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    New York City is upping its spending on health care coverage. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that up to $100 million per year will be used to help people without health insurance. That includes immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The program is intended to reach an estimated 600,000 city residents. De Blasio unveiled the program at a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx after first announcing in on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." His office followed it up with a press release. “Health… Reported by bizjournals 4 hours ago.

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    SEATTLE (AP) — Washington's governor and New York City's mayor unveiled major initiatives to expand health insurance coverage Tuesday, the latest moves by key Democratic leaders to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a likely presidential candidate, proposed a publicly run health insurance option for state residents who are not covered by private employers and buying insurance off the marketplace created under former President Barack Obama's health care law. "We need to write another chapter of health care reform," said Inslee, who provided no details on how the program would be funded. Reported by SeattlePI.com 3 hours ago.

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    The employer can't ask the beneficiary to bear the insurance cost. Reported by Khaleej Times 3 hours ago.

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    New York City has launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday. Reported by Reuters India 2 hours ago.

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    Donation will enable Marillac St. Vincent to address security needs at west side facility

    CHICAGO, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG) recently presented a check for $91,050 to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services (MSV), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that provides accredited early childhood education, youth programs, comprehensive services to isolated seniors, access to food, and outreach to adults and families. The donation will fund building and security improvements for the Marillac Social Center located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, on the west side of Chicago.The Marillac Social Center includes a gymnasium for sports and after school youth programs, classrooms and a computer lab accessible to children and adults, along with a food pantry. Funds provided by SFG will help MSV add security badge swipe stations, new lighting, security cameras, and more.

    “Hundreds of Chicago residents visit the Marillac Social Center each week, and we want them to feel safe coming here,” said Peter Beale-DelVecchio, chief executive officer at MSV. “We are extremely thankful for Sammons Financial Group’s support, enabling us to make updates to our social center that will protect our visitors, as well as employees,” added Beale-DelVecchio.

    Since 2011, SFG has supported MSV through financial donations and employee volunteer service hours. “We have a strong partnership with MSV that has developed over the years,” said Steve Palmitier, president of Sammons Financial Group’s Life Division. “These much needed renovations are important in order for MSV to provide a safe place for people to access their services, and we’re happy to support that effort,” added Palmitier.

    The enhancements to the Marillac Social Center are expected to be completed in spring 2019.

    About Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc.

    The member companies of Sammons^® Financial Group, Inc. (SFG) are here to help families and businesses protect their future, so they can enjoy life’s moments today. A subsidiary of Sammons Enterprises, SFG is a group of privately-owned financial companies, including several of the most enduring and stable companies in our industry. SFG’s member companies, Midland National Life Insurance Company^®, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance^®, and Sammons Institutional Group℠ offer some of today’s most sought-after life insurance, annuity, and retirement planning products. Sammons Financial Group: With You for Every Moment℠.

    A photo accompanying this announcement is available at: http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6f70ffc5-fc31-4aba-b653-ade449c5d37f

    CONTACT: SFG Media Contact: John Myers, jmyers@sfgmembers.com Reported by GlobeNewswire 7 hours ago.

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    Mark Zuckerberg's hospital penalises patients with private health coverage Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital - named after the Facebook founder (pictured) following a $75million donation - does not accept any private health insurance plans. Reported by MailOnline 5 hours ago.

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    Dublin, Jan. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "The Market for Neurotechnology: 2018-2022" report has been added to *ResearchAndMarkets.com's* offering.The worldwide market for neurotechnology products will be $8.4 billion in 2018 and will reach $13.3 billion in 2022. The neurotechnology market is divided into four segments: neuroprosthetics, neuromodulation, neurorehabilitation, and neurosensing.

    The Market for Neurotechnology: 2018-2022 covers in detail all the key public companies and the most significant emerging and more established non-public firms in the industry. The report also features in-depth profiles of major research institutions in the U.S. and abroad involved with neurotechnology developments, and traces the commercial activity that is emerging from each.

    This market research report is the most comprehensive and up-to-date publication available covering the neurotechnology industry. The report takes an in-depth look at the technology, markets, competitors, and growth rates in four key segments of the neurotechnology industry in the years 2018 through 2022. It forecasts U.S. and worldwide revenue, compound annual growth rates, and competitor market shares for several key product categories making up the neuroprosthetics, neuromodulation, neurorehabilitation, and neurosensing segments of the industry.

    *The report not only looks at future financial projections, it covers likely technology trends and product developments that will impact the neurotechnology industry in the years ahead, such as:*

    · Nanowire brain implants guided into position through the cerebral vasculature.
    · Optical stimulation devices that solve many of the problems associated with electrical charge buildup.
    · Microfluidic interfaces that combine electrical stimulation and drug delivery.

    The Market for Neurotechnology: 2018-2022 examines each of the neurological diseases and disorders that represent a significant market potential for neurotechnology products, including established markets like Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, and urinary incontinence, as well as emerging markets such as bioelectronic medicine, obesity, migraine, sleep disorders, and psychiatric disorders. And it is the only report on the neurotechnology industry to forecast new product categories in neurorehabilitation and neurosensing such as brain analysis systems and neurorobotisc systems.

    *Market Projections*

    The largest segment of the market for neurotechnology is currently neuromodulation, followed by neuroprosthetics and neurosensing.

