By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Support Seniors Budget News, Government That Works, Healthcare, Human Services, Seniors, The Blog Earlier this week, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget, which would unite the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit is seniors. Currently, older Pennsylvanians have to work through multiple agencies for the health and human services that they need. For example, seniors:Receive prescription assistance from PACE through PDA while locating where to dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs through DDAPApply for the aging waiver through DHS while seeking home and community-based services through PDASearch for information on the quality of nursing homes through DOH while reporting concerns to PDA once they’re in a facility. If those concerns result in an investigation that identifies a deficiency as threatening to a persons’ life or safety, that investigation and the subsequent penalties associated with it are administered by DOH.Older Pennsylvanians will now have one point of service with the Department of Health and Human Services. This will result in less confusion and easier access as constituents and their families seek services. It also builds on the Wolf Administration’s commitment to enabling citizens to age in place by preventing instability of health and wellness and protecting the most vulnerable from abuse, neglect, abandonment, and exploitation.Seniors will not see any cuts to their programs due to the creation of this new department and it will have no impact on how lottery fund monies are used to support senior programs. In fact, senior benefits and programs will be bolstered by the focus of a single agency.The Wolf Administration is dedicated to continue providing the same services as required under the Older Americans Act, while improving the quality of services for seniors by eliminating the unnecessary duplication of effort and the confusion it creates among Pennsylvania’s seniors and their families. February 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
AS expected, Chapecoense have been declared winners of the Copa Sudamericana, while Atletico Nacional have been granted a fair play prize.Chapecoense have been named as the winners of the Copa Sudamericana by South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL.Interim club president Ivan Tozzo confirmed at the weekend that the decision had been made following a formal request from Atletico Nacional, who had been due to face Chapecoense in the final of the competition.The plane carrying the Chapecoense squad and a number of journalists for the first leg of the final crashed en route to Medellin two days before the match was due to take place, killing 71 people on board.Atletico have been rewarded for their gesture with a fair play prize.“CONMEBOL’s Council has decided to declare Chapecoense as the champions of the 2016 edition of the Copa Sudamericana, as well as grant Atletico Nacional the extraordinary recognition of the ‘CONMEBOL Centenary Fair Play’ prize,” a statement released by the organisation read.Chapecoense are to receive “all the sporting and economic prerogatives that this entails,” CONMEBOL confirmed.The decision to award Atletico a prize, which includes a cash sum of $1 million, came as a result of their willingness to “promote South American football in a spirit of peace, understanding and fair play in the pursuit of sporting values always having prevalence over commercial interests,” it added.Football matches across the world have been preceded by moments of silence in recognition of those who lost their lives in the tragedy.A tribute was held at the club’s Arena Conda over the weekend, attended by CONMEBOL chief Alejandro Dominguez, Brazil coach Tite, the country’s president Michel Temer and head of FIFA Gianni Infantino, along with hundreds of supporters.Last week, Brasileirao clubs issued a joint statement in which they requested that Chapecoense be made exempt from relegation for the next three seasons, while they offered to loan players to the club for free.Former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has offered to play for the club if needed, while Brazil great Ronaldinho and ex-Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme have also been linked.