A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds that expanding Medicaid to low-income adults leads to widespread gains in coverage, increased access to care, and — most importantly — improved health and reduced mortality. It is the first published study to look specifically at the effect of recent state Medicaid expansions on mortality among low-income adults, and the findings suggest that expanding coverage to the uninsured may save lives.“The recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act ruled that states could decide whether or not they wanted to participate in the health care law’s Medicaid expansion. Our study provides evidence suggesting that expanding Medicaid has a major positive effect on people’s health,” said Benjamin Sommers, assistant professor of health policy and economics at HSPH and the study’s lead author.The study was published online July 25 and will appear in the Sept. 13 print issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.In the past decade, several states expanded Medicaid from its traditional coverage of low-income children, parents, pregnant women, and disabled persons to include “childless adults,” poor adults without any children living at home and the population most directly targeted by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medicaid currently covers 60 million people, and the ACA will extend eligibility to millions more beginning in 2014. However, the Supreme Court decision gives states the option of choosing whether to expand coverage, and, because of budget pressures, some states are considering cutbacks, not expansion.The HSPH researchers, including senior author Arnold Epstein, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management, and Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics, analyzed data from three states — Arizona, Maine, and New York — that had expanded their Medicaid programs to childless adults (aged 20-64) between 2000 and 2005. They selected four neighboring states without major Medicaid expansions — New Hampshire (for Maine), Pennsylvania (for New York), and Nevada and New Mexico (for Arizona) — as controls. The researchers analyzed data from five years before and after each state’s expansion.The results showed that Medicaid expansions in the three states were associated with a significant reduction in mortality of 6.1 percent compared with neighboring states that did not expand Medicaid, which corresponds to 2,840 deaths prevented per year for each 500,000 adults gaining Medicaid coverage. Mortality reductions were greatest among older adults, non-whites, and residents of poorer counties. Expansions also were associated with increased Medicaid coverage, decreased uninsurance, decreased rates of deferring care because of costs, and increased rates of “excellent” or “very good” self-reported health.The groups that benefited from Medicaid expansion in this study — older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, and those living in poor areas — are groups that have traditionally had higher mortality rates and faced greater barriers to care. The study results provide valuable evidence for state policymakers deciding whether or not to expand Medicaid, say the authors.“Sometimes the political rhetoric is at odds with the evidence, such as claims that Medicaid is a ‘broken program’ or worse than no insurance at all; our findings suggest precisely the opposite,” said Epstein.Note: Sommers is currently working as an adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, this paper was conceived and drafted while Sommers was employed at Harvard, and the findings and views in this paper do not represent the views of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Anyone interested in showing cattle next fall can get a big head start this July. The University of Georgia Extension Service is sponsoring a four-day, four-night, hands-on cattle care workshop to get exhibitors ready for next season.The 2001 4-H and FFA Beef School will be July 15-19 at the Georgia Agricenter in Perry, Ga. It will be conducted in conjunction with the 2001 Junior Beef Futurity July 19-21 at the Agricenter. Participants will be able to stay over and practice their new skills at the exhibition.The beef school will cover all aspects of raising and showing club calves, including bed making, hair care and washing, equipment care, judging, showmanship and what to take to a show.Youths with all experience levels are encouraged to attend. Participants will receive instruction specific to the amount of experience they have.BYO Steer or HeiferBecause of the hands-on nature of the beef school, participants are required to bring a steer or heifer. The calf can be owned or borrowed, a prospect for the upcoming show season or a calf that already has been shown.The registration deadline is June 4. The $190 cost will cover lodging for four days, all meals and board for the participant’s calf. Agents, teachers or other adults can register for $140.For more information, call Laura Perry Johnson at (229) 386-3407 or Fred Rayfield at (229) 386-3428.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The outlook for the global wind market is on the upswing. According to Wood Mackenzie’s latest global wind power market update, global wind power capacity is expected to grow by 60 percent over the next five years.Our latest forecast shows a 5-gigawatt upgrade in the global offshore sector alone, yielding 129 gigawatts of new capacity and a compound annual growth rate of 26 percent for the burgeoning segment.Eligible offtakers are rallying to capitalize on the Production Tax Credit for wind before the full-value incentive expires in 2020 and then phases down. Developers qualifying wind facilities in 2017 are eligible for 80 percent of the full credit amount, incentivizing U.S. wind market growth. As a result, Wood Mackenzie has upgraded its outlook for the U.S. market by 16 percent quarter-over-quarter, highlighted by a 3.8-gigawatt upgrade in 2021 alone.The outlook in Northern Europe has been upgraded in the forecast by 6 percent. This should offset an otherwise dismal outlook update in Europe, as the other subregions combine for a 2.2-gigawatt downgrade.Onshore and offshore policy deadlines in China underpin a 2.9-gigawatt boost in the country from last quarter’s projections. Onshore developers are rushing to comply with a new policy that requires projects to be commissioned by the end of 2020 in order to capitalize on feed-in tariffs (FIT) before a subsidy-free era begins. Offshore developers must commission projects before the close of 2021 if they are to utilize the current level of offshore FIT.More: Global wind power capacity to grow by 60% over next 5 years Wood Mackenzie: Global wind capacity to climb 60% in next five years
