BLOG: Celebrating One Year of Medicaid Expansion (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Since my first days in office, I vowed to transition Pennsylvania to a simple, traditional Medicaid expansion plan, in order to simplify a previously complicated process and ensure that hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians would have greater access to the health insurance they need.Last April, we did just that by launching the expansion of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program known as HealthChoices.  This expansion alleviated confusion, removed unnecessary red tape, and streamlined the system so that people can see a doctor when they are sick and healthcare professionals have more time to concentrate on providing quality care.One year later, more than half a million Pennsylvanians who were not previously covered now have healthcare coverage. The commonwealth’s uninsured rate has dropped more than six percentage points in the last three years, and state General Fund costs have been reduced by more than $500 million.I am thrilled to see the success of this expansion in the one year since its announcement. Because of the expansion of Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of people have a brighter future and better potential health outcomes. We are excited to enroll even more Pennsylvanians in our next outreach efforts.To find out how you or someone you know could enroll in HealthChoices, go to: HealthChoicesPA.com. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Governor Tom Wolf April 27, 2016 BLOG: Celebrating One Year of Medicaid Expansion (VIDEO) Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  The Blog,  Videos last_img read more

Man acquitted of rape in 2014 slapped with 3 new charges

first_imgLeon Jordan-confesses to raping womenHaving received a second lease on life when he was acquitted of a rape charge in 2016, the 22-year-old Leon Jordan will now face the full wrath of the law after confessing to three counts of rape in his appearance before Justice Brassington Reynolds at the Demerara High Court on Wednesday.Jordan opted to enter guilty pleas when the charges were read to him, the first of which detailed that on February 2, 2012, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16 years.The second charge detailed that on January 13, 2013, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child aged 14 years; and the final charge detailed that, on October 25, 2016, he engaged in sexual penetration of a 24-year-old woman.The defendant told the court it is better that he tells the truth, adding that prison is not a suitable place for persons like him.After Jordan had pleaded guilty to the offences, Justice Reynolds ordered that Jordan should undergo psychiatric evaluation because he needs professional help. A probation report was also ordered compiled.Jordan will be sentenced on June 26, 2019 in the Sexual Offences Court.The convict was represented by Attorney-at-law Maxwell McKay, while prosecutors Seeta Bishundial and Abigail Gibbs had represented the state.Jordan was acquitted back in 2016 after a 12-member jury empanelled before Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry had found him not guilty of a similar offence he had been accused of committing. In that matter, he was accused of sexually molesting a 16-year-old girl on October 24, 2014.last_img read more