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Marriott Golf adds Arabella Hotel and Spa in South Africa

first_imgMarriott Golf, the global golf division of Marriott International, Inc., announced further global expansion, with it’s first-ever managed golf resort property in South Africa, the Arabella Golf Club, located in Hermanus, South Africa, near Cape Town.  This expansion news comes on the heels of Marriott Golf adding resort golf facilities in Fiji, New Caledonia, Uruguay, Spain and Portugal in 2017.Surrounded by the magnificent Kogelberg mountain range and Bot River Lagoon and edged by wild fynbos, the picturesque Arabella Golf Course is the ideal place to pursue a passion for golf and enjoy an ideal golf holiday. The 18-hole, Par 72 Championship course has consistently been ranked in the top 10 courses in South Africa. The 8th hole has been described as one of the most beautiful par 5’s in South Africa and the 18th hole was rated one of the finest finishing holes in the country.The course was designed and built by the acclaimed South African golf course architect Peter Matkovich in 1999. Since then, many professionals and celebrities have enjoyed the Arabella Golf experience, including Jack Nicklaus, Samuel L. Jackson, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Lee Westwood, Tim Clark, and Gary Player.“The newest addition to the Marriott International golf portfolio offers our Rewards members and all guests another opportunity to combine world class travel experiences with great golf,” said Jim Keane, Senior Director, Golf Operations and Development Planning, Marriott International, Inc.last_img read more

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Cap Juluca Bows Elite Summer PackagesAnguilla BWI

first_imgCap Juluca Bows Elite Summer PackagesAnguilla, BWI – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhether your perfect Caribbean getaway revolves around golf, tennis, water sports or simply relaxing on one of The Travel Channel’s “World’s Sexiest Beaches”, Cap Juluca has the ideal package for you. For the golfer, Cap Juluca manages Anguilla’s only 18 hole golf course, a $50 million creation of Greg Norman, the Temenos Golf Course.To offer a true Caribbean golf experience Cap Juluca designed the Unlimited Anguilla Golf Package for an additional $100 per night, one guest per room at Cap Juluca will receive unlimited all day play, cart included with complimentary transfers to and from Cap Juluca and Temenos Golf Course. If unlimited golf doesn’t leave you enough time to enjoy the beach, how about some free golf? Choose free golf with The Shark Golf Package, which offers golfers one round free for a three-night stay and two rounds free for a five-night stay. Longer stays are awarded rounds on a cumulative basis. The Shark Golf Package also includes complimentary round-trip transfers to and from the golf course and golf cart included.Allow Cap Juluca to pay you $100, per night stayed, to Discover Cap Juluca. With this package guests receive a $100 resort credit per night that can be redeemed anywhere within the resort. The Stay In Luxury Package lets you book a Superior Room and be upgraded to a Luxury Room. Choose to stay for four nights and receive an airfare credit of up to $600 per room, per stay with the Paradise Awaits Package. All packages include other complimentary amenities – continental breakfast served daily on your private terrace or at Blue restaurant, water sports, yoga, pilates and water aerobics classes as well as afternoon tea.www.capjuluca.comlast_img read more

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Rep VerHeulen bill bans local tax on food production and sales

first_img20Sep Rep. VerHeulen bill bans local tax on food production and sales New excise levy would hurt families, farmers State Rep. Rob VerHeulen today introduced legislation that prohibits local units of government from imposing an excise tax on the production, distribution and sale of food.VerHeulen, of Walker, said the ban guarantees that families, farmers and small businesses are protected from aggressive local taxes that have wreaked havoc on communities in Illinois and Pennsylvania.“Our state constitution guarantees there will be no sales tax on the food our farmers and factories produce and sell at local stores and markets, which nurtures our families,” VerHeulen said. “My measure expands that ban to guarantee that food and beverages are not subjected to aggressive, local taxes.”The bill comes in the wake of passage of local taxes on food and beverages in Cook County, Illinois and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which have had disastrous effects on local economies. In addition, VerHeulen said research has shown grocery taxes place a disproportionate burden on low-income families.“Not only have these burdensome taxes resulted in job losses and slashed hours for grocery employees, they have hurt low- and middle-income families trying to make ends meet and put nutritious food on the table,” VerHeulen said. “Agriculture is the state’s second largest industry, accounting for more than 900,000 jobs in Michigan. The last thing our citizens and the agriculture industry need is a new local tax on food products.”The bill was referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.#####The measure is House Bill 4999.center_img Categories: News,VerHeulen Newslast_img read more

