NEW YORK-Four New York-based foundations have provided a total of $100,000 to support COAP, an outreach and support program for children ages 8 to 18 whose parents have AIDS. COAP, which stands for Community Outreach to Adolescents of Parents with AIDS, was established in 1993 by the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. COAP has a $366,000 budget, which the VNS is funding through charitable donations. It has received $35,000 from the van Ameringen Foundation, $30,000 from the New York Community Trust, $25,000 from the Pinkerton Foundation and $10,000 from the Morgan Guaranty Charitable Trust. Some 65 children in the program now participate in individual counseling, support group meetings and group recreation. The goal is to help them understand and accept their parents' illness, resolve issues related to death and dying and address any behavioral problems that may arise.
TRENTON, N.J.-Physicians Healthcare Plan of New Jersey raised $16 million in a sale of stock to physician investors, exceeding its capitalization goal by 10%. Licensed physicians who practice and live in New Jersey and are in good standing were eligible to purchase one share of stock for $5,000. PHPNJ said it will be the state's first HMO owned and operated by physicians. It's expected to take several months to secure the necessary regulatory approvals to begin operations.
DOVER, Del.-The Delaware Health Care Commission has awarded $360,000 to nine community agencies for programs aimed at reducing infant mortality or expanding access to healthcare. The funds are to be used for new programs or approaches to increasing access to health services. The awards are part of the commission's education and outreach effort.
WALLINGFORD, Conn.-Philip D. Cusano, president and chief executive officer of Stamford (Conn.) Hospital was elected chairman of the board of the Connecticut Hospital Association. He will oversee the 23-member board of the 100-member association.
WALTHAM, Mass.-Tufts Health Plan for Seniors, a newly formed Medicare risk program operating under an affiliation with PacifiCare Health Systems, has received HCFA approval to begin enrolling Medicare beneficiaries in October. The capitated health plan is part of PacifiCare's Secure Horizons program, which provides Medicare benefits for a set fee per enrollee and requires no monthly premium. It will be offered in Massachusetts exclusively through Tufts Associated Health Plans, which now has 330,000 enrollees in its HMO and point-of-care plans. The seniors health plan will be available in Middlesex, Norfolk and Suffolk counties and in most of Plymouth, Worcester and Essex counties, according to Cypress, Calif.-based PacifiCare.