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    Major study from Abt Associates provides rigorous evidence that a program helps low-income adults get on the higher-paying healthcare career path.

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (PRWEB) June 18, 2018

    For low-income adults searching for quality career paths in healthcare, a mix of education, training, support services and employment assistance works well, regardless of the participants’ race/ethnicity, age or parenting status.

    This is just one of several key findings from Abt Associates’ new early impact report from the Health Professions Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

    This first impact report contains early results on how career pathways programs are helping participants build a career, rather than simply get a job.

    Administered by ACF, HPOG launched in 2010 with the aim of providing education and training to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income adults in healthcare occupations that pay well, address labor shortages or are in high-demand fields. The report describes the short-term impact results from the first round of HPOG grantees (known as HPOG 1.0). The research team assessed 23 grantees that offered 42 distinct programs across the country and followed more than 13,715 individuals over time.

    The evaluation design involved randomly assigning eligible individuals into HPOG or into a control group, which did not have access to HPOG but could access other trainings and services in the community. This strong evaluation design means that the impacts can be thought of as “causal,” resulting directly from the HPOG program.

    Key findings from the early impact report consider impacts 15-18 months after study enrollment and include:· Training and Service Differences. HPOG provided participants much greater support than their non-HPOG peers across a variety of services, including academic, career and personal supports, and HPOG participants also participated in training at greater levels.
    · Educational Progress. Sixty-eight percent of HPOG participants had completed, or were currently enrolled in, occupational training in comparison to about 60 percent of their control group peers, a 12 percent relative improvement.
    · Employment in Healthcare. Although there was no difference in overall employment rates between HPOG participants and the control group, HPOG participants were more likely to be working in the healthcare sector: 41.4 percent of the control group versus 52.6 of the treatment group. That 11.2 percentage point difference represents a 27.1 relative impact, which is sizable. This finding implies HPOG is meeting its charge to prepare the health care workforce and respond to local demand for workers.
    · Better Jobs with Benefits. HPOG participants were more likely to be working in jobs that offer health insurance than their non-HPOG peers. Health insurance is an important indicator of job quality.
    · Slightly More Earnings. HPOG participants also earned slightly more ($137 in the fifth follow-up quarter) than the control group, perhaps as a function of the greater share in healthcare sector jobs and with the greater share in jobs with benefits.
    · Increased Progress for All. HPOG improved educational progress for individuals across all major demographic and age groups. Progress was also evident for those with dependent children.

    “We’re excited to report that HPOG is effective in the short-term, indicating that the program is leading its participants in the right direction,” said Laura Peck, Abt Associates principal scientist and co-principal investigator. “This evaluation considers an entire funding stream—not just some cherry-picked ‘promising’ programs—and so it implies that a national investment in this program model is worthwhile.”

    Additional impacts from the program’s evaluation will consider study participants’ experiences three and six years after enrollment.

    View a full copy of the report or project brief.

    About Abt Associates
    Abt Associates is an engine for social impact, dedicated to moving people from vulnerability to security. Harnessing the power of data and our experts’ grounded insights, we provide research, consulting and technical services globally in the areas of health, environmental and social policy, technology and international development. http://www.abtassociates.com Reported by PRWeb 15 hours ago.

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    Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a $2,700 increase in the tiers for health insurance premiums to avoid bumping teachers and other public employees into higher tiers from a recent 5 percent pay increase Reported by Seattle Times 14 hours ago.

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    A bipartisan group of governors is speaking out against a Trump administration decision that could narrow access to health insurance benefits for those with pre-existing conditions. Reported by Seattle Times 9 hours ago.

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    Trump administration to finalize health insurance option for small businesses and self-employed Reported by Seattle Times 8 hours ago.

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and... Reported by New Zealand Herald 2 hours ago.

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    The American Meditation Institute (AMI) in Averill Park, New York will host Leonard Perlmutter’s 18th annual summer retreat July 19-21, 2018. This CME accredited foundation course of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine will include topics on AMI Meditation, stress and pain management, diaphragmatic breathing, easy-gentle yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga psychology, immortality and nutrition.

