Gov. Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law, Vetoes Flawed Telemedicine Bill, Releases Cross-Agency Guidance for Telehealth

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 29, 2020 Gov. Wolf Signs Two Bills into Law, Vetoes Flawed Telemedicine Bill, Releases Cross-Agency Guidance for Telehealthcenter_img Bill Signing,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today signed into law two bills: House Bill 1869 allows for National Guard members called to active duty to be covered under the Heart and Lung Act if they contract COVID-19 while performing their duties, and House Bill 752 provides for the Game Commission to pay a fair market value for land in Allegheny County.Gov. Wolf also vetoed Senate Bill 857, a telemedicine bill that passed the Senate unanimously last year before being amended to an untenable version in the House.“I supported a prior printer’s number of the bill, but as amended in the House of Representatives, this legislation arbitrarily restricts the use of telemedicine for certain doctor-patient interactions,” Gov. Wolf said. “As amended, this bill interferes with women’s health care and the crucial decision-making between patients and their physicians.”The full veto memo can be found as a PDF here or on Scribd.In addition to the telemedicine bill veto, the governor released cross-agency guidance on telehealth, citing its importance as a health care delivery option during COVID-19 and as providing it pertains to his authority under the Disaster Declaration signed in early March.Given the potential for widespread transmission of COVID-19 across Pennsylvania and to limit its spread, many health care providers and patients are expanding use of telehealth rather than in-person health care services.Today, the governor announced cross-agency guidance on steps taken to ensure that patients in need of vital health care services are receiving them in a timely, appropriate manner. Multiple state agencies are involved in providing expanded telehealth services, including the departments of State, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Human Services and the Insurance Department.The guidance, available as a PDF here or on Scribd, includes:Expanded Role of ProvidersExpanding Reimbursement for Telehealth ServicesTelehealth for Infant Toddler Early Intervention ProceduresTelehealth for Behavioral HealthTelehealth for Substance Use Disorder TreatmentView this information in Spanish.last_img read more

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Half-time: Fulham 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgDaniel Sturridge equalised after Kolo Toure’s ninth-minute own goal had gifted Fulham the lead at Craven Cottage.Rene Meulensteen’s side, bottom of the Premier League but buoyed by Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, had Liverpool on the back foot straightaway and Simon Mignolet saved Ryan Tunnicliffe’s low shot in the opening minute.The Whites kept up the early pressure and Toure had to react quickly to prevent Darren Bent getting to Kieran Richardson’s left-wing cross.But the next time Richardson crossed from the left Toure contrived to slice the ball into his own net from close range.On-loan Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby almost doubled the lead with a 20-yard effort that fizzed just wide.And Bent headed over from seven yards out after being found by another Richardson cross.Having struggled for most of the first half, Liverpool levelled out of nothing four minutes before the interval.Steven Gerrard carved open the Fulham defence with a perfect through-ball and Sturridge fired in off the far post.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby; Bent. Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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A’s trade with Kansas City Royals for starting pitcher

first_imgOAKLAND — With the slow returns of Jesus Luzardo, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton to the big leagues — and Frankie Montas’ suspension —  the Oakland A’s decided to act fast in the starting pitching market.GM Dave Forst made the call to Kansas City a few days ago and, Sunday morning both teams pulled the trigger: the A’s acquired 33-year-old right-handed starter Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.80) for 23-year-old minor league infielder Kevin Merrell, who was playing in Double-A Midland.“With a starting …last_img

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CAUV still part of budget talks

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As state budget negotiators enter the final days of House-Senate budget talks, the Ohio Farmers Union reminds legislators that CAUV reforms contained in both versions of the budget are desperately needed and overdue.“We’ve been fighting for some meaningful changes in the CAUV formula since around 2012,” said Joe Logan, OFU President . “It’s been a long haul, and along the way farmland property taxes have increased 300 percent or more for family farmers in every corner of Ohio.”Logan points out that while farmland property taxes have skyrocketed, other small businesses in Ohio have seen large tax breaks.“Family farms, which have struggled to generate income in an era of low commodity prices, are perhaps the only small business category that have been taxed more while others’ taxes have decreased over the past three state budgets,” Logan said.CAUV, or Current Agricultural Use Valuation, is the way farmland property tax values are determined.last_img read more