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Rep Tedder announces local skilledtraining grants

first_img Categories: Tedder News 01Dec Rep. Tedder announces local skilled-training grants Rep. Jim Tedder today announced a combined grant award of $54,000 to three local businesses from the Waterford and Clarkston areas.Independence Commercial Construction, Lawrence Plastics and Pentastar Aviation were awarded funds from the 2018 GoingPRO-Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) for the development of skilled-training programs in local Michigan companies.“I applaud these businesses for earning such important grants,” Tedder said. “It is essential to provide new opportunities for workers and employers so Michigan can continue to build the most talented workforce in the nation.”The STTF operates under the Talent Investment Agency and aims to provide opportunities for employers and workers to gain skilled-training experience in high-demand technical fields. Over the past five years, the STTF has helped companies create over 14,000 jobs and retain 56,000 more. Tedder added, “we need to do everything we can to address the shortage of skilled trades professionals in our state.”last_img read more

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Marinos plan to modernize boater safety certification headed to governors desk

first_img Categories: Marino News,News Rep. Steve Marino’s plan to allow boaters to present electronic proof of their safety certificate instead of the traditional paper license heads to the governor’s desk for his consideration. The Michigan Senate unanimously approved the measure Wednesday.“We have the technology available to offer Michiganders better options to present proof of their boater’s safety certificate than soggy, disintegrated paper,” said Marino, who authored the plan. “This plan allows boaters to use a device they always have on them, like their phone, to produce a digital copy of their safety card that is just as authentic as the original.”Under the plan laid out in House Bills 5836, 5988 and 5989, boaters would be allowed to present electronic proof of their boater safety certificates when stopped by law enforcement. Officers would be able to take the boater’s electronic device to their vehicle or request the documentation be forwarded by email or text, similar to recent laws allowing drivers to present electronic proofs of their vehicle insurance and registration.Marino said search and seizure protections are included to prevent officers from looking through phones if they are handed over for e-proof verification.“I’ve been out on Lake St. Clair with my Ziploc baggy filled with a wet boating license, thinking ‘there has got to be a better way to do this,’” Marino said. “I am pleased to have the support of both chambers on this proposal and am hopeful it will soon be signed into law.” 13Dec Marino’s plan to modernize boater safety certification headed to governor’s desklast_img read more

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Rep Meerman attends annual State of the State address

first_imgPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Luke Meerman, of Coopersville, attends the Governor’s annual State of the State address with his guest, Dean Luurtsema of Luurtsema Sales, Inc.### Categories: Meerman News 12Feb Rep. Meerman attends annual State of the State addresslast_img

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Tatarstan telecom operator Tattelekom has chosen T

first_imgTatarstan telecom operator Tattelekom has chosen TV and broadband technology provider ADB’s Epicentro-PMP TR-069 ACS system to remotely manage its multivendor base of broadband access gateways.Tattelekom provides fixed line services including data networks, internet access and interactive digital TV service Fly TV in the Republic of Tatarstan in European Russia.“Epicentro-PMP allows us to automate the provisioning, assurance and maintenance processes of our multi-vendor broadband gateway base”, said Fathullin Rail-Rifovitch, director of Informatisation and new technologies at Tattelekom in a statement. “ADB’s solution offered us an optimal mix of distinguishing features, technical support for the integration with our network, and a compelling cost model.”last_img read more

