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Mom’s 911 call for food for her children prompts officers to help
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Mom’s 911 call for food for her children prompts officers to help

She was calling 911 because she had no food for her four children.
If I could get some type of assistance,” the young mother said in the Jan. 22 call.
She dispatched Camden County Police Officer David Hinton, with instructions to check on the family.
Bagby told Hinton she wanted to get pizzas delivered to the apartment, but Hinton instead suggested going to McDonald’s, where he bought Happy Meals and other food to hold the kids over until officers could do more.
She told Hinton she had to do more.
Tracy Seigel — “and told her about the call, and said I was going out there by myself after work.”
Tondaleya Bagby, using her own money and what the officers gave her, went to an Aldi and a ShopRite, then she and Seigel went to the apartment.
In addition to getting food for the family, the department also provided her with a navigator to assist with social services.
She is proud of Bagby, her own daughter, and the “warm, giving heart” she showed in helping a young mother in need. “She always says kids are her kryptonite.”

Opioid prescribing at 55 mph when the speed limit’s 75: MS Pulse
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Opioid prescribing at 55 mph when the speed limit’s 75: MS Pulse

Going from a three-month prescription to month-to-month will be a burden, but it’s also not required by the proposed regulations by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
What the board is requiring in its proposed regulations, which are still being considered and won’t take effect for months, is for doctors to rethink the way they prescribe opioids, even for chronic pain.
It also stressed patient education — that patients should know not only the risks of opioid use, but also the limited evidence that opioids actual work for long-term pain management.
Any patient prescribed opioids for chronic pain will be required to take a drug test three times a year.
While the average meal in Scott County costs 10 percent more than the maximum benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the average meal in Lafayette County costs 53 percent more.
SPEAKING OF TOBACCO, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned Wednesday after Politco reported she had bought shares in a tobacco company.
THERE ARE OVER 200 MEDICATIONS in the works to treat and prevent heart disease, according to a report released from PhRMA Thursday.
They run a nonprofit health insurance company that contracts with Medicaid in California, according to Kaiser Health News.
Mississippi’s own managed care contract has received scrutiny, with some lawmakers wondering who could be profiting from dollars intended to provide citizens with health care.
While extraordinary, the bill illustrates the potential for exploitation of a proposed regulation in Mississippi requiring drug tests before doctors can prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines.

Letters to the Door County Advocate: Feb. 3, 2018
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Letters to the Door County Advocate: Feb. 3, 2018

DNR is finally taking action on manure BRUSSELS – Re: “DNR board reins in manure spreading to protect water” (front page, Jan. 27).
At the same time, it is the responsibility of policymakers to ensure the safety of citizens, rather than allowing years of environmental abuse to happen before taking action.
Scott Walker has called for a special session of the Legislature to begin work on a package of bills related to “welfare reform.” Interestingly, the term “welfare” has long been thrown around loosely to describe any program for the poor — from food stamps to housing assistance.
»Requiring Employment screening/employability plans for residents in public housing.
»Establishing asset restrictions on eligibility for SNAP/FoodShare, Wisconsin Works, and Wisconsin Shares.
There are hundreds of us who live in Door County who have tried to get a meeting with Rep. Mike Gallagher – he refuses to meet with us.
He refuses to listen to us.
We are residents of Wisconsin who pay taxes and are volunteers.
We can look to the future and ask future candidates how they plan to listen to their constituents and then vote for the candidates who have a plan to listen to everyone.
I could go on, but face it, the city has been torn on this issue.

Number of opioid-dependent injured workers drops in Ohio
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Number of opioid-dependent injured workers drops in Ohio

