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Health briefs: Dr. Michelle Jimerson becomes partner at YVMA 30.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Dr. Michelle Jimerson Becomes Partner at YVMA Michelle Jimerson, MD, MPH, has been named a practice partner at Yampa Valley Medical Associates, PC. Dr. Jimerson is a graduate of Stanford University, New York Medical College, University of Sydney School of Public Health in Australia and the St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency Program in Grand Junction. She has been with YVMA for two years and joins current partners, Drs. Borgerding, Harrington, Kempers, McCaulley, Orton and Petersen. YVMA is a full service family and internal medicine clinic providing one medical home for the entire family, from newborn to geriatric care. Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low-income, eligible adults. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular ...
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Ted Cruz Signs Up For Obamacare Is Your Short-Sighted Media Fixation Of The Week 29.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Every election cycle can be considered, first and foremost, a monument to hype. With every passing week, the political world is a blizzard of brash predictions, bold pronouncements, and bad advice. This year, your Speculatroners shall convene every Sunday and attempt to decode and defang in a way that will hopefully leave you feeling unharmed and less confused. We hope this helps, but as always, we make no guarantees! *** As you may have heard, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week officially joined the 2016 GOP primary scrum (or, if you've a yen for parsing narrow legal definitions, leaped past that scrum), in a fancy to-do at Liberty University -- a fitting venue for Cruz to lay down the foundation of his pitch to the conservative base, in which he adopts the persona of Jesus H. Reagan. Or, if you prefer, Ronald H. Christ -- it's essentially the same concept, and I am not a picky man. But what Cruz did next was very puzzling: He signed up for Obamacare. A loud chorus of "Duh fuh?" ensued. It couldn't go ...
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Rise in government insurance rates to mirror rising waters, flood debt 29.3.2015 Washington Post
At her small beach house that sits in a flood zone, Nancy Loft-Powers worries. The prospect of rising water, she said, isn’t what bothers her. It’s the expected rise in the cost of her $7,500 yearly flood insurance.Read full article >>
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House Passes Medicare Reform Bill, But Critics Warn Beneficiaries Will Pay the Price 27.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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German Prosecutors: No Suicide Note From Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Found 27.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. The evidence came from the search of Lubitz's homes in two German cities for an explanation of why he crashed the Airbus A320 into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. Prosecutor's spokesman Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a written statement that torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash "support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues." Such sick notes from doctors excusing employees from work are common in Germany and issued even for minor illnesses. Herrenbrueck didn't reveal details of what illness Lubitz was suffering from. Herrenbrueck said other medical documents found indicated "an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment," but that no suicide note was found. ...
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House, Senate GOP budgets have differences and similarities 27.3.2015 AP Politics
Republicans controlling the House and Senate are pushing competing budget plans, though both nonbinding blueprints call for steep cuts to social programs like Medicaid and to federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act as the chief means of achieving a small surplus within 10 years. The two plans would boost defense spending by the same level, but they take different approaches on Medicare....
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Denver groups partner on Mariposa townhomes to add to low-income stock 27.3.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Leo Hermosillo got to spend his Thursday building his new home with some help from the Denver Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity of Metro ...
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U.S. Identifies Third American Passenger In Germanwings Crash As Robert Oliver 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday said the third American passenger on the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps was Robert Oliver, but it did not provide details about the passenger. "We are continuing to review our records to determine whether any other U.S. citizens might have been on board the flight," said State Department Spokesman Jeff Rathke. The 37-year-old father, also known as Robert Oliver Calvo, was born in Barcelona and lived in Spain but was a U.S. citizen. He worked for the clothing company Desigual. Earlier, his father told Reuters television that he and his wife had been following the investigation into Tuesday's crash from their home in Spain. "Some people feel better getting closer to where their loved ones might be," said Robert Tansill Oliver, a 73-year-old retired English teacher who has lived in Barcelona since 1966. "But in this case, we would like to go when something can be identified, one of their belongings can be identified, ...
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Talk of sports subsidies swirls at Capitol 26.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
While top state lawmakers and Gov. Mark Dayton continue to vow no state subsidy for a professional soccer stadium, leaders of the House and Senate are preparing to mount a push for Super Bowl-related tax breaks requested by the NFL.
Heartbreaking Stories Emerge As Germanwings Plane Crash Victims Identified 26.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A day after a Germanwings jet plummeted from the sky and crashed in the French Alps en route from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, heartbreaking details emerged about the 150 people on board, all of whom are presumed dead. Germanwings on Wednesday confirmed many of the passengers' nationalities -- including 72 Germans and 35 Spaniards -- but said it was still working to contact all the victims' relatives. As officials began to confirm the passengers' identities, the many personal tragedies of flight 4U 9525 came into clearer focus. On board were opera singers and rock musicians, infants and grandparents, and people from at least 18 countries, from Iran to Israel. Here are some of the crash victims: Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio and her infant son, Julian, Britain Marina Bandres Lopez-Belio, a 37-year-old film editor, wanted to get back home to England with her 7-month-old son as soon as possible after her uncle’s funeral in Spain. “She bought the tickets at the last moment,” her husband, Pawel ...
