EDITORIAL: 2D, 3D — same fee, says Wolf

York Dispatch

Thumbs up: Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that insurance companies operating in Pennsylvania must cover 3-D mammograms at no extra cost.

Those seeking mammograms previously told the state Insurance Department that, when given the choice of a 2-D or 3-D mammogram, the latter is often presented with an additional charge, typically between $50 and $60.

"Questions have arisen as to whether 3D mammograms should be covered by insurance in the same manner that traditional mammograms are," the governor said in a press release. "Today, I am announcing that my administration's answer to this question is an absolute yes."

Thumbs up: The average urban American who only sees the back end of the process might be forgiven for thinking food comes from cans, jars and zip-lock bags.

That's not how it works, of course, and this month Yorkers can get an up-close look at the true hard work that goes into putting food on our tables.

The York County Farm Tour will be held Sunday, Oct. 11, in Lower Chanceford Township, where four local farms will open their barn doors to the public.

The tour is sponsored by the York County Farm Bureau and the York County Agriculture Business Council. More information is available on the farm bureau's Facebook page.

Thumbs up: To York County's own Dr. Wanda Filer, who recently was named the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Filer, who practices at Family First Health, served as the first Physician General of Pennsylvania, acting as public health advisor to then-Gov. Tom Ridge. She also has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine and Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

In addition, Filer is past-president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Cancer Society and served on the board of directors of York Traditions Bank since 2002.

Thumbs down: Lest we let our guard down ...

Six people have died of suspected heroin overdoses in York County in the past week, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.

So far in 2015, 28 people have died of confirmed heroin-related overdoses, with 17 more suspected heroin-related deaths that await confirmation from toxicology tests, she said.

That puts 2015 on track to surpass last year's sky-high, record number heroin-related overdose deaths.

"Yes, it is an increase and it does concern us," Gay said. "I really don't have a rhyme or reason to it."