Healthcare, Human Services, National Issues, Press Release, Public Health Harrisburg, PA – After recent moves by the federal government to steer more Americans to substandard health insurance plans without protections for pre-existing conditions, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that he will continue to fight to ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable, quality health care.The Wolf Administration will not request a waiver to allow health care plans that do not offer consumer protections, including for pre-existing conditions, to receive subsidies meant for comprehensive coverage on the marketplace. The Wolf Administration will continue to encourage Pennsylvanians to buy comprehensive coverage on Pennsylvania’s exchange marketplace, where there are more choices and lower prices this year, and will not promote plans that do not cover pre-existing conditions.“I will always stand up to protect and expand quality and affordable health care coverage for all Pennsylvanians, including those with pre-existing conditions,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “This most recent action by the federal government is just another attempt to roll back vital consumer protections on pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps, and essential health benefits. Coverage for pre-existing conditions like cancer, pregnancy, and multiple sclerosis is an essential protection for millions of Pennsylvanians and my administration will stand in the way of any attempt to roll back those protections.”Under the ACA, the federal waivers allow states flexibility to improve their health insurance marketplaces. The federal government’s newly released proposed guidelines, if adopted, would support the proliferation of plans that lack critical elements of meaningful health insurance, such as comprehensive benefits. The proposed guidelines loosen standards by which states can secure such a waiver, which Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said would put the stability of the insurance market at risk.“The Wolf Administration has taken numerous steps to ensure that Pennsylvanians have access to comprehensive coverage under the ACA and consumer protection and education remains our top priority. As a result of these efforts, our uninsured rate is at an all-time low and ACA insurance carriers are offering competitively priced plans and more coverage options for the 2019 open enrollment,” Altman said. “The Wolf Administration will never pursue a waiver or take any other step that would jeopardize protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions or otherwise undermine Pennsylvanians’ access to truly comprehensive health insurance coverage with critical consumer protections.” October 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvania Will Not Promote Plans That Don’t Cover Pre-existing Conditions
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvanians Urged to Limit Travel, Prepare for Complex, Fast-moving Winter Storm Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With a fast-moving, complex winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain across the state tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to limit travel and pay attention to what may be rapidly changing weather conditions.“This storm could bring with it a travel mess and so I encourage everyone who can stay off the roads to do so tomorrow,” Gov. Wolf said. “Be sure to check your local weather and road conditions and heed the advice of local emergency responders and personnel, and, as always, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”Snow is forecasted to arrive Wednesday morning moving northeast across the state and transitioning to an icy mix of snow and sleet, turning to rain in the afternoon. Most of the state could see from 2 to 8 inches of snow, with the highest accumulations south of I-80, followed by potentially icy conditions before the storm moves out of the state Wednesday night.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is closely monitoring the weather and is in contact with county emergency officials to ensure all needs are being met.“Conditions with this storm could change quickly, so we’ll be working closely with our county partners to anticipate any resources they might need from the state,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield.PennDOT and the PA Turnpike have issued a commercial vehicle ban and phased restrictions on certain roadways through the storm, beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow. See the latest map of bans and restriction here.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.Gov. Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. He also asked drivers to observe any vehicle bans, which will allow snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter and visit the department on Facebook to view a winter emergency kit video.“Pennsylvania state agencies are ready for this winter storm,” Gov. Wolf said. “I now ask all Pennsylvanians to get ready, stay safe, stay off the roads if you can, and take care of each other. This is an especially good time to be a good neighbor.” February 19, 2019
44a Palmtree Ave, ScarboroughThe home has five bedrooms and a theatre room that could be converted to a home office or sixth bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an open ensuite with corner spa, while all the bedrooms have airconditioning. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area opens to the covered patio and looks out towards the tropical garden, Bali hut and pool with water feature. “We loved the outside entertaining area and Bali hut as soon as we saw it,” Mrs O’Dwyer said. “It’s a very private space and you get great breezes. And the pool is just fantastic.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 44a Palmtree Ave, ScarboroughSince owning the home, the O’Dwyers have updated the kitchen, done some landscaping and modernised the property. “This is an entertainer’s house and it can cater for quite a large family,” Mrs O’Dwyer said. “It’s in a very family friendly neighbourhood and only a few minutes’ walk from the water. “I’ll miss being close to the sea the most.” DETAILS Price guide: $780,000Inspect: March 4, 10-10.45amAgent: Trent Cattanach, Forty20 Property, 0457 578 631 44a Palmtree Ave, ScarboroughTHIS is a home for those who love to entertain outdoors. Inspired by the Clontarf location, 44a Palmtree Ave has bright interiors and beachy, tropical outdoor spaces.Rose and Dermot O’Dwyer bought the property four years ago as their family home. Being a social couple with two teenagers, they were drawn to the spacious rooms, in-ground swimming pool and outdoor entertaining areas. 44a Palmtree Ave, Scarborough“We’ve had a lot of big get-togethers here and the home can handle it no problem.”Mrs O’Dwyer said the layout of the house allowed the family to have their own space or come together in the open plan area or outside.