    Within the neuroprosthetics product category, cochlear implants represent the largest and most mature product category. Two factors that are helping to drive the market for cochlear implants are the rapid growth of implants in children, and the expansion of the market beyond profoundly deaf individuals to severely hearing impaired individuals. Many of the candidates for cochlear implants in this latter category are seniors with hearing loss that can no longer be improved with hearing aids.

    *Background*

    Neurotechnology has grown and matured as an industry as a result of advances in several fields of science and technology, including neuroscience, electrical stimulation, biomaterials, and microelectronics. MEMS technology will have a positive impact on the development of neurotechnology devices.

    Neurotechnology is currently in use or under study for the treatment of a number of different medical disorders and diseases. These include spinal cord injury, deafness, blindness, stroke, urinary incontinence, epilepsy, chronic pain, neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders.

    Neurotechnology products and services will experience considerable growth in the worldwide healthcare market in large part because of the continued growth and identification of neurological disorders and conditions. Many of these disorders and conditions will become more pronounced as demographic shifts in the aging of the population, as well as increased life expectancy and demand for a higher quality of life by senior citizens, exert their effects.

    As society has become more aware of the prevalence of specific neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as chronic pain, depression, dyslexia, and autism, business and government leaders have become more aware of the costs of these conditions to society in terms of lost productivity, treatment, and diminished quality of life. These factors will all contribute to the growth of neurotechnological treatments and therapies for neurological disorders.

    Also, successful neuroprosthetics have been shown to be cost-effective because of the reduction in ongoing costs for healthcare and assistive services. Some studies have shown that these devices pay for themselves with five to seven years.

    The neurotechnology industry depends heavily on the readiness of private and public health insurance organizations to reimburse patients for the cost of the devices and the procedures associated with implanting, maintaining, and training the device.

    The growth of neurotechnology devices also depends heavily on the degree to which clinicians and their patients are aware of their capabilities. Because it is new, neurotechnology has not yet achieved the degree of penetration in awareness of both physicians and patients who would be strong candidates.

    *Opportunities*

    One of the greatest opportunities for growth in the market for neuromodulation device is treatment of obesity. Other new and emerging applications for neurotechnology devices are migrain pain, depression, and cardiovascular disorders such as hypertension and angina pain.

    The author believes that the increasing understanding of central neural mechanisms in disorders such as depression, Parkinson's disease, and stroke will lead to dramatic growth for new neurotechnology products.

    *Competitors*

    *The market for neurotechnology includes both established competitors and start-up firms. Among the main competitors in the neurotechnology industry are:*

    · *Neuroprosthetics:* Cochlear Ltd., Advanced Bionics, Bioness, Second Sight, Otto Bock, and Med-El
    · *Neuromodulation:* Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Abbott, Nuvectra, LivaNova, and Nevro
    · *Neurosensing:* Natus Medical, Nihon-Kohden, and Philips.

    *Future Trends*

    Carbon nanotubes and other advances in nanotechnology will confer new capabilities on neuromodulation products. New polymeric biomaterials are promising to enhance the functionality of existing neural interfaces, which are largely based on metals.

    Neural/silicon hybrid chips have the potential for dramatically expanding the rate and the quality of information exchange between a computer and human. These devices initially will have application as improved forms of electrodes built with intelligent microelectronic hardware rather than passive devices. Ultimately they offer the potential for greatly enhanced neural prostheses and brain-computer interfaces.

    *Key Topics Covered:**I. Executive Summary*

    · Market Projections
    · Competitors and Market Share
    · Organization
    · Research Methodology

    *II. Diseases, Disorders, and Conditions*

    · Blindness
    · Cerebral Palsy
    · Cognitive Disorders
    · Epilepsy
    · Hearing Conditions
    · Incontinence
    · Migraine
    · Movement Disorders
    · Chronic Pain
    · Psychiatric Disorders
    · Sleep Apnea
    · Spinal Cord Injury
    · Stroke
    · Traumatic Brain Injury
    · Non-Neurological Diseases and Disorders

    *III. Neurotechnology Markets*

    · Market Segments
    · Market Size
    · Core Technologies
    · Industry Origins
    · Competitive Landscape
    · Government Approval
    · Reimbursement
    · Industry Outlook

    *IV. Neuroprosthetics Products*

    · Auditory Prostheses
    · Visual Prostheses
    · Upper Extremity Neuroprosthetics
    · Lower Extremity Neuroprosthetics
    · Robotic Exoskeletons
    · Other Neuroprosthetics Products

    *V. Neuromodulation Products*

    · Implanted Spinal Cord Stimulators
    · Implanted Brain Stimulators
    · Vagus Nerve Stimulators
    · Incontinence Stimulators
    · Peripheral Nerve Stimulators
    · Cranial Nerve Stimulators
    · Surface Pain Stimulators
    · Transcranial Magnetic Stimulators
    · Transcranial Electrical Stimulators
    · Bioelectronic Stimulators

    *VI. Neurorehabilitation Products*

    · Muscle Stimulators
    · Neural Reeducation Systems
    · Therapeutic Neurorobotic Systems
    · FES Exercise Systems
    · Other Neurorehabilitation Products

    *VII. Neurosensing Products*

    · Electrophysiological Sensing Systems
    · Magnetic Sensing Systems
    · Brain Analysis Systems
    · Brain Computer Interfaces
    · Peripheral Neural Sensors