    AVERILL PARK, N.Y. (PRWEB) June 19, 2018

    The American Meditation Institute (AMI) in Averill Park, New York will host Leonard Perlmutter’s 18th annual summer retreat July 19-21, 2018. This CME accredited foundation course of Yoga Science as mind/body medicine will include topics on AMI Meditation, stress and pain management, diaphragmatic breathing, easy-gentle yoga, Ayurveda, Yoga psychology, immortality and nutrition. The weekend intensive is designed for first-time and experienced meditators, and offers 18 continuing medical education credits (CMEs) for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev), AMI founder, noted philosopher and author of the award-winning book The Heart and Science of Yoga: Empowering Self-Care Program for a Happy, Healthy, Joyful Life will present all course components.

    This core “Heart and Science of Yoga” retreat curriculum has been endorsed by noted medical pioneers Dr. Oz (Mehmet Oz MD), Dean Ornish MD, Bernie Siegel MD and Larry Dossey MD, and has been certified by the American Medical Association and American Nurses Association to provide continuing medical education credits for health care practitioners in attendance.

    As part of AMI’s “Yoga of Medicine” program, this four-day intensive will include the following areas of study: an easy meditation procedure; a systematic method for harnessing the power of the mind; breathing practices to enhance the immune system; an understanding of the creative benefits of mantra science; Ayurvedic health principles; easy-gentle yoga exercises for joints, glands and internal organs; and the benefits of contemplation and prayer. The entire agenda is designed to encourage active participant interaction by combining engaging lectures, practicums and Q&A in a concentrated three-day format. Leonard Perlmutter’s 41 years of personal study and teaching will provide all attendees, regardless of the level of experience, a complete set of AMI Meditation tools that can relieve stress, reduce pain, boost the immune system, heal relationships, enhance problem solving abilities, and help them experience greater health, happiness, creativity and security.

    Meditation master Leonard Perlmutter (Ram Lev) has taught on the faculties of the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, the Himalayan Yoga Teachers Association and the College of Saint Rose. He is a disciple of holistic health pioneer Swami Rama of the Himalayas, the Yoga scientist who, in laboratory conditions at the Menninger Institute, demonstrated that blood pressure, heart rate and the autonomic nervous system could be voluntarily controlled. Leonard has presented Yoga Science courses at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Albany Medical College, the Commonwealth Club of California, “The New York Times” Yoga Forum, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    According to Leonard Perlmutter, “Human beings are not merely physical bodies. We are breathing and thinking beings also––living with complex thoughts, desires and emotions. Our individual achievement of optimal health does not begin with a lower health insurance premium. First and foremost, human wellness requires a reliable blueprint for mind/body self-care. With active and discriminating participation in our own health management, we can form a healing partnership with our physicians––and stop working against our own best interests.”

    About the American Meditation Institute
    The American Meditation Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization devoted to the teaching and practice of Yoga Science, meditation and its allied disciplines as mind/body medicine. In its holistic approach to wellness, AMI combines the healing arts of the East with the practicality of modern Western science. The American Meditation Institute offers a wide variety of classes, retreats, and teacher training programs. AMI also publishes Transformation, a bi-monthly journal of meditation as holistic mind/body medicine.

    Media Contact:
    Robert Washington
    60 Garner Road
    Averill Park, NY 12018
    Tel: 518-674-8714
    Fax: 518-674-8714

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    The Trump administration is close to finalizing a health insurance option for small firms and self-employed people that would cost less but could cover fewer benefits than current plans, congressional officials and business groups said.

     
     
     
     
     
     
      Reported by USATODAY.com 18 hours ago.

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    The Trump administration plans to unveil rules that make it easier for small businesses to create health insurance plans that offer lower costs, and provide much fewer benefits, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. Reported by Newsmax 17 hours ago.

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    Millions of small businesses and self-employed people will be able to buy health-insurance plans exempt from many Affordable Care Act consumer protections under a rule released by the Trump administration. Reported by Wall Street Journal 17 hours ago.

