PHOTO INDEX: LUZERNE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARYANNE PETRILLA, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND CONGRESSMAN PAUL KANJORSKI. (TOP) CONGRESSMAN PAUL KANJORSKI, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND LUZERNE COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARYANNE PETRILLA.
HANGIN' WITH THE FOLKS!
Throughout their political career Paul Kanjorski and Maryanne Petrilla have attended more than their fair share of church festivals, backyard barbeques and picnics. But this week, both attended a picnic on the lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. President Obama who is fond of talking to, for and about "the folks" hosted the event. The picnic is an annual White House event and was hosted by both the President and his Veep. Naturally the two local politicos talked about the event. I mean who wouldn't?
“It was an honor to be invited to the White House and I was thrilled that Commissioner Petrilla was able to join,” said Congressman Kanjorski. “It was an eventful evening as we had the opportunity to talk with President Obama, Vice President Biden, and many others in a more casual setting. We also had the pleasure of seeing one of our Pennsylvania Senators, Senator Casey.”
“I was proud to represent Luzerne County to President Obama and his family,” said Commissioner Petrilla. “I greatly appreciated that Congressman Kanjorski gave me the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter in Northeastern Pennsylvania with so many members of the executive and legislative branches of government. And I look forward to making the most of those contacts as I continue to work on behalf Luzerne County’s families.”
A GOOD LAW!!!
A New Law Requires Major Health Insurers to Allow Eligible Children through the Age 29 to Remain Covered Under Their Parents’ Policy. As we all know in today’s tough economic climate, increasingly more young adults face difficulties finding work after leaving school, which means they also face the prospect of losing health insurance coverage. To address this issue, Pennsylvania recently enacted legislation to require major insurers to allow dependent, uninsured adult children through the age 29 to remain on their parents’ policy. The law, Act 4 of 2009, covers new insurance contracts and renewals after December 7, 2009. A young adult eligible for this coverage would have to meet the following requirements:
1. Have insured parents;
2. Not be married;
3. Have no dependants;
4. Be a PA resident or be enrolled full-time at an institution of higher education.
5. Not be covered by another health-care policy.
Parents would also have to pay their children’s premiums, and the coverage would depend on the employers’ willingness to offer the benefit to parents. For more information on how to apply for this coverage, parents should contact their employers or health insurers. If you are not eligible for health-care coverage under Act 4, other options are available to you, as well. If your parents have coverage through a large group plan, COBRA may provide temporary continuation coverage for you. Federal law requires that employees and their families covered under group health plans be offered the opportunity for temporary coverage where the plan would otherwise end. This coverage generally lasts around 18 months and requires premium payments on your part. In addition, you can also contact insurance companies to obtain an individual policy or, if you’re a college graduate, you can try calling your alma mater to see if you can continue the school’s health plan after graduation. Some schools offer coverage up to 12 months after graduation, which could also be renewable for up to two years. Right now there are many uninsured young people in this state simply because they can't afford health care premiums of roughly $500.00 a month on their own. This is a great move to get those people covered.
Walter Griffith, Junior has a dilemma. He actually is going to have to force himself from not going to a public meeting. In this case a meeting at an entity where he is a duly elected official. Griffith told me, “I will not attend any meetings regarding the Home Rule Study Commission until they comply with the Sunshine Act. I will not be a party to any illegal meetings that are not advertised.” Apparently the committee feels they don’t have to follow the Sunshine Laws. Okay, maybe technically they don’t, but let’s talk public perception here. We have a County Government in crisis with only four high profile competent public officials trying to hold it together. (Petrilla, Urban, Muroski and Carroll). In order to change county government, a study commission is elected. So the first thing this commission does is say they don’t have to have public meetings in the open and then limit audience participation time. To an already disgusted general public, this sends the wrong message. Now the GSC has been advised by Mr. Haggerty that they will not follow the Sunshine Law until they are advised by a solicitor. Here’s a plan that maybe makes too much sense, why not err on the side of caution and hold open meetings until you hire a solicitor? I hope Walter Griffith changes his mind and shows up. They say that democracy can be a messy business but you shouldn’t go out of your way to make it messier than necessary. Unless the whole point of this committee is to devalue itself from the get go and lose any credibility of the very angry citizens in this county, there should be open meetings without any reservations. Case closed.
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