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The number of broadbandonly households in the US

first_imgThe number of broadband-only households in the US has climbed by 112% year-on-year, with the average adult also watching less live TV than a year ago, according to Nielsen. The research firm’s Total Audience Report for the third quarter of 2014 claims that more choices are being driven by technology and that 3% of US homes are now broadband-only – up by more than 100% compared to last year.According to the study, which aims to deliver “comprehensive measurement of all audience and all advertising,” 46% of US homes have a games console, 40% use subscription video-on-demand service, 13% have an enabled smart TV, while 13% have a multimedia device.At the same time smartphone and tablet penetration were both up year-on-year, now standing at 75% and 46% respectively.Nielsen said that the average time spent watching live TV per day among US adults was 4 hours, 32 minutes in Q3 2014, down from 4:44 in Q3 2013 and 4:50 in Q3 2012.“While we are not seeing a departure from media content consumption, we do see a shift in consumer behaviour and today we see a resounding growth in consumption on digital platforms,” said Nielsen senior vice-president of insights, Dounia Turrill.“The growing penetration of new devices and the popularity of subscription-based streaming services, time-shifted and over-the-top viewing — as well as cord-cutting and cord shaving — are fundamentally changing the TV industry.”last_img read more

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Bertrand Meheut Canal Group has denied reports th

first_imgBertrand MeheutCanal+ Group has denied reports that Bertrand Meheut is preparing to quit his role as president and that parent company Vivendi is preparing a succession plan that could involve a significant reorganisation at the pay TV operator. Citing unnamed industry sources, business new TV channel BFMTV reported on its website that Meheut is preparing leave his post between now and this autumn, and that Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré was looking into a possible reorganization at the pay TV operator. BFMTV reported that this could include the possible disappearance of the post of president.last_img read more

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Sami Boustany CEO of Yahlive Abu Dhabibased SES

first_imgSami Boustany, CEO of YahliveAbu Dhabi-based SES and Yahsat satellite joint venture Yahlive has renewed and extended its partnership with the BBC to broadcast its Persian and Arabic TV channels across its footprint.As part of the agreement with the BBC World Service, Yahlive will distribute the broadcaster’s Persian and Arabic television channels as well as the radio programming from its Arabic and Afghan services to audiences across the Middle East and South-West Asia.Yahlive says that viewership has significantly increased among its Farsi-speaking viewers in the region. Between 2014 and 2015 the total number of viewers over DTH and terrestrial networks grew by approximately 45% from 26 million to over 37 million.Sami Boustany, CEO, Yahlive said: “Yahlive is one of the fastest-growing regional satellite broadcasters in the region. Working closely with partners such as the BBC is core to our mission to bring viewers a mix of culturally relevant programming. The continuation of our partnership with the BBC is reflective of this and is a significant component of our growing channel portfolio.”Nigel Fry, head of distribution, BBC World Service said: “The BBC has a strong history of offering a variety of news, business, sport and documentary programming. Since our first signed agreement in July 2014, the continued partnership with Yahlive has given us an opportunity to share our world-class content with more viewers and listeners across the region.”last_img read more

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Louise Cottrell AMC Networks International has pro

first_imgLouise CottrellAMC Networks International has promoted Louise Cottrell to SVP of affiliate sales with an expanded role.Cottrell, previous, VP of affiliate sales, will now oversee and manage channel sales and channel development across Africa, Middle East, Poland, Israel and Turkey.  She will continue to report to Ed Palluth, EVP, global distribution, AMCNI.In her new role, she will work across the entire AMCNI portfolio, including AMC, SundanceTV, CBS Reality, JimJam, Odisseia, CBS Action, CBS Europa, EVA, Outdoor Channel, Extreme Sports Channel and associated services.“Louise is a highly experienced media executive with an innate understanding of AMCNI’s channel brands and a prodigious knowledge of the markets in which she works. Having already helped to increase the distribution of AMC and SundanceTV into new territories as well to expand the entire portfolio across brands, I’m looking forward to working with Louise on our next phase of growth,” said Palluth.last_img read more