The upstairs balcony has treetop views.The granite benchtops and white cabinetry continue through the butler’s pantry. There is also a laundry, powder room and media room on the first level of the home.Upstairs there is a study nook and another living area, which opens through sliding doors to the second balcony. The home at 55 Everest St, Sunnybank is new to the market.A near-new executive home with a modern design is new to the market in Sunnybank. The property, at 55 Everest St, is only one year old and has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and four living areas across two levels. Marketing agent Peter Florentzos, of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills, said the “stunning” family home was designed for streamlined living with top quality finishes. “Positioned on a landscaped 413sq m block, this immaculate property is brimming with plush, comfortable living space inside,” he said. Timber floors feature in the upstairs living area.The master bedroom has a walk-in robe and an ensuite with quality fixtures, floor-to-ceiling tiles, a large shower and dual-basin vanity.The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and the family bathroom has a separate bathtub, shower and vanity. The kitchen has stone benchtops.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020On the ground floor there is an open-plan kitchen and dining area with tiled floors and a sunken lounge with timber floorboards and bi-fold doors that open to a spacious balcony with glass balustrades. “The culinary kitchen is absolutely magnificent,” Mr Florentzos said. The open galley-style kitchen has an island bench, granite countertop, quality appliances including a stand-alone gas oven, plenty of storage, mirrored splashbacks and glass display cabinets.
The home at 20 Page Close, Cashmere, is on the market.ENJOY peaceful living in this family home on a 1250sq m block with bushland at the back and a koala corridor at the front. The home at 20 Page Close, Cashmere has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and plenty of yard space. Marketing agent Mark Rumsey of David Deane Real Estate Strathpine said the home was in a quiet street in a sought-after estate. “Completed only three years ago, the home has been tastefully appointed with modern fixtures and finishes, and is ideally positioned in a quiet, leafy cul-de-sac,” he said. The home is on a 1250sq m block.The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through sliding doors to the back patio. The kitchen has stone benchtops, dishwasher and 900mm stainless-steel electric oven with gas cooktop. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe, and all the bedrooms are generous in size. There is a separate rumpus room that the current owners use as a dedicated media room, but could also be a formal lounge. The kitchen has an island bench and plenty of cupboards.The home has quality tiles and carpet throughout, security doors and screens, NBN installed, a big laundry with extra storage and insulation. Outside there is a large garden shed, 3000-litre water tank, side access and space to park a caravan or boat. There is also a double lockup garage and the property has been landscaped. The open plan living area opens to the outdoor entertaining area.The current owners said the home had a rural feel with all the convenience of a suburban location. They said they would miss the quiet, peaceful area and the lovely neighbourhood.“Boasting an impressive list of features, this home truly has to be seen to be appreciated,” Mr Rumsey said.The home is on the market for offers over $689,000.
