Vermont Medicaid solution in congressional health reform plan

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that the final health reform package that is now headed for House and Senate votes will recognize the early investment Vermont has made in its Medicaid program, meaning more than $100 million in added funding for Vermont’s Medicaid programs over the next ten years.The Medicaid solution for Vermont – one of the last issues to be resolved in final work on the plan — was chiefly negotiated by Leahy with strong support from Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.).  The remedy fixes underfunding for Vermont as an “early leader” state that offers more generous Medicaid programs than much of the country. Leahy said, “My argument throughout these negotiations was clear.  Vermont should not be punished for doing the right thing.  It was also a compelling argument because it is widely known that Vermont has been a leader in expanding health insurance coverage over the last 15 years.”Sanders said, “I am pleased that in these very difficult economic times we have managed to prevent the State of Vermont and other forward-thinking states from being discriminated against because we did the right thing in providing health coverage for more low-income people.  States that innovate and have addressed the health care crisis should be respected and not penalized.  I am glad that we have accomplished that goal.”Welch said, “Vermont is widely recognized as an innovative leader among the states in ensuring access to high quality, affordable health care.  It would be more than ironic for our state and its citizens to be penalized because we lead the way.  Thanks to the hard work of Senator Leahy, Vermont will now be recognized – not punished — for its leadership.”As part of the effort to expand coverage to uninsured Americans, health reform proposals in the House and the Senate included expansions of the Medicaid program.  The Medicaid expansion will insure more low-income Americans while also addressing variations in eligibility and benefit levels across current state Medicaid programs.  To encourage state responsibility for newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries, an earlier draft of the Senate bill included a formula giving states a 100 percent match for the expanded population for the first three years, and an enhanced match for that population for all other years.  That formula unintentionally disadvantaged Vermont, an “early leader” state that would not have had any “newly eligible” enrollees under that Senate definition — and Vermont therefore would not have seen any added Medicaid funding.Before the draft Senate bill was finished, Leahy worked to include a bump up of 2.2 percent for Vermont for all Vermont Medicaid beneficiaries for six years.  The 2.2 percent increase fixed the error in the original Senate Medicaid formula that would have given Vermont no additional Medicaid funding.The new package released Thursday includes a two-year enhanced match rate for all of Vermont’s Medicaid beneficiaries from 2014 to 2016.  Beginning in 2014, Vermont will receive an additional federal match rate for certain Medicaid beneficiaries, which increases each year until 2020, when Vermont and other early leader states will receive the same federal rate as all other states.         Throughout the health bill negotiations, Leahy’s Medicaid fix for Vermont was a top priority of Governor James Douglas (R) and of key leaders of the Vermont Legislature.Source: Leahy’s office. 3.18.2010# # # # #last_img read more

6 ways financial advisors can gain leads through social media

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Emily Lange RodeckerAs part of a 3-part series, we’ll be exploring the various ways financial advisors can gain leads through social media and work to expand their businesses and gain new customers. First up? LinkedIn – the professional social network.Your presence on LinkedIn is all about expertise – showing you know your stuff and that you’re the person for the job. How can you exhibit this? Well, you have to post. You have to brag (a little). And you have to know what your audience needs so you can tout your talents appropriately.There are several ways to use LinkedIn to inform your audience of your expertise as a financial advisor and increase your leads. We’ll share a few of our favorite tips and tricks, from posting methods to LinkedIn tools, that will help you on your way to new business!LinkedIn GroupsLinkedIn Groups as a shared space for professionals to share content, ask each other questions, find answers, and establish themselves as industry experts. Groups are a great place to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news – you can glean new insights from your peers, and share your own. LinkedIn’s “search” feature can help you find groups for almost any topic, industry, and interest. Our rule of thumb? Don’t join too many – you don’t want to spread yourself too thin! Choose a varied selection so you can reach multiple audiences. continue reading »last_img read more