    *VIII. Company Profiles*

    · Abbott
    · Advanced Bionics Corp
    · Aleva Neurotherapeutics
    · AlterG
    · Autonomic Technologies
    · Axonics Modulation, Inc
    · Bioness Inc
    · Blackrock Microsystems
    · Boston Scientific Corp
    · BrainScope
    · Circuit Therapeutics Inc
    · Cleveland Medical Devices Inc
    · Cochlear Ltd
    · Cogentix Medical
    · CVRx, Inc
    · ElectroCore Medical, LLC
    · EndoStim, Inc
    · Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies Inc
    · Halyard Health
    · Hanger Inc
    · Hocoma AG
    · ImThera Medical (Part of LivaNova)
    · Inspire Medical Systems
    · LivaNova plc
    · Mainstay Medical
    · Med-El
    · Medtronic plc
    · MicroTransponder Inc
    · Natus Medical Inc
    · NDI Medical Inc
    · NeuroMetrix Inc
    · Neuronetics
    · NeuroPace Inc
    · Neuros Medical
    · NeuroSigma Inc
    · Nevro Corp
    · Nexeon Medsystems, Inc
    · Nihon Kohden Corp
    · Nuvectra Corp
    · Ossur hf
    · Otto Bock Health Care GmbH
    · ReShape Lifesciences Inc
    · Restorative Therapies Inc
    · Royal Philips
    · Saluda Medical
    · Second Sight Medical Products
    · SetPoint Medical
    · SPR Therapeutics
    · Stimwave LLC
    · Zynex Medical

    *IX. Research Institution Profiles*

    · Aalborg University
    · University of Alberta
    · Alfred Mann Foundation
    · Arizona State University
    · Battelle
    · Baylor College of Medicine
    · Brown University
    · University of California Davis
    · University of California, Irvine
    · University of California, Los Angeles
    · University of California, Santa Barbara
    · University of California, San Francisco
    · Caltech
    · Case Western Reserve University
    · University of Chicago
    · Cleveland Clinic
    · Clinatec
    · Cornell University
    · Drexel University
    · Duke University
    · Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
    · Florida International University
    · University of Freiburg
    · Georgia Tech
    · University of Glasgow
    · Illinois Institute of Technology
    · Johns Hopkins University
    · University of Ljubljana
    · Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
    · McMaster University
    · University of Miami
    · University of Michigan
    · Mount Sinai Health System
    · New York University
    · Northwestern University
    · University of Pennsylvania
    · University of Pittsburgh
    · Queensland Brain Institute
    · Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
    · University of Southern California
    · University of Texas at Arlington
    · University of Texas at Dallas
    · Univeristy of Texas Southwestern
    · University of Toronto
    · University of Utah
    · UMC Utrecht
    · West Virginia University
    · University of Zurich

    *X. Funding Sources*

    · U.S. Government
    · State Governments
    · Foreign Governments
    · Private Organizations
    · Venture Capital Funding
    · VC Investors in Neurotechnology
    · Novel Funding Sources

    *XI. Future Directions*

    · Nanotech Devices
    · Optical Neurotechnology
    · Electrode Design
    · Neural/Silicon Hybrid Chips
    · Sensing Neuroprosthetics
    · Neurosurgical Tools
    · Appendix A: Company Listings

    For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/v6tftc/global?w=12

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage next year under the Obama health law, reflecting steady enrollment even as supporters of the law appeal a court ruling that declares it unconstitutional. Thursday's numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of "Obamacare," which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health insurance plan in its place. The numbers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reflect the 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website. The final count will be higher, after major states like California and New York report. Reported by SeattlePI.com 6 days ago.

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    On October 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") announced that a health insurance company agreed to pay $16 million Reported by Mondaq 6 days ago.

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    One of the West's biggest cybersecurity vulnerabilities is our idiotic habit of sending servers full of sensitive information to foreign countries· *Western companies routinely sell their old tech hardware to private companies in foreign countries, without wiping the sensitive data on them first.*
    · *A Business Insider source found a large database of the Dutch public health insurance system on old equipment abandoned after a hardware upgrade.*
    · *He also found the codes for controlling the traffic lights in multiple Spanish cities. *
    · *It's pointless worrying about hackers breaking into our systems if we're giving away data to anyone with a credit card in the hardware refurbishing business, the source says.*

    Western companies routinely abandon confidential, sensitive, and personally identifying information to private companies in foreign countries when they upgrade their servers, workstations, and networking gear for new hardware, a source tells Business Insider.

    The unprotected data is a goldmine for hackers.

    The source, based in Romania, approached us after reading our December 22 article on whether hackers had the ability to take entire countries offline. The source runs an IT hardware refurbishment company that buys up old equipment from countries such as Spain, the Benelux area, and the UK, and sells it to customers who don't need top-spec equipment. Typically he is buying truckloads of old servers, "stuff that is past its prime or out of warranty, but it is still perfectly usable. The procedure is simple: hardware comes in, gets evaluated, fixed, wiped, sold," the source says.

    The problem, our source says, is that even when the incoming hardware has been marked as being already wiped clean it often is not. 