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BG police seek help to ID vehicle of interest in vandalism case

first_imgThe Battle Ground Police Department has obtained video that captured a vehicle of interest in Friday’s citywide vandalism spree.The video footage can be viewed at www.facebook.com/CityofBGWA, according to a news release from the city.Anyone who recognizes the vehicle or has any information should contact Detective Sgt. Kim Armstrong at 360-342-5252 or [email protected] unknown suspects damaged a building and multiple vehicles, according to the city.Investigators have already received some reports and tips but are seeking video surveillance from homes or businesses in the affected areas, the news release states.Anonymous tips can be reported online at www.cityofbg.org/tips.last_img

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Avengers Endgame social media reactions Greatest superhero movie ever

first_img Preparing for a 59-hour Marvel movie marathon I was not prepared for the range of emotions that #Endgame put me through, from utter despair to pure elation. I laughed, I cried, I wished Tony Stark was my dad.— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 23, 2019 TV and Movies 2:54 CHRIS EVANS SAID HE CRIED SIX TIMES WATCHING ENDGAME,, IM SCARED NONE OF US WILL SURVIVE THIS MOVIE— gendrya warrior // 2 (@SADHEXGIRL) April 23, 2019 An infinity of bizarre Avengers products Now playing: Watch this: Bring your tissues and don’t forget to stop off at the bathroom before you settle in for three hours of emotion. Avengers: Endgame opens April 24 in Australia, April 25 in the UK and April 26 in the US. Davis and Mantz weren’t alone. Most of those who shared their reactions on social seemed to be as in love with the movie as Captain America is with Peggy Carter. Writer Mark Hughes called it “the film of the year,” and warned fans to “reset your expectations AGAIN.” Share your voice Who’s ready for the endgame? Marvel Studios Most of us won’t get to see Avengers: Endgame for a few days yet, but those lucky few who got an early glimpse started sharing reactions on social media Monday night.And so far, it’s looking like a superpowered success. (No spoilers ahead.) 17 Photos Critic Scott Mantz dubbed it the “greatest superhero movie EVER,” and loaded up on capital letters. INCREDIBLE!! #AVENGERS #ENDGAME brings the entire MCU to a rousing, exciting, deeply moving & wholly satisfying conclusion! It’s a *BEAUTIFUL* film! Fun, smart, clever, BRILLIANT! Perfect blend of action, heart & humor! This is as good as it gets! Greatest superhero movie EVER! pic.twitter.com/dMeLtvO7Gy— Scott Mantz (@MovieMantz) April 23, 2019center_img #AvengerEndgame is an immensely satisfying payoff, not just to Infinity War but to all the films that came before. This is why the MCU. (And I say this as someone who was not especially enamored of Infinity War, FWIW.) ♥️💙💜— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) April 23, 2019 Wow. #AvengersEndgame is staggering. It’s surprising in ways I never saw coming and satisfying in ways I didn’t realize I needed. It’s kind of the ultimate gift to fans of the MCU. It’s very long and has a few hiccups, but is everything you’re hoping for and more. pic.twitter.com/RO97kw9fs5— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 23, 2019 All I’m going to say about @Avengers #EndGame is that I am an emotional wreck and can’t stop crying— Maude Garrett (@maudegarrett) April 23, 2019 #AvengersEndgame is the film of the year. If you thought you’d seen comics brought fully to the big screen already, prepare to reset your expectations AGAIN.#MCU #Avengers #Endgame #EndgamePremiereLA #EndgamePremiere— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) April 23, 2019 Comments Reviews of endgame have been rolling out and everyone said they cried…..I’m so scared but excited— Thanos-The Great Titan😈 (@Actually_Thanos) April 23, 2019 Tags 5 “Avengers: Endgame is a masterful epic — a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it,” tweeted Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango. “You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending!” “I am an emotional wreck and can’t stop crying,” tweeted Maude Garrett. #AvengersEndgame is a masterful epic – a true culmination of 22 films that not only concludes the story, but expands upon it. You’ll learn more about the other movies while this one unfolds. If Infinity War is the brawn, Endgame is the brains. And wow, what an ending! pic.twitter.com/94ttBUQKJ0— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 23, 2019 Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

