Governor Wolf Applauds PA Insurance Commissioner for Issuing Non-Discrimination Guidance to Insurers, Prohibiting Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity

first_img Equality,  Non-discrimination Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller for announcing new Insurance Department expectations for non-discrimination provisions in health insurance policies, including language prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. This guidance, submitted for publication in the April 30 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin, will apply to all health insurance plans regulated by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, which includes individual and group policies purchased through the federal marketplace.“I am proud of this move by Commissioner Miller,” said Governor Wolf. “We need to ensure that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place, regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love. Next, I am excited to work with Democrats and Republicans in the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians and makes it clear to the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone.”“Governor Wolf recently announced that the commonwealth’s policy is to treat all Pennsylvanians with the respect and dignity they deserve, regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity and expression,“ Commissioner Miller said. “My department is also committed to doing all it can protect the consumers we serve, and we expect health insurance companies to join in this effort.”This guidance does not require insurers to cover any particular services that they are not otherwise required to cover. However, under this guidance, health insurance policies under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Insurance Department will not exclude services based on gender identity and will provide coverage for medically necessary covered services regardless of a policyholder’s gender identity.In addition, health insurance policies will not contain a blanket exclusion of coverage for health services related to an individual’s gender transition.Commissioner Miller said that her department expects health insurers to include language within policies that specifically details these protections in order to maintain compliance with state and federal laws.“Denying coverage for medically necessary covered services on the basis of gender violates federal regulations and Governor Wolf’s policy for Pennsylvania, and my department will not tolerate discrimination in the policies that it regulates,” said Commissioner Miller.The policy is consistent with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, as explained in a proposed rule issued on September 8, 2015 by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights. That proposed rule delineated non-discrimination protections on the basis of sex to include sex stereotyping, gender identity, and sexual orientation.Health insurance providers around Pennsylvania vocalized support for non-discrimination provisions.“We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and have been recognized regionally and nationally for our responsible actions. Across the state, we serve a very diverse population and believe our employees, policies and actions need to reflect the very communities that we serve,” said Highmark Health Plan President Deborah Rice-Johnson. “We currently provide coverage for health services related to gender transition to our workforce and to likeminded large employer insured groups across the state who choose these benefits and who are committed to supporting the diverse needs of their employees.”“UPMC Health Plan has been a proud and vocal advocate of diversity and of the fair and equal treatment of all persons, including through our support of the Pennsylvania Fairness Act. We are currently reviewing the Non-Discrimination Notice and will work with the Department to fully understand its scope, objective and practical impact,” said a representative from UPMC Health Plan. “We are committed to ensuring that all of our members, regardless of their sex, gender identity, or recorded gender are treated fairly and have access to the high-quality health care services they have come to expect from UPMC.”The notice will be available in the April 30 issue of the PA Bulletin and can be viewed online at Insurance companies that have questions regarding this notice should contact the Insurance Department’s Bureau of Life, Accident, & Health, Office of Insurance Product Regulation at [email protected] who have questions regarding whether their health insurance policy is affected by these guidelines are encouraged to contact the department’s Bureau of Consumer Services at 1-877-881-6388 or online at # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: April 27, 2016 Governor Wolf Applauds PA Insurance Commissioner for Issuing Non-Discrimination Guidance to Insurers, Prohibiting Discrimination on Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identitycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

School Board to prioritize sanitary facilities

first_imgThe board alsodiscussed other topics such as the Western Visayas Regional AthleticAssociation Meet and the problem on absenteeism. Dr. Jerry Bionat,board secretary and chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office, said some public schools in the province do not have comfortrooms and water systems. ILOILO – Sanitaryfacilities are among the basic facilities public schools must have. The budget issourced from the Special Education Fund (SEF). The governor willconvene the Provincial School Board again to know the academic programs ofDepEd that are relevant to the province and to look for areas of collaboration.(LHC, Capitol News/PN)center_img The provincialgovernment is thus prioritizing the construction and repair of comfort rooms,wash area and water system in public schools. He encouragedschools to submit requests for construction and repair of their facilitiesbecause these are included in the board’s budget. “We want toprioritize sanitary facilities as they are at the least budgetary priority ofthe Department of Education (DepEd),” said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. during aProvincial School Board meeting to discuss its budget priorities for 2019. last_img read more

Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski needs season-ending surgery, report says

first_img Tyreek Hill injury update: Chiefs receiver (shoulder) to resume practice Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. However, he’s made 7 of 8 field goals this season, with his only miss coming from 48 yards. There seems to be an explanation for Stephen Gostkowski’s slump.The Patriots have placed the veteran kicker on injured reserve with an undisclosed ailment, the team announced. #Patriots place K Stephen Gostkowski on injured reserve:— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 2, 2019ESPN reported Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, though he expects to be rehabilitated by next season.Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, per source. He is expected to be ready to kick for the 2020 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 2, 2019The news comes hours after it was reported that New England was looking to work out free-agent kickers amid Gostkowski’s struggles. Related News Roquan Smith update: Bears linebacker back at practice, could play Week 5 ESPN reported the workouts scheduled for Wednesday are “consistent with their due-diligence approach at all positions to keep emergency lists updated,” adding the timing of the workouts makes sense because of Gostkowski’s performance lately.The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract worth $8.5 million with New England in April. The Patriots (4-0) are slated to visit the Redskins (0-4) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants won’t rule out Week 5 return for running backlast_img read more