    *A "mostly complete" directory of "passwords for a major European aerospace manufacturer"*

    "Over the last 3 years I have found a lot of crazy things," the source says, including:

    · A mostly complete database of the Dutch public health insurance system, with social security data, billing, addresses, medical histories. "Imagine the social engineering scams you could do with this data," the source says.
    · Codes, software and procedures for the traffic lights and railway signalling "for a few major Spanish cities.""Imagine the potentially deadly effects of this getting where it shouldn’t," he adds.
    · Customer credit card data including addresses and shopping habits for a major UK supermarket chain.
    · And, alarmingly, "a mostly complete (and as far as I could tell, still up to date and functional) employee directory with access codes / badges / smartcards / passwords for a major European aerospace manufacturer."

    Our source asked for anonymity because his company and its clients would be angered if their identities appeared in an article about lax security.

    But two independent sources with industrial cybersecurity expertise — Nir Giller, the CTO of CyberX and Darktrace Director of Technology Andrew Tonschev — both confirmed to Business Insider that the Romanian source's scenario was both common and plausible.

    *"Right now, I’m looking at the sensor listing, their IP’s and access data"*

    "Even now, I am processing the remains of a server farm that until a month or so ago, was part of a power company in France," our source says. The buyer noted the ability of hackers to burn down factories simply by accessing unprotected systems which control things like temperature sensors that prevent equipment from burning out. "Guess what, data [from the French company] is still there," the source claims. "Right now, I’m looking at the sensor listing, their IP’s and access data. Obviously, I’m sanitizing everything before passing it on, but it never should have gotten into my hands in the first place."

    The source says that sometimes the data he finds is so critical that he contacts the originating company to alert them to that they have a problem with security. "In most cases the reaction was one of disbelief, 'no, it cannot happen to us, we’re well protected!'"

    *As more companies lease server space, fewer of them know what happens when those leases end*

    The problem exists because of the way server space is discarded by large corporations. Few companies want the bother of maintaining their own server farms. So they lease space from specialists. At the end of a lease, companies can walk away from their contracts — leaving the servers with the vendor, which is supposed to carefully destroy the data. Alternatively, when older servers reach the end of their warranty they are replaced in "forklift" upgrades, en masse. In both cases, the disused servers are supposed to be wiped by certified experts using special software and approved processes. In reality, it's quicker to skip steps, or not do it properly, or let mistakes go. The result is that the original data is often accessible even when an old server has been certified clean. 

    "The West is failing at an institutional level to keep their critical data safe," the source says "No need for CSI-worthy hacking stories, just a credit card to buy up your used hardware – odds are the data will be still there, even if someone marked them as already wiped."

    · Read more:
    · Someone is trying to take entire countries offline and cybersecurity experts say 'it's a matter of time because it's really easy'
    · The internet's worst-case scenario finally happened in real life: An entire country was taken offline, and no one knows why
    · Putin might already have your Wi-Fi password

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    Inside Facebook's suicide algorithm: Here's how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts· Facebook is scanning nearly every post on the platform in an attempt to assess suicide risk.
    · Facebook passes the information along to law enforcement for wellness checks.
    · Privacy experts say Facebook's failure to get affirmative consent from users for the program presents privacy risks that could lead to exposure or worse.

    In March 2017, Facebook launched an ambitious project to prevent suicide with artificial intelligence.

    Following a string of suicides that were live-streamed on the platform, the effort to use an algorithm to detect signs of potential self-harm sought to proactively address a serious problem.

    But over a year later, following a wave of privacy scandals that brought Facebook's data-use into question, the idea of Facebook creating and storing actionable mental health data without user-consent has numerous privacy experts worried about whether Facebook can be trusted to make and store inferences about the most intimate details of our minds.

    *Facebook is creating new health information about users, but it isn't held to the same privacy standard as healthcare providers*

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    The algorithm touches nearly every post on Facebook, rating each piece of content on a scale from zero to one, with one expressing the highest likelihood of "imminent harm," according to a Facebook representative. 

    That data creation process alone raises concern for Natasha Duarte, a policy analyst at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

    "I think this should be considered sensitive health information," she said. "Anyone who is collecting this type of information or who is making these types of inferences about people should be considering it as sensitive health information and treating it really sensitively as such."

    Data protection laws that govern health information in the US currently don't apply to the data that is created by Facebook's suicide prevention algorithm, according to Duarte. In the US, information about a person's health is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which mandates specific privacy protections, including encryption and sharing restrictions, when handling health records. But these rules only apply to organizations providing healthcare services such as hospitals and insurance companies.

    Companies such as Facebook that are making inferences about a person's health from non-medical data sources are not subject to the same privacy requirements, and according to Facebook, they know as much and do not classify the information they make as sensitive health information.

    Facebook hasn't been transparent about the privacy protocols surrounding the data around suicide that it creates. A Facebook representative told Business Insider that suicide risk scores that are too low to merit review or escalation are stored for 30 days before being deleted, but Facebook did not respond when asked how long and in what form data about higher suicide risk scores and subsequent interventions are stored.

    Facebook would not elaborate on why data was being kept if no escalation was made. 

    *Could Facebook's next big data breach include your mental health data?*

    The risks of storing such sensitive information is high without the proper protection and foresight, according to privacy experts. 

    The clearest risk is the information's susceptibility to a data breach.

    "It’s not a question of if they get hacked, it’s a question of when," said Matthew Erickson of the consumer privacy group the Digital Privacy Alliance. 

