Reed says Welfare Roundtable discussion in Mayville Tuesday was productive...

Local Congressman Tom Reed discussed the need to move low-income populations from dependency to self sufficiency when he held a mid-week Social Welfare Roundtable meeting during a visit to Chautauqua County.  The Republican from Corning spoke about the meeting held Tuesday in Mayville when he appeared in Dunkirk with County Executive Candidate Vince Horrigan.  Reed says they focused on how to get people back to work across the country... and, in Chautauqua County.  Officials with Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., and, the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County were among the agencies involved.  Reed promoted his proposed legislation called the PATH... or "Promoting Assistance with Transitional Help Act."  He says the focus is on getting people back to work... and, off the "cycle of dependency."  Reed adds it's about empowering people to control their own destiny.  He is expected to introduced the measure when House members return to Washington in September.


Edwards says Platschek missing required downpayment on County Home was reason for nixing entire contract proposal...

The latest proposal to purchase the Chautauqua County Home has been scuttled after the prospective buyer failed to make the required purchase deposit.  County Executive Greg Edwards says he had no choice but to terminate the agreement after Richard Platschek did not make the required purchase deposit of $1.65 million.  Edwards says he determined at that time that it was "not a contract we could go forward with."  He determined that to be a "breach of the contract."  Edwards, who announced Platschek's $16.5 million offer about two weeks ago, says he's not sure why the Long Island businessman failed to make the deposit.  However... he said it was a major component of the purchase deal for him.  Edwards says he's disappointed... but, adds he will continue efforts to find a buyer for the County Home.  With this development... tonight's special County Legislature meeting has been cancelled. 


Gilfillan believes Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction...

The man in charge of innovation for Medicare and Medicaid the last three years believes the Affordable Care Act is a strong step forward for healthcare in the US... and most people in medicine would agree. Dr. Richard Gilfillan was Wednesday's featured lecturer during Health Care week at Chautauqua.  Gilfillan says the majority of people in healthcare believe these changes were "long overdue."  Dr. Gilfillan was director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation from 2010 through July of this year.  He says the government and others who pay for healthcare have to come to terms with a 'bias in the system to do more, more, more.'  He found a metaphor from Chautauqua... saying it would be like if you invited food vendors to come in -- and, someone put as much food on the trays as they could -- and, weren't charged.  However... you then tallied it up at the end and sent someone else a bill... he says you can imagine what that bill would be like.  As for fraud and abuse... Gilfillan says with total healthcare expenditures of nearly $3-trillion each year in the U.S., it's inevitable some people will try to scam the system.  He believes that number is relatively small.

 

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