Author Archives: Becca Oken-Tatum

After Wolf veto, EITC backers hope for compromise

State lawmakers are pushing to expand a program giving tax breaks to companies that donate to nonprofit educational and scholarship organizations, including private schools, but the governor is pushing back. This month he vetoed a bill that would have expanded the popular program, known as the Educational Improvement Tax Credit program.

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Elizabethtown College cutting staff, theater and philosophy programs to combat upcoming budget shortfall

Elizabethtown College is cutting staff and phasing out majors in theater and philosophy due to a shortfall in its upcoming budget. President Carl Strikwerda last week notified the college community of a so-called “realignment for the future” — one that requires furloughing seven faculty and instructional staff members on July 1, 2020, and eliminating seven staff positions by the end of the month.

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A Conversation With: Arielle Weidner

Arielle Weidner, 31, joined ConnectCare3, a service offered to members of Benecon’s self-funded health benefits consortiums and cooperatives, last year as senior director of client wellness and consulting and recently transitioned into her current role.

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Guest view: A win for health care over big tobacco is at risk

A lot has changed since 1998, the year that Pennsylvania and 45 states stood up to big tobacco and helped create the Tobacco Settlement Fund, or TSF. Since Pennsylvania hospitals first began receiving money from the fund, it has been used to bolster health care in that state in a variety of ways. Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget plan kept the TSF whole, but The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania is concerned that this year some lawmakers want to use TSF funds to instead pay state debt.

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Guest view: Health and wellness communications can be engaging

A strong wellness program can be a differentiator for recruitment, reduce the cost of health care benefits and help build a team atmosphere based around healthy choices. However, communicating the benefits and program elements of a wellness initiative can be hard to navigate. Human resources and corporate leadership need to walk a fine line – avoiding sounding paternal, moralistic or even too personal while empowering employees and spurring participation.

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