    In September, Facebook revealed that a large-scale data breach had exposed the profiles of around 30 million people. For 400,000 of those, posts and photos were left open. Facebook would not comment on whether or not data from its suicide prevention algorithm had ever been the subject of a data breach.

    Following the public airing of data from the hack of married dating site Ashley Madison, the risk of holding such sensitive information is clear, according to Erickson: "Will someone be able to Google your mental health information from Facebook the next time you go for a job interview?"

    Dr. Dan Reidenberg, a nationally recognized suicide prevention expert who helped Facebook launch its suicide prevention program, acknowledged the risks of holding and creating such data, saying, "pick a company that hasn’t had a data breach anymore."

    But Reidenberg said the danger lies more in stigma against mental health issues. Reidenberg argues that discrimination against mental illness is barred by the Americans with Disabilities Act, making the worst potential outcomes addressable in court.

    *Who gets to see mental health information at Facebook*

    Once a post is flagged for potential suicide risk, it's sent to Facebook's team of content moderators. Facebook would not go into specifics on the training content moderators receive around suicide but insist that they are trained to accurately screen posts for potential suicide risk.

    In a Wall Street Journal review of Facebook's thousands of content moderators in 2017, they were described as mostly contract employees who experienced high turnover and little training on how to cope with disturbing content. Facebook says that the initial content moderation team receives training on "content that is potentially admissive to Suicide, self-mutilation & eating disorders" and "identification of potential credible/imminent suicide threat" that has been developed by suicide experts. 

    Facebook said that during this initial stage of review, names are not attached to the posts that are reviewed, but Duarte said that de-identification of social media posts can be difficult to achieve.

    "It’s really hard effectively de-identify peoples' posts, there can be a lot of context in a message that people post on social media that reveals who there are even if their name isn't attached to it," he said.

    If a post is flagged by an initial reviewer as containing information about a potential imminent risk, it is escalated to a team with more rapid response experience, according to Facebook, which said the specialized employees have backgrounds ranging from law enforcement to rape and suicide hotlines.

    These more experienced employees have more access to information on the person whose post they're reviewing.

    "I have encouraged Facebook to actually look at their profiles to look at a lot of different things around it to see if they can put it in context," Reidenberg said, insisting that adding context is one of the only ways to currently determine risk with accuracy at the moment. "The only way to get that is if we actually look at some of their history, and we look at some of their activities."

    *Sometimes police get involved*

    Once reviewed, two outreach actions can take place. Reviewers can either send the user suicide resource information or contact emergency responders. 

    "In the last year, we've helped first responders quickly reach around 3,500 people globally who needed help," wrote Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on the initiative.

    Duarte says Facebook's surrender of user information to police represents the most critical privacy risk of the program.

    "The biggest risk in my mind is a false positive that leads to unnecessary law enforcement contact," he said

    Facebook has pointed out numerous successful interventions from its partnership with law enforcement, but in a recent report from The New York Times, one incident documented by police resulted in intervention with someone who said they weren't suicidal. The police took the person to a hospital for a mental health evaluation anyway. In another instance, police released personal information about person flagged for suicide risk by Facebook to The New York Times.

    *Why Facebook's suicide algorithm is banned in the EU*

    Facebook uses the suicide algorithm to scan posts in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic, but they don't scan posts in the European Union. 

    The prospect of using the algorithm in the EU was halted because of the area's special privacy protections under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires users give websites specific consent to collective sensitive information such as that pertaining to someone's mental health. 

    In the US, Facebook views its program as a matter of responsibility. 

    Reidenberg described the sacrifice of privacy as one that medical professionals routinely face.

    "Health professionals make a critical professional decision if they're at risk and then they will initiate active rescue," Reidenberg said. "The technology companies, Facebook included, are no different than that they have to determine whether or not to activate law enforcement to save someone."

    But Duarte said a critical difference exists between emergency professionals and tech companies.

    "It's one of the big gaps that we have in privacy protections in the US, that sector by sector there's a lot of health information or pseudo health information that falls under the auspices of companies that aren't covered by HIPAA and there's also the issue information that is facially health information but is used to make inferences or health determinations that is currently not being treated with the sensitivity that we'd want for health information."

    Privacy experts agreed that a better version of Facebook's program would require users to affirmatively opt-in, or at least provide a way for users to opt out of the program, but currently neither of those options are available.

    Emily Cain, a Facebook policy communications representative, told INSIDER, "By using Facebook, you are opting into having your posts, comments, and videos (including FB Live) scanned for possible suicide risk."

    *Experts agree that the suicide algorithm has potential for good*

    Most experts in privacy and public health spoken to for this story agreed that Facebook's algorithm has the potential for good.

    According to the World Health Organization, nearly 800,000 people commit suicide every year, disproportionately affecting teens and vulnerable populations like LGBT and indigenous peoples.

    Facebook said that in their calculation, the risk of invasion of privacy is worth it.

    "When it comes to suicide prevention efforts, we strive to balance people's privacy and their safety," the company said in a statement. "While our efforts are not perfect, we have decided to err on the side of providing people who need help with resources as soon as possible. And we understand this is a sensitive issue so we have a number of privacy protections in place."

