Vermont women will not have to pay out-of-pocket for preventative mammograms

first_imgVermont Business Magazine After months of working on a solution to a breast cancer screening impediment, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) wants all Vermont women to know that a state law passed in 2013, which eliminated out of pocket cost sharing for screening mammograms and any “call-back” mammograms, is now fully operational.Despite being state law for four years, some Vermont women were still being billed when they had to go back to the doctor’s office for a “call-back” or follow up mammogram.  Approximately 10 percent of women who have screening mammograms are “called back” or asked to return to their provider for additional imaging.  After a thorough analysis, in which ACS CAN worked with Vermont providers and Vermont insurance carriers, it was determined that the way call back mammograms were coded was the reason women continue to face bills for the follow-up imaging. After months of meetings and discussions, ACS CAN helped create a workgroup with members from the Vermont Healthcare Advocate’s Office, UVM Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, MVP, Cigna and the Department of Financial Regulation.  The workgroup endeavored to create an updated system of coding and has begun a concentrated outreach effort to educate patients, clinicians and coders statewide.“There will be an estimated 530 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in Vermont this year and 70 deaths,” said Bill Sherman, ACS CAN managing director of government relations. “In 2014, only 56 percent of Vermont women 40 years of age and older had mammograms. It is crucial for Vermont women to talk to their physicians and get their mammograms as recommended because early detection not only saves money but saves lives. Now that the law is totally functional, women will not be subject to out-of-pocket cost sharing for screening or follow-up imaging and, therefore, they will not face barriers to getting these lifesaving screenings.”“ACS CAN applauds the work done by leadership at the Department of Financial Regulation and the Healthcare Advocate’s Office, as well as our fellow advocates and Vermont insurance companies, to remedy this issue. This solution has the potential to provide all women with Vermont-based insurance access to zero-cost screening mammography,” continued Sherman.This law also applies to certain procedures related to colonoscopies.ACS CAN is the non-profit, non-partisan advocacy affiliate organization of the American Cancer Society, which is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. ACS CAN works to encourage lawmakers, candidates and government officials to support laws and policies that will make cancer a top national priority. ACS CAN gives ordinary people extraordinary power to fight cancer. For more information, visit www.acscan.org(link is external). Source: MONTPELIER, VT –December 11, 2017 – American Cancer Society Cancer Action Networklast_img read more

Driven by mail-in ballots, Johnson County’s Aug. 4 primary set turnout record

first_imgVoting by mail, by and large, did not prevent Johnson Countians from having their votes counted in this month’s primary election, according to a canvass of votes concluded Thursday. Just 673 of the almost 150,000 votes cast were not allowed because they arrived later than Aug. 7 or were postmarked after Election Day.County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt said having an unusually large percentage of voters casting mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic did not appear to have stopped ballots from arriving on time in what was a record turnout primary.Just eight votes shy of 150,000 were cast overall, which amounted to almost 35% turnout. In contrast, turnout for the August primary in 2016 was about 20%. Overall, mail-in ballots accounted for 56% of the total number of ballots cast. Election officials said there was a 79% return rate on mail-in ballots sent out.The Aug. 4 primary could be a preview of a potentially historic general election in November.Schmidt said Thursday that turnout could easily double in November and may even approach 80%. She noted that 100,000 mail-in ballot applications for the general election have already been received.Turnout for the Aug. 4 primary was nearly evenly split between the two major parties: 47.8% of ballots were cast by registered Republicans and 46.3% were cast by registered Democrats.The vote canvass is a review by county commissioners of the final results and includes the decisions on which challenged ballots were or were not counted. Some 1,499 provisional ballots were not counted this year, and among those 673 were either postmarked or received too late.This year, mailed ballots that were postmarked by election day could be counted as long as they arrived in the election office by the Friday after election day. Schmidt did not have a breakout of how many ballots were correctly postmarked but arrived later than Friday.The number not counted was not enough to change any of the results, Schmidt said.Other problems that resulted in a ballot not being counted included:249 ballots for incorrect party affiliation change238 ballots not properly registered122 ballots with incomplete information on the envelopeSome 2,533 provisional ballots were counted after being researched by the office. Those included 1,475 where the voter asked for an advance ballot but did not return it, then voted provisional at the polls. Another 425 had moved or changed names and 289 did not submit voter identification at the polls but provided it before the canvass.Some ballots were partially counted. Those were mostly when people showed up at the wrong polling place or had the wrong party affiliation. In those cases, write-in votes and votes for certain offices could still be counted.County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt said the biggest need for the upcoming November election will be more poll workers. Photo via Johnson County Election Office Twitter.Schmidt said the election generally went smoothly, and that she’ll continue to encourage mail-in voters to drop off their ballots at the drop boxes at the election office in Olathe or at a polling place during that last week before the election.She would like to get another drop box in the northern part of the county as well, she said.Talk of increasing postage should not affect the county either, she said, because Johnson County sends its mail first class and not on a cheaper advertising or bulk rate. There has been talk nationally of increasing the rate for ballots to 50 cents, where the norm for marketing rates had been 20 cents.“The post office will need to come through for the November presidential [election] nationwide, and we will continue to tell voters not to put their ballot in the mail the last week and drop their ballot off. That’s the safest way to know that we got your ballot,” she said.The biggest needs for the next election will be for more poll workers. Schmidt had been working on getting younger people to the polls to reduce the dangers of COVID-19 infection to mostly older poll workers. But the polls were still predominantly staffed by older workers for the primary. With discussions in the news about more transmission and schools reopening, Schmidt said, “Parents are being very protective of their teenage kids.”Some polling places had only four workers, which is “bare bones,” she said. “It’s unfortunate but we did the very best to get as many people in the polling places and trained as we could. I am eternally grateful for all of them.”For the general election, Schmidt said she would like to increase by 20 the 167 polling places and add two more to the seven advance voting places.last_img read more

