State announces ‘Pennie’ — a new, state-based health insurance marketplace

Today, Pennsylvania announced, Pennie™, the new state-based health insurance marketplace for 2021 coverage. Pennie is available to all Pennsylvanians and aims to improve the accessibility and affordability of individual market health coverage. It is also the only place that connects Pennsylvanians to financial assistance to reduce the cost of coverage and care. Pennie was created by Act 42...

La Comunidad moves forward with Oxford expansion

LCH staff at the current Oxford location 303 North Third Street: Left to right Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Marthe Adler, MSN, CRNP, FNP; Bonnie Valente, Member Relations Specialist; Yaritzabell Dorsey, Medical Assistant; Maria Ortiz, Registered Nurse. La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) received approval for their conditional use agreement from the Oxford Borough Council last month.  This sets in motion...

LCH gets COVID-19 funding

KENNETT SQUARE — Despite the closings and limitations of businesses over the past seven weeks during the pandemic, local community health center LCH (La Comunidad Hispana) has been able to offer essential health and community services at all three of its locations.  “This is a very vulnerable time for the community,” said Federico Ceppa, MD, Director of Primary Care.  “We have to be open...

The joy (not) of paying the GOP tax

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Say what you will about Donald Trump, but a lot of what either thrills or angers folks is decades in the making. Essentially, Republicans being Republicans. For me, personally, that means grabbing money from me and my family and cheerfully reassigning it to wealthy people and corporations. Until I recently did the math, though, I had no idea how bad those numbers were...

LCH Women’s Health Center bring support holiday support for expecting moms

Teri Noone facilitates holiday crafts during a group visit at LCH earlier this month. WEST GROVE — The break room in LCH’s (La Comunidad Hispana) Women’s Health Center was filled with holiday music, crafts and laughter as a cohort of moms-to-be, currently in their first trimester, met for their second session, 16-18 week appointment last week.  LCH kicked off Centering Pregnancy in July 2019...

Op from the Ed: GOP, Insurance industry causing move toward single-payer

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Do no harm. That is the first precept of modern medical care. This doesn’t mean standing there while someone is bleeding out, of course, which is the current state of American health care. I was happy to give Guy Ciarrocchi, the president of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, his say last week about not expanding government’s role in health...

Op/Ed: Government run healthcare won’t improve care and won’t save money

By Guy Ciarrocchi, President & CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry Guy Ciarrocchi Healthcare for the overwhelming majority of Americans is very good.  However, some costs are too high and for some healthcare is not accessible. So, this is the challenge for thoughtful policy-makers.  The question is how to make good healthcare accessible to everyone.  The answer must...

LCH moves to Team-Based to better serve community

Members of the LCH Blue Team left to right: Monserrat Balbuena, Medical Assistant, Dr. Federico Ceppa, M.D., Director of Primary Care, Clark Davis, Caseworker and Workforce Development Program Coordinator, Johana Guzman, Registered Nurse. KENNETT — La Comunidad Hispana (LCH) has a rich history of serving the southern Chester County community.  Now, it has more resources than ever to be able to take...

A peek behind the curtain – and insiders look at a dental practice

By Dr. Stephanie McGann, DMD FAGD, Columnist, The Times When I was building my first office, I was amazed by the tremendous amount of time, energy and money that was needed for things that I felt had no direct relation to patient care.  Decades later, the only difference is that each and every one of these tasks I have learned has a very direct relationship to patient care.  It’s the side of a...

Ryan Costello’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Donald J. Trump, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are trying really, really hard to make sure U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello doesn’t get re-elected in 2018 — although it may be his own history that ultimately proves his undoing. Oh, sure, the President and the Speaker of the House — as fellow Republicans — will swear until the cows come home that they back the two-term...