Comic Books for Safe Motherhood

first_imgPosted on January 1, 2011June 20, 2017By: Julianne Parker, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Julianne Parker, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.December, for me, brought unfortunate visa troubles and, rather than dodging Brazilian law and risking imprisonment, I had to flee back to the United States and wrangle with the Consulate here. Luckily by the end of the month I had a new visa in hand and returned to Brazil before the new year. These sorts of bureaucratic hiccups are so commonplace when working abroad, so I tried to take it in stride and be as productive as possible, despite being away from all the wonderful girls at Lua Nova’s recovery center!One of my main tasks in my 9-month placement in the Young Champions program is to create a host of didactic materials on maternity for the adolescent mothers living at the Lua Nova center during their drug-recovery process. I plunged into that task the last weeks while awaiting the Consulate’s decision to readmit me to Brazil. The process of creating these materials has been exciting and met with so many unique challenges: while in Niger I helped organize some didactic materials for post-operative fistula patients, but those focused almost exclusively on physical maladies and obligations as related to pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period.For the girls of Lua Nova, I am not battling lack of access to hospitals or physical maternal care, but instead facing the emotional challenges of what it is to be a mother, how to gain an attachment to your child, and most simply what on earth to do with a newborn infant, toddler, and older child in terms of nutrition, bathing, medical care, and non-aggressive discipline. To incorporate all of these crucial layers of psychological health of the mother, while still making the materials entertaining and approachable, I decided to write a “comic book” of sorts, detailing the life of a fictional 15-year old girl as she confronts drug addiction and teen pregnancy. Some of the text was taken directly from the words of the girls at Lua Nova as they explained their apprehensions and fears on how to be a mother in our group sessions. The point of the text is for it to be instantly relatable to a wide array of adolescent mothers in Brazil, whether they have had a substance addiction or not. It relies heavily on images, drawn from a talented artist friend of my sister, herself a mother of four who simply wanted to extend a helping hand to these mothers in Brazil. I am entirely indebted to her for her invaluable services and love the global outreach of moms helping moms!In addition to the book, I’ve written and designed instructional posters on breastfeeding, discipline, post-partum depression and other crucial issues to be hung around Lua Nova’s facilities, and am also in the middle of creating an interactive game that addresses challenges and solutions in motherhood, which I hope educators can use in group or individual settings to help mothers cope with the huge obstacles they face as they raise a child.Being in the US in December has been challenging as I missed the one-on-one interaction with the girls at Lua Nova. They give such strength to me and I learn constantly from them. I’m happy that I’ve been able to have the time to really sit down and write these materials, but it’s impossible to really finish these educational tools without the direct feedback from their intended audience. It reminds me of how crucial on-the-ground work is in any maternal health endeavor. Nothing can be created in a vacuum, and without the participation of the community we strive to impact, any effort will only be rendered moot. It’s all about local knowledge, local solutions, and local participation. That being said I’m thrilled to get back to Sorocaba and work face-to-face with these girls once more!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Video: Jim Kelly, Erin Kelly Go Nuts When Chad Kelly Throws TD vs. Memphis

first_imgJim Kelly cheering when Chad Kelly throws a touchdown on tv.jim kelly erin kelly chad kellyMost Ole Miss fans probably already know this – but former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is actually Chad Kelly’s uncle. It looks like he’s quite supportive of his nephew, too.Saturday, Erin Kelly, Jim’s daughter, posted a video of her family watching Ole Miss’ game against Memphis. They go crazy when Chad throws a touchdown to Damore’ea Stringfellow. Check it out:Ole Miss is on upset alert against a talented Tigers team, but the Rebels currently lead 14-0 early.last_img