    Kyle McGregor, Director of New York University School of Medicine's department of Pediatric Mental Health Ethics, agreed with the calculation, saying "suicidality in teens especially is a fixable problem and we as adults have every responsibility to make sure that kids can get over the hump of this prime developmental period and go onto live happy, healthy lives. If we have the possibility to prevent one or two more suicides accurately and effectively, that's worth it."

    If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the National Hopeline Network at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433).

    Have a tip? Email Benjamin Goggin at bgoggin@businessinsider.com or DM him on Twitter @BenjaminGoggin.

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health insurance enrollment through a federal HealthCare.gov website has dropped for the first time in Oregon. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports about 148,000 Oregon residents signed up through the website to receive coverage this year. That is 8,000 fewer than the number enrolled last year. The administrator of Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace, […] Reported by Seattle Times 3 days ago.

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    Latest ez1095 2018 ACA software supports XML Validation to the IRS for business owner peace of mind. Test drive for up to 30 days with no obligation at halfpricesoft.com.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB) January 07, 2019

    The latest 2018 ez1095 ACA software from Halfpricesoft.com offers a simple XML validation process. By using the validation process before sending the forms to the IRS forms will not be rejected. The 1095C, 1094C, 1095B and 1094B forms for the upcoming tax season have been implemented and approved by the SSA to print on plain white paper for those wanting to print instead of efiling.

    ez1095 software offers customers a user-friendly graphic interface and Windows menus to make the software quick and easy to set up, use and understand. Priced from just $195 per installation, ($295 for efile version)

    ez1095 ACA software can easily support multiple company accounts on the same computer at no additional charge. This is essential for those business owners with multiple companies that need the forms filed.

    “The new ez1095 2018 software for printing ACA forms offers and easy XML validation process for peace of mind.” said Dr. Ge, the Founder of Halfpricesoft.com.

    Customers that need to file Form 1095C, 1094C, 1095B and 1094B can download and try out this ACA software from halfpricsoft.com before purchasing with no obligation by visiting http://www.halfpricesoft.com/aca-1095/form-1095-software-free-download.asp

    The main features include but are not limited to :· Print ACA Form 1095-C, 1094-C, 1095-B and 1094-B on white paper for recipients and IRS with inkjet or laser printer.
    · PDF print 1095-C and 1095-B recipient copies
    · Efile version available at additional cost.
    · Support unlimited companies.
    · Support unlimited number of recipients.
    · Print unlimited number of 1095 and 1094 forms.
    · Fast data import feature
    · Print Form 1095 C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Insurance
    · Print Form 1094 C: Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns
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    · Print Form 1094-B: Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Return

    ez1095 software is compatible Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7. Designed with simplicity in mind, ez1095 software is easy to use and flexible. ez1095 software’s graphical interface leads customers step-by-step through setting up company, adding employees, add forms and print forms. Customers can also click form level help links to get more details regarding the software.

    For details about the latest ez1095 ACA software, customers can visit http://www.halfpricesoft.com/aca-1095/aca-1095-software.asp

    About halfpricesoft.com
    Halfpricesoft.com is a leading provider of small business software, including online and desktop payroll software, online employee attendance tracking software, accounting software, in-house business and personal check printing software, W2, software, 1099 software, Accounting software, 1095 form software and ezACH direct deposit software. Software from halfpricesoft.com is trusted by thousands of customers and will help small business owners simplify payroll processing and streamline business management. Reported by PRWeb 3 days ago.

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    Retire in Panama Tours, a newly launched company headquartered in Boquete, Chiriquí, Panama, provides relocation tours for prospective expats considering a move to or retire in Panama.

    BOQUETE, Panama (PRWEB) January 07, 2019

    Retire in Panama Tours focuses on providing a comprehensive portfolio of experiences in the country and education on key relocation matters so that those considering a move to Panama are equipped with the information they need to make an informed decision and experience a smooth transition.

    The tour company offers a seven-day immersive experience across the Panamanian landscape, visiting key relocation communities and cities across the country. The company focuses on providing a comprehensive experience of life in Panama, showing tour guests available living options to suite their lifestyles, whether they prefer city, beach, or mountain living.

    In addition to utilizing their knowledge of Panama to guide guests’ tours across the country, Retire in Panama’s guides and relocation experts are equipped to educate guests on the steps necessary to retire in the country, as well as key facts about the economy, health care, and finances required for a successful expat relocation experience. The tour also includes meetings with current expats living in the country, immigration attorneys and health insurance experts, so clients get an honest look into life as an expat in Panama.

    Retire in Panama Tour’s seven-day Panamanian experience’s costs include airport pickup and drop of at the hotel; seven nights hotel lodging expenses; three meals a day, including tips; tour transportation; entry fees for excursions; and a domestic flight back to Panama City. Program staff are on hand to assist with making travel arrangements. To find out more about Retire in Panama Tours or to book a tour, visit their website at https://www.retireinpanamatours.com/

    About Retire in Panama Tours
    Retire in Panama Tours is a tourism company formed in 2018 by Oscar Peña and Rod Larrivee to provide immersive Panamanian experiences geared toward helping future expats move or retire to Panama. Peña is a native Columbian who has been in the tourism and hospitality business for more than 15 years, which in the last ten he has called Panama home, In Panama he has owned a tour company, coordinated a volunteer program, and has given many private tours to expats relocating to Panama, Peña is a volunteer with Panama’s SINAPROC program (search and rescue), he currently sits on the board of directors of the Boquete Community Players, and is a member of the board of the Boquete Chamber of Commerce. He is often interviewed by the media for his expertise on tourism in Panama.