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Australia Doctors reattach childs head to spine after car crash

first_imgSurgeons at a Brisbane hospital have managed to reattach the head of a toddler to his spine after he was internally decapitated in a car crash. Sixteen-month-old toddler Jaxon Taylor was travelling in the car with his mother and nine-year-old sister when they collided with another car at a speed of 110kph (70mph). The force of the crash tore the toddlers head from his neck internally, but incredibly he survived his injuries.It is a miracle, said Jaxons mother Rylea. The second I pulled him out, I knew that he, I knew that his neck was broken, she added.Jaxon was airlifted to a Brisbane hospital where a team of surgeons, headed by Dr Geoff Askin, performed the six-hour surgery to reattach the head to the spine.A lot of children wouldnt survive that injury in the first place and if they did, and they were resuscitated, they may never move or breathe again, said Dr Askin.Theyve taken two broken kids and put them all back together, so were very, very thankful, added the toddlers father Andrew Taylor.Doctors said Jaxon will have to wear a brace over his head for eight weeks to help the tissues and nerves connecting his head to his spine to heal. Closelast_img read more

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Emma Watson spotted with a mystery man does Little Women star have

first_imgEmma Watson engaged and planning her dream wedding?Getty ImagesEmma Watson was seen out and about, looking relaxed in comfy clothes. She was accompanied by a mystery man.The “Bling Ring” star was reportedly spotted while grabbing breakfast with a mystery man at the Venice Beach café Superba Food + Bread. It looked like the 29-year-old Parisian-born Brit may have borrowed the oversized black sweater and grey sweatpants from her friend, which she paired with white Birkenstocks.We have to say that Emma sure can make the “I woke up like this” fashion a real run for its money. Emma apparently went make-up free and scraped her hair into a messy updo for the morning outing with her companion. Emma seems to be enjoying some downtime after the release of the “Little Wome” trailer.Reportedly, the “Beauty and the Beast” actress stars as one of the fearless and bold March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which is set for release in December. However, fans don’t seem to be pleased with her accent in the trailer. We have to say that the trailer barely has two spoken lines from Emma’s character, so maybe fans shouldn’t be jumping the gun.  Emma WatsonReutersHowever, it doesn’t look like Emma is letting the haters get to her. Apart from her acting career, Emma is also quite the social activist. She recently helped launch a free legal advice line for those in England and Wales suffering from sexual harassment at work.’It finally feels like people are realising the scale of the problem, and I’m certainly hopeful that with global standards such as the recent International Labour Organisation treaty on harassment at work, we’ll start to see a new climate of prevention and accountability on this issue domestically,’ the Time’s Up activist told The Telegraph.Emma is a role model for many and we have to say, you go girl. You can check out the pics here.last_img read more

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Homes in wealthier neighborhoods found to harbor more arthropod species

