Jim Levulis http://wamc.org en Error Leads To Drops From CT Health Care System http://wamc.org/post/error-leads-drops-ct-health-care-system <p>Computer problems with Connecticut's health care exchange have led to some customers being dropped by their insurance carriers.</p><p>Access Health CT chief executive Kevin Counihan says the computer system problems may have affected about 5,800 customers who enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>He says the problem led to discrepancies in how much customers were told they owed, and how much the insurance carriers were expecting to receive. That led to some cancellations for insufficient payments.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 94692 at http://wamc.org Error Leads To Drops From CT Health Care System Hartford Dumps Public Financing Plan For Stadium http://wamc.org/post/hartford-dumps-public-financing-plan-stadium <p>Hartford officials say they have dropped a $60 million public financing plan for a minor league baseball stadium and will seek private investment instead, following criticism by city residents about the cost to taxpayers.</p><p>Mayor Pedro Segarra announced the change Friday. He said the planned move of the <a href="http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t538" target="_blank">New Britain Rock Cats</a> to Hartford in 2016 has sparked interest in redevelopment around the stadium site and $60 million in bonding is no longer needed.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:08:25 +0000 Jim Levulis 94679 at http://wamc.org Hartford Dumps Public Financing Plan For Stadium Mass. Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill; Includes Funding For Hoosic River Project http://wamc.org/post/mass-senate-passes-environmental-bond-bill-includes-funding-hoosic-river-project <p>The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed an environmental bond bill Thursday that includes funding for many projects in western Massachusetts. The four-year, $1.9 billion plan fund projects aimed at land and waterway conservation as well as clean energy initiatives.</p><p>If passed, the legislation would provide nearly $9 million for design and construction of the Hoosic River Restoration project in North Adams.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:37:38 +0000 Jim Levulis 94676 at http://wamc.org Mass. Senate Passes Environmental Bond Bill; Includes Funding For Hoosic River Project Talk At Berkshire Community College Will Highlight Cold Cases http://wamc.org/post/talk-berkshire-community-college-will-highlight-cold-cases <p>There are more than 185,000 unresolved murders in the United States. A talk this Saturday at Berkshire Community College will focus on how cases go cold and the methods law enforcement agencies use to solve them.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:31 +0000 Jim Levulis 94664 at http://wamc.org Talk At Berkshire Community College Will Highlight Cold Cases Mass. Gov. Patrick Signs $36.5 Billion Budget http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-patrick-signs-365-billion-budget <p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a $36.5 billion dollar budget for 2015.&nbsp;</p><p>Patrick signed the spending plan into law at the statehouse Friday morning. Lawmakers sent him the budget for review June 30<sup>th</sup>, marking the end of the fiscal year. A bill was passed to fund state government during the gap period. The Democrat had ten days to look it over and spoke with WAMC News on July 7<sup>th</sup>.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:25:06 +0000 Jim Levulis 94634 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Patrick Signs $36.5 Billion Budget BMC Loses Bid To Reinstate Gen. Surgery Residency; Plans To Reapply http://wamc.org/post/bmc-loses-bid-reinstate-gen-surgery-residency-plans-reapply <p><a href="http://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/meded" target="_blank">Berkshire Medical Center</a> has lost its bid to have its general surgery residency program reinstated.</p><p>The Pittsfield-based hospital has lost its general surgery residency accreditation following a site visit last April that found documentation deficiencies. Program eligibility is determined by the <a href="https://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/" target="_blank">Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education</a>, or ACGME.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:34:13 +0000 Jim Levulis 94581 at http://wamc.org BMC Loses Bid To Reinstate Gen. Surgery Residency; Plans To Reapply EPA Extends Comment Period For Housatonic Cleanup http://wamc.org/post/epa-extends-comment-period-housatonic-cleanup <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally extended the public comment period for its cleanup plan of the Housatonic River. General Electric released PCBs into the waterway until the substance was banned in the 1970s.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:30:53 +0000 Jim Levulis 94582 at http://wamc.org EPA Extends Comment Period For Housatonic Cleanup Local Media Question Pittsfield's Press Protocol http://wamc.org/post/local-media-question-pittsfields-press-protocol <p>City government in Pittsfield is now operating under a new media protocol that has raised transparency concerns among some.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:59:48 +0000 Jim Levulis 94534 at http://wamc.org Local Media Question Pittsfield's Press Protocol BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH http://wamc.org/post/bmc-now-running-imaging-center-former-narh <p>Berkshire Medical Center is now running an imaging center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.</p><p>The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the same location where radiology services were provided before <a href="http://wamc.org/post/north-adams-regional-hospital-closing" target="_blank">North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28<sup>th</sup>.</a> Pittsfield-based Berkshire Medical Center opened a satellite emergency facility at the campus in May.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:08:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 94472 at http://wamc.org BMC Now Running Imaging Center At Former NARH Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust http://wamc.org/post/mass-welfare-agency-celebrates-client-success-while-trying-regain-public-trust <p>The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently recognized client success in western Massachusetts as <a href="http://wamc.org/post/mass-interim-dta-commissioner-provides-update-programs-stop-welfare-fraud" target="_blank">the department looks to regain public trust after coming under scrutiny for handing out fraudulent benefits.</a></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:37:16 +0000 Jim Levulis 94449 at http://wamc.org Mass. Welfare Agency Celebrates Client Success While Trying To Regain Public Trust