Vermont SHIP awarded $270,000 for 2010 grant funding

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the first installment of funding to the Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to help Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont get more information about their health care choices. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 grants are continuation funds available to 54 existing SHIP organizations in the United States and its territories. The funding is available to SHIPs for the grant year starting April 1, 2010 and ending March 31, 2011.The Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program will receive $269,120, part of the nearly $41.6 million being distributed to SHIPs today as part of the total $45 million that is available to SHIPs in 2010 for direct grants and support contracts. Performance awards will be distributed to SHIPs in September.CMS expects the SHIPs to use the FY 2010 funding to provide one-on-one counseling and conduct targeted community-based outreach to an increasing number and diversity of beneficiaries who may be unable to access other sources of information.SHIPs are expected to increase their efforts to provide outreach and assistance to current and newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, reach people who are most likely eligible for Medicare s low-income subsidy and may be able to benefit from lower prescription drug costs, beneficiaries with disabilities, and diverse racial and ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English proficiency. Over the past twenty years, the faces of our Medicare beneficiaries have changed, representing more diverse groups with diverse needs, said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS principal deputy administrator. The way we identify these diverse groups and meet their needs must also change and the SHIPs are best positioned to reach them in the communities where they live.CMS will continue to support the SHIPs with training and technical assistance. This will help to ensure that the community networks remain fully capable of accessing and using CMS 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), regional office resources, as well as the online tools at www.medicare.gov(link is external) and www.SHIPtalk.org(link is external) to provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries.Source: Vermont SHIP. 4.5.2010# # #last_img read more

Duterte appoints Mocha Uson as OWWA executive director

first_imgMANILA – Former Palace communication official Ester Margaux “Mocha” Uson got another government post. This time, President Rodrigo Duterte appointed her as Deputy Executive Director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The OWWA appointment of the 37-year-old Uson was confirmed in the new list of presidential appointees from Malacañang that was released publicly on Monday. She has tendered her resignation on October last year as she had tried to secure a seat in the House of Representatives through party-list AA-Kasosyo. The group, however, lost in the May midterm elections./PN Upon hearing her new cabinet position, Uson said that she will now have more time to focus on the needs of overseas Filipino workers, which includes the creation of a department intended for OFWs. At PCOO, Uson drew flak for allegedly spreading disinformation online, posting a racy video on federalism and a video of her friend – blogger Drew Olivar – flailing his arms around pretending to do the sign language on her Facebook page.center_img Upon hearing her new cabinet position, former Palace communication official Ester Margaux “Mocha” Uson says she will now have more time to focus on the needs of overseas Filipino workers. ABS-CBN NEWS Prior to her OWWA job, Uson has joined the government as a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board before being named as assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). “Mukhang dadami ang puting buhok ko,” Uson said on her radio program on Monday afternoon.last_img read more

#JaVotes2016: PNP supporters injured in car crash

first_img One eyewitness, who refused to be named, said the motor vehicle passed up the road before and returned before swinging at a group of persons. “One of them, the man in the back get a serious injury. Them look bad and just look like them come on the road to show them bad. Him did a drive and smoke weed and look like him can’t drive,” she stated. “Officer, a want you put in your report that Portia bus crash,” one man clad in full green shouted to police which had gathered on the scene. The men have since been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital, where Sergeant Miller of the Motorised Patrol Unit said: “One of the injured men was admitted to the operating theatre, one suffered injury to his mouth and the most serious injury to his neck.” The driver wasn’t hurt and the injuries are not life threatening, but a female Inspector of Police for the Kingston Central Police division is imploring caution on the road. “I implore drivers to just adhere to the rules of the road,” she stressed. High Political drama unfolded early this morning in the vicinity of the old JAMINTEL Building on Duke Street in downtown Kingston, where Jamaica Labour Party supporters claim a motor vehicle full of Peoples National Party supporters “swung at them and crashed.” The four men were driving a brown Honda Odyssey van registered with a public passenger licence plate.last_img read more