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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Edible nut pricing

first_imgAlmonds: July and August statistics are unlikely to show any sort of volume decline and September-November are the months when shipments are at their highest, so all roads currently point “north”.Walnuts: If California produces another big crop in October, then prices might remain stable. India reports only an average crop coming.Cashews: Over June and July, both the Vietnamese and Indian new crops were showing poor yield. Much of the buying for the remainder of 2009 is now done, and attention is focused on the prospect of the new crops in Brazil and East Africa.Pecans: Prospects for better supply from the US into 2010 remain and, weather permitting, we would hope to see prices ease as the New Year approaches.Pistachios: With no new crop available from the US this side of November, the stocks of remaining kernels and in-shell need to last another two to three months, so prices can only move up short-term.Brazil nuts: Despite the pound’s recovery, sterling prices have risen by 15% and look likely to slip over the “magic” £3,000pmt (for bulk) mark for wholes.Hazelnuts: Assuming the new crop is not short to meet demand, we could see some price weakening into the autumn.l Based on information provided by RM Curtis.last_img read more

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Old specimens, fresh answers

first_imgResearch conducted by a Harvard undergraduate has traced the rise of mercury pollution in endangered seabirds and highlighted the importance of museum collections as a time capsule concerning conditions on Earth over the past century.The research, by Anh-Thu Elaine Vo ’08, now a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, details mercury levels in the feathers of endangered black-footed albatrosses from 1880 to 2002, showing increased levels after World War II and after 1990, when Asian industrialization is believed to have increased emissions. Similar studies have documented the rise of environmental mercury levels in other seas, including the Atlantic and the North Sea, but this is the first to do so for the Pacific.Mercury is known as a highly toxic pollutant that can have detrimental effects on the environment. It can become particularly toxic for top predators in a food web, because the consumption of creatures with lower mercury levels concentrates it in their tissues. This environmental concentration has led to human consumption advisories for some marine predatory fish, such as tuna.Black-footed albatrosses, with 7-foot wingspans, are among the oceans’ top predators, living on small fish, squid, and crustaceans. Though Vo’s work illustrated that mercury does concentrate in the birds’ tissues, it is not known at what level mercury becomes poisonous in the birds. The albatrosses are considered endangered by the IUCN Red List, but the main threat to them is believed to be longline fishing, which snares an estimated 3,000 birds a year.“We don’t know whether these concentrations are deleterious for this specific species although adverse effects are associated with the observed concentrations in other waterbirds,” said Vo.Vo’s research was conducted under the guidance of Scott Edwards, an ornithologist and professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and Michael Bank, a research associate in the Harvard School of Public Health’s Trace Metals Lab, where some of the mercury testing was done, and with the assistance of James Shine, a senior lecturer on aquatic chemistry. It was published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in April.Vo examined mercury concentrations in feathers taken from two museum collections. One is Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), which had specimens collected from 1880 to 1949, and the second is at the University of Washington, which had more-recent specimens. Vo said the assistance of the Harvard Trace Metals Lab and Dartmouth College Trace Metals Analytical Laboratory were critical to the research because she couldn’t have done the mercury analysis without it.“We knew from the literature that mercury is highly toxic to animals, and we knew that humans have changed levels of environmental mercury,” Vo said.The work analyzed levels of total mercury and of methyl mercury, a form of the element that is absorbed into an animal’s body. It also examined isotopes of carbon and nitrogen as a way to rule out the possibility that changes in the birds’ bodies were due to a shift in food sources. The research showed that the level at which the birds fed in the food chain didn’t change appreciably over time.Bank said there had been speculation that mercury levels were rising in the Pacific, but the results provided confirmation.“We don’t have just a model, we have actual data,” Bank said.Edwards said the research highlights the value of museum collections. The birds in the MCZ’s ornithology collection, of which Edwards is curator, are commonly used by scholars to study their anatomy. But Edwards pointed out that their tissues also function as a time capsule for the world in which they lived.“The collections are key,” Edwards said. “These birds were collected without any … thought about mercury.”Bank said the research built on the “ghost” of past collecting work.“We’ve harnessed the power of past expeditions,” Bank said.Edwards and Vo said there are several follow-up studies that could be undertaken, including on whether this level of mercury in the tissues is detrimental to the birds’ breeding.“We don’t really know if this has really impacted their reproductive success,” Edwards said. “I think there are some great follow-up studies to be done.”last_img read more