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    Reported by Politico 15 hours ago.

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    Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) will be opening its forth fulfillment center in Michigan, bringing full-time employment opportunities and its robotics technology. The e-commerce giant plans to open an 850,000 square foot fulfilment center in Gaines Township, Michigan. READ: Daily CryptoCann Report: Amazon Web Services partners with blockchain start-up; NYC to change marijuana enforcement The center will provide full-time positions to more than 1,000 people. Employees will work alongside Amazon Robotics technology to fulfill customer orders. READ: Amazon unveils Alexa-enabled smart homes in marketing plug “Because of our ability to have more inventory on-hand and increased speed of fulfillment, we are able to better meet customer demand and create more than 1,000 new jobs with competitive pay and great benefits starting on day one of employment,” said Mark Stewart, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. Amazon’s full-time employees receive a benefits package which includes health insurance, a 401(k) and company stock. Employees also receive up to 20 weeks of maternal and parental paid leave. The Career Choice program covers up to 95% of tuition costs and has been utilized by more than 16,000 employees. Shares of the Seattle-based company were down slightly to US$1,710.50 in morning trading. Reported by Proactive Investors 16 hours ago.

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    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy skimpy health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law.  Reported by Reuters 13 hours ago.

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    After her daughter found herself in a major crisis while away at college, Gail Schenbaum co-founded Umergency™, a college safety app that provides parents and students with all the tools needed to navigate through any emergency, health or safety situation.

    PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. (PRWEB) June 19, 2018

    EDITOR’S NOTE: GAIL SCHENBAUM IS AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA COMMENTARY TO DISCUSS SCHOOL CAMPUS SAFETY TRENDS.

    Gail Schenbaum co-founded Umergency™ after her daughter found herself in a major crisis while away at college.

    The phone rang in the middle of the night. “Mom, I’m okay but it’s really bad,” said Alex, Gail’s daughter. Moments later, the EMT got on the line and said, “We’re pulling into the ER with a partial amputation. We’ll call you back.” Click.

    As a parent, Gail didn’t have the necessary information at her fingertips to deal with the emergency. What hospital was the ambulance taking Alex to? Who could Gail speak with? How could she get in touch with Alex’s resident advisor or roommate? Feeling helpless and not knowing where to turn for the fastest answers on her daughter’s condition left Gail desperate for information.

    From that harrowing experience, Gail created Umergency, the all-in-one college safety app built with both parents and students in mind. Available for download in the App Store and Google Play, Umergency provides a variety of accessible on- and off-campus resources, including an Urgent Alert beacon that notifies parents and other trusted contacts when immediate help is needed, along with the student’s GPS location. The app also features an “I am safe” function that alerts these contacts when a student is no longer in danger.

    “Parents eagerly want to be connected to their children and prepared to deal with anything especially in today’s volatile campus environment,” said Schenbaum. “Thankfully, everything turned out fine with my daughter’s ER experience. Through the process, however, I learned that I wasn’t alone, and many college parents are unprepared if something happens when their child is away at school.”

    Umergency provides parents and students with all the tools needed to navigate through any emergency, health or safety situation. Local and on-campus information comes pre-populated and is specific to each student’s campus, while the user-entered data is unique to each student and allows them to decide what to share and with whom. Emergency resource contacts, customized to each college or university, can be accessed by both students and families, and includes local police, fire, ER, and urgent care personnel, as well as on-campus health center, psychological and other after-hours services hotlines.

    The rise of school shootings is not only what concerns college families. According to the CDC, more than 20 percent of college-aged individuals – approximately 4 million young adults – end up in the emergency room each year, because of car accidents, medical illness, accidental injuries, alcohol poisonings and drug overdoses.

    “Fear and anxiety are the new normal, prompting college families to take action,” added Schenbaum. “While by definition we can’t always prevent a crisis from happening, being prepared for any emergency gives parents peace of mind and empowers students to take control of their safety.”

    Additional features of the app include the ability to upload and share a secure copy of the student’s health insurance card, along with a digital medical consent form which can allow the student’s trusted friends and family to receive confidential information. The app also provides built-in access to three of the most used national crisis hotlines—suicide, sexual assault and poison control.