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Netflix has launched a mobileonly subscription pl

first_imgNetflix has launched a mobile-only subscription plan in India. The plan will cost RS199 (€2.59) per month, is restricted to a single mobile device and limited to 480p. Last week, Netflix announced during its Q2 results that it would launch this plan in the country during Q3 2019. However, the company has decided to launch the plan right away. Ajay Arora, Director of product innovation at Netflix said: “Our members in India watch more on their mobiles than members anywhere else in the world- and they love to download our shows and films. We believe this new plan will make Netflix even more accessible and better suit people who like to watch on their smartphones and tablets – both on the go and at home.”There is no suggestion that this type of plan will be rolled out elsewhere around the world, but with subscriber growth stalling, the company might decide to expand it. While Netflix is still the market leader, the company failed to reach its subscriber target and actually lost subscribers in the US. Following that announcement, shareholder Johan Wallerstein launched a class action lawsuit against Netflix, its cofounder, CEO, and chairman Reed Hastings, and its chief financial officer Spencer Neumann. Wallerstein claims that the company made “materially false and/or misleading” statements in the build up to the earnings call.last_img read more

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Home NewsWatch National News Explosive devices

first_imgHome NewsWatch National News Explosive devices addressed to Hillary Clinton, Obama intercepted; CNN evacuated after suspicious package found National NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Explosive devices addressed to Hillary Clinton, Obama intercepted; CNN evacuated after suspicious package found By Tyler BarkerOct 24, 2018, 10:36 am 306 0 Explosive devices addressed to Hillary Clinton’s home and the house of former President Barack Obama were intercepted, and the Time Warner Center that is home to CNN in New York City was evacuated after a suspicious package was sent there, officials said.Investigators are working to determine whether the two devices addressed to Clinton and Obama are connected to a pipe bomb found earlier this week in the home mailbox of billionaire George Soros in the community near where the Clintons live in Chappaqua, New York, multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News.The preliminary belief is that all three devices are of similar pipe-bomb-style construction.The New York City Police bomb squad was responding to the suspicious package inside the mail room of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan’s Columbus Circle.Sources told ABC News that the suspicious package appears to be a metal pipe with wires. Floors above and below the mail room are being evacuated.CNN anchor Jim Sciutto was on air at the time of the evacuation, and the channel’s news coverage was switched over to their offices in Washington D.C. Sciutto called in to their broadcast and said that he and hundreds of other CNN employees were standing outside, watching a “very fast-acting, quick response group” of NYPD officers responding to the scene.The Secret Service stressed that the packages sent to Clinton or Obama did not reach them.“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in a statement.Bill and Hillary Clinton live in Westchester County north of New York City, and the Obamas in Washington, D.C.President Trump has been briefed on the suspicious packages sent to the Clinton and Obama homes and the White House has now issued a statement forcefully condemning the “attempted violent attacks.”“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures,” Sarah Sanders says in a statement. “These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. The United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies are investigating and will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates. Previous PostFayette County Employees Recognized For Their Service Against Domestic Violence Next PostWyoming County Woman Arrested For Pulling A Gun On Her Husband Google+ Pinterest Linkedin Mail Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Facebook Twitter Tumblrlast_img read more

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A mother of two is dead in Demopolis and police a

first_imgA mother of two is dead in Demopolis, and police are searching for more information after a shooting Thursday.Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese said an officer was serving papers on someone at a home when a small child there opened the door and said someone killed his mother.The officer entered the home and found Shannon Sharell Steele, 29, in a back bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound. Her 4-month-old child was in the bedroom as well.Demopolis Fire and Rescue and an ambulance were called to the scene, but the Steele died.Neither child was injured.Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Demopolis Police Department at 334-289-3073 or the tip line at 334-289-1475.last_img read more

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Theres a possible change coming in Alabamas elec

first_imgThere’s a possible change coming in Alabama’s election laws. A bill has been presented that would essentially do away with special elections for vacant U.S. Senate seats, like the one we just had in December.If a senator leaves office, whether because of a death, conviction, appointment, or other reason, the governor will appoint someone to serve for the rest of the term. Political analyst Steve Flowers says current wording in Alabama’s constitution says an election should be held to fill the seat forthwith, which is ambiguous and can be interpreted in different ways. Flowers explains that when former governor Robert Bentley appointed Luther Strange to Jeff Session’s vacant seat, he meant to do it until the next elections, which are this year. When Kay Ivey became governor, she interpreted the law to mean an election should be held immediately, calling for the special election. Flowers says the recent special election cost the Alabama $12M.The bill was presented by Representative Steve Clous, the chair of the General Fund Committee. It passed through the State House, and is expected to go through the State Senate in the next couple of weeks.Watch the full interview with Steve Flowers on the subject above.last_img read more