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Japan will aim to more than quadruple offshore wind generation capacity in the decade to 2040 under plans to meet its mid-century emissions reduction target.The government will seek to lift offshore wind capacity to as much as 45 gigawatts in 2040 from 10 gigawatts in 2030, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday in a statement. Reaching that goal will require a vast expansion of a sector that has current capacity of about 20 megawatts.“Offshore wind holds the key,” for Japan’s efforts to curb emissions and the government intends to use some of a proposed 2 trillion yen ($19.2 billion) green technologies fund to stimulate innovation in the sector, Economy Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama said in Tokyo. “We expect to attract investment from companies in and out of Japan to create a new industry,” he said.Offshore wind, along with hydrogen and ammonia, is seen as a key source of energy Japan can lean on to achieve its 2050 decarbonization target, as the densely populated nation has limited onshore space for solar and wind development.The new target is being set as Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga looks to green investment to support the nation’s growth strategy, and amid calls from the energy sector for the government to set long-term goals to help stimulate investment in offshore projects.Beyond 2040, growth of Japan’s offshore wind sector will likely need to continue to accelerate. Capacity could jump to 90 gigawatts by 2050, Shigehito Nakamura, managing director at the Japan Wind Power Association, said in September.[Aya Takada]More: Japan plans huge offshore wind expansion to hit climate goal Japan planning major expansion in offshore wind, up to 45GW by 2040
Colombian National Army dismantles 2 cocaine laboratories Since 2011, Peruvian Security Forces have destroyed at least 102 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers. Most runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. “These operations are a major blow to drug offenders who are the primary means of financing the terrorist organization Shining Path,” General César Astudillo Salcedo said. “These operations are a major blow to drug offenders who are the primary means of financing the terrorist organization Shining Path,” General César Astudillo Salcedo said. The FARC and the ELN are the country’s largest guerrilla groups. Both organizations use proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund their terrorist activities. Colombian National Army dismantles 2 cocaine laboratories The Colombian National Army recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory controlled by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and another used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during separate operations in the Departments of Nariño and Guaviare, respectively. Two days later, the Special Brigade Against Drug Trafficking Unit Air Assault Aviation Division and the Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULA) seized 292 kilograms of cocaine from a structure belonging to the ELN’s Guerra Carlos Alberto Troches Front. The cocaine had a street value of about 890.6 million pesos ($348,318 USD). Troops with the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police officers recently destroyed 37 clandestine airstrips used by the Shining Path to transport drug in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. By Dialogo April 06, 2015 Since 2011, Peruvian Security Forces have destroyed at least 102 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers. Most runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. The FARC and the ELN are the country’s largest guerrilla groups. Both organizations use proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund their terrorist activities. The airstrips, which are known as narcopistas, play a major role in the drug trade: about 90 percent of the cocaine produced in the VRAEM is transported out of the region by small aircraft. Given that high demand, owners can charge as much as US$12,000 for its use. Narco-traffickers use small planes to fly about half the cocaine produced in Peru to Bolivia; from there, the drugs are transported to Central America, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. During the first operation on March 27, the Twenty-Second Jungle Brigade seized 250 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca leaves being processed into cocaine and 10 gallons of ammonia — among other supplies and equipment — from the laboratory belonging to the FARC’s 44th Antonio Ricaurte Front in the Department of Guaviare. Two days later, the Special Brigade Against Drug Trafficking Unit Air Assault Aviation Division and the Unified Action Groups for Personal Liberty (GAULA) seized 292 kilograms of cocaine from a structure belonging to the ELN’s Guerra Carlos Alberto Troches Front. The cocaine had a street value of about 890.6 million pesos ($348,318 USD). Troops with the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police officers recently destroyed 37 clandestine airstrips used by the Shining Path to transport drug in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. During the first operation on March 27, the Twenty-Second Jungle Brigade seized 250 kilograms of chopped coca leaves, 55 gallons of coca leaves being processed into cocaine and 10 gallons of ammonia — among other supplies and equipment — from the laboratory belonging to the FARC’s 44th Antonio Ricaurte Front in the Department of Guaviare. The Colombian National Army recently destroyed one cocaine laboratory controlled by the National Liberation Army (ELN) and another used by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during separate operations in the Departments of Nariño and Guaviare, respectively. The airstrips, which are known as narcopistas, play a major role in the drug trade: about 90 percent of the cocaine produced in the VRAEM is transported out of the region by small aircraft. Given that high demand, owners can charge as much as US$12,000 for its use. Narco-traffickers use small planes to fly about half the cocaine produced in Peru to Bolivia; from there, the drugs are transported to Central America, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
