Medicaid experiments may affect access to health care

first_img Read Full Story Current experimental approaches in Medicaid programs — including requirements to pay premiums, contribute to health savings accounts, or to work — may lead to unintended consequences for patient coverage and access, such as confusing beneficiaries or dissuading some people from enrolling, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The study was published online June 20, 2018 in Health Affairs.“There’s been a lot of recent research showing that expanding Medicaid leads to improved access to care and better quality of care — which suggests that any expansion will be better for public health than not expanding,” said Benjamin Sommers, associate professor of health policy and economics at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study. “But our findings suggest that some of the benefits of expanding Medicaid may be at least partially compromised by some of the current innovations in use.”Under the Trump administration, which has prioritized increased flexibility for state Medicaid programs, some states have been experimenting with new approaches. Most recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved proposals from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Indiana for the first-ever work requirements in Medicaid, and other states, including Kansas, have expressed interest in following suit.The researchers sought to assess views about new Medicaid approaches in three Midwestern states with different policies: Ohio, which has a traditional Medicaid expansion without premiums and with minimal cost-sharing; Indiana, which expanded Medicaid coverage in 2015 but which requires enrollees to pay premiums and contribute to health savings accounts; and Kansas, which did not expand Medicaid and where only very poor parents and disabled adults are eligible.The researchers conducted a telephone survey in late 2017 of 2,739 low-income adults in the three states. The survey gathered respondents’ views on health insurance, access to and quality of care, financial well-being, experiences with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health savings accounts, work requirements, and private vs. public insurance coverage.The study found:In 2017, health insurance coverage rates were significantly higher in the Medicaid expansion states (Ohio and Indiana) than in the non-expansion state (Kansas).Cost-related barriers to care were more common in Indiana than in Ohio. Indiana’s health savings accounts were confusing for many enrollees, with nearly 40 percent saying they had never even heard of the required accounts and only 36 percent making regular required payments — meaning that two-thirds of beneficiaries were at risk of losing benefits or coverage for non-payment.In Kansas, 77 percent of low-income individuals said they supported Medicaid expansion. Although Kansas is considering work requirements for its Medicaid program, most potential enrollees in the state were either already working or had a disability that prevented them from working. Only 11 percent of potential enrollees said they would be more likely to seek work if required to do so by Medicaid.Funding for the study came from the Commonwealth Fund and the REACH Healthcare Foundation.last_img read more

Land Registry home goes to Rotch

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NBA: Lakers romp to victory over Warriors in pre-season clash

first_img First Published: 15th October, 2019 13:56 IST Written By Lakers’ strength in depthThe Warriors also opted to rest a couple of their players this time around. Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, who both played the Warriors’ previous game against the Lakers were rested this time around. Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee stepped up for the Lakers in their 123-101 win on Monday night. Howard, who signed a one-year contract with the Lakers after the ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins, particularly impressed as he racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four steals and one block during the game. McGee wasn’t too far behind, as the Michigan-born two-time NBA champion racked up 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and three blocks during the game. Steph Curry tried his best to keep the Warriors’ in the game, with 17 points and three assists, but the Lakers’ centre proved to be a little too much for the Warriors this time around. With LeBron and Davis to come back to the team, the Lakers’ squad looks scary this season, especially considering their strength in depth. Also Read | NBA Decides To Complete Its Trip To China In Complete SilenceAlso Read | Media Events Cancelled In China For NBA Preseason Game The Los Angeles Lakers rose to victory as they triumphed over the Golden State Warriors in a pre-season game at the Staples Center on Monday night. All the talk before the game was surrounding Lakers’ star Anthony Davis. Davis missed the game on Monday night, owing to a sprain in his right thumb. The towering American is set to miss all of the team’s upcoming pre-season games. The former New Orleans Pelicans star was traded to the Lakers in the 2019 NBA Draft and was spotted with an ice pack taped to his hand after the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets in China.Also Read | Dream11, GSW Vs LAL: Squads, Team News And PredictionsAfter playing two games in China as part of the NBA’s effort to capitalise on the Chinese market, the Lakers returned back home to face the Warriors in the first of the three pre-season games scheduled against the Warriors. The Lakers had previously emerged victorious in their earlier match-up against the Warriors. With LeBron James and Davis in the line-up, the Lakers romped to a 123-101 win over the Warriors earlier this month. However, the pre-season match-up at the Staples Center on Monday night saw the Lakers play without both their star men. While Davis missed out on the game through injury, LeBron was rested for this game. Also Read | India Gets Its First-ever Floating Basketball Court In Mumbai 10 months ago Donald Trump criticizes top NBA coaches amid China controversy Colin DCunha Last Updated: 15th October, 2019 13:56 IST NBA: Lakers Romp To Victory Over Warriors In Pre-season Clash NBA – The Los Angeles Lakers romped to a 123-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors in a preseason matchup at the Staples Center on Monday night. WE RECOMMEND COMMENT FOLLOW US 11 months ago NBA issues statement of regret after Rockets owner’s anti-China tweet SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Media events cancelled in China for NBA preseason game 10 months ago Dream11, GSW vs LAL: Squads, team news and predictions LIVE TV 11 months ago NBA India Games: 5 things you need to know about the basketball leaguelast_img read more

