Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year

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Medicaid Director Proposes “Gateway To Work” In Place Of Traditional Work Requirement

first_imgMedicaid Director Proposes “Gateway To Work” In Place Of Traditional Work RequirementSeptember 1, 2018  By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.com      INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials are developing a plan to require Medicaid and Healthy Indiana Plan recipients to work, go to school or volunteer in their communities if they want to continue to receive coverage.An interim committee on public health tasked with studying eligibility for Indiana’s various benefits programs met to review the proposal Thursday at the Statehouse.Allison Taylor, who serves as the state’s interim Medicaid director in partnership with the Family and Social Services Administration, introduced the committee to a rough outline of her agency’s proposed “Gateway to Work” program.If enacted, the initiative would require Medicaid and HIP recipients to devote 20 hours per week across eight months each year to certain activities, including traditional employment, education, job skill training or community service. This could take effect as soon as July 2020, Taylor said.“For the first time in modern history we’ve got more jobs than people to fill them,” Taylor said in her testimony. “We’ve got individuals who could really benefit from that connection between employment and health.”As of 2015, Indiana law has required all able-bodied recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to work a minimum of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month.There are few exceptions to this rule, as explained by Adrienne Shields, director of the FSSA’s Division of Family Resources.“We currently do have the opportunity to submit a waiver if there was an economic downturn for some reason at the city level, the county level, the regional level or at a statewide level,” Shields said.Shields went on to explain that prior to the law taking effect in July 2015, her administration served around 50,000 able-bodied SNAP recipients. As of this July, just over 11,000 able-bodied Hoosiers receive SNAP benefits.For the Gateway to Work program, Taylor estimated that around 70 percent of those covered by HIP would be exempt. Those who, for example, are medically frail, primary caregivers or have been recently incarcerated would not be a part of the initiative.“We’re going to make sure there is every opportunity for an individual to stay in the program and take advantage of those employment and training connections,” Taylor said, a process that includes fostering healthy partnerships with sponsors through statewide tours by the agency and using more flexible means of reporting, like online and mobile platforms.However, some parties at the hearing were blunt in voicing their opposition to the proposal.Fran Quigley, director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic of Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law, was adamant that the program is not different enough from traditional work requirements and claimed it would prevent many low-income citizens from gaining access to healthcare.“Thousands of Hoosiers are going to be hurt by this,” said Quigley. “Under this planned work requirement, the most vulnerable Hoosiers among us will lose healthcare. This requirement is going to create a red tape barrier between those in need and the medicines that they need, often desperately so.”FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Grahame Lesh’s Midnight North Releases Free Live Album From Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgAmericana group Midnight North are fan favorites at the Terrapin Crossroads venue, and for good reason. The group continues to entice with great original music capturing the spirit of the folk genre. While catching them live is the best way to experience their magic, the band has offered up the next best thing: Live At Terrapin Crossroads.The new live album features 11 tracks culled from Midnight North’s best performances at TXR. Those tracks feature a great mixture between original music with a handful of Grateful Dead covers, as well as one unreleased track called “Roamin’.” Featuring Grahame Lesh (son of Phil Lesh), Elliott Peck, Alex Jordan, Connor Croonn and Alex Koford, Midnight North is only getting bigger and better as they continue to play!The album is available via Bandcamp, with a name your price download. You can also stream it below!<a href=”http://midnightnorth.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-terrapin-crossroads”>Live at Terrapin Crossroads by Midnight North</a>last_img read more

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Airbnb is expanding its offer to include multi-day adventure trips

first_imgTwo and a half years after the launch of the “Airbnb experience”, Airbnb enters into direct competition with traditional tour operators by launching multi-day tour services called “Airbnb adventures”, reports Skift. Lots of competition Airbnb adventures At the presentation of the new service from Airbnb, they announced that they currently have more than 200 multi-day tours available. Local hosts organize and control each tour, including the itinerary, accommodation, services provided and price. The hosts responsible for the tours are individuals or local tour operators, not well-known brands. Airbnb added that they have worked with the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) global network on safety issues and best practices for tours. Video Playerhttps://a0.muscache.com/v/f4/b9/f4b95b64-5aeb-5fc1-9fe9-427d0b82b3ca/f4b95b645aeb5fc19fe9427d0b82b3ca_2500k_1.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundDownload File: https://a0.muscache.com/v/f4/b9/f4b95b64-5aeb-5fc1-9fe9-427d0b82b3ca/f4b95b645aeb5fc19fe9427d0b82b3ca_2500k_1.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Unlike one-day experiences, most multi-day “Airbnb adventures” are managed by local tour operators. You can view Airbnb’s new service HERE. Development of additional services Dan Christian, chief digital officer of The Travel Corporation (TTC), is skeptical of Airbnb Adventures. “In order for tours to be properly run and sold, they should be licensed by the tour operator association. Also, you will encounter the same problems as with the one-day tours. For example, small local operators cannot share and offer experiences of the same value and consistent high-quality services that are key to the continued success of reliable and experienced tour operators such as Trafalgar, Contiki and Insight VacationsHe said.center_img Tickets for Airbnb’s multi-day adventure trips range from $ 79 for a day trip all the way up to $ 5 for a 10-day tour. The average price of these trips, which are limited to a dozen people, is $ 588 for a three-day trip, Airbnb said. Although the one-day activities have put Airbnb in competition with online tour agencies such as TripAdvisor, GetYourGuide, Klook and many other local operators, Airbnb Adventures faces traditional tour operators such as G Adventures, Contiki, Collette, Interpid Travel, Topdeck Travel, Trafalgar and Uniworld, but also online travel agencies such as TourRadar. In this week’s official announcement, Airbnb unveiled examples of its new adventure tours. A three-day safari trip with Samburu warriors in Kenya ($ 515 per person), a six-day gastronomic experience in the Galapagos ($ 3.500), a five-day trip to Oman ($ 1.000) or camping on the cliffs of Colorado ($ 1.000) are just some of the adventures available on the new Airbnb services. But it is important to note that these tours do not include flights. Over 3 years, Airbnb has managed to develop its tours and activities through the “Airbnb Experiences” service. When the service was launched in 2016, there were about 500 experiences available, and today there are about 30 of them globally. The number of users who booked experiences increased seven times in 2018, unlike the first year. “The adventure itineraries offered on the platform are either entirely exclusive to Airbnb, or are provided by local operators who do not usually offer their services on other major booking platforms”, Said Airbnb. Many traditional operators mostly receive offline bookings due to the complexity of the tours. On the other hand, all communications and reservations for “Airbnb adventures” take place online, through their platform, although the company is not involved in flight reservations and arrangements before or after the tour. Source / photo: Shift; Airbnblast_img read more

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