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The Lawsuit That Could Take Down Obamacare Has A Paper-Trail Problem 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Walking down the steps outside the Supreme Court earlier this month, following a two-hour oral argument over President Barack Obama's health care law, Kathleen Sebelius, the former secretary of health and human services, projected an aura of confidence. As someone critically involved in putting together the Affordable Care Act, she had more insight than most into the debate at hand: whether subsidies authorized under the bill to help purchase insurance were meant to be universal. In that day's argument, the plaintiffs had insisted they were not -- and not just under the letter of the law, but by design. According to the plaintiffs' reasoning, the administration wanted states to establish their own exchanges, so it dangled a major financial incentive in front of them to do so. This, Sebelius said in so many words, was nonsense. "I met up with governors starting on day one and we talked about it," she told a quickly gathering press corps. "I don’t think there ever was a hint that if governors ...
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Obamacare Five Years Later: Thriving Or On Political Life Support? 25.3.2015 NPR News
The health care law has sliced the number of uninsured by a third. Yet it remains deeply polarizing, and its fate could be decided by the Supreme Court and the coming presidential election.
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Food Banks Bring Meals To Low-Income Kids During Spring Break When School's Out 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Spring break is rarely a picnic for low-income kids. While most children count down the days to vacation, students who live in poor households anxiously count the numbers of meals they’ll miss when they can’t get access to free meals at school. To make sure the only issue underserved children have to only worry about is how they’ll spend their time off, a number of nonprofits are finding innovative ways to bring meals to children “During spring break, that's 10 missed meals if they are getting breakfast and lunch at school, so it's really important for us to get out here," Brenda O'Brian of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, told News on 6. Across the country, 21 million students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch at school, according to Feeding America. To continue feeding those kids during vacation, nonprofits, like the Community Food Bank , started putting nourishment systems in place as schools prepared to shut down. That Oklahoma group is packing up its mobile food truck and parking ...
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Lyons voters reject proposal for flood replacement housing at Bohn Park 25.3.2015 Denver Post: Local
In a move that carries major implications for the ongoing flood recovery in Lyons, the town's voters have rejected a plan that would have dedicated a slice of downtown park land as the site of an affordable housing development for displaced ...
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L.A. transit officials should support affordable housing near rail lines 25.3.2015 LA Times: Top News
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America's Cities: An 'Urban Crisis' Ignored 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Are America's major cities dying? The answer is yes, no and maybe depending on the city or where one looks within it. Many of our large cities are places where the infrastructure is decaying, neighborhoods are deteriorating, and hopes are dimming for a large number of citizens. Many of them are also places where each one tells a tale of two cities -- for the wealthy few it is the best of times, for those of lesser means it is the worst of times. Derek Thompson illustrates this contradiction, in a recent article where he notes that among the cities at the top of the list that have the "highest inter-generational mobility -- that is, the best odds that a child born into a low income household will move up into the middle" -- are the "rich coastal metropolises including San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego and New York City." Thompson then points out that these same five cities are included in the list of the 10 least affordable cities in the United States in which to own a home based upon the ...
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Highlights of bipartisan House plan on Medicare doctor fees 25.3.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Highlights of the compromise released Tuesday by House Republican and Democratic leaders to permanently avoid yearly cuts in reimbursements for physicians treating Medicare patients. Cost figures were not released but are based on interviews with lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staff:...
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Political Threats to the Health of Children 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) turns 18 this year and has been an unqualified success story. Over 8 million children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to buy affordable health coverage receive health care through it. In tandem with Medicaid, CHIP has cut the nation's uninsured rate for children in half since its creation. Reflecting that success, CHIP has strong bipartisan support from our nation's governors , over 1,500 organizations from across the country, and an array of dental organizations . In an American Viewpoint poll , voters expressed overwhelming support (74-14 percent) for extending the program. Simply put: CHIP works. And yet, CHIP has witnessed a few near death experiences over the years and its future is at risk, once again, due to the fact that funding for the program expires this September. Although both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have introduced bills and proposals about how best to proceed, we live in an era where ...
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Detroit woman arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer 25.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Detroit police have arrested the mother of a boy and girl whose bodies were found in a freezer in the family's ...
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Number Of Uninsured Fell By More Than 11 Million Since Passage Of Obamacare, CDC Reports 24.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured, it's the lowest level measured in more than 15 years. The most dramatic change took place in comparing 2013 with the first nine months of 2014. As the health care law's major coverage expansion was taking effect, the number of uninsured people fell by 7.6 million over that time. That's "much bigger than can possibly be explained by the economy," said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. "The vast majority has to be due to the Affordable Care Act." Monday was the law's fifth anniversary, and supporters and detractors again clashed over its impact. Obama says the law in many ways is "working even better than anticipated." House Speaker John Boehner says it ...
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