Changes to three tourism laws. Extended deadline for determining the amount of tourist tax

first_imgIn the amendment of the Government, it is proposed to extend the deadline for making the Decision on the amount of the tourist tax by two months. Namely, in the final bill on the tourist tax as the final deadline was defined on July 15, 2019, and is now extended to September 15, 2019. Povećana stopa za obračun plaćanja članarine u turističkim zajednicama za banke i telekomunikacijske tvrtke. Većina županijskih turističkih zajednica imati će udvostručene prihode.  Also, Article 37 of the Final Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax determined its entry into force on the eighth day from the day of its publication in the Official Gazette, but now it is proposed how the entry into force of the said law relates to the day of its publication. adopt an ordinance prescribing the minimum and maximum amount of tourist tax. Pored zadaća iz stavka 1. ovoga članka, lokalne turističke zajednice koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja godišnje mogu izvršavati i sljedeće zadaće vezane uz marketing: odnosi s javnošću, stvaranje, održavanje i redovno kreiranje sadržaja na mrežnoj stra nici i profilima društvenih mreža, definiranje smjernica i standarda za oblikovanje turističkih promotivnih materijala, uspostavljanje marketinške infrastrukture temeljene na informatičkim tehnologijama, provođenje aktivnosti strateškog i operativnog marketinga (brending destinacije, online i offline aktivnosti, internetske stranice i profili društvenih mreža, sajmovi, studijska putovanja, prezentacije, partnerstva, sponzorstva i slično), koordinacija i provedba udruženog oglašavanja na lokalnoj razini, obavljanje i drugih poslova propisanih ovim Zakonom ili drugim propisom.“. Slijedom navedenoga, daje se prethodna suglasnost predstavniku Vlade Republike Hrvatske za prihvaćanje amandmana Kluba zastupnika HDZ-a, od 10. travnja 2019. godine, na članak 32. stavak 2. Konačnog prijedloga zakona o turističkim zajednicama i promicanju hrvatskog turizma, u cijelosti, na način da isti glasi:  Također prihvaćen je i amandman zastupnika Ivana Šipića kojim se predlaže da HTZ sredstva iz fonda za turistički nedovoljno razvijena područja s kontinenta raspodjeljuje regionalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju izvorni prihod od turističke pristojbe i članarine manji od 500 tisuća kuna. Kako ističu iz Vlade RH, amandmani se prihvaćaju iz razloga što je turistička članarina neporezno davanje i moguće je očekivati njezino daljnje smanjenje, dok se očekuje rast prihoda iz turističke pristojbe, a što će biti rezultat povećanih aktivnosti turističkog sektora i turističkih zajednica.  By the way, the Laws have already passed the second reading in the parliamentary procedure, and the adoption of which should improve the development of Croatian tourism. The Government of the Republic of Croatia accepted the amendment of Domagoj Mikulić, Member of the Croatian Parliament, to Article 19, paragraph 2 and Article 20, paragraph 1, which proposed that the amount of sojourn tax for development projects and programs for creating new tourism programs in underdeveloped tourism areas increases from 2.5% to 3.5%. Omogućuje se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja i izvršavanje zadaća vezanih uz marketing The Tourist Tax Act enters into force immediately on the day of publication Klub zastupnika HDZ-a podnio je amandman na Konačni prijedlog zakona o turističkim zajednicama i promicanju hrvatskog turizma, na članak 32. stavak 2., kojim se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju određeni broj noćenja daje mogućnost izvršavanja zadaća vezanih uz marketing. Nakon analize predmetnog amandmana predložilo se usvajanje amandmana u cijelosti. S obzirom da neke turističke zajednice ostvaruju preko 80% nekomercijalnih noćenja neophodno je naglasiti da se broj noćenja odnosi isključivo na komercijalna noćenja te je u tom smislu broj noćenja smanjen sa 2.000.000 na 1.000.000. Predloženim rješenjem omogućuje se lokalnim turističkim zajednicama koje ostvaruju preko 1.000.000 komercijalnih noćenja i izvršavanje zadaća vezanih uz marketing. Article 32 of the Final Proposal of the Law on Tourist Tax stipulates that the County Assemblies, ie the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb should make decisions on the amount of the tourist tax by 15 July 2019. Before making the mentioned decisions, it is necessary to adopt an ordinance which will prescribe the lowest and highest amount of tourist tax. Therefore, the County Assemblies and the City Assembly of the City of Zagreb should have enough time to make decisions on the amount of tourist tax, given that it is necessary to obtain the opinion of local tourist boards and the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb, said the Ministry of Tourism. With regard to Article 12, paragraph 6, in the sense of that paragraph, not all revenues that can be generated by the tourist board are considered revenues, but only revenues from the sojourn tax and membership fees that are considered as original revenues. Since paragraph 8 of the said article defines what is considered as original income, it is necessary to add paragraph 6 to paragraph 4 in addition to paragraph 4, they conclude from the Ministry of Tourism. Što znači da će sada djelatnosti elektroničkih komunikacija i banke plaćali članarinu po stopi od 0,12920, a ne, kako je prvotno bilo predloženo, po stopi od 0,09690. Kako ističu iz Vlade RH, Amandmani se prihvaćaju iz razloga što djelatnost telekomunikacija i bankarski sektor imaju direktnu ekonomsku korist od turizma povećanjem potreba za uslugama jednog i drugog sektora. Amandmanom Kluba zastupnika HDZ-a u Hrvatskome saboru, predloženo je da se djelatnost Elektroničkih komunikacija i banaka za prihode u bilanci iz skupine “Prihod od provizija i naknada” razvrstaju iz treće u drugu skupinu. Amandmanom Kluba zastupnika Stranke rada i solidarnosti i nezavisnih zastupnika u Hrvatskome saboru, predloženo je brisanje članka 7. stavka 7. prema kojem osoba plaća članarinu na prihod iz samo pretežite djelatnosti, a ne po prihodu za sve djelatnosti po kojima je obveznik. Člankom 8. stavkom 2. je pravilno određeno da se članarina plaća na ukupan prihod po svim djelatnostima za koje je osoba obveznik, ali da može platiti po stopi koja je određena za pretežitu djelatnost, ako je to za nju povoljnije. At the 155th session of the Government on Thursday, the Government of the Republic of Croatia gave its consent to the adoption of certain amendments by members of parliament to three tourist laws – the Tourist Tax Act, the Tourist Boards Act and the Promotion of Croatian Tourism Act.  Increased amount of sojourn tax for development projects and programs for creating new tourist programs in underdeveloped tourist areas  Extension of the deadline for making the Decision on the amount of the tourist tax last_img read more

