Area doctor talks with president, officials
In September, White House officials and officials with Gov. Tom Corbett's office invited Dr. Grace Shu to join two conference calls, one with President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Shu is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Governor's Advisory Commission and a member of the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee.
The participants in the first conference call discussed the upcoming implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," and the health insurance marketplace.
Shu also participated in a conference call with Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly D. Mackereth and Tricia Harris, Deputy Director of Public Liaison, to discuss Governor Corbett's "Healthy Pennsylvania" initiative, which included conditions under which Pennsylvania would accept additional federal Medicaid dollars under the Affordable Care Act.
"I was very happy to join the conference calls," Shu said. "The President and Secretary Sebelius agreed with my concern about how the bickering in Washington between Democrats and Republicans is not helping anyone, and that the care and well-being of the patients should always come first."
Shu added that "Governor Corbett's team agreed with my assessment that, with respect to the Governor's Healthy Pennsylvania initiative, it will be important to make sure that both short-term and long-term health care will be available and accessible for elderly and/or disabled Pennsylvanians, and to make sure that enforcement mechanisms are strengthened to catch and punish those who commit Medicaid fraud."
Open enrollment for the online insurance markets at the heart of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act began last Tuesday and ends on March 31.
in eye care ends
Jim Drake from Vision Max is retiring in October after 45 years in the optical business, according to a news release.
Drake started his optical career while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After returning home from the war he started working for Winchester Optical/ Lycoming Opticians, located near Lycoming College. He worked at Winchester for 21 years in the optical lab, and retail sales.
In the late 1980's he left Winchester to become one of the managers at Eyeland Optical on Lycoming Creek Road. Drake helped to get the new Eyeland store up and running, and was employed there for 10 years before opening his own optical store, Valley Optical on Broad Street in Montoursville in 1999.
After four successful years in business Drake decided to take a position at Vision Max, to allow him to spend More quality time with friends and family.
During the years, the news release said, Drake has built a loyal patient following, serving many generations of families and "always has taken the time to get to know his patients, and knows them by name when they walk in the door. His professionalism, knowledge and sense of humor will be missed."
The staff at Vision Max, the news release said, would like to thank Drake for his many years of service, and wish him well in his retirement to South Carolina.