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

FULL LIST: Kotoko busiest club in transfer market with 12 signings

first_imgNo club has been busier than Asante Kotoko in the transfer market. And it’s clear the Kumasi giants are arming themselves to regain the Ghana Premier league title they lost to AshGold last season.They have signed 12 players so far.Dreams FC, one of the fresh entrants from the second tier, have got eight players.  Alhassan Nuhu and Fuseini Nuhu, the twins known to play for New Edubiase United, are now with AshGold, who have signed five players.Below is the list of players signed so far by the clubsDREAMS FC Mozart Adjetey (Heart of Lions)David Smallboy Korbah (Asante Kotoko)Emmanuel Eli Keke (Mighty Jets)Alhassan Kalusha (Tamale Utrecht)Isaac Akrong (Wassaman Utd.) Aaron Amoah (CODM Meknes – Morocco)Godfred Asante (Asante Kotoko)Francis Teye Sanchez (Promos FC) MEDEAMA SC Enoch Atta Agyei (Windy Profs.)Patrick Opoku (Bechem Utd.) ASANTE KOTOKOTheophilous Nyame (Hasaacas) Halipha Sedogo (Burkina Faso)Aliassou Sanou (Burkina Faso)Edwin Tuffour Frimpong (Liberty Profs)Bennett Ofori (Berekum Chelsea)Michael Yeboah (Cornerstone) Evans Quao (Medeama SC)Samuel Kyere (Berekum Chelsea)Ernest Sowah (CS Don Bosco – DR Congo)Stephen Nyarko (Wa All Stars)Richard Osei (Berekum Chelsea) Kwame Boateng (Great Olympics) ADUANA STARSRichard Mpong (Asante Kotoko)Yahaya Mohammed (Ittihad Tripoli)Stephen Anokye Badu (B.A United)Ofoe Ofotsu (Great Olympics)Noah Martey (Bechem United)Joseph Addo (Asante Kotoko)Sampson Boampong Wirekoh (Windy Professionals) WA ALL STARSGabriel Ayala (Berekum Chelsea/Rockets FC)Sammy Adjei (Eleven Wise) ASHANTI GOLD SCHudu Yakubu (Heart of Lions)Dauda Mohammed (Dunkwa United)Alhassan Nuhu (New Edubiase)Fuseini Nuhu (New Edubiase)Isaac Amoah (Amidaus Profs.) NEW EDUBIASE UNITEDJoseph Halm (Great Olympics)Kasiru Issah (Bekwai Youth Football Academy)Anas Abidina (Bekwai Youth Football Academy) WEST AFRICA FOOTBALL ACADEMYShaun Mason October (Hearts of Oak)Ibrahim Tanko (Mighty Jets) INTER ALLIES FCIsaac Twum (Heart of Lions)Kwame Baah (Heart of Lions)Prince Baffoe (Asante Kotoko)Suad Bawa (Windy Professionals) BEREKUM CHELSEARichard Oti (Asante Kotoko)Stephen Owusu KaakyirePrince Bobby (Al Ahed Beirut – Lebanon)Sadick Adams (Al Feiha FC – Saudi Arabia)Karim Abedi (Buipe Riverpool FC)Constant Kotoka (Vita Club) BECHEM UNITEDAkwasi Acheampong (Asante Kotoko)Emmanuel Allan Skido (Aduana Stars)Abdullah Issahaku (Berekum)Bismarck Akaminko (Russian Club)Nana Bonsu (Heart of Lions)Enoch Gyimah (B.A United) HEARTS OF OAKJustice Anane (Berekum Chelsea)John Abaidoo (Heart of Lions)Cosmos Dauda (Mighty Jets)Mustapha Essuman (Can Tho FC – Vietnam)–last_img read more

Dodgers great Newcombe rushed to hospital during news conference

first_imgNewcombe pitched for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1949-51 and 1954-58 after missing two seasons while serving in the military during the Korean War. He was one of the first blacks to play for the franchise, along with Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.He had a record of 149-90 with 1,129 strikeouts and a 3.56 ERA. Newcombe was a four-time NL All-Star and pitched in three World Series. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Don Newcombe, baseball’s first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, passed out at Dodger Stadium after welcoming Dave Roberts as the club’s first minority manager.A team spokesman says Newcombe was transported by ambulance to a hospital Tuesday. There was no immediate word on his condition.In early July, Newcombe was hospitalized for two days after becoming ill at the stadium.After the introductory news conference ended, the 89-year-old special adviser to the chairman was greeted by Roberts, who grasped Newcombe’s face in his hands and spoke to him. Newcombe remains a regular presence in his suit and fedora at the stadium. He has served as special adviser since 2009.last_img read more

Europa League: Monaco 1-1 Tottenham – Stephan El Shaarawy denies Spurs laboured victory

first_imgStephan El Shaarawy scored late on to deny Tottenham a laboured victory against Monaco in the Europa League.A dull first half was eventually lit up with a good goal on the break from Spurs which was both started and finished by Erik Lamela.As the game looked like it was petering out, El Shaarawy pounced and scored to set up a frantic finish.And Monaco might have won it if not for a last-ditch Danny Rose challenge, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men held on for the draw.It was a low-key start from both sides with neither making any inroads into the opposing half as Spurs were limited to some hopeful crossing from Rose.But Spurs burst into life after 20 minutes when Harry Kane evaded the Monaco goalkeeper before laying the ball back to Nacer Chadli, who tried to dink the ball over the covering defenders but his effort landed on the roof of the net.Another stale 15 minutes ensued but on 35 minutes Tottenham broke the deadlock with a lightning-quick breakaway goal.Lamela started the move on the right wing before Chadli took over, skipping past two men to set up Dele Alli who saw his shot saved, only for the Argentine forward to follow up into an empty net.There was a heart-in-mouth moment for Toby Alderweireld when Thomas Lemar’s dangerous cross deflected off the Belgian before flying a yard wide of the post as Spurs went into half-time with a 1-0 lead.If the first half began quietly, then the second half began even more so with the only action of note was Rose getting his hand trodden on – accidently – leaving it covered in blood.In truth, the majority of the half was a non-event but in the 78th minute, Spurs broke again as Kane played in to substitute Clinton Njie but the Cameroonian had strayed just offside.Moments later he was made to pay as Monaco drew level through a substitute of their own – El Shaarawy.The on-loan AC Milan forward headed past Hugo Lloris from close range after a brilliant cross from Nabil Dirar.And the hosts were a left boot away from taking the lead a minute later as Rose put in a brilliant last ditch tackle to deny Andre Carrillo a tap-in into an empty net.Both sides pushed for a late winner but it didn’t come as the points were shared among the two Group J sides. Erik Lamela 1last_img read more