Cavan Commercial leases 7.5 acres at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

first_imgCommercial Properties, Inc. (CPI) announced the land lease of approximately 7.5 acres for the future development of approximately 100,000 SF multi-tenant industrial buildings located on the corner of Sossaman Road & Velocity Way and just south of the airport terminal. Leroy Breinholt and David Bean of CPI’s Tempe Industrial Group represented both Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Cavan Commercial, and will retain the lease listing of the completed project.Michael Merk, Director of the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Authority commented, “Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is one of the fastest growing regional hub airports in the U.S., flying over 1.45 million passengers annually.  Currently it’s home to Allegiant Airlines, Arizona State Polytechnic University, Chandler Gilbert Community College.”Breinholt and Bean are working closely with Cavan Commercial consulting on the proposed designs of the multi-phase industrial project which is starting construction in early 2015.  LGE Design Group is going to design and build the project which includes more expansion options in the future.Merk added, “According to population and growth estimates from the Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding areas will boast over 100,000 new jobs by 2035, making it one of the largest employment centers in the state of Arizona.”Dale Cavan, of Cavan Commercial, commented, “We are excited to expand into this rapidly growing submarket in Arizona which needs new product to meet increasing demand.  We identified the need for more manufacturing space as available inventory continues to shrink and rental rates climb higher.  Along with the prospect of bringing more jobs, this project will offer new tenants industrial/office suites with truckwells, secured storage yards, and large grade level doors, which are highly sought after in this product type.”last_img read more

Daily Postcard: Snow Storm Hovers Over Los Alamos

first_imgDaily Postcard: View around noon Thursday on the way to Albuquerque showing a monster snow storm hovering over Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hansonlast_img

