first_img Environment,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Human Services (DHS) is exploring the possibility of using Medicaid funds to pay for primary prevention measures that focus on identifying and reducing the sources of environmental childhood lead exposure.“It’s wise for Pennsylvania to consider opportunities to leverage Medicaid funds to combat the detrimental impacts of lead,” Gov. Wolf said. “If it’s approved by the federal government, this proposal could benefit thousands of Pennsylvania’s children who have been exposed to lead or are suffering from lead poisoning, as well as potentially lower health care spending for treating lead-related health problems.”Pennsylvania submitted a concept paper to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), asking them to consider a demonstration to test the effectiveness of using Medicaid funds for primary prevention measures on lead sources such as lead-based paint, dust, and water sources and increase remediation efforts in lead-contaminated housing and child-care facilities across Pennsylvania.According to the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Pennsylvania is sixth in the nation in the percent of children with lead poisoning. The dangers of lead are widely known. Lead poisoning in childhood is a cause of learning and behavior problems that persist for a lifetime.“Not all communities have the resources to help all children with elevated blood lead levels address the source of exposure or prevent continued exposure,” DHS Sec. Teresa Miller said. “This project could help prevent lead exposure and alleviate the cost of remediation in lead-contaminated housing and child-care facilities across the commonwealth.”Lead exposure often does not manifest in physical symptoms, but may result in long-term neurological damage, especially if the exposure occurs during the critical stages of brain development in early childhood. Lead in a child’s body can slow growth and development, damage the brain and nervous system, cause hearing, speech, learning and behavior problems.Pennsylvania’s Medical Assistance or Medicaid program has long had a central role in helping tackle lead poisoning. Medicaid sets the standard for frequency of lead screening for program beneficiaries, incentivizes screening in its managed care system through provider pay for performance incentives, and pays for environmental lead investigations to identify the sources of the lead exposure in children with elevated blood lead levels.The program also bears the financial consequences of lead exposure, paying for the comprehensive physical and behavioral health services that are available to children who have been exposed.The proposal requests that CMS consider the possibility of a specialized benefit package under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, which gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services authority to approve experimental, pilot, or demonstration projects that promote the objectives of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Acceptance of the proposal would indicate that CMS is willing consider an 1115 waiver application for this type of benefit package. Upon approval of an 1115 waiver, this demonstration would allow Pennsylvania to test the effectiveness of preventive environmental lead inspection and increased remediation efforts in lowering lead poisoning rates and related spending for services to Medicaid recipients. The demonstration would be available statewide but targeted at children with a high risk of having elevated blood lead levels across the commonwealth.This proposal is one of several initiatives the Wolf Administration has in place or is exploring to combat the pervasive effects of lead exposure among children in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Bureau of Family Health offers a toll-free Lead Information Line (1-800-440-LEAD) to respond to caller questions and provide electronic materials about lead poisoning and other environmental hazards.Also, the health department oversees the Lead Surveillance Program, which tracks and monitors childhood lead activity through the Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (PA-NEDSS). PA-NEDSS is a web-based application system that receives all lead reports on Pennsylvania’s children. Through PA-NEDSS, the Division of Child and Adult Health Services can identify possible high-risk areas, locate areas of under-testing and identify other potential service need.Find out more about Pennsylvania’s continual progress in reducing childhood lead poisoning here.For more information on the Medicaid program, visit here. Wolf Administration Explores Lead Exposure Prevention and Remediation Initiative SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img March 14, 2019last_img read more