    Larrivee is an expat from Vancouver, Canada with a long professional background in building successful Internet technology companies and served as the owner and President of a large publishing company and social media company for books based out of Austin, TX. He relocated to Panama in 2011 to provide on-ground support for his Austin company and eventually retired and stayed in Panama, befriending Peña and pursuing their mutual interests in tourism. Larrivee acts as Retire in Panama Tour’s IT and logistics coordinator.

    Peña and Larrivee are also the co-owners of Boquete Ning, the largest online community of expats in Panama. Find out more about Retire in Panama Tours online at https://www.retireinpanamatours.com/ Reported by PRWeb 3 days ago.

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    Dr. Robert C. Dost of Lake Ridge Dental recognized as Gold STAR Provider by TRICARE Dental Program

    LAKE RIDGE, Va. (PRWEB) January 09, 2019

    Lake Ridge Dental announced this week that Dr. Robert C. Dost has been recognized as a Gold STAR Provider by the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), a Government managed health insurance for uniformed service members, retirees, and their families.

    Over 70,000 dentists participate in the TRICARE Active Duty Dental Program (ADDP). These dentists have the opportunity to treat over 1.4 million active duty service members nationwide. United Concordia created the STAR provider distinction to recognize ADDP providers that have been consistent in the quality treatment of ADDP members. Less than 2.5% of all participating providers receive the STAR distinction.

    In order to qualify for the STAR distinction, providers must meet and comply with several criteria throughout their contract with TRICARE. These requirements ensure that only the highest quality providers receive this prestigious distinction.

    “I am honored to be recognized as a Gold STAR Dental Provider,” said Dr. Robert C. Dost of Lake Ridge Dental. “At Lake Ridge Dental, we take great pride in being able to provide quality dental care to those who have served our nation.”

    Dr. Robert C. Dost has over thirty years of experience providing quality dental care for adults and children. Even though he received his degree several years ago, Dr. Dost has continued his dental education. This allows him to provide his patients with the latest techniques and practices.

    Lake Ridge Dental offers family and cosmetic dentistry for patients in and around Lake Ridge, Virginia. The practice offers numerous services including Invisalign aligners, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, and emergency treatments. Lake Ridge Dental understands that it can be stressful to visit the dentist. They strive to provide their patients with a calm and relaxing environment.

    Active duty and retired service members and their families can learn more about the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) and find a provider on TRICARE’s website at https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/Dental/FindDentist.

    About Lake Ridge Dental
    Lake Ridge Dental specializes in routine dental care, family dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. The popular dental practice offers a number of services for adults and children. Lake Ridge Dental patients can choose between two accomplished providers, Dr. Robert C. Dost and Dr. Ofeliya Kara. The dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff at Lake Ridge Dental are pleased to offer quality care to their Lake Ridge patients.
    For more information about Lake Ridge Dental, please visit their website at https://lakeridgevadentist.com Reported by PRWeb 13 hours ago.

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    The event will analyze critical topics including how InsureTech will continue to disrupt technology markets in 2019 and beyond

    NEW YORK (PRWEB) January 10, 2019

    HealthCare.com is pleased to announce it has been selected as a presenting InsureTech company at the Needham Growth Conference in New York City on January 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. It is one of a handful of private companies invited to present at the two-day conference featuring public and private company presentations, Q&A sessions and one-on-one meetings for qualified institutional, private equity and venture capital investors.

    “We were honored to receive an invitation to speak at the Needham Growth Conference and look forward to discussing how the InsureTech space is evolving and changing the way individuals shop, compare and purchase their health insurance plans,” said Jeff Smedsrud, co-founder of HealthCare.com and the organization’s presenter.

    HealthCare.com features a comparison health insurance shopping engine that connects consumers with its network of licensed insurance brokers and insurance carriers. Additionally, HealthCare.com markets its own direct-to-consumer proprietary specialty insurance products under the name of Pivot Health.

    About HealthCare.com
    HealthCare.com is an online health insurance company providing a data-driven shopping platform and insurance content to help American consumers enroll in individual health insurance and Medicare plans. HealthCare.com also develops and markets a portfolio of proprietary, direct-to-consumer health insurance and supplemental insurance products under the name Pivot Health. Founded in 2014, the company is headquartered in New York City, and is backed by PeopleFund and individual investors including current and former executives of Booking.com and Priceline. HealthCare.com is a 3-time honoree of the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. For more info, visit http://www.healthcare.com. Reported by PRWeb 14 hours ago.

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    Fenway Health offers expert testimony as GLAD successfully argues that Mutual of Omaha stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents who use PrEP for HIV prevention

    BOSTON (PRWEB) January 10, 2019

    One of the country’s largest insurance providers has agreed to stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents using the HIV prevention medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Following an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and a separate lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Mutual of Omaha has formally agreed to change its underwriting practices. Fenway Health was proud to assist both efforts with expert testimony and research by Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D., Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute.

    “Multiple studies have long shown that Truvada is an incredibly effective way to prevent the transmission of HIV and it is standard to offer it to gay men and others at high risk of infection,” Mayer said. “Mutual of Omaha’s categorical exclusion of Truvada users from life and long-term care insurance was irrational and based on a gross misunderstanding of how HIV gets transmitted.”

