhillyAdvocates for more.

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