Udall, Heinrich Release Plan To Expand Access To Health Insurance And Affordability Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgFrom the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:Proposal would make Affordable Care Act marketplace plans and COBRA coverage more affordable for recently unemployed and cover costs for COVID treatmentWASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined 33 Senate Democrats to release a plan to dramatically expand access to health insurance for all Americans and cover all COVID-19 treatment costs amid the current pandemic.The senators outlined a commonsense policy proposal that would reduce costs for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace plans and create a special enrollment period to obtain coverage, subsidize the high cost of COBRA plans for the newly unemployed, expand Medicaid national enrollment and protect American families with preexisting conditions from predatory “junk” insurance plans.Their proposal also calls on the Senate to immediately take up legislation to cover the cost of COVID-19 treatment for all, including the country’s uninsured.New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance Russell Toal have acted decisively to assist New Mexicans who may have lost their jobs or income during the pandemic and need to maintain health care coverage for themselves and their families.New Mexicans can visit https://www.bewellnm.com/qualify-for-coverage to see if they are eligible for coverage through Medicaid, the ACA marketplace or the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool (NMMIP). However, unlike Medicaid or coverage through the NMMIP, which allows enrollment year-round, federally-imposed limits on the health care exchange restrict New Mexicans from applying for health insurance on beWellnm more than 60 days after losing their job.This plan would create a special enrollment period during the pandemic eliminating this 60 day restriction so that families struggling with job loss have added flexibility to apply, which Udall and Heinrich have called for previously.“Quality and affordable health care is both a moral imperative and the best policy to protect our public health in New Mexico and across the country,” Udall said. “While confronting the worst public health crisis in a century and with millions of Americans and New Mexicans losing their health insurance along with their jobs, it is more important than ever to make sure people have quality health care. While states like New Mexico are leading the way in expanding access to healthcare for all, the Trump administration and Senate Republicans must stop standing in the way and open the door to lifesaving health care for families across the country.”“Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the middle of the worst public health crisis we have faced in generations,” Heinrich said. “We must do everything we can to ensure they can continue to receive health coverage. These proposals from Senate Democrats provide a clear path forward to make sure these workers and their families won’t be left without lifesaving care. Commonsense measures like this are imperative if we want to be sure no New Mexican is left behind. I will keep calling on President Trump and Senate Republicans to join us in supporting a robust public health response that is rooted in science and economic relief measures that meet the full scale of this crisis.”A brief overview of the policies included in the proposal includes:Covering all costs for COVID-19 treatment, including for the uninsured;Delivering subsidies for the cost of COBRA premiums for the newly unemployed;Expanding and increasing access to premium tax credits that help families afford monthly premiums;Incentivizing Medicaid expansion in remaining states that have not yet expanded;Establishing a federal special enrollment period;Banning the sale of junk plans; andRestoring funding for marketplace outreach and enrollment supportIn addition to Udall and Heinrich, the proposal, authored by Senators Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), is also supported by Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).The proposal can be read in full here.last_img read more

Pitching for a game

first_imgObiter thanks London firm Howard Kennedy and their super-efficient PR Giselle Daverat for organising a recent five-a-side footie match with the Gazette – from which this magazine’s team was ungracious enough to emerge victorious. Any other firms brave enough to take on the mighty Gazette/Law Society team, contact obiter@lawsociety.org.uk. Rumours that we arrange for firms that beat us to be intervened in are malicious. Honest.last_img

