HHS makes $551,000 in stimulus funds to support Vermont hospitals

first_imgThe activities described in this release are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  To track the progress of HHS activities funded through the ARRA, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery(link is external).  To track all federal funds provided through the ARRA, visit www.recovery.gov(link is external). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will notify states about the availability of the increased portion of allotments for hospitals.  Not all states spend their full DSH allotments; so, before this new funding can be accessed, states must demonstrate they have used all of their existing fiscal year 2009 DSH allotments.  States must request the additional funds from CMS as part of their quarterly Medicaid budget request and the funds will be distributed as separate Recovery Act DSH grants. To see a complete list of the revised DSH allotments that include additional funding provided through the Recovery Act, please visit http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/cms/dshstates.html(link is external). Eligible hospitals are those that serve a disproportionate share of low-income or uninsured individuals and are known as Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH).  States receive an annual allotment to make payments to DSH hospitals to account for higher costs associated with treating uninsured and low-income patients.  This annual allotment is calculated by law and includes requirements to ensure that the DSH payments to hospitals are not higher than the actual costs incurred by the hospital to provide the uncompensated care.  The Recovery Act increases the amount of allotments available to states nationwide from approximately $11.06 billion to $11.33 billion for 2009. Building on President Barack Obama s efforts to ensure access to health care for millions of uninsured Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that Vermont can access an additional $551,000 authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help pay hospitals to treat their most vulnerable patients. Millions of people rely on the care provided by their community hospitals, said Acting HHS Secretary Charles Johnson.  Through the help provided by the Recovery Act, we can make sure they continue to get the care they need in those hospitals. ### Thousands of hospitals around the country are the first place many families take their sick children for care or the only place where some of the more than 45 million uninsured Americans can receive some form of health care, said Acting HHS Secretary Johnson.  The funding from the Recovery Act will help ensure hospitals can keep their doors open to the people who need care most.last_img read more

Lystek truck traffic would be a danger

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSince December, it has been consistently reported that the facility proposed for the town of Glen by the Canadian sewage waste-to-fertilizer company Lystek would result in the addition of 10 to 20 trucks per day to our community’s local traffic.I have lived just west of the Riverside Drive/Route 5S intersection for 40-plus years, and “only” 10 to 20 trucks a day has me concerned for the safety on that intersection.One concern is the potential for more accidents. Heavily loaded trucks heading to the facility in the Glen Canal View Business Park will make an uphill turn very slowly onto a 55 mph state highway, Route 5S. Cars coming from the east can’t see the trucks until they crest the top of the hill. At that point, they are traveling the speed limit, which would make it very difficult to avoid an accident.Another major concern is that these trucks will be hauling untreated sewage sludge – which by Lystek’s own documentation can contain significant pathogens, contaminants and heavy metals that would then be reduced or diluted to “lower than the legal limits.” Also, per Lystek’s own documentation, a number of these trucks use only simple tarps to cover the “material.”Conservatively, “10 trucks a day, five days a week” calculates to 5,200 passes annually (there and back) – half of them being trucks loaded with sewage sludge. If you use their full estimates of 20 trucks per day, at 365 days, it becomes 14,600 truck passes. Keeping count, that’s 2,600 to 7,300 sewage sludge-filled trucks arriving and departing the Business Park each year. That’s a different picture from “only” 10 to 20 trucks!George Galeazza FultonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familylast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s priceless reaction to stunning Nicolas Pepe free-kick

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s priceless reaction to stunning Nicolas Pepe free-kick Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 5:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.6kShares Nicolas Pepe scored twice in ten minutes (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe rescued Arsenal with two stunning free-kicks in the final ten minutes to hand the Gunners a 3-2 win against Vitoria.Unai Emery’s side were far from their best and found themselves 2-1 down in the second half after Marcus Edwards and Bruno Duarte scored for the visitors either side of Gabriel Martinelli’s strike.Arsenal were headed towards a discouraging result in what has been a difficult week for Emery but Pepe popped up twice to reverse the result.The Ivorian’s first was a clever strike that wrong-footed the goalkeeper but his second was even better as he clipped an exquisite effort round the wall and into the top corner.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was a huge win for the Gunners and the relief was written all over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s face in the stands.The Gabon forward was not part of the matchday squad and watched on with team-mate Sokratis.And he couldn’t keep his hands of the Greek defender as he wildly celebrated Pepe’s winner in injury [email protected] and @SokratisPapa5 reaction to Pepes goal 😍😍 #arsenal pic.twitter.com/BX0QizlNY7— shah (@shah486) October 24, 2019Arsenal can now take confidence into Sunday’s clash against Crystal Palace at the Emirates.Aubameyang can be expected to come straight back into the side, though Alexandre Lacazette started on Thursday meaning the Gabon forward could be pushed out to the left again.MORE: Robin van Persie slams Arsenal boss Unai Emery and reveals why he’ll never compare to Arsene Wengercenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more