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Australian zinc refiner opens 125 MW, onsite solar farm

first_imgAustralian zinc refiner opens 125 MW, onsite solar farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A 125 MW solar farm built to lower costs and underpin the expansion of Korean zinc refiner Sun Metals in north Queensland has been officially opened at its site, south of Townsville.The ground-breaking project, which was constructed by RCR Tomlinson, marked the first large-scale solar farm to be built directly by a major energy user in Australia, and signaled the start of the shift of Australian heavy industry away from “baseload” coal power and to renewable energy.Since then, Sun Metals has been joined by UK steel billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, who earlier this week launched his own plans to build more than 1GW of dispatchable renewable energy to expand Australia’s manufacturing and heavy industry around a supply of cheap and reliable energy.Speaking at the solar farm’s launch, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the project demonstrated that no new coal-fired power generation needed to be built in the state’s north, despite calls for just that from various Coalition party members, including the local member, the MP for Dawson, George Christensen. “There is no need for a new coal-fired power station for Queensland. I have ruled that out,” she said.Sun Metals chief Yun Choi said the $200 million solar farm gave Sun Metals the ability to produce 30 percent of its own electricity for the refinery, while also providing an opportunity to sell power to the grid. “Sun Metals’ mission is to become the safest, the most environmentally responsible and the most competitive zinc refinery in the world,” Choi said.“The solar farm is one-of-a-kind in Australia in that it will directly power a large industrial user and export electricity into the National Electricity Market. Now that the solar farm is operational, it will enable the refinery to be the largest single site renewable consumer in Australia.”More: “No need for new coal:” Sun Metals formally opens solar farm in “George” townlast_img read more

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BSA says it’s fine to swear on air because it’s expected – Duh!

first_imgJono and Ben allowed to use swear words, because their listeners expect it: BSAStuff co.nz 18 November 2017Family First Comment: If you want proof of why the BSA are a joke, read this sentence from their recent decision…“However, the authority didn’t open the doors for everyone to start swearing on-air.”Tui Billboard there. The Broadcasting Standards Authority has said it is fine for comedians Jono and Ben to call their opposition “the w….. channel”.The Edge Radio hosts made the comment in August, offending at least one listener who made a complaint to the authority. She argued the term was “inappropriate” and should not have been broadcast as children were likely listening.According to a BSA commissioned survey, “w…..” was the 14th most offensive term in New Zealand. The survey found 29 per cent of Kiwis thought the word was “totally unacceptable”, slightly fewer (21 per cent) thought it was always acceptable and the rest said it depended on the scenario.The owner of The Edge and Three, MediaWorks said it was fine for its hosts to use the word because they were joking. The authority agreed.In a statement, the authority said listeners would expect that sort of language from Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce.However, the authority didn’t open the doors for everyone to start swearing on-air. The decision took into account Pryor’s characteristics, which it said meant people were less likely to be offended than if a more conservative broadcaster used the term.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/99016376/Jono-and-Ben-allowed-to-use-swear-words-because-their-listeners-expect-it-BSA?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES UP 9% ACCORDING TO LATEST SURVEY

first_imgHouse prices across Donegal are up 9% according to the latest daft.ie survey..Trends across the country show a major growth in houses prices outside of the capital.In Donegal, prices between March and June 2015 were 9% higher than a year previously, compared to a fall of 9% seen a year ago. The average house price from Ballybofey to Buncrana is now €124,000, 9% above its lowest point.DONEGAL HOUSE PRICES UP 9% ACCORDING TO LATEST SURVEY was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL 9%HOUSE PIRCSlast_img read more