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BIRMINGHAM Ala AP – New numbers show that Birm

first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – New numbers show that Birmingham’s airport is experiencing strong growth in passenger traffic.More than 2.9 million passengers passed through the airport in 2018.That’s a 10 percent increase compared to the 2.7 million passengers who used the airport in 2017.In January, the airport set a record: It served 224,012 passengers, a nearly 16 percent increase in passengers over the previous year.Some of the gains are being attributed to extra flights and seats that were added during the college football season.___Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)2/17/2019 10:08:55 AM (GMT -6:00)last_img read more

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Stillman College President Dr Cythia Warrick held

first_imgStillman College President Dr. Cythia Warrick held a discussion panel Thursday night to discuss her Elevate Stillman plan.“Elevate Stillman is an economic development program to increase community involvement and partnerships so that we collaborate on bringing more economic development to our campus and west Tuscaloosa,” Warrick said.Warrick held the panel discussion in order to engage the west end community in discussions about improving the future success of the college.“We just wanted to let the community know that we’re not operating in the dark we want everyone to see the transparency and the activities that we’re planning and we want them to participate and we need their support,” Warrick said.The first topic of discussion was centered around the Benjamin Barnes YMCA,“We would like to locate the new Barnes YMCA on our campus adjacent to the football complex and our eight lighted tennis court so youth in our community will have access to recreational facilities, most of the recreational facilities in Tuscaloosa are almost 10 miles away so it’s a mutually beneficial project,” Warrick said.The second panel focused on the possibility of adding a new multi-purpose building to house restaurants and businesses that are missing from west Tuscaloosa.“Well, we’d like to see on this side of west Tuscaloosa, we’re in a food desert, we would like to see a Starbucks, a subway, a nail salon, things that you see in other communities,” Warrick said. “So, if we can get some of those items in accompanying apartments, not student housing but housing for professionals and young adults.”While most of the evening was spent discussing possibilities, there were also concrete steps taken toward bringing a hotel to west Tuscaloosa. A memorandum of understanding was signed to begin the project.“I’m just so excited because they have signed which means they are committed to making this hotel project work,” Warrick said. “It would be the first hotel in the west end of Tuscaloosa and with all of the hotel development in Tuscaloosa. It took this long to make it happen but we’re so happy that it happened on our campus.Once construction begins on the hotel, they hope to complete the project in 12-18 months.last_img read more

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ATHENS – Theres a change of guard in the boardroo

first_imgATHENS – There’s a change of guard in the boardroom at Panathinaikos FC. Manos Mavrokoukoulakis takes over the “greens” presidency, replacing outgoing club executive and former Panathinaikos player, Vasilis Konstantinou.“Panathinaikos FC is pleased to announce that Mr. Manos Mavrokoukoulakis, as of today, takes his post as President of the Board of Directors and and the CEO of the club, in the place of resigned President Vasilis Constantinou, “the official Panathinaikos FC announcement says and continues:” Panathinaikos FC thanks Mr. Konstantinou for his multifaceted contributions to the management of the team over the last seven years. The outgoing president of the club has faithfully served from many management posts the club, during a time when the club has experienced many joys but also some hardships. Vasilis Konstantinou’s relationship with Panathinaikos started decades ago and his resignation today from the Board of Directors completes results in an amicable end to an administrative cycle in his career. The administration of Panathinaikos FC wishes Mr. Konstantinou joy and success in the future in whatever his next chapter may be” the announcement  concludes.The outgoing president and CEO of the “greens”, said: “After 1.5 years as President of the Board of Directors, of Panathinaikos FC and after serving for a few months as CEO of the club, I would like to inform you that I have resigned my position as chairman of the board and CEO of the club effective immediately. The reasons for my resignation are purely personal and have to do with my decision to seek election as a municipal councilor in the Municipality of Maroussi “, he says and continues,” The positions I held at Panathinaikos FC until today require a full time commitment and total dedication, so given my desire to test my abilities in the political arena, I could not dutifully fulfill my obligations to Panathinaikos. I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, club owner, Mr. Giannis Alafouzos, for the trust and support he has shown me over the years on the Board of Directors of the club. Moreover, I thank all the current and past members of the board for the cooperation we have had. Panathinaikos is going through a difficult period, but I am convinced that the club will return to its rightful place, at the top,” he concluded.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Although the GOP repealandreplace mantra seems t