    Umergency is free for college students in the U.S. Parents, family members and other non-student users can subscribe for only $9.99/year or $19.99 for lifetime access.

    About Umergency™
    Umergency is an emergency, health and safety app designed for college students and their families. The local and on-campus information comes pre-populated and is specific to each student’s campus, while the user-entered data is unique to each student and allows them to decide what to share and with whom. An Urgent Alert beacon notifies trusted contacts when immediate help is needed, along with the student’s GPS location. Additional features include the ability to upload and share a secure copy of the student’s health insurance card, and a digital medical consent form which can allow the student’s trusted friends and family to speak with medical personnel. Learn more about the app by visiting http://www.umergencyapp.com or follow on Facebook @Umergency, Twitter @Umergency and Instagram @Umergency. Reported by PRWeb 14 hours ago.

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    The Trump administration's new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people,... Reported by Deseret News 11 hours ago.

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    Sacramento, Calif., Jun 19, 2018 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A California judge has reinstated the state’s assisted suicide law, making it legal for terminally ill patients to end their lives while a court case is resolved – a move some critics say targets the vulnerable.

    “Assisted suicide limits choice for vulnerable people such as the terminally ill, elderly, individuals with disabilities, and anyone who relies on health insurance to cover treatment,” said Kristen Hanson, the community relations advocate for Patients’ Rights Action Fund.

    “It creates perverse economic incentives for insurance companies to deny coverage and deprive patients of lifesaving treatment when lethal drugs are so much cheaper,” Hanson told CNA.

    On Friday, the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside, CA issued a stay putting the End of Life Option back into effect. The decision gives opponents until July 2 to file objections.

    The law allows patients who have a terminal diagnosis of six months or less to receive fatal drugs prescribed by a doctor.

    Last month, the law had been declared unconstitutional by Superior Judge Daniel Ottolia of Riverside County, who said the legislation was “adopted illegally” since it was passed during a legislative session limited to issues other than assisted suicide. 

    Attorney General Xavier Becerra appealed Ottolia’s ruling in May, and fought over the past weeks to reinstate the assisted suicide law.

    Becerra applauded the state appeals court’s decision, saying it “provides some relief to California patients, their families and doctors who have been living in uncertainty while facing difficult health decisions,” according to the LA Times.

    However, patients’ rights activist Matt Valliere called the legislation a distraction from providing real health care to patients.

    “The California experience is that assisted suicide is controversial and a distraction,” said Valliere, executive director for Patients’ Rights Action Fund, in a June 18 statement.

    “Instead of assisted suicide we ought to focus on delivering real healthcare and treatment choices for patients facing serious disease,” Valliere continued.

    The End of Life Option took effect in California in 2016 in the wake of the controversial case of Brittany Maynard, who in 2014 traveled from California to Oregon to obtain lethal drugs to end her life after a terminal brain cancer diagnosis. Within the first six months of legalizing assisted suicide in California, more than 100 people ended their lives.

    Physician-assisted suicide is legal by law in the District of Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, and Colorado; and in Montana through a state supreme court ruling. It will become legal in Hawaii next year. A bill to legalize assisted suicide is under consideration in Indiana.

    “In other states where assisted suicide has been legalized, we’ve seen some of the consequences: suicide contagion, doctors making mistakes in their prognoses, and clinically depressed people receiving assisted suicide drugs,” Hanson said.

    “The people of California deserve better access to palliative care and hospice services, not assisted suicide.”

      Reported by CNA 9 hours ago.

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    Millions of small businesses and self-employed people will be able to buy health-insurance plans exempt from many Affordable Care Act consumer protections under a rule released by the Trump administration. Reported by Wall Street Journal 2 hours ago.

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    The Senate has blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs Reported by Seattle Times 8 hours ago.

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    The Senate has blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs.Fifty senators voted against the measure Wednesday, with 48 supporting it. The House narrowly passed the plan this month.... Reported by Newsmax 6 hours ago.

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