Jamaica Tourist Board Developing New Website

first_img The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is developing a new and fully integrated website as part of efforts to fulfil the needs of emerging tourism market sources globally.The website forms part of the JTB’s overall strategy to compete in the ever- changing global marketplace as well as plans by the management to re-engineer the entity and its methods of marketing and promoting Jamaica as a destination.It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution.“This new data-rich, social media integrated digital platform will revolve on a single axis that provides global access to the destination (Jamaica) 24/7. The site will (also) be powered by Google,” the JTB told JIS News in a statement.“It (website) will also host and promote all aspects of the destination and provide real-time access and content to tour operators and travel agents globally to be more efficient in selling Jamaica,” the statement continued.The website will feature a customer relationship management tool to manage in real time the performance of the more than 50,000 registered travel agents, who sell the destination daily.It is expected that the return on investment of this integrated tool will be the ability to advertise the destination and manage content distribution in a more precise and geo-targeted way, allowing more value to be extracted from advertising than ever before. Story Highlights It is also consistent with the Tourism Ministry’s focus on ‘smart tourism’, which targets increased reliance on information and communications technology (ICT) to market destinations and manage content distribution. last_img read more

Heidi Klum Honored By Gabrielles Angel Foundation

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research raised $3.6 million and counting for blood cancer research at its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.Nick Cannon and Heidi KlumCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThis black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored the work of Heidi Klum; Amy and Brian France, Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, Founders, The Luke and Meadow Foundation; Mary Kitchen and Jon Orszag, Co-Founder of Compass Lexecon, Co-Directors of The Orszag Foundation.Heidi Klum at Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesPop rock sensation OneRepublic, legendary vocalist Patti LaBelle and Tony and Grammy Award-winner Billy Porter performed throughout the evening.Usher at Angel’s BallCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe Angel Ball honors individuals who have made significant humanitarian and philanthropic contributions in support of cancer research and boasts attendees in the fields of business, philanthropy, and society alike for this annual celebration of life, music and the quest for a cure. The evening was emceed by Alicia Quarles, Entertainment Correspondent seen on E!, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show & MSNBC.Nick Cannon presented the “Angel of Light” honor to his friend and “America’s Got Talent” co-host Heidi Klum, where he made note that Klum is a woman who is “beautiful inside and out.” In her acceptance speech, Klum dedicated her honor to those fighting to beat cancer.“This one’s for you. I’m just going to keep it at my house because it’s so pretty,” Klum said with a smile. Throughout the evening, Jeff Gordon presented the “Angels of Hope” honor to Amy and Brian France, and James Carville presented the “Angels of Inspiration” honor to Kitchen and Orszag.Simon de Pury orchestrated the live auction. Highlights included a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 that was on display outside the event, which sold for $125,000; a stunning pair of Lorraine Schwartz black and rose gold sapphire earrings, modeled by musician and actress Kat Graham, that sold for $70,000; and a 6-day Caribbean cruise on a luxury yacht that sold for $140,000.As dessert was served, LaBelle took to the stage singing “You Saved My Life.” The crowd leapt to their feet and hit the dance floor after the opening to “Lady Marmalade” began to play. LaBelle invited gentlemen from the audience to join her on-stage, including the evening’s opening performer Billy Porter, who harmonized with LaBelle as the crowd sang along.OneRepublic kept the dancing going, performing their chart-topping hits “Counting Stars,” “Good Life,” “Apologize” and “I Lived.”The Angel Ball stands out as one of the highlights of the New York social season and features a cocktail reception, dinner, surprise musical guests along with a luxury live auction and online auction hosted by Charitybuzz.com. This online auction continues through November 4th. To bid, visit: charitybuzz.com/angelball.Additional guests included Usher & Grace Miguel, Angel Ambassador Selenis Leyva, Alina Baikova, Kat Graham, Star Jones, DJ Cassidy, Patina Miller, Andreja Pejic, Sam Moore, Kelly Rutherford, Ivana Trump, Montel Williams, Shanina Shaik, Devon Windsor, Toni Garrn, Deborah Cox, Rachel Hilbert, Sharina Gutierrez and Tamara Mellon.Board Member and celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz served as this year’s Gala Chair, as well as a sponsor. Other sponsors included Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited, Porsche Cars North America, Perrier Jouët and United Airlines.last_img read more