first_imgAlthough the GOP repeal-and-replace mantra seems to have quieted, some Republican lawmakers continue efforts to get around the sweeping federal health law’s requirements.Sometimes that happens in surprising places. Like the farm bill.Tucked deep inside the House version of the massive bill — amid crop subsidies and food assistance programs — is a provision that supporters say could help provide farmers with cheaper (and likely less comprehensive) health insurance than plans offered through the Affordable Care Act.It calls for $65 million in loans and grants administered by the Department of Agriculture to help organizations establish agricultural-related policies modeled on “association health plans.”But the idea is not without skeptics.”I don’t know that anyone at the Department of Agriculture, with all due respect, knows a darn thing about starting and maintaining a successful insurance company,” said Sabrina Corlette, a professor and project director at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.Association health plans are offered through organizations whose members usually share a professional, employment, trade or other relationship, although the Trump administration is soon to finalize new rules widely expected to broaden eligibility while loosening the rules on benefits these plans must include.Under Trump’s proposal, association plans would not have to offer coverage across 10 broad “essential” categories of care, including hospitalization, prescription drugs and emergency care. They could also spend less of the revenue from premiums on medical care.Under the farm bill, starting next year, the secretary of Agriculture could grant up to 10 loans of no more than $15 million each to existing associations whose members are ranchers, farmers or other agribusinesses.The language is strikingly similar to a bill introduced April 12 by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), a supporter of association health plans. He did not respond to calls for comment.Although the farm bill is usually considered “must-pass” legislation by many lawmakers, this year’s version is currently facing pushback because of controversy surrounding other parts of the measure — mainly language that would add additional work requirements to the food stamp program.Still, no matter what happens there, the focus on association health plans won’t go away.The plans — coupled with another Trump administration move to make short-term insurance more widely available — could draw healthier people out of the ACA markets, leaving the pool of beneficiaries with higher percentages of people who need medical care. And that, some say, could drive up premiums for those who remain in marketplace plans.The National Association of Insurance Commissioners, for example, has warned that association plans “threaten the stability of the small group market” and “provide inadequate benefits and insufficient protection to consumers.”Actuaries have made similar arguments.Others are concerned about the idea of the government providing funding for such plans.”We have reams of experience with AHPs that have gone belly up … and the notion that we should put taxpayer money into them is irresponsible,” says Georgetown University’s Corlette.She’s referring to the industry’s mixed track record with plans. Some have served members well, but other plans have been marked by solvency problems that left consumers on the hook with unpaid medical bills, or were investigated for providing little or no coverage for such things as chemotherapy or doctor office visits.It’s not fair to simply focus on the failures, counters attorney Christopher Condeluci, who in the past has served as tax and benefits counsel to the Senate Finance Committee and now advises private clients, some of whom are interested in association plans.”Some AHPs were not successful,” he agrees. “But there are arguably more examples of AHPs that work. The trouble is, everyone focuses on the negative.”Although the GOP generally supports association plans, using taxpayer funds to help start them could prove problematic for some conservatives in Congress.Many Republican lawmakers have expressed concern about the use of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to start insurance co-ops that were part of the ACA; most of them failed.”The hard-earned tax dollars collected from working Americans, sitting at Treasury right now, are not venture capital, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) said at a subcommittee hearing in November 2015. Currently, Brady is chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.But the provision could be popular in rural areas.”We think it’s a good idea,” says Rob Robertson, chief administrator for the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, whose group is considering sponsoring an association plan.About half of his members, Robertson says, have a spouse working a non-farm job, mainly to get the health insurance coverage the job entails. And of other members who buy their own health insurance, some are facing astronomical premiums and are looking for relief.”I can’t think of any sector that is affected more by the huge premium increases under Obamacare than farmers and ranchers,” Robertson says.The farm bill — including the AHP provision — was approved by the House Committee on Agriculture in mid-April, and is currently awaiting floor consideration. Meanwhile, a final rule on the Trump AHP rule, which has drawn more than 900 comments from supporters and opponents, could be issued as early as this summer.Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service, is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2018 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