    Truvada is a tablet containing two types of antiretroviral medication that block HIV from replicating in the body. Taken once a day, Truvada is highly effective at preventing the transmission of HIV. The medication has been approved as a way to prevent HIV transmission by the Food and Drug Administration since 2012 and has been recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 2014 as a treatment for people at high risk of HIV infection, such as gay men.

    “Throughout the 35 years we’ve been fighting AIDS, we’ve learned that access to medicine and health care isn’t enough. Even when science unambiguously shows the way, we have needed legal advocacy to protect the health of our community,” Mayer added. “We’re incredibly grateful to GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office for taking this on.”

    “Ken has been working in this field since day one of the epidemic. His detailed and comprehensive knowledge of PrEP and HIV prevention, coupled with his ability to clearly and directly explain the science were instrumental in this process,” said GLAD AIDS Law Project Director Ben Klein.

    In announcing its agreement with Mutual of Omaha, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office explained that the company “has revised its underwriting practices to ensure that it does not deny, rate, or otherwise take any adverse action against any Massachusetts resident who applies for any type of accident, life, sickness, or health insurance with Mutual of Omaha, including long-term care insurance, based on the applicant’s use of Truvada for PrEP.”

    Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

    Since 1971, Fenway Health has been working to make life healthier for the people in our neighborhood, the LGBT community, people living with HIV/AIDS and the broader population. The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development focusing on national and international health issues. Reported by PRWeb 12 hours ago.

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    2019 Award Recognizes Innovative Fintech Company for Delivering Exceptional Financial Support and Benefits to its Growing Workforce

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (PRWEB) January 10, 2019

    Built In Boston, the leading hub for Boston startups and technology companies, announced today that MineralTree is among the top ten places to work in the Boston area. The fast-growing Accounts Payable and Payment Automation solution provider ranked ninth out of fifty honorees in the small business category.

    “Our company thrives because of the talented, committed and passionate people on our team,” said BC Krishna, MineralTree founder and CEO. “We’re proud to receive this award, which confirms that we are able to attract excellent talent and also offer competitive compensation, outstanding benefits, and a welcoming workplace.”

    “This award is especially meaningful given the rapid growth of opportunities in the fintech sector. We’re very glad great people choose MineralTree over others to further their careers,” he said. MineralTree excelled in key areas examined by the award judges—from health insurance and wellness to its unlimited vacation policy to onsite amenities.

    The Built In Boston award is just the latest honor for MineralTree, which employs more than 70 employees in its Cambridge, Massachusetts headquarters and other locations throughout the world. It is currently seeking talented applicants for a wide range of positions.

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    About MineralTree
    MineralTree provides the easiest to use Accounts Payable (AP) and Payment Automation solutions for finance professionals at middle market enterprises. MineralTree streamlines AP, giving customers’ unparalleled visibility and significant cost savings in an affordable, integrated platform that is guaranteed secure. For more information, visit http://www.mineraltree.com. Reported by PRWeb 12 hours ago.

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    The Karis Group, an Austin, Texas based company, announced today that it has selected Zachery “Zac” Jiwa as its new President & Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

    AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) January 10, 2019

    The Karis Group, an Austin, Texas based company, announced today that it has selected Zachery “Zac” Jiwa as its new President & Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Mr. Jiwa succeeds the past Chief Executive Officer, Mike Martin, who retired from the company in December after 9 years of service. The transition was announced as part of an orderly succession plan and transition of leadership at the 22-year old company and employer of choice in the Austin community.

    “We are blessed to have someone of Zac’s caliber and experience assume the role of CEO and lead The Karis Group within the healthcare marketplace,” said Dr. Tony Dale, Founder and Board Chair. Dale continued “Zac is well-versed in the healthcare marketplace and a technology visionary with broad experience in business operations. He has a proven track record of execution and is an effective communicator who is team and client focused with exceptional leadership capabilities.”

    Mr. Martin, who has led the company since 2010, added, “I am pleased our succession plan has worked so well and the company is well prepared for its next chapter of growth. We are confident that Zac and our leadership team are very capable to grow the business and be great servants to our clients and customers throughout the U.S.”

    Prior to joining The Karis Group, Jiwa was founder and CEO of MI7, Inc. an Austin-based company focused on integrating electronic health records and clinical data systems. His distinguished career includes leadership roles at Microsoft’s Health Solutions Group, the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals and Children’s Hospital of Austin. Jiwa also served as an Innovation Fellow for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2012 to 2014.

    About The Karis Group

    The Karis Group, Inc. is an Austin, Texas-based company founded in 1996. The organization is a leader in providing patient advocacy services through its trademarked Karis360 that saves its customers time, money, and especially reduce the frustration and chaos often associated with the healthcare marketplace. Moreover, the company specializes in providing churches and Christian schools across the U.S. with employee benefits options and alternatives for paying one’s medical bills without the use of health insurance through its trademarked Karis Health Choice services.

    From its offices in Austin, Texas, the company operates on a faith-based business model and sets aside 10% of its net income each month for serving a “higher purpose” in supporting ministries and missions around the world and charitable work in the Austin community. Learn more at: thekarisgroup.com. Reported by PRWeb 9 hours ago.

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    New state health insurance program will be good for school employees but a state budget challenge. Reported by Seattle Times 5 hours ago.

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