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 Mane stands to make the same money if he puts pen to paper. But Real Madrid want him and he is also on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar. One possibility that is understood to being discussed within Liverpool is the possibility that Mane could figure in a swap deal plus £200m for French superstar Kylian Mbappe. read also:Liverpool fear Real Madrid, PSG have unsettled Mane The German’s priority, however, is to tie down Mane and move on with his plans for a major overhaul of his squad for the season to come. Klopp is determined to build on his success by adding major new names. But the name he would like to keep is Mane – and right now he is not sure if he can count on that. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The £150million-rated Senegalese star, 28, has yet to offer any indication that he will sign a new deal offered him nine months ago. And boss Jurgen Klopp is growing anxious over the situation. He has told the Liverpool hierarchy that even if Mane is contracted until 2023 he wants a firm answer on whether is he prepared to commit for longer. Liverpool are on the point of tying down central defender Virgil Van Dijk to a new £250m contract that will run till 2025 as revealed by SunSport. He is expected to sign it once he and his side complete their march to the Premier League title with their season restarting in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. That would put him on £220,000 a week and make him the highest-paid player in the club’s history.Advertisement Sadio Mane has sparked fears within Anfield that he could be ready to move out this summer. Loading… Promoted Content10 Absolutely Stunning Asian ActressesWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May Happenlast_img read more


first_imgIMCA Modifieds will race for $1,000 to win and $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. By Jacob Blair OSBORN, Mo. – US 36 Raceway has tried twice to run Modified Madness presented by St. Joseph Bever­age and twice the event has been plagued by weather. Attempt number three has been resched­uled for this Friday, June 28.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will run the Wayne Hicks Memorial Shootout as part of the event, which will pay a $966 check to the winner. The 20-lap feature will pay $86 to start.  At the end of the night, the SportMods will also run the Shocker Chassis Six Pack Shootout. The top six eligible drivers in votes will participate in the event at the end of the night. Tickets are $15 for adult general admission, $12 for seniors and military, $5 for children seven to 12 years of age and children six and younger are free. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are also on the card to the event. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 and racing starts at 8 p.m. last_img read more


first_imgSubmitted by Alaffia Women in Togo sewing items for the new Queen Alaffia accessory line with founder Rose Hyde in the background.Alaffia, a socially committed organization working to alleviate poverty in West Africa, recently launched a new line of accessories called Queen Alaffia. Every piece in the collection is a one of a kind work of art handmade at the Alaffia Artisan Center in Sokodé, Togo, West Africa. The center rehabilitates women who fell prey to the sex trade because of extreme poverty and circumstances beyond their control. Queen Alaffia offers a stable income and respectable environment so the women will never again need to sell their bodies to provide for themselves and their families.Kafui, a Queen Alaffia artisan, dropped out of school after the 7th grade and joined a seamstress apprentice program. She was able to open a shop, but was the victim of several break-ins and thefts. Kafui resorted to prostitution in order to support herself and her two children. She has had an extremely difficult life; most of her family is no longer alive and she became pregnant when she was just a teenager after being raped. In spite of the hardships, she is working to better her life and vows she “will never go back” to prostitution, as Queen Alaffia has given her an opportunity she never imagined.The line features accessories made with vibrant, hand-printed West African fabrics, including purses and bags, scarves, hair accessories, a sun hat, and a wallet. The full selection can be viewed at www.QueenAlaffia.com.The Yemi Bag is just one of the gorgeous accessories in the new Queen Alaffia line.About Alaffia: Alaffia, located in Olympia, Washington and Togo, West Africa, was founded in 2004 to alleviate poverty and empower communities in West Africa through the fair trade of indigenous resources. The raw ingredients used in their body care products are handcrafted using traditional techniques at cooperatives in Togo, which employ over 500 women. The finished products are produced in Olympia. Alaffia’s sales are reinvested into West African communities through Empowerment Projects, which aim to advance gender equality and eradicate poverty. Alaffia’s product lines include Alaffia, Authentic, Everyday Shea, Everyday Coconut, Beautiful Curls, and Queen Alaffia. Alaffia was named Whole Foods Market’s 2014 Supplier of the Year and Thurston County’s 2014 Employer of the Year. Facebook80Tweet0Pin0last_img read more