Dobash Rural Residency

St. Luke’s Launches First Rural Residency Program in Pa. (Sponsored)

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) recently launched its new Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Luke’s Miners Campus in Coaldale, Schuylkill County. The program will have a significant positive impact on health care in this and other rural areas by providing post-graduate training for physicians who want to practice family care in a rural setting.

Saucon Teachers’ Health Care Costs Discussed

Much information about the ongoing teacher contract dispute was shared at Tuesday evening’s Saucon Valley School Board meeting, but again the news from the board was not good, with negotiating committee member Ed Inghrim characterizing the current state of the negotiations (following a meeting between the two sides Oct. 8) as at “a total impasse.” It was revealed at the meeting that the teachers’ current health plan classifies as a “Cadillac plan” under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which means the district could be subject to an excise tax because the health benefits it is offering teachers “go above and beyond what (the government) thinks are appropriate,” Inghrim said. Puerta and Inghrim said this is one of the reasons the board is seeking concessions from the teachers union on their contributions to their health care coverage. Currently, teachers pay a $250 annual deductible for single coverage, and a $500 deductible for family coverage.