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Latest: Chelsea 0 Man Utd 1 – United within sight of victory at the Bridge

first_imgJesse Lingard’s goal put Manchester United ahead at Stamford Bridge shortly after Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was stretchered off.Wayne Rooney nudged Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s cross towards Lingard, who cleverly turned away from Cesar Azpilicueta and smashed past Thibaut Courtois.Courtois was called upon twice in the opening 15 minutes, comfortably gathering low-range efforts from Borthwick-Jackson and Michael Carrick.Blues keeper Courtois then produced a fine save, diving to his left to push away Anthony Martial’s curling shot.Chelsea skipper John Terry was given a predictably rousing reception on his first appearance at the Bridge since announcing that he is not being offered a new contract and will leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season.There was nothing rousing about the home team’s start, but midway through the half they suddenly clicked into gear.Nemanja Matic’s header from Willian’s right-wing corner was saved by United keeper David De Gea, and Diego Costa fired narrowly wide after being put through by Oscar’s clever through-ball.Oscar then had two chances in quick succession, but he shot over after exchanging passes with Azpilicueta and was just unable to connect with Willian’s low cross.And in the final seconds of the first half, Chelsea felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Willian sent the ball in from the right and Daley Blind blocked Terry’s shot with his arm.United made a blistering start to the second half and Rooney and Lingard had shots saved by Courtois, while Martial fired wide of the near post.It prompted Guus Hiddink to bring on the fit-again Eden Hazard and a couple of minutes later the Chelsea interim boss was forced to make another change after Zouma landed worryingly awkwardly after going up for a header.Worse followed for Hiddink’s side on the hour mark when Lingard broke the deadlock.De Gea then produced stunning saves to deny first Branislav Ivanovic and then Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea, unbeaten since Hiddink was placed in charge, pushed for an equaliser.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Zouma (Cahill 59), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic (Pedro 66); Willian, Fabregas, Oscar (Hazard 54); Costa.Subs not used: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Vultures on pylons study launched

first_img8 February 2008Eskom, in association with the Rhino and Lion Wildlife Conservation organisation, has launched the Vulture Enclosure research project in an effort to reduce the number of vultures and other birds from being electrocuted on power lines at Skeerpoort, in the Hartebeespoort Dam area to the west of Pretoria.Eskom said in a statement on Wednesday that the project aimed to reduce bird electrocutions in the identified danger zones on pylons with the application of cost-effective measures such as insulation covers and bird diverters.Eskom Corporate Services MD Steve Lennon said the vulture enclosure would serve a dual purpose: “Firstly, it will allow the rehabilitated vultures the opportunity to recuperate before they are released back into the wild; secondly, it will support research studies in vulture behaviour on the identified problem towers in order to prevent and limit the continuous vulture electrocutions on power lines.”It was difficult and time-consuming in the past to observe vulture behaviour on problematic Eskom structures, as mitigation methods were based on laboratory simulation studies combined with field observations and assumptions.The vulture enclosure will provide the research team with the opportunity to monitor in detail actual vulture behaviour patterns on the structures and their reactions towards various mitigation methods applied in various scenarios.The enclosure will therefore serve as a field laboratory to approve effective mitigation products and the rehabilitation of injured vultures.Vulture Programme manager Kerri Wolter believes the partnership supports work being undertaken by Eskom to address the threats that South Africa’s vultures are facing.“What we have begun for Magaliesberg is an example of what could be done throughout southern Africa,” Wolter said. “Power lines are one of our major threats causing the ongoing decline of vultures, and Eskom has shown their conservation value and drive to conserve this vulnerable species through this initiative.”“This is a perfect example of what organisations should be doing to help conserve our natural heritage.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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NDRF rescues people in Vadodara following flash floods due to heavy rainfall

first_imgHeavy rains have led to flash floods in Vadodara, and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were deployed to rescue stranded civilians. People are facing several problems due to the heavy rainfall. Meanwhile, the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review torrential rain situation in the city. He deputed two Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers to provide guidance to the local administration.last_img

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