THANYAPURA’S TIM MEYER TAKES OLYMPIC ATHLETE TO THE LINE AT LAGUNA…

first_imgThe Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club (TSLC) team athlete showed his performance training with Jurgen Zack and a great team of professional athletes during recent weeks is paying off after finishing an agonizingly close 9 seconds behind men’s winner Wild.The one-two finish, plus age group champions, once more proves TSLC is a world class training ground for Asia’s top triathletes. The exceptional triathlon elite camp training programmes offered at TSLC provided the athletes with an edge that helped with the unprecedented results at the annual event. Meyer, age 22, produced the best swim performance of his short career to come out of the 1800m swim one minute down on Wild, 2008 Austrian Olympian Simon Agoston and 3rd place finisher Alberta Casadei of Italy. The young Thanyapura athlete then asserted himself on the bike to catch the leaders early, except for Chris Leito who is regarded as one of the fastest cyclists in the world of triathlon. Ruedi Wild (left) won first place, with Tim Meyer (right) following close behind to win second place at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.Meyer and Wild who have been pushing each other to the limit in training at Thanyapura the past two weeks didn’t disappoint as they put the hammer down as they set about reducing Leito’s 1 min 40sec lead. By the half way point Wild had a short lead over Meyer and there was daylight to the rest of the competitors including 5-time world champion Chris McCormack from Australia. At the end the 2012 Swiss lympic triathlete had the edge down the finishing chute, but knew there was a star on the rise right behind.TSLC is quickly becoming the leading training destination for not only children and age group athletes but also many professional triathletes. In recent weeks there has been an increase in top athletes basing at Thanyapura including 2012 Olympians Wild and Czech athlete Radka Vodickova who won the 2012 Laguna Phuket Triathlon women’s title. Wild has enjoyed training with the likes of Meyer as “it’s more motivating to join in training groups so I don’t have to do all the training sessions on my own. The facilities are state of the art and the staff is very professional and treats you like family.“It’s been inspiring being able to help coach the Ironkids youth triathlon program with the help of Meyer and other top athletes. We love giving back to the sport.”The three time Laguna Phuket Triathlon winner, Vodickova has also made Thanyapura her training base including the 50m swimming pool.“You really enjoy swimming backstroke even if you are not good at it – the view of the exotic nature is amazing,” she said. She also enjoyed being in a modern, fully equipped sports complex where “it is nice to see other people, especially children, training. It motivates you for your training, even if you are almost at the end of your season.”Meyer continues his training preparation at Thanyapura this week alongside leading professional athletes as well as many age group and youth athletes who are preparing for this Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Phuket Triathlon.According to Thanyapura President and keen triathlete Robert Hauck, Meyer not only has the potential to be a champion but he also has the mindset.A total of 40 TSLC athletes took part in the highly competitive Laguna Phuket Triathlon trained at the TSLC Triathlon Academy, headed by former five time Ironman World Champion Jurgen Zack, with six of the top 20 in the men’s category using the TSLC facilities.These were Ruedi Wild (2:29:22), followed by Tim Meyer, Fredrik Croneborg who came sixth, followed by Olivier Baillet in 15th place, Jaray Jearanai in 17th as the best Thai athlete and Thomas Braun, who was also the winner in the 45-49 years old age group. Not to be outdone, Radka Vodičková won the overall female category in a time of 2:50:41, which would have made it into the men’s top 10, with Nickey Barnard winning the 35-39 years old female category, and Joey-Lynn Musselmann winning the 45-49 years old female category.Mr Hauck said there was a real buzz about TSLC with so many athletes excelling at this year’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon – and it bodes well for the future. “We have worked very hard to prepare such a high quality complex and it is great to see so many athletes benefit from the facilities,” he said. “It is another milestone on Thanyapura’s journey to becoming Asia’s favoured training and retreat facility for both amateur and professional athletes from around the world in many sports and disciplines.”For further information or high-resolution photography, please contact:Ms. Nathaphat AsavathanachartMarketing Communications ManagerE-mail: [email protected]: +66 (0) 76 336 000 Ext 50633Mobile: +66 (0) 80 266 9393www.thanyapura.comMr. David JohnsonManaging DirectorDelivering Asia CommunicationsE-mail: [email protected]: +66 (0) 2246 1159Mobile: +66 (0) 89 170 9866About Thanyapura. Thanyapura offers a diverse portfolio of unique properties centred on one idyllic campus in the heart of Phuket including Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club – Phuket, a world class sports and fitness facility for elite athletes and amateur enthusiasts, Thanyapura Mind Centre for the cultivation of mental and emotional balance, Phuket International Academy Day School, 77- room Thanyapura Resort (opening 2012), 38-room Thanyapura Retreat as well as a satellite operation, the five-star, nine-suite Thanyamundra two hours drive north of Phuket on a working organic farm adjacent to Khao Sok National Park. Thanyapura’s leisure amenities extend to a day spa, fully equipped kids and teen clubs, arts studio and performance centre plus innovative food and beverage outlets featuring organic cuisine, wine and cooking instruction. Unrivalled on Phuket, Thanyapura presents the ideal destination for active leisure travellers, professional and amateur sports enthusiasts, corporate groups on offsite retreats, seminars, incentives and team building as well as for the active and wellness needs of the local community. Thanyapura prides itself on being a responsible member of the Phuket community, operating with integrity as equal opportunity employers and adhering to the highest ethical standards. PHUKET, THAILAND – Outstanding triathlon talent Tim Meyer from Germany is well on his way to excelling on the world stage after pushing Swiss Olympian Ruedi Wild all the way to the finish line at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon.last_img read more

