Articles by Marc Levy

In Penn., ACA Exchange Sign-Ups Top 100K Mark as Website Troubles Subside

More than 123,000 Pennsylvanians have selected an insurance plan under the new federal health care law as troubles with the gateway website have subsided, the U.S. government said Wednesday, although tens of thousands more who might be eligible for Medicaid …

U.S. Sen. Toomey Cites Pennsylvania Residents Losing Health Insurance

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said thousands of Pennsylvanians are contacting his office with complaints about losing their health insurance because of the federal overhaul, while state insurance regulators put the number of people in that situation at more than 200,000. …

Pennsylvania Governor Signs ‘Fair Share’ Civil Liability Reform

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation that is one of his top priorities, a bill that limits the liability for negligence of defendants in some civil court cases. The state House voted 116-83 on the bill on Monday of …

Mine Owners, Unions Compromise on Long-Sought Pennsylvania Safety Bill

Legislation to improve safety in Pennsylvania’s approximately 200 bituminous coal mines was poised to become law after a marathon negotiation yielded a compromise bill endorsed Monday by both the coal companies and mine workers union. The state Senate unanimously approved …

Pennsylvania Gas Line Explosion Levels Vacant Building, Injures 4

A backhoe operator hit a gas line Wednesday, causing an explosion that leveled a vacant restaurant building and injured at least four people. Work was being done on curbs and sidewalks in the area. Cogan said workers were behind a …

Long-Sought Pennsylvania Mine Safety Bill Hits New Snags

A new disagreement has erupted over efforts to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 1961 mine safety law, threatening a compromise forged more than five years after the rescue of nine miners in western Pennsylvania spurred a push for tougher regulations. The bill, which …

Politics Forces Pa. Gov. Rendell to Withdraw Insurance Nominee Ario

Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate are refusing to consider Gov. Ed Rendell’s nominee for the job of state insurance commissioner, forcing the governor to withdraw the nomination. Aides say Rendell plans to resubmit Joel Ario as his pick. The aides …

Pennsylvania Doctors Lose Malpractice Subsidy

A five-year, $1 billion taxpayer subsidy to help Pennsylvania doctors buy medical malpractice insurance lapsed Monday, forcing physicians to pay higher premiums unless Democrats and Republicans break an impasse over expanding a state health insurance program. Gov. Ed Rendell supports …

Pa. Senate Passes Long-Awaited Mine Safety Measure

The first major rewrite of Pennsylvania’s 1961 mine safety law received unanimous approval from the state Senate this week, but the mine workers union wants the House to make additions to it. Under the current draft, state inspectors for the …

Pa. Senate Panel Advances Long-Delayed Mine Safety Measure

A bill that would install a slew of safety measures into Pennsylvania’s long-outdated law protecting coal miners received unanimous approval from a state Senate committee this week. The bill, which is headed for a floor vote in the full Senate …