Viraj Madappa becomes youngest Indian golfer to win on Asian tour

first_imgIndian golfer Viraj Madappa won his maiden title on the Asian Tour at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru on Sunday as he carded a four-under 67 in the fourth and final round to claim a two-shot victory.Madappa, who is three months short of his 21st birthday, became the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour. The earlier record was held by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the Indonesia Invitational, when he was 21 years and three months, while Shubhankar Sharma won Joburg Open when he was 21 years and five months old.The win was a massive boost for Indian golf as it comes a week after Gaganjeet Bhullar’s triumph at the Fiji International. Also, last week in Bengaluru, Rahil Gangjee won the Louis Philippe Cup on the Asian Development Tour.Starting the final round two shots behind, Madappa reeled in six pars before dropping a shot on the seventh. He bounced back brilliantly with five birdies to cap a winning total of 16-under 268 at the $350,000 Asian Tour event.Apart from becoming the youngest Asian Tour winner from India, Madappa is also the first rookie and youngest player to win on the continental Tour this season. Viraj Madappa said it is a “dream come true” to get his first pro win on the Asian tour. (Take Solutions Masters Photo)While Madappa won the title, Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (68), Argentine Miguel Carballo (71) and the Thai duo Suradit Yongcharenchai (66) and Danthai Boonma (70) shared the second place.SSP Chawrasia (70) briefly captured the lead on Sunday, finishing Tied-6th alongside Honey Baisoya (70) and local hope, Khalin Joshi (72). Joshi had a troublesome front nine, with two bogeys and a double.advertisementMadappa turned professional at the start of 2017 and this is his first win as a pro. He said he had started to get a positive feeling from the 15th itself even though he was still one shot behind.”Last night I thought about a win, the winning putt and so much else, so I was kind of nervous,” he said in a release. “Then, to get my first pro win on the Asian Tour is a dream come true. It is yet to sink in.”He added, “It’s incredible really. My family has been very supportive. My mum is here with me today. I want to thank my parents and my coach, Tarun Sardesai, with whom I have been working for some time now.”On his play and the energy he could feel, he said, “I was riding off their energy. Winning the tournament did cross my mind when I birdied the 16th hole but I was just trying to stay in the present and hit every shot I could the right way. I think I did a good job there. I didn’t back off from the situation, even though I had the opportunity to lay up on 18th hole. I decided to go for the green and I’m proud that I made that decision.”As for what he does next, he said, “I am going back home to Kolkata to celebrate with my family tonight and spend some time at home. I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard on the 18th. I only looked at it before I chipped. I was aggressive with that chip. I knew I had a two-shot lead then but I felt relieved after chipping it back to the green.”Home favourite Joshi, who was second overnight, said: “Nothing worked for me today. I was 4-over after 10 and I tried hard, but it was not to be.”S. Chikkarangappa finished ninth with a total of 11-under 273 after a 72 in the final round. He dropped four shots early and was then trying to play catch up with three birdies on back nine.Defending champion, Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (66) was tied 10th alongside with five others, one of whom was India’s Om Prakash Chouhan (70).Thailand’s Pasavee Lertvilai recorded the second ace of the week on the par-three fourth hole after hitting an eight-iron from 180 yards. It was his third hole-in-one recorded in a professional tournament. Pasavee ended his campaign in tied 33rd place on 280 following a 70.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