DeAngelo Williams now has starting role in Bell’s absence

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams arrives for an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Oct. 1, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic//File)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers have to move on without injured star running back Le’Veon Bell.Veteran DeAngelo Williams leads a group of backs that will carry the load the rest of the way after Bell, an All-Pro and team MVP in 2014, was placed on injured reserve Monday with a right knee injury suffered Sunday against Cincinnati.“Right now, we are going to rally around DeAngelo Williams,” Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday. “He did a great job for us the first couple weeks this season when Le’Veon was out. We will get back with him being the feature guy in our backfield, and we will supplement the others around him.”Tomlin said Bell’s knee injury was significant, but the anterior cruciate ligament is still intact. He said Bell is meeting with team doctors and the medical staff this week to discuss potential surgery, timetable and other options.“We haven’t talked openly about what the plan or course of action is for him regarding surgery,” Tomlin said. “Really there is no timetable. With him being on (injured reserve), we are going to do what is right and appropriate and take care of him.”The Steelers signed Williams to a two-year contract in March to help take some of the workload off Bell. Tomlin was pleased with the 10-year veteran as he filled in for Bell, who was suspended the first two games this season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.Williams, who holds just about every significant rushing record for the Carolina Panthers, led all AFC rushers and tied a Steelers’ record with three touchdowns in one game while Bell was suspended.“He’s an established, capable guy who we know can deliver,” Tomlin said. “There’s a great deal of comfort in knowing his capabilities.”Tomlin said Jordan Todman is the team’s No. 2 running back behind Williams. The Steelers also plan to bring 2014 third-round pick Dri Archer and eventually the newly signed Isaiah Pead into the mix.“It’s a multi-man job replacing the skillset of Le’Veon Bell,” Tomlin said.The Steelers signed Todman in September after he was released by the Panthers. Todman, a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, spent time with four other teams before coming to Pittsburgh where he has five special teams tackles and rushed once for 11 yards.On Monday, the Steelers brought in Pead, a 2012 second-round pick, who played in 27 games with St. Louis before he was released in September. Tomlin doesn’t plan to rush him into the rotation.“He has a skill set that is going to help us at some point, and I emphasize at some point because he has to learn what to do,” Tomlin said. “We have to see how he progresses in terms of learning what to do and when he is above the line we will consider utilizing his skill set.”Tomlin and the Steelers have to consider all options with Bell out.“We’re going to look at all the guys we have and decide what’s best,” Tomlin said.NOTES: Tomlin said DE Stephon Tuitt (knee) and S Will Allen (ankle) are scheduled to practice on Wednesday. … QB Ben Roethlisberger had no setbacks in his return on Sunday after missing four games with a knee injury. … S Mike Mitchell is going through the league’s concussion testing protocol and LB Terence Garvin remains out with a MCL sprain.___Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

IPL 2019: KXIP vs CSK and MI vs KKR Review

first_imgImage Courtesy: Aaj TakAdvertisement 121ijNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6xreWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8by4e( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) blcpWould you ever consider trying this?😱4nssCan your students do this? 🌚9r6cRoller skating! Powered by Firework The group stage of the tournament culminated with the Super Sunday fixtures which saw CSK and MI secure the top two spots while KKR crashed out of the competition.Advertisement Match 1: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super KingsImage Courtesy: Aaj TakKXIP went out on a high after a convincing win against Chennai Super Kings in Mohali. Naming a solitary change in the form of Harpreet Brar in place of Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin opted to bowl after winning the toss.CSK’s top order woes prolonged after Shane Watson endured yet another failure. Faf Du Plessis, however, went on to score his career-best score of 96. The South African missed his ton by 4 runs after Sam Curran snapped his wicket.Advertisement The Yellow army failed to capitalise in the death overs in a rare instance and were only able to post 170-5 after being on course to score 190.KL Rahul continued with his electric form by taking the CSK bowling attack apart in the powerplay. The opener played a solid knock of 71 and helped the team scale down the total with 2 overs to spare.Advertisement Since the hosts were unable to chase the total inside 14.2 overs, CSK managed to achieve a spot in the first qualifier despite the defeat.Brief Scorecard:CSK 170-5 (20 overs) (Faf du Plessis 96; S.Curran 3-35)KXIP 173-4 (18 overs) (KL Rahul 71; H.Singh 3-58)Match 2: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight RidersKolkata Knight Riders failed to make the cut after a heavy defeat against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. A lacklustre effort with both bat and ball ended KKR’s hope of making it to the top 4 after failing to match Sunrisers’ net run rate.Opting to bowl after winning the toss, Rohit Sharma named two changes. Mitchell McClenaghan and Ishan Kishan were slotted in place of Evin Lewis and Barinder Sran.The lethal Mumbai Indians got into work right away by strangling the Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting line-up. Robin Uthappa endured a nightmare between the 22 yards while Andre Russell was dismissed for a first ball duck. The batting failure meant that Mumbai Indians only had to chase down 134 to take the first spot in the IPL table.Courtesy of Rohit Sharma’s half-century and an explosive cameo by de Kock at the top, Mumbai Indians were able to scale down the total without any hiccups.This victory sees MI, CSK, DC and SRH qualify for the playoffs. This would be the first time in the tournament’s history that a side will play the eliminator with 18 points and 12 points.Read AlsoIPL 2019 Day 44: KXIP vs CSK and MI vs KKR PreviewIPL 2019: DC vs RR and RCB vs SRH Review Advertisementlast_img read more