On shaky ground

first_imgWhen the government unveiled sweeping policy changes last week in the name of improving the UK’s productivity, under the banner Fixing the Foundations, it was keen to stress these were not run of the mill reforms – they were designed to meet the ambitions of an aspirational society. Nowhere was this clearer than the introduction from chancellor George Osborne and business secretary Sajid Javid, which promised that the reforms would realise the “ambition that our children’s lives will be better than our own”.Improving the UK’s productivity would, no doubt, improve the fortunes of many of the next generation. And indeed, when it comes to the built environment’s contribution to productivity, there is much sense in the reforms, speeding up planning permissions on brownfield land in particular. But the quiet dropping of key sustainability measures for housing as part of the package means that ironically, at the same time as saying it will improve the lives of future generations, the government is exacerbating the environmental threat those generations already face. In doing so, it will help to leave them with a far more intractable problem than how to improve the productivity of a country.The dropping of the requirement for zero carbon homes by 2016, and the allowable solutions scheme of offsetting carbon emissions for developments, has been billed as a reduction in red tape which will help housebuilders to address the UK’s housing crisis.But although some of the housing lobby have welcomed the move, you only have to see that others – including Willmott Dixon – have been among its critics to get the sense that zero carbon homes was not a policy that would have significantly held back housebuilders from building. Rather, the U-turn is an unwarranted coda to a set of more fundamental reforms to the planning process which risks creating damage that far outweighs any increase in building that will result from it.Faced with a critical shortage of homes, buyers will grab what they can afford before it disappears from their graspThose in favour of scrapping the zero carbon homes policy have argued that the market will be sufficient to drive housebuilders to build low carbon homes, because consumers are increasingly aware of both environmental issues and the savings to energy bills that come with more energy efficient housing.But the idea that this awareness is affecting buyers’ choices on such a scale that it would have a significant and widespread impact on standards is at best unproven, and at worst wilfully naive. Faced with today’s critical shortage of homes, and corresponding price rises, the average buyer will grab what they can afford before it disappears from their grasp. There is little time for debating energy performance when there is a queue of frantic bidders behind you at every viewing.If consumers are not driving up energy standards, the other place to turn for leadership, in the absence of tougher regulation, is the private sector. There will be some companies which continue to build on the work they have done; there is still enough of a market for sustainable buildings at home and overseas for that. But the experience of those housebuilders and developers that have spent 10 years investing in innovation to meet a standard that has now been scrapped six months before it would have come into force would suggest that it is unlikely that many companies will be anywhere near as keen to do so now. As Kate Henderson, chief executive of the Town and Country Planning Association, put it this week, the cancellation of the zero carbon homes policy marks “the end of any benchmark for building the high quality, sustainable homes that we so desperately need”.And without that benchmark, the real risk is that – when it comes to a housing stock that is sustainable for the future – the foundations are being removed even before they are laid.Sarah Richardson, editorlast_img read more

Comedy festival

first_imgLindy Johnson. The first Mother City Comedy Festival takes place at the Baxter Studio Theatre from Tuesday March 19 to Sunday March 31. The line-up includes Yaseen Barnes, Dalin Oliver, Kurt Langeveld, Liam Bento, Siya Seya, Phil de Lange, Mel Jones, Riaad Moosa, Kagiso “KG” Mokgadi, Carl Weber, Jem Atkins, Lazola Gola and Lindy Johnson. Tickets cost from R120 to R150 and are available at Webtickets or Pick n Pay stores. For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email sharon.ward@uct.ac.zalast_img

Richardson RFPD Introduces 3 New Low Noise Amplifiers from Skyworks

first_imgLow Current, High Linearity and On-Die Active Bias Ensure Consistent Performance and Unconditional Stability. They are Available from Stock for Prototype or High-Volume Production. The LNAs offer low noise figure, low current, high linearity, and on-die active bias that ensure consistent performance and enables unconditional stability. These versatile devices are suitable for a range of applications, from ISM to cellular infrastructure. Key specifications of the LNAs include: Part Number            Frequency Range       Gain (@ Freq.)      Noise Figure           Input                  Input     (MHz)                         (dB)                                (dB)                                        P1dB (dBm)            IP3 (dBm)   SKY67012-396LF             300-600                        16.5                        0.85                     -1.5                        7.5 SKY67013-396LF             600-1500                        14                         0.85                      2.5                         12 SKY67014-396LF             1500-3000                      12                          0.95                      5                             6                Additional features include: • High linearity: up to 26 dBm OIP3 • Flexible supply voltage and current: 1.8–5.0 V (5–30 mA) • Unconditional stability: μ1 and μ2 >1.0 (-40 °C to +85 °C) • Miniature DFN (8-pin, 2 x 2 mm) package (MSL1 @ 260 °C per JEDEC J-STD-020) The devices are in stock and available for immediate delivery. To find more information, or to purchase these products today on the Richardson RFPD website, please visit the New High Linearity Skyworks LNAs webpage.last_img read more

