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'Beyond shameful,' doctors say of Guam Memorial Hospital's aging labor and delivery unit

Angelina Mapa-Heiland, 38, remembers being wheeled in and out of different rooms right before and after giving birth to her child at the Guam Memorial Hospital on Nov. 22.

"The high-end care I got from the doctors and staff did not match the condition of the facility," she said. "The facility needs updating."

For many women giving birth at GMH, they have to be moved to up to five different beds — to get examined, for their labor, for their delivery, for their recovery, and then to the obstetrics unit.

GMH's years-long plan of renovating its Labor and Delivery Unit would have given mothers more birthing rooms so they don't need to be moved from one area to another to get the complete care they need.

Read more: http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/12/02/beyond-shameful-doctors-say-gmhs-aging-labor-and-delivery-unit/911866001/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 3, 2017, 04:40 AM (0 replies)

Premera reimbursing Alaska state insurance program $25 million

FAIRBANKS—Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, the only individual insurance carrier in the state, announced Friday it is making a one-time $25 million reimbursement to fund high-cost health insurance claims through the Alaska Reinsurance Program as part of an agreement with the Alaska Division of Insurance.

"We believe offering to make a one-time reimbursement to the Alaska Reinsurance Program was the right thing to do, given that our claims this year were much lower than we or the state anticipated," said Jim Grazko, president and general manager of Premera’s Alaska office. "This reimbursement underscores our continued commitment to Alaska’s individual insurance market, especially to those individuals who are most in need of care, and reinforces our efforts to work with the state to provide all Alaskans with access to high-quality care at an affordable price."

According to Premera, the agreement specifies the state's Division of Insurance direct the Alaska Comprehensive Health Insurance Association, which operates the state's popular reinsurance program, to use the funds "solely for health insurance claims in the individual market."

The Alaska Division of Insurance manages Premera and keeps a close eye on the finances of the group. The Alaska Reinsurance Program is a state-operated program that covers claims in the individual health care market for those with one or more of the 33 previously identified higher-cost conditions in hopes of stabilizing premiums for all customers.

Read more: http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/premera-reimbursing-alaska-state-insurance-program-million/article_4507a25c-d708-11e7-b858-cf6a9b141dae.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sun Dec 3, 2017, 02:29 AM (0 replies)

In tweets responding to Flynn plea, Trump questions why Hillary Clinton hasn't been prosecuted

Source: AP

After a morning tweet in which President Trump appeared to change his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, Trump turned to Twitter again Saturday night.

In a series of tweets, the president railed about why Flynn was prosecuted but his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was not.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

The FBI investigated Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of State but concluded last year that nothing was found that would cause the bureau to recommend charges against her.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-updates-everything-president-in-tweets-responding-to-flynn-plea-1512270050-htmlstory.html


So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday “interrogation” with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times...and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?


Many people in our Country are asking what the “Justice” Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and “acid washed” 33,000 Emails? No justice!

Pelosi's daughter shakes up California harassment debate

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter Christine has taken the spotlight in the sexual harassment scandal enveloping California's Legislature with her claim there are rapists in the state Capitol and lawmakers are protecting them.

The younger Pelosi, chair of the California Democratic Party's women's caucus, produced gasps Tuesday when she made the statement at a legislative committee hearing on state sexual harassment policies.

While many testified, sometimes angrily, about a dysfunctional system they say protects the powerful and encourages silence from victims, Christine Pelosi's comments stood apart for their bare-knuckle boldness. They struck a nerve, with some taking to social media to express incredulity or to call on Pelosi to provide more information.

"As someone who works in the Capitol, I had NEVER heard that there are rapists in the building," Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher wrote on Twitter.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article187264138.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 05:52 PM (1 replies)

This state ruling could hurt PG&E in fight over who pays in wine country fires

In a case with financial implications for the devastating October wine country wildfires, state regulators Thursday denied a Southern California utility’s efforts to charge ratepayers for costs related to a series of 2007 fires.

The Public Utilities Commission rejected San Diego Gas & Electric’s request to charge customers $379 million to cover a portion of the utility’s damage claims from the Witch, Guejito and Rice Fires. Cal Fire investigators said the fires, which killed two people and destroyed 1,300 homes, were caused in part by problems with power lines and other SDG&E equipment.