12/8 Wynford Street Aspley is advertised as NBN read. Picture: Realestate.com.auYOUR IP address may be almost as important as your physical address in future, but only half of Queenslanders who can access NBN have chosen to connect to it.Rollout figures to May 4 show that only 427,283 Queensland premises had activated their NBN service – a mere 43 per cent of those in the state who currently had the ability to do so.In total 989,607 Queensland premises were ready for service including fixed line, fixed wireless and satellite access to NBN Co.According to experts, being able to connect to the NBN was a feature that was increasingly as important as things like airconditioning and solar power.Thousands of listings on Realestate.com.au were marketing themselves as “NBN connected” or “NBN ready” in Queensland, a factor that works in favour of Brisbane suburbs that now have the fastest internet speeds in the city, but which was also a positive attribute for rural acreage properties that have access.According to Finder.com.au tech expert Alex Kidman, some of the top Brisbane suburbs for NBN connection were blue chip ones such as Ascot and Hamilton, but also middle to outer ring locations like Boondall and Banyo, Eagle Farm, Nudgee, Redland Bay, Aspley, Fitzgibbon and Taigum.“The NBN is still a foreign concept for many Australians, because so few (relatively speaking) have access, even though we’ve heard about it for years now,” Kidman said.But he said high speed internet connectivity would considered a basic necessity in future.“Buying a home is a long term purchase by definition, whether it’s to live in or even as an investment property. Either way, making sure it’s as liveable as possible, for yourself or prospective tenants should be a priority, and this day and age, internet services are like water or electricity. They’re expected, and it makes sense to buy intelligently as a result.”He said if a solid internet connection was high on a buyer’s wish list, they would prioritise areas that were NBN ready.“This is especially true if you run a business from home or have a big family with lots of devices to connect.”Buyers can check if a property is NBN ready by searching for the NBN tracker online and punching in the required address.Top Brisbane suburbs for NBN:Eagle FarmMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoHamiltonNudgeeRedland BayAscotAspleyFitzgibbonTaigumBoondallBanyo(Source: Finder.com.au)
Hayley Evans and her cat Ma’asi — which is Tongan for “March”, the month Hayley her cat and her partner Leah moved into their new home at Providence in Ripley.FIRST homeowner Hayley Evans said she almost collapsed when she discovered her home had increased $40,000 in value in 18 months and she hadn’t lifted a finger.The Brisbane chef, aged 27, said the bank told her she had made a good investment with her home purchase at Providence in Ripley, with a $40,000 increase in valuation.“I nearly fainted — we’ve never done renovations, and it’s my first home,” Evans said. “It’s pure capital growth.”Evans purchased the land in Providence in late 2015, moving into the new four-bedroom property on 420sq m in March last year with her partner Leah Vi.Providence in Ripley Valley.“We had spent six to 12 months unsuccessfully searching at Springfield and Augustine Heights,” she said.“I was on my way to place a deposit on another estate in Ripley, when I got lost. Luckily, I took the wrong turn and arrived at Providence.”She said the couple couldn’t be happier and were looking to purchase another block and build an investment property.Evans said she liked Providence as it reminded her of her country upbringing, with its mountain views and natural beauty.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThere is currently $4.4 billion worth of residential projects underway between Springfield and Ipswich with research property services group Oliver Hume identifying 11 separate projects in the Ripley Valley, where developers were making the most of demand for affordable land.The projects represent the first wave of development in the Ripley Valley after it was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) by the State Government in 2010. The area will ultimately have a population equal to that of Toowoomba.The demand for land has seen prices rise rapidly with new lots ranging in size from 238sq m to 700sq m increasing 27 per cent since late 2014 at the Providence master planned community in South Ripley.Providence Adventure Playground.Despite the rises, land still remains affordable, with lots priced from $159,500.The 7,000-lot Providence project being developed by AMEX Corporation, is the largest of several large scale residential projects currently underway in the area.Oliver Hume Queensland joint managing director Brinton Keath said the Ripley Valley PDA was one of the country’s fastest growing economic zones due to its proximity to Ipswich, Amberley and Springfield.“The Gold Coast has always been the largest volume selling local government area within southeast Queensland. Thanks to the opening of the Ripley Valley and the success of projects like Providence, Ipswich will take that title very soon,” he said.“This trend will be the case for the next 20 years due to the number, scale and quality of the major projects that are now being developed along the Centenary ‘road to riches’ Highway.”The area is attracting mostly new, young home buyers with a survey of almost 300 purchasers at Providence showing that 80 per cent of buyers were owner — occupiers and 70 per cent were first homebuyers, with families representing 53 per cent of the total purchasers.
