First Ever JCS International Young Creatives Award Presented At 2017 International Emmy World Television Festival

NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — JCS International President Michal Grayevsky presented today, the first ever JCS International Young Creatives Award at the 2017 International Emmy World Television Festival. The three winners—Eisa Alhabib of Kuwait, Ewing Luo of China and Roberto…

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National League of Cities Elects Mayor Mark Stodola as 2018 President

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mayor Mark Stodola of Little Rock, Arkansas, was elected president of the National League of Cities (NLC) today at the organization’s 2017 City Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Stodola, who has served as Little Rock mayor since 2007,…

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Kamori Kanko and NISADE Partnership Launches Groundbreaking Hokkaido Development The Vale Rusutsu

RUSUTSU, Japan, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/–
Kamori Kanko, Hokkaido’s leading private tourism company and once the USA’s largest ski resort operator, has partnered with award-winning developers Niseko Alpine Developments [NISADE] of The Vale Niseko fame for the strategic development…

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The National Council Of Teachers Of English (NCTE) Announces Winners Of Prestigious Book Awards At 107th Annual Convention

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) today announced the winners of two of their prestigious awards for children’s books at their 107th Annual Convention.
Dan Santat was named winner of the 2018 Charlotte Huck Award for…

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UPDATE: Journalism Advocates Deplore Attempt To Deport Press Freedom Award Winner

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Press Club, its Journalism Institute and other advocates for press freedom and immigration justice urge U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to suspend efforts to deport Emilio Gutierrez, a winner of the club’s Press…

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Golden State Warriors VS. Brooklyn Nets: Highly Anticipated Game For Filipinos

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Tanduay Rum from the Philippines, Asia’s first and the world’s largest dark rum brand, is now actively available in America and is highly anticipating the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors go head to head with the Brooklyn Nets this Sunday a…

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Pennsylvania wrestles with uncertainty over children’s health insurance funding

For more than two decades, The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, has provided health coverage to millions of kids nationwide. But lawmakers have yet to reauthorize it, and that’s putting states whose funding expires soon in a bind. In Pennsylvania, that could jeopardize health care for upwards of 150,000 kids come February.
“It’s really frustrating,” Teresa Miller, Pennsylvania’s acting Human Services Secretary, said. “We really thought we would see action taken before the end of September.”
CHIP’s budget runs at about $450 million in Pennsylvania, with 90 percent of that coming from the federal government. The state has one of the biggest programs in the country, with more than 176,241 kids enrolled, according to Miller.
State lawmakers have also been debating reauthorization of its share.
CHIP, Miller says, has always been a popular program across political lines, but Congress has yet to reauthorize it amid stalemates over other health care and budget issues. While she’s hopeful lawmakers will reach an agreement, it’s “coming down to the wire.” Her agency is wrestling with whether or not to prepare to shut down the program and send out cancellation notices to families, if it’s not renewed in time.
“It’s been a tricky balance because on the one hand, we don’t want to scare these families,” said Miller. “This is a big issue for these families, having access to health care for their children. So we’ve tried not to needlessly scare them and go out with notices way in advance.”
Miller is holding off on those plans for now. CHIP funding in Pennsylvania dries up in February. She’d want to provide 30 days notice to families if their coverage were to end.
A report from Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families found that Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states coming up with some contingency plan before the end of the year. At least six states, according to the report, will run out of funding by the end of the year, or early January. Delaware’s Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance projects its CHIP funding will last through January. About 8,300 children are currently enrolled, with a total cost of $30 million.
CHIP, meanwhile, has helped reduce the uninsured rate among kids in Pennsylvania to below four percent.
David Rubin, head of population health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been researching CHIP trends nationwide. Similar to what he has been seeing firsthand with families in his own practice, he found that more and more parents who have private insurance options for dependents through their work are unable to afford it. CHIP, he says, has become a safety net for working families. Households earning up to $70,000 are eligible.
“I don’t think people have a firm handle of just how dramatic that increase in uninsured children will be if we don’t get this [reauthorization] done before the end of the year,” he said.

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Pros and cons of direct primary care

With Obamacare in serious trouble, those who aren’t fortunate enough to have employer-sponsored health insurance are forced to pay through the nose for anything resembling decent coverage. Luckily, there’s another option that may both improve the quality of care you get and lower your healthcare expenses: direct primary care.What is direct primary care?
Also known as concierge medicine, direct primary care is a billing system that allows patients to pay doctors directly instead of paying an insurance company that then pays the doctor. Patients will typically pay a monthly fee, ranging from about $25 to $150, to a primary care doctor, and in exchange they get unlimited access to that doctor. A direct primary care patient can see their primary care physician as often as they like, and these doctors often make themselves available on nights and weekends (some even make house calls).
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Pros and cons of direct primary care
Doctors using a direct primary care model usually need far fewer patients in order to turn a profit. That means they can afford to spend much more time consulting with individual patients and treating their health issues. This model also encourages a much higher level of access to doctors, making it easier for patients to reach out any time they have a concern.
However, because direct primary care only includes treatment from your primary care physician, most patients will also need catastrophic health insurance policies to cover hospital visits and specialist treatments. Luckily, the cost of catastrophic health insurance is usually far lower than the cost of a comprehensive health insurance policy.
While the number of direct primary care physicians is growing, it’s still fairly low. Less than 2% of the nation’s 900,000 licensed physicians have adopted a direct primary care model, so it may be difficult to find a doctor in your area who will accept such an approach — especially in rural counties.

Is direct primary care right for you?
If the bulk of your healthcare needs can be met by your primary care doctor, this model may be a good fit for you — assuming you can find a doctor who accepts direct primary care. The Direct Primary Care Coalition has a nationwide search tool on its website (scroll down the page to see their map); other networks may provide more localized search tools (for example, Freedom Healthworks lists direct primary care physicians in Indiana). Try googling “direct primary care” plus your state name to see what and who is available in your area. You could also try to talk your existing primary care doctor into adopting direct primary care if he or she doesn’t already accept it.
On the other hand, a patient with a frequent need for specialist treatments probably wouldn’t benefit from direct primary care. Such a patient would need to buy fairly comprehensive health insurance just to cover the specialist bills, which would make direct primary care superfluous. If that sounds like you, stick with the traditional health insurance model and consider your options for minimizing healthcare expenses instead.

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The National Press Club And Other Journalism Advocates Deplore Attempt To Deport Press Freedom Award Winner

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Press Club, its Journalism Institute and other advocates for press freedom and immigration justice urge the U.S. Department of Justice to suspend efforts to deport Emilio Gutierrez, a winner of the club’s Press Freedom…

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