Vermont—Home of Ben and Jerry’s, Maple Syrup, Bernie Sanders and the first state to pass marriage equality. Now, Vermont will be known for something that will impact every resident in the state.
The ACA provided states with federal funds to institute a Medicaid expansion. The states chose to expand the program also were able to set up their own state exchanges, which were relatively free from the problems the federal site had. Vermont decided to take it a step further by setting up their very own single payer system. The slogan of the program: Everybody in, nobody out.
Submitted by sethmorris91 on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 9:45am
...not qualified to be his own employee.
This is a posting for a Project Manager position in Ricky Diaz's DHHS Spin Shop:
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Graduation from a four-year college or university preferably with a major in journalism or English and two years experience in communications, public relations, or publicity work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
The whole thing reads like a script from a bad sitcom. Intellectually challenged governor hires rich socialite with no experience to run large government agency. Socialite, in turn, hires overpriced, inexperienced campaign hack in need of a job between elections. As the agency, predictably, begins to unravel, campaign hack convinces socialite to give him increasing responsibility, even though he’s obviously failing at his job. Meanwhile, Governor is oblivious to the fiasco that everybody else sees and makes silly comments about how hard the socialite is working.
I just hope they cancel it after the first season.
Submitted by KatyMunger on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 2:36pm
HALLOWEEN MARCH ON McCRORY
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
200 N Blount St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Sponsored by: Progress NC, NC Women Matter, NC NOW, Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Action NC and NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina.
Join us October 30th at 5:30 PM in front of the Governor's Mansion in Raleigh to demand that McCrory clean house at the Department of Health & Human Services. COME DRESSED AS YOUR FAVORITE CLEANER AND BRING FOOD TO DONATE TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS. Details after the jump….
Botswana, a 96% black African nation, has an infant mortality rate of 9.9 per 1000 live births according to the CIA. North Carolina's infant mortality rate rose for the second year in a row in 2012 to 7.4 per 1000 for all babies and 13.9 per 1000 for black infants.
Black babies in their first year of life have better prospects for survival in Botswana than North Carolina. Rural counties with high African American populations along the I-95 corridor have extraordinarily high infant mortality rates for a developed nation.
When a new leader comes into a new job, she has every right to shape her management team to reflect her personal convictions. But what happens when those convictions undermine public trust and confidence, especially in government service? That's what is happening in the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Greenvile Reflector accurately points out:
In May, Wos blamed Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin — rather than votes by the Republican-led House and Senate, and McCrory’s signature — for the decision blocking Medicaid expansion to 500,000 residents.
In July, Dr. Laura Gerald, state health director and director of the Division of Public Health, resigned her post, citing differences with Wos’ leadership.
“In reference to your roundabout way of commenting about Medicaid expansion … in North Carolina, based on our constitution, the issue of Medicaid expansion or not, actually, was the commissioner of insurance’s,” Wos said. “Just so that you all know that and are aware of that.”
Secretary Wos lied and got caught. Instead of apologizing, she's offered nothing but a bunch of double-talk. She should resign.
It looks like Governor Pope is continuing North Carolina's off-and-on tradition of appointing political hacks to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Be sure to watch between 1:00 and 1:30 in the video, where Wos lavishes praise on the intellectual majesty of the well-read George W. Bush.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Tue, 10/26/2010 - 5:33pm
From an AP story on WRAL.com:
"County legislators who want to delay closure at the hospital that opened in 1856 will need the support of other colleagues during the 2011 session. Many argue Dix exemplifies the failings of mental health reforms in North Carolina that haven’t made up for a 44 percent reduction in the number of institutional beds."
“Several years ago the mental health reform process was assumed to work, and it hasn’t,” said Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, who plans to file a bill to try to prevent the closure if she’s re-elected.
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