a month agoDONE DEAL: Juventus announce Andrea Barzagli return

first_imgDONE DEAL: Juventus announce Andrea Barzagli returnby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndrea Barzagli has returned to Juventus.The retired defender has been named a technical assistant to coach Maurizio Sarri.His official title is Technical Collaborator of the First Team and he will begin his duties as early as tomorrow.The pleasure is all ours! Good to have you back, @andreabarzagli2!— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 25, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The SEC Is Reportedly Lifting Its Ban On Satellite Camps Too

first_imgSEC logoCould the SEC be added to its 14-team total?Update No. 2: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has released a statement on the matter. Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on satellite camps.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Update No. 1 : The ACC often votes in line with the SEC, and it is also following suit in lifting its own satellite camp ban, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. Decision today means the ACC has changed its league rule to match the NCAA rule: Satellite camps are now allowed. Go forth and camp …— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) April 28, 2016Earlier: The conference in most opposition to satellite camps has been the SEC, with much of these camps being held in their territory. With the NCAA reversing its stance on the camps, announcing today that the ban has been lifted, the SEC is now changing its mind on them, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.  Confirmed that, without a national ban, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Hugh Freeze isn’t going to be happy. The Ole Miss coach doesn’t like them because they take him away from his family in the offseason.  Hugh Freeze responds to Jim Harbaugh’s comments on refusing to “work harder” and not being a “kindred spirit”— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) April 13, 2016Will we get to see an SEC team hold a satellite camp in Columbus or Ann Arbor? That’d be fun.last_img read more

Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis: “That Michigan State Corner Told On Draymond…Yikes”

first_imgClose up of Jourdan Lewis with his helmet on.jourdan lewis michigan wont leave earlyWednesday, it was revealed in police reports that former Michigan State star basketball player Draymond Green’s arrest this past Sunday came after an altercation with current Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson. Of course, at least one University of Michigan athlete has weighed in on the situation.Michigan senior corner Jourdan Lewis, who runs an entertaining Twitter account, tweeted some thoughts on the matter. He essentially poked fun at Edmondson, saying he “told” on Draymond. The “skeeps” tweet refers to Scorekeepers bar in Ann Arbor.jourdan lewis tweetsPS: If I ever give you a scholarship, I promise I won’t slap you for payment.— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) July 13, 2016 The Wolverines and the Spartans meet on October 29. It should be fun.last_img read more


first_imgUnderstanding that online safety for kids is of utmost importance, the Shaw Rocket Fund will open the Rocket Online Safety Program to all Canadian producers of kids’ digital content to encourage the certification of any kids’ digital content being made in Canada. BANFF, BC, June 11, 2018 – The Shaw Rocket Fund is proud to announce a new kids’ digital safety program to help Canadian producers ensure a safe environment for kids when creating digital experiences: the Rocket Online Safety Program. The announcement was made at the Banff World Media Festival with President & CEO of the Shaw Rocket Fund, Agnes Augustin and kidSAFE Seal founder, Shai Samet.Online safety and privacy for kids has been an increasing concern for the production industry. The Rocket Online Safety Program will ensure that all Canadian digital content receiving Rocket Fund investment be certified based on established online safety and/or privacy standards through the kidSAFE Seal Program, an independent safety certification service designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies. Online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, connected toys, and other similar online and interactive services will all be eligible for this program. The Rocket Online Safety Program will launch in September 2018. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Rocket Fund will finance 100 per cent of the cost of kidSAFE Seal Certification over the first year of the program, further demonstrating the Shaw Rocket Fund’s commitment to supporting producers in an evolving digital environment.“The Shaw Rocket Fund believes that a safe online environment for kids is paramount. We want to help Canadian creators of kids’ digital content take this very important step towards a safer online experience for our children. We’re excited to offer the Rocket Online Safety Program to help set the stage by funding the cost of kidSAFE Seal Certification over the first year,” says Agnes Augustin, Shaw Rocket Fund President & CEO.Additionally, the Rocket Fund will provide funding assistance of up to 75% of the cost of certification required in foreign regions for programs that the Fund has invested in, such as COPPA in the U.S. or GDPR in Europe, should a producer require it. Supporting certification in other countries will help to ensure that Canadian digital content acknowledges established safety standards for kids around the world.“kidSAFE Seal is a business-friendly organization that works with content creators to keep kids safe online. We help make sure that technology meets online safety and privacy standards, with the intent to reduce the need for more regulation,” says Shai Samet, kidSAFE Seal founder. “This partnership will create an efficient certification process for producers of the Shaw Rocket Fund Online Safety Program, including audits and consultations for safety and privacy compliance.”Eligibility criteria established by the Fund for investment in the creation of digital content remains unchanged. The Rocket Fund will continue supporting high quality associated digital content as set out in the Fund’s current Guidelines. The Rocket Online Safety Program is an extension of the Fund’s commitment to excellence in creating Canadian content for children, and the technology that fuels the content today.About the Shaw Rocket FundThe Shaw Rocket Fund is a vital partner of the Canadian children’s media sector in offering children robust world-leading content on all platforms. The company invests in and supports Canadian-made media that reflects Canadian values and diversity, and most of all respects and speaks to children, while positively showcasing Canadian leadership on the world stage. By working with producers, regulators and government, the Shaw Rocket Fund aims to make quality content for kids a global priority. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct. Find out more at the kidSAFE Seal ProgramThe kidSAFE Seal Program is an independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, connected toys, and other similar online and interactive services. Products that meet established online safety and/or privacy standards are added to a distinguished list of kidSAFE member products and awarded a kidSAFE Seal for display on the website, mobile app, or technology. Find out more at Advertisementlast_img read more