first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Life is pretty good right now for Trinity Montigny. After the past month, it’s easy to see why.On Oct. 27, Montigny ran as part of the Ellsworth girls’ cross-country team that made history when it broke a 40-year state championship droughty; less than a week later, she received a certificate informing her of her impending induction to the National Honor Society. Now, with November winding down, she’s preparing for another season of her favorite sport; basketball.Yet even though the past few weeks have brought the Ellsworth junior plenty of joy, her road to competing this season has been far from easy. That’s because of an injury she suffered during a workout a month after the Eagles’ 2017-18 basketball season came to an end.On March 12, Montigny was taking part in a layup line while practicing with some of her teammates. As her turn in line came, Montigny made her approach and laid the ball off the backboard and into the net the same way all basketball players have done thousands of times before. This time, though, she landed awkwardly on her right foot and fell to the ground in pain.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Right when it happened, I was like, ‘This is not good,’” Montigny said. “I didn’t know what exactly I did at that moment, but it hurt so much. I could tell right then and there that it was a pretty bad injury.”As a result of the injury, the official diagnosis of which was a torn tendon sheath, Montigny had to wear a cast and then a walking boot for six weeks before undergoing physical therapy for more than a month. With further rehabilitation needed in order to avoid surgery, she was forced to miss the entire spring softball season and travel basketball over the summer.Although being unfit to play softball or practice basketball was a setback, Montigny was determined to refine her craft in any way possible. With the help of friends and trainers, she spent an ample amount of time during the spring shooting baskets from a wheelchair at several local gyms.Trinity Montigny maneuvers around Sumner’s Skylar Soule during an exhibition high school girls’ basketball game Nov. 30, 2017, in Ellsworth. Montigny, an All-Big East Conference first-team selection last season, is hoping for another big year in 2018-19 after recovering from a foot injury she suffered in March.“I just wanted to make sure my form was still consistent and that I didn’t get rusty,” Montigny said. “Even when I couldn’t be active by being on my feet, it was one way I could make sure I was still working and getting better. Being out there and doing that helped me stay positive, which was the most important thing.”After spending the summer rehabbing and sitting out the start of cross-country season to ensure a full recovery, Montigny made her return to sports in late September. She took part in the Roger Willey 5K Road Race on Sept. 22 before rejoining her cross-country teammates for the Festival of Champions on Sept. 29 and playing a travel basketball game the next day.“For Festival, the biggest thing for Trin was to just get back into that racing mindset,” head coach Louie Luchini said. “For her to be back and competing on a consistent schedule like that was a very important step for her, and she got better every week after that.”No matter the sport, Montigny’s accomplishments speak for themselves. In addition to being the cross-country team’s top runner in 2017, she was named an all All-Big East Conference selection in basketball last year after finishing as Ellsworth’s leading scorer. She was the only lowerclassman among the 10 players selected to the team.So high was head girls’ basketball coach Andy Pooler’s confidence in Montigny’s abilities at the beginning of her freshman season in 2016-17 that he made her the team’s starting point guard immediately. Montigny never relinquished that role, and as she prepares to lead the way for a young team as an upperclassman this year, her coach is confident she will take the next step as both a player and a leader.“I don’t have to worry about whether or not she’s ready for that because the truth is that she’s been ready for it all along,” Pooler said Monday following the team’s first practice of the season. “She’s a heck of an athlete who possesses great vision and technique, and when you combine that with her work ethic and mental grasp of the game, she’s just one of those kids who’s been ready from Day 1.”Even without Katelynn Bagley and Hannah Sargent, two senior leaders from last year’s team, Montigny will have plenty of talent by her side with the returns of several promising sophomores; the Eagles welcome back Samantha Carter, one of the league’s top 3-point shooters last season, as well as Sara Shea, Kylie Robidoux, Sierra Andrews and Kayla Duhaime.Ellsworth will open the 2018-19 season when it plays on the road against Orono at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8. For Montigny, who was unable to participate in organized basketball games for half the year, that day can’t come soon enough.“It’s going to feel so great to be out there with the girls again. I don’t know if I’ve ever played on a team with this much talent,” Montigny said. “I’m just happy to be back in this position to help the team in any way I can, and I’m so thankful for everyone — family, my friends, doctors, trainers, all of them — who helped me along the way.”center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biolast_img read more


first_img StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Philip Bowcock – William HillFTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has detailed a positive opening to its 2018 trading, as the firm continues its digital recovery, while restructuring its operations.Issuing an unaudited trading statement for the 17-week period to 24 April 2018, William Hill details +3% gain in group revenues, driven by strong ‘Online and US performances’ which offset UK Retail declines.The bookmaker reports a 12% uplift in period digital revenues, detailing that it maintained favourable sportsbook results during the start of 2018.Online Sportsbook growth was further supported by an 8% revenue gain for William Hill Gaming, with the operator reporting improved cross-sell rates between its digital verticals.Stateside, the FTSE betting group would highlight a significant +45% period net revenue growth of its Las Vegas betting assets, recording a period of high customer activity combined with favourable results.As anticipated William Hill would repeat industry-wide trends for its retail trading performance, recording a 4% decline in retail net betting extreme weather conditions significantly impacted shops and horseracing fixtures during the Q1 trading period.Updating investors, Philip Bowcock, William Hill Group Chief Executive, commented on early 2018 trading:“William Hill has had a positive start to 2018, making further progress against our strategic priorities to grow UK market share, drive international revenues and deliver key transformation projects.“Continued momentum in Online and strong growth in the US have driven a good performance during the period. In the UK, an unprecedented run of bookmaker-friendly sporting results led to unusual wagering and gaming trends, which we expect to normalise over time. The sale of our Australia business has further strengthened our balance sheet.“While we await the outcome of the UK Triennial Review and the Supreme Court’s decision on US sports betting legislation, we remain focused on continuing to deliver a great customer experience, particularly ahead of this summer’s World Cup.”Closing its period trading activity, William Hill governance disposed of its Australian business division for €185 million to new Stars Group Inc subsidiary CrownBet Ltd.The bookmaker now looks forward to a crucial World Cup Russia 2018 summer trading period, in which William Hill has detailed that it will deliver a number of product enhancements, with its group operations supported by heightened marketing activity.last_img read more


first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, August 27, 2013:•12:00 a.m. Eli E. Schmeidler, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•Jason C. Dick, 39, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.•12:37 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington by unknown suspect(s).•1:58 p.m. Officers took a report of municipal license violation of known subject in the 1500 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•Robert J. Kimzey, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no liability insurance.•9:52 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more