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Obamacare’s Secret Success Story : Social Insurance : Our Work

Thus far, 25 states (including D.C.), have opted for expansion, while 26 (mostly red) states remain on the sidelines.

Of the 37,000 people who have thus far gained health coverage in New York, for example, two-thirds qualified through Medicaid.

In Washington, the Medicaid expansion accounts for half of its 35,000 new enrollees. In Kentucky, four out of every five of the state’s 26,000 newly insured can thank Medicaid for their benefits.

Two main factors account for Medicaid’s early success. First, states operate their own Medicaid programs, which means they are largely insulated from the federal government’s IT issues.

Second, a handful of states have taken advantage of a “fast-tracking” option permitted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Fast-tracking, or facilitated enrollment, allows states to offer an express lane to residents already known in their welfare systems, such as food stamp recipients.

Because eligibility standards for food stamps are generally more stringent than those for Medicaid, states can effectively presume such individuals are eligible for the Medicaid expansion and enroll them with minimal hassle, conserving valuable administrative resources and bypassing bureaucratic delays.

Persuading the Cynics

All this is well and good, but it is unlikely to make converts of Obamacare’s critics.

What may change their minds, though, are costs. The major argument expansion opponents make is that it will be too expensive for cash-strapped states.

Here, the evidence is encouraging.

The federal government will bear the lion’s share of new Medicaid costs through 2016, declining to 90 percent by 2020.

If all states expand Medicaid, the feds will inject $952 billion into state budgets between 2013 and 2022. In other words, the feds are paying for 93 cents of every new Medicaid dollar.

As if this wasn’t already a good deal for states, it gets even sweeter—because states will save billions on lots of things they currently pay for.

When the uninsured seek medical care but do not pay for it, the bill falls to someone else—and that someone else is usually the government.

via Obamacare’s Secret Success Story : Social Insurance : Our Work.

From Tunisia to Occupy and Beyond: The New Wave of Social Change, Past, Present and Future (pp. 1-68)

Open Systems expert Merrelyn Emery

The final section of the paper looks at the necessary and sufficient conditions

for the current wave to succeed; that is for it to enable a return to active adaptive

organizations and communities in which people may fulfil their destinies as the

purposeful systems they are and, thereby, tame the social field into one that supports and

fosters a new global culture of cooperation, wisdom and joy.

via From Tunisia to Occupy and Beyond: The New Wave of Social Change, Past, Present and Future (pp. 1-68).

WNBA rookie makeup class proves old norms die hard

some things just change like glaciers used to – very, very slowly – too slowly//1

Fit and Feminist

Confession time: I am 34 years old and I am teaching myself how to do my makeup. Well, that’s not accurate, exactly. I know how to do the most basic “natural” look – just enough foundation to even out my complexion, just enough mascara to keep my eyes from vanishing, lip gloss because I like it – but the skillful use of eye shadow and cheekbone highlighters and various liners is something that has eluded me until now, mainly because I just didn’t care all that much.

I’m not sure what caused the switch to flip but it did, and now I watch YouTube video tutorials, pick up tips from the news anchor ladies I work with, and pay close attention as my best friend demonstrates the proper use of a crease brush.  I still mostly go barefaced these days, but I like knowing I have the ability to whip…

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US (MA): Banana plant breaks greenhouse roof

A banana plant at colleague in the United States was apparently so determined to keep growing that it broke through a pane of glass on a greenhouse roof. Rob Nicholson says he\’s seen plants do lots of amazing things in his 21 years as manager of the Northampton college\’s Botanic Garden, so he wasn\’t entirely surprised. But he did say it was annoying that the pane on the 30-foot high roof needs to be replaced.

Nicholson tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette he learned about the situation Monday when he arrived at the plant house. A staff member who worked on the weekend left a note on his door alerting him to the problem.

Nicholson says he has seen photographs dating to 1904 that show same banana plant in nearly the same location.

via US (MA): Banana plant breaks greenhouse roof.

Rlg Ghana – Background Ghana IT MFG

A subsidiary of the Agams Holdings, Rlg Communications is a Ghanaian-owned Limited Liability Company engaged in the production of communications equipment such as mobile handsets, electronic notebooks, tablets, laptops, LCD TV monitors and other accessories. Besides the product range, Rlg is also engaged in capacity building and training programmes in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministries of Education; Women, Children & Social Protection as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sports as part of the erstwhile National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP) now known as the Ghana Youth Employment & Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA).

via Rlg Ghana – Background.

‘Could the next Google come from Africa?’ | World news | The Observer

Ghana is a country of technological contradictions. In many schools, IT is taught in classrooms with no electricity yet mobile penetration exceeds 100%. Tech start-ups are using the challenges and opportunities as a spring board and achieving way beyond expectation

via ‘Could the next Google come from Africa?’ | World news | The Observer.

Is English losing its appeal in China?: Shanghaiist

As elsewhere, as nationalism and right wing or conservative values grow, there are wannabe leaders who complain that they are losing their culture – you hear that in Japan, Hungary, Germany, France, Britain and other states.

“Recently, in fact, the former spokesman with the Ministry of Education posted comments on Weibo calling for English classes in elementary schools to be canceled so that there could be more time for Chinese lessons.

\”These years, so many people are learning English but our Chinese language proficiency is degrading quickly,\” one netizen said in response to the post.”

via Is English losing its appeal in China?: Shanghaiist.

Settlers torch 2 cars in Hebron village, spray graffiti | Maan News Agency

Settlers torched two Palestinian cars in a Hebron village on Thursday, locals said.

A group of settlers from Kiryat Arba set fire to the vehicles, which belonged to brothers Abed al-Menm and Mohammad al-Salayma al-Jalajel.

The settlers also sprayed threatening graffiti in the village reading \”Good things are coming,\” apparently referring to future attacks being prepared by settlers, locals said.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank with impunity.

Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law. The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

via Settlers torch 2 cars in Hebron village, spray graffiti | Maan News Agency.