GO-TIME: Corrections on Course to Save over $35 Million on Inmate Care Through Federal, State Partnerships

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 08, 2018 GO-TIME: Corrections on Course to Save over $35 Million on Inmate Care Through Federal, State Partnershipscenter_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Prison Reform,  Public Health  Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Corrections (DOC) has reduced medical costs for inmates by $14.5 million over the past two years – while maintaining or improving care – by leveraging federal and state programs and innovative partnerships, according to the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME). The department estimates an additional $20.5 million in savings over the next two years.“We want to not only make sure inmates receive quality health care when they are in prison, but also ensure they can access Medicaid and other government health programs upon release,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “Roughly 20,000 men and women leave state prison and reenter the community every year. It is to the benefit of all taxpayers that they receive the best possible healthcare services to increase chances of their success upon release.”Inmate health care costs in 2017-18 totaled about $300 million or 15 percent of the department’s $2.1 billion budget.Under a partnership with the Department of Aging, inmates age 65 and over are now receiving medication coverage through PACE, the program for older Pennsylvanians supported by lottery funds. The program not only pays for older inmates, it also ensures that these individuals continue to receive medications upon release.In partnership with Temple Health, the DOC refers inmates diagnosed with HIV for outpatient medical services through Temple Health telemedicine program. The program allows inmates with HIV to see a doctor quarterly via video conference, eliminating the need for transportation and staff costs that would be incurred if an inmate needed to travel to a doctor’s office or hospital.The Temple Health partnership also allows the DOC to purchase the required HIV drugs at reduced prices and ensures Philadelphia area inmates have access to Temple medical staff upon release, improving their successful reentry into the community.As a result of Gov. Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to a greater number of eligible residents, the DOC has been able to access federal Medical Assistance for inmates requiring inpatient hospital stays greater than 24 hours. This have offset the need for state funding.GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. Over the past three years, state agencies have achieved over $373 million in savings while also improving efficiency and customer service as part of GO-TIME. To learn more www.governor.pa.gov/go-time.last_img read more

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Erik Jones wins Southern 500 race keeps Busch at bay amidst rain-delay

first_img Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW US 1 year ago Misbah-ul-Haq emerges frontrunner for Pakistan’s head coach role COMMENT Highlights of the RaceLarson was second, his third top-three finish at Darlington in the past four years. He led 497 laps during that stretch, including 44 in this one. Busch, who started in the back after swapping out an engine after qualifying, got up to Jones’ bumper near the end. But he brushed the wall on the next-to-last lap and ended third. “We kind of lost control that pit stop where we came in the leader and came out third,” Busch said. “I thought if we could keep in touch with (Jones and Larson), keep close to them, we might be able to out-pit road them at the end of the race. We got by one of them, but not the other one. But overall, good day.”Busch clinched the regular-season points lead. Kevin Harvick was fourth and Brad Keselowski was fifth. Clint Bowyer was sixth followed by the winner of the opening stage, Kurt Busch, Matt DiBenedetto, Paul Menard, and Austin Dillon. Jimmie Johnson made some headway on his quest for a 16th straight playoff appearance but was hindered when he was caught up in a final stage crash that bumped him back to 16th at the Southern 500. Johnson trimmed his playoff deficit from 26 points to 18. Still, he’ll likely need a win in Indianapolis next week to qualify for the postseason. “We’re running out of days and if we miss it, it’s going to be by a few (points) I believe,” Johnson said. “I can look back over the first half of the season and see a lot of races where we gave away a few points.”READ: Chip Off The Old Block: Mick Schumacher Wins Key Formula Racing CrownThe race was delayed by rainHeavy storms Sunday delayed the start by more than four hours. Drivers were going through introductions shortly before the scheduled 6 p.m. start when skies got dark and heavy rain began. Crews covered up cars and racers grabbed umbrellas as they headed back through the garage areas to wait out the storm. Darlington earlier announced it had sold out it’s reserved seating. Most fans also sought shelter, although some stayed out. One was interviewed on the NBC Sports broadcast by NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. “You have to explain yourself, son,” Bowyer asked, wanting to know why he was out there in the rain. When a fan told him he came to see a race and didn’t care about the wet weather, Bowyer shouted, “That, ladies and gentleman, is a race fan.” At one point, drivers Bubba Wallace and Corey LaJoie came out on the wet track to throw a football with fans in the stands.Hurricane Dorian factors in the RaceNASCAR spokesman Matt Humphrey said officials took many factors into consideration in starting the race after 10 p.m., including the sell-out at Darlington and the approach of Hurricane Dorian toward South Carolina’s coast. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered evacuations of coastal counties for Monday that included lane reversals on roadways in the area. Humphrey said the storm’s approach was a factor for leaders deciding whether to race or postpone. He said the biggest reason was that NASCAR runs races on the day that it’s scheduled if at all possible.READ: Hurricane Dorian 40 To 50 Miles Away From The Florida Coast, US Braces SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago Dean Jones picks MS Dhoni in his T20 dream team, most players have never played the format 1 year ago Ad Astra: Brad Pitt’s sci-fi space drama debuts, reviewers divided The rain sprung up a surprise on September 1 as Erik Jones kept Busch at bay in Southern 500 race in South Carolina and won the race.  Erik Jones used every bit of stamina he had at Darlington Raceway. Few know better than Jones the effort it took to hold off Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch and win the rain-delayed Southern 500. Hurricane Dorian’s path figured in the decision to continue the race even as it hurtles towards the US states of Florida and Georgia at manic speeds.READ: Drivers, Connect Your Wi-Fi! IRacing A Hit In NASCAR”Mentally and physically drained”“I’m mentally drained,” he said with a smile. “I’m physically drained.” Jones took the lead from Kyle Larson 85 laps from the end and stayed in front of Busch the rest of the way to add a win at iconic Darlington Raceway with his first NASCAR Cup Series victory at Daytona in July 2018. “It’s pretty crazy, right,” he said. “I’m not a hugely emotional guy, but to get a win here means a lot to me.” Some had wondered if the 23-year-old Jones was the soft spot in the JGR powerhouse as Busch, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. had all won four times apiece this season while Jones’ No. 20 was winless.center_img First Published: 2nd September, 2019 14:52 IST “Is there anything more to say?” Jones asked as the crowd cheered. Not anymore. Jones’ victory means all four of Joe Gibbs’ drivers has taken the checkered flag and are locked into the NASCAR playoffs that start in two weeks. “It takes a lot to beat them,” Jones of his teammates. “Especially when you’re racing the same equipment.” To have the win come at Darlington made it even more special for Jones. “This is one of those races for me that has always held a special place. You think of NASCAR, you think of Darlington,” he said. WE RECOMMEND Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE 1 year ago Comedian Kevin Hart hospitalized after car crash Last Updated: 2nd September, 2019 16:03 IST Erik Jones Wins Southern 500 Race Keeps Busch At Bay Amidst Rain-delay Erik Jones wins the Southern 500 race as the rain-delayed match and he kept competitor Busch at bay with hurricane Dorian factoring in the NASCAR race. 1 year ago Robert Downey Jr reveals: ‘Was arrested on first Disneyland visit’last_img read more

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