Asian stocks higher after Wall Street fall Brexit approval

first_imgBEIJING — Most Asian stock markets gained Thursday after Wall Street fell and Britain’s Cabinet endorsed a draft agreement to leave the European Union.KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index rose 1 per cent to 2,659.12 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1 per cent to 25,907.26. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 shed 0.2 per cent to 21,803.62 and Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.4 per cent to 2,077.41. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 added 3 points to 5,736.00. India’s Sensex rose 0.4 per cent to 35,286.91. Bangkok and New Zealand retreated while Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets rose.WALL STREET: U.S. markets were dragged down by losses for tech companies, banks and insurers. Apple Inc. lost 2.8 per cent. Bond prices rose as traders shifted money into low-risk assets. That pulled yields down, which hurts banks by driving interest rates on loans lower. Energy stocks rebounded as crude oil prices snapped a 12-day losing streak. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.8 per cent to 2,701.58. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.8 per cent to 25,080.50. The Nasdaq composite dropped 0.9 per cent to 7,136.39.BREXIT: Prime Minister Theresa May persuaded the British Cabinet to back an agreement to separate from the European Union, triggering the final steps toward Brexit. May said the decision is a “decisive step” toward finalizing the exit deal with the EU within days, though it was unclear whether Parliament will go along. The deal would allow Britain to stay in a customs union, bound by EU rules, while the two sides negotiate a trade treaty. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the two sides agreed to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland, a member of the trade bloc, and Northern Ireland.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Despite the U.K. Cabinet backing the new Brexit draft plan, the boost for markets had been short-lived with the sea of worries overruling sentiment,” said Jingyi Pan of IG in a report. Asian markets are “taking after the poor leads from Wall Street” due to “little data” due out in the region.AUSTRALIAN JOBS: Government data showed employment rose by 32,800 in October, above market expectations for a gain of 20,000. The jobless rate stayed at 5 per cent. The annual rate of job creation rose to 2.5 per cent.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 12 cents to $56.13 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents on Wednesday to close at $56.25. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 1 cent to $66.11 per barrel in London. It gained 65 cents the previous session to $66.12.CURRENCY: The dollar weakened to 113.47 yen from Wednesday’s 113.63 yen. The euro strengthened to $1.1323 from $1.1309.Joe McDonald, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Halfway River First Nation BC sign partnership deal work on new conservancy

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government and Halfway River First Nation have agreed to work together to recommend that a 6,000-hectare conservancy known as Tsaa Nuna be established in an area of cultural significance to the community.The agreement also calls for the two governments to collaborate on land and wildlife stewardship in the First Nation’s territory.A news release says there will be joint planning in a portion of Tsaa Nuna and the two sides will seek to agree on development of natural gas resources. Halfway River is to receive a share of annual resource revenue. The First Nation is to receive one-time funding of $5.8 million for health, education, language and culture, community infrastructure, economic development, human resources and environmental stewardship programs.The Halfway River First Nation is located about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and has about 280 members.last_img read more