Mens Soccer Maisonneuve looks back on difficult first season

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorIn the days following the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten tournament, head coach Brian Maisonneuve took time to reflect on his first season on the job and how he plans to lead the program going forward.Maisonneuve was hired this past spring after serving as an assistant coach from 2010-17 at Indiana, his alma mater. What made the decision to leave easier, as well as the transition to Columbus, was the fact that Maisonneuve spent nine seasons playing for the Columbus Crew during his professional career. “Ohio State was the only program I would have left IU for. I was fortunate to have eight great years there, as a coach and obviously as a player as well,” Maisonneuve said. “It was an honor to come back to Columbus, to work for this athletic department and to be a part of this program. It’s exciting and it was just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”The 2018 Ohio State men’s soccer team (1-15-2, 0-7-1 Big Ten) failed to find consistency in key areas of the game, including a dormant offense that failed to find any footing in the attacking half until the final stages of the season.“Early on we had some issues. Towards the end I thought we were getting the ball in good spots. I thought we were creating opportunities,” Maisonneuve said. “We just weren’t finishing,” Maisonneuve said getting reps in and around the goal during practice was often a key emphasis for the Buckeyes, yet the schedule at times prevented them from getting into a rhythm.“The hardest part in that part of the season was actually finding training days to work with the guys, because when you play two games in five days or two games in six days, by the time you finish the game the next day is recovery,” Maisonneuve said. “You have one day to hit on a couple of things and then it’s the day before, which is pretty light and then you play again.”Maisonneuve said the Buckeyes were lacking in the technical facet at times, whether it was team members getting clean strikes on their shot attempts or making effective contact with their heads. Yet in other practices, Maisonneuve said, the Buckeyes proved effective in finding the back of the net. By the end of the year, Maisonneuve said he believed his team executed the correct passes and created the necessary chances to win games, but lacked the finishing touch that would get them on the scoreboard. He specifically cited various close calls in the team’s regular season finale at Wisconsin and Ohio State’s season-ending loss to Northwestern in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. For Maisonneuve, inconsistencies on the defensive side of the ball came when the Buckeyes trotted out an entirely new four-man back line with the exception of sophomore defender Will Hirschmann. This unfamiliarity with one another led to occasional issues in terms of moving together as a unit and developing and maintaining quality spacing between defenders, Maisonneuve said.“Our toughest part of the schedule was definitely at the end. I said it couple of times, I do think if our schedule was flipped we might have beat some of those teams early on if we were playing like we were at the end of the season,” Maisonneuve said. “However, I don’t know if we are able to get to where we were at the end of the season if the schedule was flipped.” Maisonneuve said he gives the Buckeyes a ton of credit because what was asked of them was tough.“It was one of those years where we couldn’t catch a break,” Maisonneuve said. “On the flip side I know you create your own breaks and you create your own luck, but between getting scored on with nine seconds left, with 19 seconds left, with 73 seconds left, a couple unfortunate red cards, a couple goals called back … it just seemed one of those years.” Maisonneuve said the fact that the Buckeyes played their best soccer and had their most productive training sessions at the end of a one-win season says a lot about the character of the players in the locker room.“We had our dips. We had a lot of conversations about the process, the culture, or teammates and having each other’s back and we continued to build that side of it because I’m a true believer if you don’t get the culture right, your X’s and O’s don’t matter,” Maisonneuve said. When it came to the coaching staff, Maisonneuve said his three biggest targets were Sergio Gonzalez, Matt Foldesy and Chad Barson. He said not only do they have great soccer minds, but they were great people for the team to be around, as they understand what it is like to be part of a family.“They’re guys I knew from the past that I’ve worked with, coached before or coached alongside, so I needed a staff that I knew could come in, in good times, bad times, through a season like this or the good seasons that are coming ahead of us, that were going to be able to stick together and that was huge,” Maisonneuve said. As for returning players, he cited plenty of starting players who impressed him with their potential to make a difference on next year’s squad. Maisonneuve named junior defenders Osman Fofanah and CC Uche and redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried as big-time contributors on the defensive side of the ball.Meanwhile, he praised two freshmen, midfielder Xavier Green and forward Devyn Etling, who he said “were called upon to pull the strings,” along with a trio of midfielders in sophomore Joshua Jackson-Ketchup and juniors Jake Scheper and Jack Holland. Looking forward, Maisonneuve said the sky’s the limit for the Ohio State men’s soccer program. He said he believes this season’s struggles are something returning players can learn and gain confidence from, so they can understand what it will take to be a successful team moving forward. “Some people say, ‘Well Mais, now you get to start over.’ Well, I don’t want to start over because I think we made some strides. We laid the foundation. It didn’t show up in the wins and losses, but this group coming back knows what it’s going to take to make that jump,” he said. read more

