Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman are today informing Pennsylvanians of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment extension due to consumer complaints of website glitches and significant delays yesterday, the original deadline to enroll. The deadline has been extended to 3 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18. Consumers can sign-up at www.HealthCare.gov.“I’m pleased that Pennsylvanians have some additional days to visit HealthCare.gov to enroll in an Affordable Care Act health insurance plan,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s my priority to have every Pennsylvanian healthy and to have the right, affordable plan to receive care. I encourage people who wanted to enroll and missed yesterday’s deadline to take advantage of this extension.”“Widespread reports that HealthCare.gov was inoperable at times yesterday make clear that HHS needed to provide American consumers another opportunity to enroll in health coverage,” said Commissioner Altman. “A ‘technological error’ should not be the reason that a Pennsylvania family goes without health insurance beginning on January 1.”Commissioner Altman continued, “My department, Gov. Wolf, insurance agents and brokers, and our navigator and assister partners across the commonwealth have worked tirelessly over the last six weeks to inform Pennsylvanians of their coverage options for next year. As recently as Friday we were meeting with constituents – side-by-side with U.S. Senator Bob Casey – about coverage options, and explaining the difference between comprehensive ACA plans, and sub-standard, short-term plans. We are pleased to have the opportunity to continue to do this for a couple of additional days.”For more information on health insurance or to contact the Insurance Department’s Bureau of Consumer Services, visit www.insurance.pa.gov or call 1-877-881-6388. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 16, 2019 2020 Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Extended Following Consumer Complaints, Deadline is Now Wednesday
On Thursday, FIFA released a 42-page report on the findings of American lawyer Michael Garcia into alleged corruption by Qatar and Russia in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process.FIFA cleared Qatar and Russia of any wrongdoing. But in a dramatic turn, Garcia has since slammed world soccer’s governing body and claims their report on his findings “contains numerous materially incomplete and erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions.”The 42-page report released by FIFA on Garcia’s findings can be read in full here.Garcia has led the two-year investigation and was appointed by FIFA as they conducted an independent investigation into the corruption claims. According to FIFA his full report will not be published and their own 42-page report into his findings is the only information which will be made available for public consumption.However just hours after the report was released based on Garcia’s findings, the American lawyer has slammed FIFA and Hans Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator, as he takes on FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the rest of the executive committee.In a statement on their website about the publication of the report, FIFA said that “a degree of closure has been reached with the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber stating today that ‘the evaluation of the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups bidding process is closed for the FIFA Ethics Committee.’” They also went on to state that the “Ethics Committee did not find any violations or breaches of the relevant rules and regulations” and that they “look forward to continuing the preparations for Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022.”Garcia’s statement also raises concerns about Hans Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s independent ethics adjudicator who wrote the report. Eckert is a German judge who based his report on Garcia’s work.