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today’s news … Tuesday, December 20

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 6:00 am

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there! 

Quote for todayThe trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.” – Thomas Paine

  • OMG, another trusted employee steals. – LancasterOnLine
  • Yippee … starting Thursday morning, the days become longer. Spring is on the way!
  • Last night, the Planning Commission met in the Borough Hall Council chambers. Chairman Don Haines convened the meeting with three other members present. There are two vacant seats on the Commission. Interested residents of Columbia Borough who are interested in serving on the Planning Commission should submit a written letter of interest to the Borough offices; Jeff Helm; the president of the Planning Commission or to any member of the Borough Council.Three citizens attended the meeting as well as representing parties for The Cycle Den and the Columbia Water Company. Here is the agenda from the meeting. The meeting, which began at 7:00 pm, was adjourned at 8:13 pm.
  • Maybe, just maybe? … enough attention is being focused on the issue of corporate greed and “public servants’ lackeyism.” Read this editorial from this morning’s Intelligencer Journal. Corporate Poker – Learn more about “Good Jobs Now.”
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“HHS proposes rule to help define essential health benefits”

In Government on December 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

from GovernmentExecutive.com

The Health and Human Services Department on Friday detailed its proposed options for states to use in selecting the “essential health benefits” they are required to offer individuals and small groups by 2014 under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

As described in a bulletin released for public comment, states preparing to implement health insurance exchanges are to select the benchmark for their plans — all of which must include 10 categories of basic care set out in the law. States will choose among typical plans offered by either the three largest small group plans in the state, one of the three largest state employee health plans, one of the three largest federal employee health plan options, or the largest health maintenance organization plan offered in the state’s commercial market.

“Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers and small businesses can be confident that the insurance plans they choose and purchase will cover a comprehensive and affordable set of health services,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Our approach will protect consumers and give states the flexibility to design coverage options that meet their unique needs.”

In a conference call with reporters, she added that “what works in Florida may not work in Nebraska.”

States can modify the plans as long as they don’t reduce the overall value, and they must offer preventive care, emergency services, Read the rest of this entry »

The Daily Beast: “10 Common and Uncommon Causes of Death”

In Everyday Living, Lists, Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 5:00 am

Forget fear of flying, there’s a new scare going around New York City: fear of riding.

“New Yorkers are up in arms over the death of Young & Rubicam executive, who was crushed Wednesday when boarding an elevator in her company’s midtown office.

“Hart’s death was a potentially unnecessary tragedy in a building rife with elevator safety violations(citywide elevator inspections have since have been ordered). Still, elevator accidents remain exceedingly rare, and fatalities are even less common—but they do occasionally happen and can be harrowing for victims.

“From smoking tobacco to lightning strikes, The Daily Beast looks at 10 causes of death that occur more frequently than elevator-related fatalities. (Airplane crashes, for what it’s worth, are also very rare—in developed nations the odds of dying on a scheduled flight are about one in 14 million).”

Click here to read The Daily Beast article in full.