Hockey gets backing for international tour

first_imgHockey BY PRISCILLA HARRY Lae Biscuit Company has jumped on the bandwagon with a sponsorship of K25,000 to help the PNG Hockey Federation prepare for the hosting of an international tournament and the 2019 National Championships. Of the amount, K15,000 is in cash and K10,000 in kind. PNG Hockey Federation president Kaluwin Potuan said with the sponsorship they will be able to prepare their two men and two women’s teams for the Australian hockey fives tour in Rockhampton next month. “We are focused on sending the teams and seeing even results at the tournament,” he said. However now that we have Lae Biscuit on board and the Hockey Oceania Federation assistance, we will be able to take care of players’ levy and visa fees,” he said. Lae Biscuit Company southern regional sales manager Peter Max Tumu said for many years they had been supporting rugby league, soccer and basketball and have neglected smaller sports like hockey. “We are now spreading our wings to support hockey so that we can encourage more talents out there to come on board under the brand of the newly PNG-made Snax noodles. Tumu said another good example is through rugby league, where a number of players have been supported right up to excel in the sport. “We want to keep helping sports,” he said. “It is about the communities and through sports to have abundance of raw talents who need proper training and exposure to high level competitions and bring the best out of them.” Potuan said they are eager to see hockey up in the top with Australia and New Zealand but the team will be meeting Solomon Islands and Tonga who are in the fives. “Preparations and training for the nine-man and nine-woman’s teams were underway as of last week and are into their final preparations before they travel,” he said. Teams are expected to leave on September 1 ahead of the tournament which starts on September 4-8. They return on the September 10. Apart from the tournament, the national hockey championships will be held in Port Moresby over the independence weekend.last_img read more

UK gets CBS spotlight against No. 1 MSU

first_imgWhile the University of Kentucky still has a big game to get through first, if the Cats win they’ll likely be ranked when they host No. 1 Mississippi State next week. And either way, they’ll have the nation’s full attention.UK-MSU will be the 3:30 p.m. game on CBS on Oct. 25. The Wildcats haven’t been the SEC’s showcase game – which is essentially what that slot means – since 2008 against Alabama.“That’s great,” Stoops said. “You know, I’m not gonna get ahead of myself, but every time you win in this league, you’re gonna put yourself in position for a bigger game. So I think it’s a compliment to our team, what we’ve done to this point, and I know every game gets bigger. We have a huge one at LSU this week, and that’s what’s on our mind.”SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s on-site pregame show, is also scheduled to set up in Lexington on Oct. 25.last_img read more

Caryville remembers its long time librarian

first_imgRobyn Turner served as Library Director for the Caryville Public Library for 25 years.CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – Her mother Nancy Turner served as Library Director, and Robyn Turner carried on her mother’s tradition as Library Director for the Caryville Public Library.Though the younger Turner had retired, the family tradition came to an end when Robyn died at her home on Thanksgiving.“Robyn was a great asset to the city as library director.  She led the modernization of the library,” said Caryville Mayor Bobby Stooksbury.Robyn Turner is flanked by Jeanne Snugg, State Librarian & Archivist (left), and Jane Pinkston, Assistant State Librarian & Planning Development (right).  Turner was a graduate of Jacksboro High School and graduated from Maryville College with honors as a business administration major.  Though leading the Caryville Public Library was her passion, she served as library director for 25 years.The Hickman sisters were greeted by Turner at the Caryville Public Library.Stooksbury added, “She was also a great employee and most of all a friend to everyone. She will be greatly missed.”Robyn Turner was 63-years- old.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2019-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF TRECIA KINDRED)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Chelsea boss Mourinho fined £10,000

first_imgJose Mourinho has been fined £10,000 for comments he made following Chelsea’s defeat at home to Sunderland.The Blues boss ‘congratulated’ referee Mike Dean after the match, refusing to answer questions from the media, instead making a statement.He described Dean’s performance as “unbelievable” and “fantastic”, before moving on to referees’ chief Mike Riley, saying “what they are doing during the whole season is fantastic, especially in the last couple of months, especially in matches involving the teams that were in the title race, it’s absolutely fantastic”.The Football Association concluded that those comments brought the game into disrepute and the Portuguese was found guilty of a charge of improper conduct.Mourinho’s assistant Rui Faria was recently given a six-game stadium ban for attempting to confront Dean in the final minutes of the game, which Chelsea lost 2-1.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more