Governor Wolf Signs Bill Clarifying Changes to Child Protective Services Law

first_img Bill Signing,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed a bill aimed at clarifying recent changes made to the Child Protective Services Law.Act 15 — House Bill 1276, sponsored by Representative Katharine Watson, revises last December’s enactment by creating additional definitions to clarify who needs to obtain clearances for working or volunteering in programs that supervise children. These amendments will make it easier for high school students to engage in workplace learning experiences.The bill also pushes back the date for which volunteers are required to begin getting clearances from July 1, 2015 to August 25.  On June 10, Governor Wolf announced fee waivers for volunteers seeking background checks.# # # Governor Wolf Signs Bill Clarifying Changes to Child Protective Services Law July 01, 2015center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Special Enrollment Period For Those With Cobra Insurance

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Insurance is alerting individuals currently purchasing health insurance through the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) they may qualify for a special enrollment period allowing them to enroll in an individual health insurance plan instead. Individuals so choosing must enroll in a new plan by July 1.Individuals who choose to replace their COBRA coverage with a private health plan through the Federal Marketplace may lower their premium and qualify for tax credits that can lower their monthly premiums.To enroll in a Marketplace plan during this one-time special enrollment period, contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 or 1-855-889-4325.“Those seeking coverage in a Federal Marketplace health plan could qualify for premium tax credits and lower out-of-pocket costs, depending on their household size and income,” said Insurance Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson. “However, consumers also may want to consider other plans to determine the overall best option for them.”To explore plans not in the Marketplace, which typically have broader networks and more available doctors and hospitals, Hoosiers can contact a health plan directly or work with a health insurance agent. Agents – also called producers – are licensed by the Indiana Department of Insurance. To find one, go to Indiana Department of Insurance website.The next open enrollment period is Nov. 15, 2014-Feb.15, 2015 for 2015 coverage. Individuals currently covered by COBRA who miss the July 1 deadline for the one-time special enrollment period will have to wait to enroll in a new Marketplace plan during the 2015 open enrollment period, or they can enroll when their COBRA coverage expires. However, if they choose to end their COBRA coverage early outside of the open enrollment period and after the July 1 deadline, they will not be able to enroll in a Marketplace plan until open enrollment begins on Nov. 15.last_img read more

A duel of delicious names

first_imgAccording to Eric:As the old cereal slogan goes, “Everyone loves my Cocoa Krispies.” While that may not be the best slogan for selling cereal, it works perfectly well for Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Coco Crisp.I don’t even really see how Tom can argue with me on this one. We’re talking chocolate against a tortilla filled with meat and cheese and all that jazz. I suppose if you are drunk or stoned and are reading this right now, you might disagree with me, but if you are drunk or stoned and are reading this right now, you’ve got bigger issues anyway.While I do enjoy a good taco, nothing is sweeter — and nothing says I love you — like chocolate. So who wouldn’t like a 6-foot, 186-pound brick of chocolate?I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a nice warm mug of hot cocoa on a brisk fall day? Or, if perhaps you weren’t a fan of the Cocoa Krispies, you undoubtedly were cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.I know we are talking names here, but Coco has proven himself as a solid player on the rise. This past season he played in 145 games, had 100 more at bats than last year, yet had the best batting average of his career at .300.All Taco has ever done is play a couple games here and there with the Seahawks. What happens when Tony Fisher goes down this week — do the Packers pick up Burrito Thompson?I promised myself that I would never argue for anything that came out of Cleveland, but I have to make an exception here. Coco Crisp: up-and-coming outfielder, delicious cereal, tasty name.Everyone loves Coco Crisp.Then again, this subject must have been debated in some boardroom somewhere along the way. How else would anyone have thought of two delicious products and combined them into one delicious ice cream treat? You know what I’m talking about — the Choco Taco.According to Tom:Yeah, Tuesday was a rough day for the Green Bay Packers. The team placed starting running back Ahman Green on injured reserve, yet another blow to a depleted Packer offense. However, Green’s injury cleared room for general manager Ted Thompson to sign the one, the only, former Kansas State standout Taco Wallace. But Thompson didn’t just get a wide receiver with Wallace; he made his team a little tastier as well. And for a team named after meat packers, that is no small feat.Thompson knew of the Taco’s tastiness — after all, he drafted Wallace in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. After seeing Taco grab 39 balls for 704 yards as a senior at KSU, Thompson decided he needed to place an order with league commissioner Paul Tagliabue.Granted, Taco didn’t quite fit in with the Seahawks. But how can you really market a quality meal that contains a bird of prey? We all know a move to Green Bay and the tasty meats found in Lambeau Field was all this Taco needed to regain the appeal that made him El Roberson’s favorite target back in Manhattan, Kan.No, I know what Schmoldt is going to say … oh, chocolate is so delicious. Blah, blah, blah. But when you’re really hungry, are you really going to dive into a bowl of sweets? No. Exactly. There’s just no substance.Just take a look at how many students frequent Taco Bell, Taco John’s, Qdoba and Chipotle every night in Madison. Funny, I don’t see nearly that number sprinting to their nearest grocer to pick up a box of chocolate-flavored cereal. And, if they do, you know they’re going with the Count.Coco Crisp might have more professional experience, but let’s face it — he’s also almost two years older than Taco Wallace. And we all know what that means: Coco might be a little moldy.The Packers wanted something that could really fill them up, and got just that with a 192-pound Taco.Yo quiero Taco Wallace.last_img read more