Pine Rivers has the tightest vacancy rate in Queensland. This home at 4 Livingstone St, Strathpine is listed for rent for $420 per week. Picture: realestate.com.auPine Rivers, north of Brisbane, had the tightest rental market in the state with a vacancy rate of just 1.3 per cent. Residential Tenancy Authority figures reveal 479 bonds were lodged for three-bedroom homes in Pine Rivers region during the March quarter compared to 367 at the same time last year. Ms Mercorella said the lower vacancy rates had switched from the inner city five years ago to the outer suburbs.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoNow there were fewer vacancies in outer suburbs and more in the inner city.Ms Mercorella said the weak inner city market was “ not sounding alarm bells for us at this stage’’. “At the moment, supply is quite high and tenants have got the ability to shop around and that is why we are seeing those vacancy rates hit those kind of levels,’’ she said.“I think over time that will stabilise, we will see that supply absorbed and those vacancy rates will normalise.“Most landlords understand that what we are going through is a pretty unique period in our history.” Ms Mercorella said the current high levels of inner city apartment supply meant that some potential investors could buy well.“If you are looking to invest in that market, because the supply is higher you can actually negotiate yourself a pretty good deal when you are buying.’’But she warned that meant they may also have to negotiate a more reasonable rental rate because there were more properties to choose from. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Picture: Claudia BaxterFinding a rental property in inner city Brisbane is becoming a lot easier, with new figures revealing the vacancy rate has hit 4.4 per cent.A vacancy rate of about 3 per cent is considered an equilibrium.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO, Antonia Mercorella labelled the inner city vacancy rate as “weak’’, but she said it shouldn’t be a major cause for concern for property investors.She said higher vacancies were a result of the steady level of apartments being built in the inner city exceeding demand. Five years ago, the inner city vacancy rate was a very tight 1.4 per cent.Ms Mercorella said just outside the inner city ring, vacancy rates had tightened. Within the five km to 20km ring, vacancy levels went from 3.3 per cent to 3.1 per cent. Within the greater Brisbane area, encompassing Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay council areas, vacancy rates had also reduced. Vacancies on the Gold Coast are tight. This unit at 2/3028 The Boulevarde, Carrara is listed for rent for $670 a week. Picture: realestate.com.auMore broadly throughout the state, Ms Mercorella said the news was fairly good as vacancy rates had started to improve in regional areas and were showing “promising signs’’.She said the stronger price of coking coal, and the lower Australian dollar boosting tourism numbers, had improved the regional economies.“The housing market in regional Queensland is closely tied to these two industries and we can see that workers are being attracted back to these cities with the tightening of vacancy rate figures,” Ms Mercorella said. Within the southeast, vacancies remained tight on the Gold Coast at 1.7 per cent and the Sunshine Coast at 1.8 per cent.
The home at 19 Margate Pde, Margate.A KEEN renovator has snapped up a rundown house in a top seaside location in Margate.Marketing agent Tom McInerney of Place Aspley said the two-bedroom home at 19 Margate Pde, across the road from the waterfront, sold for $760,000 after 21 days on market. “We had an offer prior to the first open home but we wanted to see what the market was prepared to pay,” he said. “We had about 12 groups through the first open home and eight groups through the second and third opens. “We had four offers and we got a really good result, considering some of the offers early in the campaign. “We thought we’d get something in the $700,000s initially but we didn’t think we’d get as high as $760,000.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mr McInerney said the property attracted an even mix of investors and owner-occupiers interested in the two-bedroom home. “The property was borderline sound and only had two bedrooms but not many properties become available along that strip,” he said. “For the investors, it wasn’t the rental yield they were targeting, it was more that they wanted to sit on the land for the next 10 to 15 years.” Mr McInerney said the new owner planned to extensively renovate the home. “With some work, the home could sell around the $1.2 million to $1.6 million mark,” he said.Mr McInerney said the Margate market was “really strong”. “It has been steady for the past five years,” he said.
96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.Near the kitchen a staircase leads downstairs, where there is undercroft storage, a bathroom and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and separate entry.The lower level of the house also includes a pool house with a sink that opens to a covered patio sitting alongside an in-ground pool surrounded by a stone staircase, gardens and a grassy yard. Along with split-system and reverse-cycle airconditioning, the residence with a 20m frontage has a double garage with dedicated bike storage, an alarm system with intercom, Crimsafe screens and a basement-level workshop. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.THIS former brick and timber two-storey home underwent an amazing transformation into a modern masterpiece.The home at 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia, underwent a major renovation in 2012 through Owen and Vokes Architects.The five-bedroom home has now been listed for sale. The contemporary two-storey residence occupies a double corner block capturing city vistas and featuring an array of indoor and outdoor living spaces. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.Along the left of the level are four bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry and powder room. The bedroom to the front of the floor has separate external access to an outdoor space leading off the front pathway, along with built-in wardrobes and shelving.The three other bedrooms are clustered together, two of which have built-in wardrobes and are serviced by the bathroom, which has a separate bath and shower. To the rear of the floor, the main bedroom has multiple built-in wardrobes and an ensuite with floor-to-ceiling tiles, a timber-finished vanity and a separate shower and bath. 96-98 Seventh Ave, St Lucia.A brick pathway alongside established gardens invites entry into the upper level of the house.Beyond a large glass door, interior features include polished hardwood and concrete floors and high.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoA raised entry foyer turns right to a dining room with a brick fireplace and built-in shelving. An adjoining living room enjoys natural breezes through innovative wall openings, while the nearby kitchen features Miele appliances, a dishwasher, a large Calacatta marble benchtop, pendulum lights and ample cabinetry. Sliding glass doors connect the living room to a covered deck with timber bench seating, a bespoke fireplace and views to the city skyline.