The number of opioid-dependent injured workers under treatment in the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system fell 19% in 2017, the sixth consecutive year the numbers have fallen under the bureau’s efforts to reduce opioid patients, regulators announced Thursday.
The number of injured workers who met or exceeded the threshold of being clinically dependent on opioids fell to 3,315 at the end of fiscal year 2017, a 59% decrease since 2011, the bureau said in a statement.
Total drug costs also fell to $86 million in 2017, $47 million less than in 2011.
The figure amounts to $24 million less on opioids since 2011.
“That means we have 4,714 fewer injured workers at risk for opioid addiction, overdose and death than we had in 2011,” the bureau’s pharmacy director, Nick Trego, told the board’s Medical Services and Safety committee Thursday, according to the statement.
“These falling numbers are the direct result of our efforts to improve our protocols, more closely monitor our opioid population and encourage best practices from our prescribers.” Mr. Trego also credited “the growing awareness of the opioid epidemic and efforts by the health care community, government and others to do something about it,” according to the statement.
The bureau expects the opioid numbers to continue to fall as prescription protocols evolve and alternative pain therapies emerge, according to the statement.
“Weaning a dependent person off opioids, or at least to safer levels, is a long, deliberate process requiring cooperation from the injured worker, health care providers and the worker’s support network,” Mr. Trego told the board, according to the statement.
“We’re just one part of that equation, but we’re committed to it.”

Flight attendant’s injury on shuttle bus ruled work-related
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Flight attendant’s injury on shuttle bus ruled work-related

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Thursday in favor of a US Airways flight attendant who claimed her slip and fall on a shuttle bus transporting her between a Philadelphia International Airport terminal and an employee parking lot was work-related.
On Jan. 23, 2015, flight attendant Kimberly Anne Zabroski was trying to place her luggage on the racks on a shuttle bus after parking in a city-owned lot.
On the bus, she stepped in water on the floor, causing her right foot to slide out from underneath her.
Her left knee buckled, causing her to fall backwards, crushing her left foot under her.
She also felt something rip in her left foot and needed assistance getting to a seat, according to court documents in US Airways Inc. v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board.
A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel unanimously rejected arguments posed by US Airways that the incident did not take place on the airline’s property and that the shuttlebus was part of Ms. Zabroski’s commute to work, according to court documents.
The airline argued that it also did not own the shuttle bus and did not require employees to park in the lot.
It asked that the appeals court review a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board order from April 2016 that Ms. Zabrosksi “sustained injuries in the course and scope of her employment,” documents state.
The ruling found that her commute ended at the parking lot and work began on the shuttle: “As part of doing business with the airport, Employer understood that the airport would transport Employer’s employees who drove to work.
Thus, Employer also understood that, in order to arrive at their work area to start their shift, employees who drive to work invariably board the shuttle bus after their commute to the airport.”

Govs. Kasich and Hickenlooper: Congress Can Only Fix Health Care With Bipartisan Teamwork
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Govs. Kasich and Hickenlooper: Congress Can Only Fix Health Care With Bipartisan Teamwork

Expect the debate to revive again soon, because this is a problem that’s not about to go away.
Away from Washington and back in the states, governors know that we can work across the aisle to increase value in our health care system, lowering costs while improving health.
Over the past year, as two governors from opposite political parties, we have brought together a bipartisan group of colleague governors — most recently including Gov.
As we watch improvements in almost every other area of business and industry, why should Americans settle for less from their health care system?
We know that lasting improvements to our health-care system will require harnessing private-sector innovation and competition, and that targeted government action is justified.
We should work together in a bipartisan, transparent and inclusive way to build on what we can see is working.
None is more important than paying for value instead of volume.
Too often in our present system, doctors, hospitals and others get paid more when people are sick than when they are well.
We are already seeing evidence of better results, but government alone can’t solve this and the nation needs to wake up to unsustainable, rising costs of health care.
Governors are willing partners, but states can’t do this alone.

Complaints About Nursing Home Evictions Rise, and Regulators Take Note
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Complaints About Nursing Home Evictions Rise, and Regulators Take Note