Euro 2016 Day 5: Eye witness account of what REALLY happened in Marseille

first_imgThere was a heavy police presence, a lot of fans – French and English – singing, but no fighting at that point. We spoke to a policeman who told us a significant number of French fans had arrived to provoke the English fans, who had reacted and there had been trouble before we arrived. Indeed, later we spoke to an England fan who had a head wound after a Russian had thrown a bottle at him. Even worse is the naive approach here in Marseille. I arrived at my hotel on Friday morning and spoke to the manager who said there had been a police briefing in recent weeks, which was in his words ‘casual’, about the threat of hooliganism. England still has hooligans, and it should have been obvious many would come out of retirement to re-enact the 1998 violence in Marseille. There are plenty of young hooligans, a new generation, who are also here looking for trouble.The notorious Russian and English hooligans converging on Marseille where there is a volatile and large fanbase of the local club must surely have spelled danger?Was enough done to try to prevent the trouble?Doesn’t look like it, does it?Listen, I’m not excusing the idiots involved, whatever nationality. Identify them and lock them up.But it didn’t take an expert to work out what would happen here, did it? 5 5 Adrian Durham will be bringing you the latest from France every day 5 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter takes you behind the scenes at Euro 2016 as he provides an account of what he saw during the trouble in Marseille on Friday night…What a long day!I was up at 5am to get a plane to Marseille – although we were nearly grounded before we started as the producer took us to the wrong airport! But with the help of a driver who could be an F1 legend, we just about made it.Went to the wonderful Velodrome Stadium, then to the Fan Park on the beach, and then did the show with Goughie and Joey Barton. Stan Collymore and Joey had a row about Wales, and then we found a bar to watch France v Romania. Dmitri Payet was quality, even before that stunning winner.And then the trouble. After the game was finished, the Senior Gooner, who has family in this part of the world and is a fluent French speaker, and I went to the Queen Vic pub on the Quai de Rive Neuve where there was some trouble on the first night. We wanted to see first hand what was going on. I then did a live phone interview into the Sports Bar with Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy and as I went to air, police charged at an individual, nationality unknown, forced him to the floor and trod on his head, restraining him. It’s believed he had some kind of weapon on him, and earlier in a bar opposite where we watched the game, two Marseille fans had been showing off a weapon they had on them – this wasn’t unusual.A small group of Russians arrived singing a song about Putin, and at that point, police sprayed tear gas, the first time I’ve ever been affected by it. It wasn’t nice, but I remained coherent on air. And then police sprayed vast quantities of it to disperse the crowd, which worked. 5 5 I finished my piece on air, and we walked away from that area, but only two or three short streets away, near the Opera House, and found a bar to sit down and have a beer and chat about what we’d seen.It’s easy and lazy to just say it’s the fault of England fans. Not even that French policeman in riot gear I spoke to said that. You need to assess the facts on the ground – pull them all together. My report is what I witnessed, not the whole evening, not everything that happened in every part of Marseille, it is just what I witnessed at the time I was there on that street.It is also based on what I was told from authorities present, and from fans present.But what I do know for certain is this: hooliganism is on the rise again in England. I wrote about this last month: from Hull fans on the pitch goading Derby players, to West Ham fans bottling the Man United bus, to fighting at the Europa League final.We are still awaiting the investigation into what happened in Basel that night of the Europa final, but UEFA needed to get the message out quickly after that trouble. They failed. It won’t be out until next month. The FA are still investigating the bottling at Upton Park. Why so long? Make it a priority – it’s important!last_img read more