Most family law lawyers and judges haven’t had any personal experience with new rules that allow the delivery of unbundled legal services in family law cases, but those who have like the rules.Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Counsel Lori Holcomb reported to the Bar Board of Governors last month on a special committee that has been reviewing the unbundled rules, which became effective January 1, 2004. Those rules allow lawyers to be hired to handle discrete parts — such as preparing a motion or appearing at a specific hearing — of a family law case, without taking on responsibility for the entire proceeding.Holcomb said the committee has sent surveys to family lawyers and judges, and advertised for feedback in the Bar News.“Not that many attorneys are doing unbundled work and many judges haven’t seen it, but those who have generally had a positive experience,” Holcomb said.Among items raised, she said, are getting more information about unbundled services to the public, preparing a draft retainer agreement for such work, and determining whether unbundled services can be offered in Department of Revenue child support enforcement actions.The board voted to approve the report, which will be forwarded to the Supreme Court. May 15, 2005 Regular News New unbundled legal services rules get mostly positive initial reviews New unbundled legal services rules get mostly positive initial reviews
continue reading » States and businesses continue searching for safe ways to reopen while the Covid-19 virus spreads across the country. It’s a stressful endeavor, and one that must be done strategically. If not done well and thoughtfully, businesses like credit unions risk frustrating and alienating people.So, with that in mind, we’re looking at what different organizations might need in order to successfully reopen to the public. These tips come by way of our friends at PaymentVision, a company with experience in keeping business payment solutions running smoothly.Here are three Covid-19 business tips for reopening during the pandemic.1. Avoid pointless rulesSome rules are fine and make perfect sense. For example, wearing masks has been shown (repeatedly) to minimize the spread of the virus. Frankly, it’s a wonder they aren’t required in more places. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 8 Views no discussions NewsRegional Jamaica welcomes ninth prime minister by: – October 22, 2011 Andrew HolnessKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The transition of leadership of the government of Jamaica will be completed on Sunday, when Bruce Golding will formally tender his resignation as prime minister to the governor-general, and education minister, Andrew Holness, will be sworn in as the country’s ninth leader.Golding, who presided over his final Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, used the occasion to thank his ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership.On assuming the most powerful executive position in the country’s political directorate, Holness will also create history by being the youngest person to do so, at age 39.Holness was endorsed as the JLP’s candidate to contest the West Central St Andrew constituency in the 1997 General Elections, which he won, to become the area’s Member of Parliament.In so doing, Holness became the youngest MP that year, at age 25. Between 1999 and 2007, Holness served as opposition spokesperson on land and development; housing; and education. Interspersed with these duties, was his successful defence of the West Central St Andrew seat, during the 2002 national elections. He was appointed education minister, a position he has held since, and also has the distinction of being the youngest person appointed a Cabinet minister by Golding.Caribbean News Now
“In different games we will set up slightly differently, like we did at Arsenal, where the plan was to dominate the space in the game. “It doesn’t compromise the style at all. I am happy with the evolution of the team this early but there is a lot more to come from it and it bodes well for this season.” Rodgers has been boosted by the return to training this week of striker Daniel Sturridge, who has spent most of the last four months in the United States recovering from a hip operation. The aim is to have him back in the squad by early September but Rodgers would not put a specific timeframe on the injury-plagued England international’s return. “There is no timeline on Daniel,” said the Reds boss, who also confirmed last summer’s £20million signing Lazar Markovic still has a future at the club despite him set to sign on loan for Fenerbahce. “He has obviously been away working in America and has come back and now it is just about him working hard to get back in to somewhere near the level of the group. “He looks well and really excited to be back among his team-mates, so we will just have to take that week on week.” “We’ve put in extra work and focus on that,” he said. “We are doing extra sessions on every aspect of our defending in terms of in-game static and moving positions and our set-pieces. “We are putting in an awful lot of work into that organisation, it is one of the things I picked up on from last season. “We brought in a lot of players thinking they could maybe settle into it quickly but the learning aspect from that was that I needed to do more on that (defensive) front this season. “That is something we have done. The coaches have been outstanding just making sure the players are clear in terms of their roles and responsibility both with and without the ball.” They may have only scored two goals so far but Rodgers said it was still early in the season and he was confident a stronger defensive set-up would not affect his preference for free-flowing, exciting football. “If you look at how I have always worked the pressing element and defensive organisation is crucial to that,” added the Liverpool manager, ahead of the visit of West Ham. “People always associated with the football and fluency but that does not come unless you have possession of the ball. Some shaky displays at the back in the previous campaign – which culminated with them conceding three at home to Crystal Palace and six at Stoke – had prompted calls in some quarters for a specialist defensive coach to be brought in. Rodgers was adamant that was not the solution but over the summer he has been more specific on the work he has done to tighten up his defence and has been rewarded with three successive clean sheets which have brought seven points. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he has paid more attention to defensive matters this season but insists it will not compromise the team’s attacking fluency. Press Association