Complaints about evictions have caught the attention of federal regulators, who are now seeking ways to step up enforcement of the federal laws that protect residents of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes.
That year, there were 9,192 complaints about the discharge and eviction of nursing home residents, out of a total of 140,145 complaints, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Even when nursing homes are cited for violations, he said, they frequently “get a modest fine, and it’s often a cost of doing business.” Dr. David R. Gifford, a senior vice president of the American Health Care Association, a trade group for nursing homes, said the perception that residents were being moved against their will for financial reasons was wrong.
Federal law stipulates that a nursing home must follow the same policies and practices for the discharge and transfer of residents, “regardless of source of payment.” But, legal advocates say, nursing homes often begin to pressure residents to leave when their Medicare coverage — which pays nursing homes at a higher rate but for a limited period — is close to ending and may be replaced by Medicaid.
Nursing homes receive about $200 a day for a Medicaid patient on average, compared with about $500 for a patient in the traditional Medicare program and $430 for a Medicare patient in a managed care plan.
Alan Schoen, a 58-year-old resident with multiple sclerosis at a nursing home in Stockton, Calif., said he believed the facility was trying to discharge him because his Medicare coverage was ending.
“I get that, but it seems they forget the patient element in all of this.” Mr. Schoen is appealing his discharge.
But she also said the decision to involuntarily discharge any resident “would only be done in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations.” Patty Ducayet, the long-term care ombudsman in Texas, said that disputes over whether a particular nursing home can meet a patient’s needs were common.
After being discharged from the California nursing home where she lived with her husband, Ms.
If she had not intervened, Ms. Rogers said, Ms. Zwaschka-Blansfield, who lives on roughly $800 a month, might have been homeless.

Readers on the America’s Harvest Box plan: Rethink food stamps and the recipients
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Readers on the America’s Harvest Box plan: Rethink food stamps and the recipients

Letter to the editor: I am on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
I am grateful this was available when my world unraveled.
I am scared for the future, over things no one has control over.
I know to buy manager specials, get the deals at farmer’s market, cooking at home on those days that I can shop or cook.
Letter to the editor: People on SNAP must not be buying healthy foods at all, or we wouldn’t have such a large obesity problem in the U.S. People must be buying junk food and soft drinks, or selling the cards for cash and gas stations take food stamps for plenty of bad things.
Make them buy healthy foods to actually cook and provide for their families.
Cooking is cheaper than premade microwave junk.
If there is an opportunity to lift these people up, then I believe Americans are in favor of doing whatever necessary.
But the SNAP program and other welfare-related benefits only work to keep most people down and dependent on the government.
Although not flawless, the America’s Harvest Box plan is a possible step in the right direction — especially for those communities and inner-city neighborhoods referred to as “food deserts.” Delivering healthier food to these individuals is an opportunity to improve their diet and improve their lives.

Trump administration seeks to require more people to work for food stamps
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Trump administration seeks to require more people to work for food stamps

The Trump administration wants more food stamp recipients to work for their benefits.
The Agriculture Department will seek comments on how to get more able-bodied adults who don’t have dependent children into the workforce, agency officials announced Thursday.
Thursday’s announcement is the latest in a series of steps that the Trump administration is taking to impose work requirements on various safety net programs.
The food stamp program already requires childless adults to work.
Adults without minor children can only receive benefits for three months out of every 36-month period unless they are working or participating in training programs 20 hours a week.
However, states can waive that requirement for areas where unemployment is at least 10% or there is an insufficient number of jobs, as defined by the Department of Labor.
The budget proposal calls for limiting the waivers to areas where unemployment is at least 10% over 12 months. “Past decisions may have been the easy short-term choice, but USDA policies must change if they contribute to a long-term failure for many SNAP participants and their families.”
About one-third of the country typically lives in an area that waives the work requirement, according to the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Under the Trump budget, only 1.3% of the nation would, according to the center’s analysis of a similar proposal last year.

Kentucky lawmakers propose drug formulary, other comp reforms
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Kentucky lawmakers propose drug formulary, other comp reforms

Legislation to update Kentucky’s workers compensation system is now in the works one year after a similar measure failed and after more than two decades of little reform.
Rep. Adam Koenig (R-Erlanger) on Monday filed H.B.
2, which aims to amend more than a dozen statutes in the state’s code governing workers comp.
The bill is co-sponsored by six Republican lawmakers.
Among the changes are a new drug formulary to tackle opioid overprescribing, increases to weekly wage caps, limitations on reopening claims, limits for filing claims on injuries identified years after exposure, limits on cumulative injuries, the establishment of medical treatment guidelines and standards of care, return to work guidelines and the establishment of timelines for payment of medical claims.
The state has not seen updates to its comp code since 1996, according to state stakeholders.
The bill posted to the house’s Economic Development and Workforce Investment committee Tuesday, according to the state’s legislative digest.