first_imgCredit: David Wagner/public domain Journal information: Biology Letters First study of arthropods in US homes finds huge biodiversity © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Urban ecologists have been observing how socioeconomics impact species diversity for nearly two decades. Previous studies have determined that higher affluence is frequently associated with more biological diversity across species of plants, birds, bats, and lizards–a phenomenon coined the “luxury effect.” Scientists have only recently begun examining the relationship between socioeconomics and arthropods, a group that includes insects and their close relatives. Arthropods can have six legs (like moths), eight legs (like spiders), or sometimes one hundred legs (like centipedes), and fly or wander from the outside environment into the indoor world. The image above highlights an arthropod often identified indoors: the book louse.”The biodiversity of the indoor environment is still a relatively unexplored area of research,” says Michelle Trautwein, co-author and curator of entomology at the Academy. “Our houses are really permeable and dynamic. Through our studies, we hope to inspire citizens all over the globe to get curious about the species in their everyday lives. We still have so much to learn about indoor ecology and the ever-evolving relationship between humans and arthropods.” Credit: © Matt Bertone of North Carolina State University Explore further (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and North Carolina State University has found that homes in wealthy neighborhoods tend to harbor more arthropod species than do homes in places that are less affluent. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the team describes how they conducted an arthropod survey of homes from a variety of locations throughout the Raleigh, North Carolina area, what they found and possible reasons for the differences. A common arthropod scientists encounter in the home: the carpet beetle. Credit: © Matt Bertone and North Carolina State University Citation: Homes in wealthier neighborhoods found to harbor more arthropod species (2016, August 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-homes-wealthier-neighborhoods-harbor-arthropod.html More information: Misha Leong et al. Exoskeletons and economics: indoor arthropod diversity increases in affluent neighbourhoods, Biology Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0322AbstractIn urban ecosystems, socioeconomics contribute to patterns of biodiversity. The ‘luxury effect’, in which wealthier neighbourhoods are more biologically diverse, has been observed for plants, birds, bats and lizards. Here, we used data from a survey of indoor arthropod diversity (defined throughout as family-level richness) from 50 urban houses and found that house size, surrounding vegetation, as well as mean neighbourhood income best predict the number of kinds of arthropods found indoors. Our finding, that homes in wealthier neighbourhoods host higher indoor arthropod diversity (consisting of primarily non-pest species), shows that the luxury effect can extend to the indoor environment. The effect of mean neighbourhood income on indoor arthropod diversity was particularly strong for individual houses that lacked high surrounding vegetation ground cover, suggesting that neighbourhood dynamics can compensate for local choices of homeowners. Our work suggests that the management of neighbourhoods and cities can have effects on biodiversity that can extend from trees and birds all the way to the arthropod life in bedrooms and basements.Press release In studying the numbers, the researchers found that the average home in a wealthy neighborhood had approximately 100 different species of arthropods in it, whereas those in less expensive neighborhoods had roughly half that number. The researchers suggest the discrepancy is due to differences in the environment outside of the homes. Richer neighborhoods tend to have houses with lush gardens and parks and the people that live there tend to expend more time and money on them resulting in more places for bugs to breed. Most people know that sometimes bugs get into their houses—flies, ants, mosquitoes and other insects are quite common, though most people do their best to get rid of them. What most people probably do not know is that a lot of other types of bugs live in their home as well—most of which they never see. Many of these bugs are arthropods—invertebrate animals such as spiders, crustaceans and other insects. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the diversity of these bugs in homes. They note also that prior studies had found that richer neighborhoods tended to have more plant and animal diversity in areas outside of the home. For this study, they wanted to know what was going on inside.As the researchers also note, few studies have looked at biodiversity in the home, which is unfortunate as people spend on average 90 percent of their time indoors—which means sharing space with a plethora of other creatures. To gain some perspective, the researchers fanned out across the city of Raleigh asking homeowners if they would allow a survey to be conducted—the team wound up gaining access to approximately 50 homes, all within forty miles of the downtown area, from a variety of neighborhoods.last_img read more

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Missing Explores girl Trafficking

first_imgIt is a shocking reality that there are 3 million sex workers in India, with 1.2 million of them being young girls. The average age of recruitment of girls into prostitution is between nine and twelve years. In order to counter this alarming fact, veteran photographer and installation artist Leena Kejriwal launched a public art project Missing at The Eros Hotel in the national Capital on Wednesday.Missing creates a series of larger-than-life black silhouettes of young girls, placed against the urban skyline. Constructed from iron sheets, forged and painted pitch black, they seem like sharp, black holes cut out of the sky – holes into which metaphorically millions of girls disappear from the face of the earth. The artwork is supplemented with an augmented reality app, that allows anyone with a smart phone to engage with the installations and become a part of the project. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Kejriwal said, “I am involved with the issue of sexual trafficking for the past 12 years, having worked closely with various activists in the field. The staggering number of missing girls and impunity of law drove me to launch this project, which will educate the masses on the magnitude of the issue, in an emotional and informative way.”The Missing project aimed to raise awareness amongst millions of girls who are being trafficked into prostitution and this project will enable these girls to go back to school and hence have a better future.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRuchira Gupta (Founder and President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide and adviser to the US government, on human trafficking) says, “Missing urges people to think about the girls who are pulled into prostitution. The Missing silhouettes simulate a call for action, by raising awareness.” Curator Shaheen Merali enunciates, “The work of artist Leena Kejriwal is part of a greater body of work undertaken by artists in the global context, where artists combine their skills to enable a wider society to communicate.Kejriwal’s belief in the cause, along with an overwhelming public response, motivated her to take this project forward. After Delhi, Missing will move to Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Dhanbad, and Ahmedabad.last_img read more

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