The SDG&E case was being closely watched for its potential impact on the claims that are piling up against against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in the wine country disaster. Already a host of lawsuits have been filed against the utility, arguing that PG&E’s poorly-maintained power lines were to blame for the deadly October fires. Multiple clusters of fires killed 43, destroyed thousands of homes and caused billions of dollars of damage. The vast majority of the deaths and damage took place in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The San Diego decision “reinforces that if a utility did not reasonably operate its facilities prior to the fire, it can’t charge ratepayers,” said Elizabeth Echols, director of the PUC’s Office of Ratepayer Advocate.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article187429948.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 05:47 PM (0 replies)

Ex-IT head accused of stealing $800K from nonprofit North County clinic

The former head of information technology at the nonprofit North County Health Services, which provides services to low-income people, pleaded not guilty Friday to siphoning nearly $800,000 from the organization.

Hector Ramos, 55, was charged with 49 counts related to the loss of the money, which authorities said happened over the course of eight months in 2015.

The Murrieta man faces 36 years in state prison if convicted of all charges, said Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn.

During Ramos’ arraignment in a Vista courtroom, his attorney, Thomas Warwick, said Ramos was “a very credible individual,” and had “lived a blameless life for 30 years.”

Read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-no-embezzle-arraignment-20171201-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 11:18 AM (0 replies)

Marine pleads guilty in Camp Pendleton hazing crackdown

The Marine Corps crackdown on an epidemic of hazing at Camp Pendleton now includes at least one court-martial decision.

Cpl. K.D. Lee of Camp Pendleton’s 7th Engineer Support Battalion of the 1st Marine Logistic Group pleaded guilty recently at summary court-martial to one of three charges involving the hazing of a subordinate, according to Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Adam B. Miller.

“Hazing is contradictory to our core values of honor, courage and commitment and is prejudicial to good order and discipline,” Miller said by email. “Hazing violates our‎ institutional character and disrespects our most precious asset — our‎ Marines and sailors. Hazing is absolutely not tolerated in the Marine Corps.”

Lee had been accused of inflicting “cruel, abusive, humiliating, oppressive, demeaning or harmful” treatment on a junior enlisted Marine on April 6, according to a charge sheet obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Read more: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-marine-hazing-20171130-story.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 11:14 AM (0 replies)

Cat banned from library develops social media following

Photo: Photo By Drew Geraets On Flickr
The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians.

The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves.

The library put up a wanted-type poster asking patrons, "Please do not let in the cat."

The Star Tribune reports that the conundrum has caused a stir on Twitter and Reddit, where people have been posting Max-inspired artwork. Someone even made a library card for Max, who has been grounded by his owner over his naughty behavior.



Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 09:23 AM (7 replies)

City officials say Oakland workers to strike Tuesday

Thousands of Oakland city workers are set to go on strike Tuesday for an as-yet undisclosed period of time, city officials said.

Two labor unions — Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 — informed the city Friday of their plans to strike next week.

The unions represent “nearly the entire city civilian workforce,” according to city officials. Police and fire workers will not take part in the strike.

“Due to significant staff shortages, the strike will force the city to close nearly every city facility starting on Tuesday morning,” city officials said in a statement. On Monday, the city will release details about services affected by the strike.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/City-officials-say-Oakland-workers-to-strike-12399973.php
Posted by TexasTowelie | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 09:03 AM (0 replies)

Laguna Beach police officer, his sister and her boyfriend arrested in fraud, elder abuse case

FULLERTON – Three people – including a Laguna Beach policeman – were arrested this week on suspicion of defrauding two older relatives out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, police said on Friday.

The officer is 58-year-old Rock Wagner of Lake Forest. The other two suspects are his sister, Wendy Wagner, 55, and her boyfriend, Norman McBride, 58, both of Huntington Beach.

All three were arrested on suspicion of elder abuse and fraud.

Though Fullerton police would give few details about the case, they did reveal that the investigation began in June when they were told about the alleged misconduct by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Orange County Adult Protective Services.

Sgt. Jon Radus, Fullerton P.D.’s spokesman, said that agency took the lead on the investigation because a financial institution involved in the case is based out of that city.

Read more: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/12/01/laguna-beach-police-officer-his-sister-and-her-boyfriend-arrested-in-fraud-elder-abuse-case/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:36 PM (0 replies)
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