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first_imgI’m thankful we’ve been able to house people like Anthony, who placed years of adversity and obstacles behind him to follow his dream of having his own set of keys and apartment to call home.Introduced to drugs at 13, Anthony struggled with a substance use disorder for 40 years. As a person in recovery myself, I understand how challenging it can be to break the cycle of addiction. But Anthony did. He dug deep to find the courage to fight his addiction and set off in a new direction, focused on improving his quality of life.Along the road to recovery, Anthony realized that without a safe, stable place to call home, recovery would be an even greater challenge. And, he reasoned, he wanted to have a place where his children and grandchildren could visit him.But finding a home can be a challenge when you’ve been without one for so long. Referred to our partners at Hearth Inn by Pine Street Inn, Anthony would meet with Natacha, his Hearth Case Manager, once a week — sometimes even twice. He would arrive 30 minutes early, waiting patiently with Taz, his tiny puppy, by his side. And after more than 15 years homeless, Anthony finally achieved his goal of securing keys to a safe, permanent new home — and a second chance to start over. After receiving an offer of BHA housing at one of the City’s housing surges, today, Anthony is able to live a full life, being the father, son, brother, and grandfather he always wanted to be.I visited Anthony in his new apartment in one of the Boston Housing Authority’s properties. It’s bright and sunny. Family photos decorate the walls, and Anthony is proud to show them off. We talked for an hour — Anthony’s a smart guy and a great storyteller.As we left Anthony’s apartment, I thought about how much it takes to house one homeless individual. It takes front line workers to understand what a person needs at the moment they enter shelter. It takes units of housing — from the Boston Housing Authority and private landlords alike. It takes innovative thinking to come up with new ideas like our housing surges, which match individuals to housing and services, and end chronic homelessness then and there. It takes technology, like our new coordinated access engine and our new data systems. It takes landlords, like those who are participating in our new Landlord Guarantee initiative.All of these efforts depend on the amazing people who make up our homelessness system, and work every day find stable, secure homes for Boston’s homeless individuals. From the front door triage workers in shelters to the people who hand individuals their new keys, Boston’s entire system of providers has come together as one to help: shelter partners like Pine Street Inn; healthcare organizations like Hearth; housing search experts like HomeStart. And through it all, an army of dedicated case managers keeps in touch with homeless individuals, helping guide and empower them every step of the way.It takes a village of workers to house a homeless person. And as the holidays approach, I’m asking for your help as well. On our web site, you can find a list of ways, both small and large, that you can help us end chronic homelessness in Boston. For example, if you’re a landlord, you can participate in the Landlord Guarantee Fund and rent to a homeless household. Or you can volunteer with one of our many partners, doing everything from helping furnish peoples’ new homes to helping them prepare for job interviewsIn my time as mayor, I’ve seen the generosity and strength of this city in so many ways. I firmly believe that by working together, we can end all chronic homelessness in Boston, just as we have already ended chronic veterans homelessness. As we sit down to Thanksgiving and holiday meals, I hope you’ll join me in working to ensure people like Anthony can gather their families together, and celebrate the holidays in a home of their own.For more information, visit https://www.boston.gov/departments/neighborhood-development/ bostons-way-home. Mayor’s Office Photo by Isabel Leon.By Mayor Martin J. WalshThanksgiving is not only a time to gather around the table with family, friends, and loved ones; it’s also a time to reflect on the year past and to consider all the things we have to be grateful for. I know I have a lot to be thankful for — my family, my friends, and my health, for starters. But as mayor, I have something else to be thankful for — the remarkable people I work with every day, and the work they do to help people.This Thanksgiving, I’m especially grateful for the work that we have been able to do to help Boston’s homeless individuals. Since 2014, we have housed 1,200 homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals. And each one of those people has their own unique story.*Advertisement*last_img read more

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