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Kentucky's poorest people will have to pay for doctor visits in 2019

For John Howard, 22, staying healthy is part of his plan to lift himself out of homelessness by completing a local recovery program and finding a job.

Thursday, he was able to see a doctor to check on some health problems at the Family Health Centers' Phoenix Health Care Clinic for the Homeless in Louisville, a visit paid for by his Medicaid coverage.

But starting Jan. 1, the state will require Howard and many other impoverished people across Kentucky who get health care through Medicaid to pay a $3 copay for most doctor's visits, as well as copays for services such as dental care and prescription drugs. That alarms Howard who has no income and lives at Wayside Christian Mission, a shelter.

"Right now, I'm living dollar to dollar, " he said. "What if I get sick while I'm homeless? How do I pay for it?"

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/28/kentucky-matt-bevin-charge-medicaid-copays-starting-jan-1/2408116002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 04:38 AM (3 replies)

In small-town Tennessee, rural health clinics struggle as state freezes payments

In March, Servolution Health Services threw a party to celebrate its opening as a rural health clinic in Speedwell, Tenn., a small Appalachian town near the Kentucky border with 5,000 children and no pediatrician.

The new clinic, nestled between a cornfield and a dairy farm, brought on a pediatrician. It hired nurse practitioners to provide primary care to adults, too.

In a county with one-fifth of the population living below the poverty level and high rates of diabetes and hypertension, the clinic is a significant addition.

But the celebration was short-lived.

The clinic is now struggling to stay afloat, caught in a prolonged bureaucratic tangle created by officials with the state's TennCare program.

Read more: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2018/12/27/tenncare-rural-health-care-issues-tennessee/2349379002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 04:17 AM (2 replies)

Powerful legislative seats in question following DUI arrests

JACKSON • The 2019 Mississippi legislative session will begin with the specter of the two highest-ranking lawmakers having recently been arrested on charges related to driving under the influence.

Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Burton, R-Newton, was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night in Starkville. This was his third DUI arrest in four years.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, pleaded no contest last month in Meridian Municipal Court to refusing a breathalyzer when suspected of driving under the influence in late September.

The Senate and House pro tems, considered powerful and enviable posts in the Legislature, serve in absence of the presiding officer. The posts draw extra campaign contributions and lobbying efforts from interest groups, and both pro tems also oversee the operational management of their respective chambers.

Read more: http://www.djournal.com/mississippi-today/powerful-legislative-seats-in-question-following-dui-arrests/article_b19f736d-b32c-5ccc-86fb-a043cba56928.html

Lock him up!
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 03:31 AM (0 replies)

Running list: Declared, rumored 2019 candidates for statewide office

The following is a list Mississippi Today has compiled and will continue to update of people who have announced for statewide office or are rumored to be running.


Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, has not officially announced yet, but his candidacy for governor in 2019 became a certainty on the day he was re-elected to the office of lieutenant governor in 2015.

Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, announced in his hometown of Houston October that he is running for governor.

Velesha Williams of Madison says she plans to run in the Democratic primary. She is the former director of the Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition.

Read more: http://www.djournal.com/mississippi-today/running-list-declared-rumored-candidates-for-statewide-office/article_e7a9d3a9-6e14-59c2-b479-48eeee821b1b.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 03:10 AM (0 replies)

Ole Miss to return most of $402,100 donated by businessman sentenced in $100M Ponzi scheme

The University of Mississippi has agreed to return an additional $310,169 donated to the school's Athletics Foundation by a former businessman sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for operating a $100 million Ponzi scheme.

In her latest report filed in federal court, Alysson Mills, the federal receiver appointed to try to recoup some of the investors' money lost in the Ponzi scheme, said Ole Miss agreed to return the $310,169 to go along with the $39,667 it previously returned for unused 2018 football and 2019 baseball tickets.

Ole Miss and its Athletics Foundation had nothing to do with Arthur Lamar Adams' Ponzi scheme.

Adams, who owned Madison Timber Properties Co., gave $402,100 to the Ole Miss Athletic Foundation in the past 10 years, Mills said.

Rea more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2018/12/25/ole-miss-return-money-given-ex-businessman-ponzi-scheme/2406185002/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:52 AM (0 replies)

FEC Filings: Hyde-Smith Returned Racist's Donation, But Not $50,000 to Corporations

JACKSON — U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith declined to return more than $50,000 to corporate donors who requested refunds from her campaign in November, new FEC filings released Thursday show.