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger pushing for more hits after hot start against Diamondbacks

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Bellinger was a tad frustrated that Pollock got awarded the hit and he didn’t. In the fourth inning, Bellinger hit a rocket that bounced off Ildemaro Vargas’ chest in the infield. Bellinger got to first base safely, allowing Russell Martin to score from third. The Diamondbacks’ third baseman was given an error on the mishap.“If his is a knock, I want a knock,” Bellinger said jokingly. “That’s an RBI, too. … Tell the scorekeeper to lock it in.”Bellinger quickly got over the no-hit ruling. He’s had many hits to start the season, including a 425-foot solo blast to center field on Sunday to give him his fourth home run of the season.Bellinger, who batted second and patrolled first base, went 3 of 5 for three hits and one RBI in the series finale versus the Diamondbacks. But still, it could have been better if he got that infield hit.“Mentally, yeah, that’s a hit,” Bellinger said. “Hits are obviously great, but if you’re executing the plan and barreling stuff up, you’re always going to feel good.” Bellinger has a greedy mindset because he knows slumps could come at any point in the season. The 2017 National League Rookie of the Year struggled last year and was forced into a platoon.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire He doesn’t want to see those struggles this year and is forcing Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to start him every day. In the first series of the season, Bellinger went 10 for 20 with four homers, eight RBIs and had three multi-hit games.“With Cody, it’s just right now, the mechanics, the approach, the mental clarity, the compete, all that stuff he’s doing right now, it doesn’t really matter who’s pitching,” Roberts said. “You just feel like when he’s in the box he’s going to get a hit or something good is going to happen.”SORT OF A DAY OFFRoberts hoped to give third baseman Justin Turner and shortstop Corey Seager a full day off, but that didn’t happen after the Dodgers blew a 4-0 lead by giving up seven runs in the fourth inning.Both received one pinch-hit at-bat. Turner scored a crucial run during the come-from-behind eighth inning.In the future, Roberts said he will avoid resting his All-Star infielders on the same day.“It’s probably more ideal, yeah, to not have both out of the lineup on the same day, but to be quite honest, in one particular game, when you have the guys that we have in there to replace them, it’s not too much of a downgrade for me,” Roberts said. “It really isn’t, we have so many good players.”Those good players recorded 14 home runs in the four games against the Diamondbacks, one shy of the team record for most in a four-game series. The 2017 Dodgers had 15 home runs against the New York Mets.UP NEXTGiants (LHP Drew Pomeranz) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias), Monday, 7:10 p.m., SportNet LA (where available), 570 AM Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Cody Bellinger overheard A.J. Pollock analyzing his two-run double that tied the score Sunday for the Dodgers in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.“Yours was a hit?” Bellinger interrupted from across the locker room.“They changed it,” Pollock replied with a smile.Errors often don’t lead to hits on the box score, but Pollock was already approaching second base when Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones bobbled the ground ball that went down the first-base line. The quick-witted Pollock took third after Jones’ costly error before eventually scoring the game-winning run. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 8-7 to win the season-opening series 3-1. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more