Companies that had donated to the Mississippi Republican's campaign through corporate PACs began making the requests after a video surfaced during the U.S. Senate runoff of the junior senator from Mississippi saying she would "be on the front row" if a constituent invited her to "a public hanging."

Among the companies that requested, but did not receive, refunds are Walmart, Google, AT&T, Union Pacific, Pfizer, Aetna, Walgreens and others. Candidates are not required by law to honor refund requests.

Earlier this month, The New York Times erroneously reported that the campaign had refunded Major League Baseball the $5,000 it had given her. In fact, the filings show that MLB simply canceled the transaction before it could process. One other company, the drugmaker Amgen, was able to cancel a $5,000 donation as well, but still had not received a refund for $4,000 it donated earlier in the year.

Read more: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/dec/28/fec-filings-hyde-smith-returned-racists-donation-n/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:29 AM (0 replies)

Police reveal which church armed man was looking for to 'fulfill prophecy'

Police: Tony Albert, 33, thought he was in Vidor, Texas

SEGUIN, Texas - Seguin police on Monday revealed that an armed, masked man who told police he was on his way to a church to "fulfill a prophecy" was looking for the First Baptist Church in Vidor, Texas.

Authorities also said that the gun 33-year-old Tony Albert II was armed with when he was arrested Sunday was a 9mm Smith and Wesson MP handgun that was reported stolen from a home in Vidor, Texas. Seguin Police said it's unclear if Albert was involved in the burglary and that the Vidor Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident.

The Texas Rangers, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting Seguin police in their investigation into Albert's intentions that morning.

Police said he was wearing a surgical face shield and tactical-style clothing, and was carrying a loaded gun and extra ammunition early Sunday morning when he was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on $100,000 bail, according to online records.

Read more: https://www.ksat.com/news/man-with-loaded-gun-was-en-route-to-church-to-fulfill-prophecy-police-say

Mr. Albert was only off by about 230 miles.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 01:06 AM (0 replies)

All clear given after portion of Walnut Grove evacuated due to major gas leak

WALNUT GROVE, MS (WLBT) - A portion of the town of Walnut Grove was evacuated around 5:30 p.m. for a gas leak on New Years Eve.

According to the mayor of Walnut Grove, Brian Gomillion, the accident at Pearl River Propane.

According to the plant manager Barry Conn, 255 gallons of liquid propane was spilled and eventually dissipated.

Mayor Gomillion said about 40-45 homes and two businesses were evacuated but no injuries were reported.

The accident happened at Pearl River Propane when a propane truck being loaded fell on top of the other damaging the valve.

Read more: http://www.wlbt.com/2019/01/01/all-clear-given-after-portion-walnut-grove-evacuated-due-major-gas-leak/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 1, 2019, 12:56 AM (0 replies)

Are You a Fan of Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year?

Color management company Pantone Color Institute announced its pick for Color of the Year for 2019, and it’s an eye-popping orange-pink hybrid called Living Coral. My initial reaction to Living Coral was that I prefer this color in the natural world and not in my home or wardrobe. But I do appreciate its boldness, so I set out to find successful uses of the new “it” color on Houzz.

Pantone describes Living Coral as “an affable and animating shade whose golden undertone gives it a softer edge.” I don’t find Living Coral particularly soft, and if I’m going this bold to decorate a client’s home, I prefer a true orange or even a hot pink. But if you’re loving this trendy color, here are seven places to use it in your home and yard.

Read more: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/116393119/list/are-you-a-fan-of-pantones-2019-color-of-the-year

Minimum Wage Increases in Several States

Note: I am an excerpt of this article since some of the other portions of the article from the Associated Press are the traditional right-wing arguments used by opponents of minimum wage increases that don't bear repeating. One of the most helpful pieces of information from the article was the graphic posted at the end of this thread.

New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers.

Seattle's largest employers will have to pay workers at least $16 an hour starting Tuesday. In New York City, many businesses will have to pay at least $15 an hour as of Monday. That's more than twice the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.

A variety of other new state laws also take effect Tuesday. Those include revisions to sexual harassment policies stemming from the #MeToo movement, restrictions on gun sales following deadly mass shootings and revamped criminal penalties as officials readjust the balance between punishment and rehabilitation.

The state and local wage laws come amid a multi-year push by unions and liberal advocacy groups to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour nationwide. Few are there yet, but many states have ratcheted up wages through phased-in laws and adjustments for inflation.

The complete article is at https://www.cullmantimes.com/news/prices-rise-as-the-minimum-wage-increases-in-several-states/article_d5bd25c6-0d33-11e9-88e7-63ad8a50dd81.html .

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