Matteo Politano cant wait for his first Derby

first_imgInter winger Matteo Politano “can’t wait” for his first Derby della Madonnina in an Inter jersey.He states that one can breathe the derby in the air.” The match will kick off on Sunday at 19.45 UK time and Politano has this following to say:“I am really excited and can’t wait for Sunday to come,” the former Sassuolo winger told Inter TV via Football Italia.Prade revealed Fiorentina wanted to sign Suso and Politano Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Fiorentina sporting director explained what players his team wanted to acquire but couldn’t, including Suso from AC Milan and Matteo Politano.“You can breathe the derby in the air. I’m so proud and am so fired up to get on that pitch. We’re coming off a good period of form and so are Milan. I expect a balanced game, but as with all derbies, there’s never a favourite.“Our fans are exceptional, they always pack the stadium and we are proud to represent all those people. We hope to make them proud of us in return on Sunday.”It could be tough set of games coming up for Inter, as they will face Barcelona in the Champions League and Lazio in Serie A.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 3 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Regis College

first_imgWESTON, MA  — Regis College is pleased to announce that the following Wilmington students are among the 519 students that have made the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the 2019 spring semester:Siobhan Collins (Class of 2019)Janenne McCoy (Class of 2019)Kylie Paolillo (Class of 2022)To be eligible for the Dean’s List as a senior, junior or sophomore at Regis, a student must have a semester grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.50. For first-year students, a semester GPA of at least 3.25 must be attained.“I am very pleased to see so many of our students excelling across the university,” said university President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “The dean’s list and the diversity of academic disciplines speak to a dedicated student body and to a faculty that promotes intellectual curiosity and achievement.”About Regis CollegeRegis is a leading Catholic coed university in greater Boston with nearly 3,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in the arts, sciences and health professions devoted to engage, serve and advance in a global community. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing for the third time. The intergenerational Weston campus includes a Children’s Center, named 2017 Program of the Year by the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers, and a Lifelong Learning program (LLARC) for senior adults with a passion for learning. Regis sponsors 20 athletic teams within the Great Northeast Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division III level. Regis North, a satellite campus in Lawrence, Mass., offers public health and marketing and communications bachelor degree completion programs. Visit Regis at regiscollege.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Regis College.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”5 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

MS Dhonis batting angers Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain Twitterati also unhappy

first_imgMS Dhoni will be key to India’s chances in the 2019 World CupMike Owen/Getty ImagesCommentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly were left scratching their heads after a strange innings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni where he hardly made an attempt to chase down England’s big score after the wicket of Hardik Pandya. At that stage, India needed 71 off 31 balls but MSD seemed to give up and hardly attempted anything out of the ordinary. Towards the end of the innings, he was just taking singles and looked to be content turning the strike over to an unsettled Kedar Jadhav. As the required run-rate went through the roof, commentators Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly expressed their inability to understand the tactics of MS Dhoni. Hussain seemed exasperated. “I am completely baffled,” the former England captain said and said to his commentary partner: “It’s over to you to explain what is happening.”He also reminded everyone of a similar performance from MSD in the bilateral series between these two sides last year in England where, in the second match of the series, Dhoni seemed to give up the chase after the required run-rate became too high and needed a message from the dressing room to attempt big strokes.Ganguly didn’t directly criticise Dhoni but his words seemed directed towards him. “The team has to make a decision whether they are just happy not getting out or are looking to win. The message has to go out that they should keep attempting big shots even if they get out. You can’t have a team losing in a chase with 5 wickets in hand,” he said.A little later, when Dhoni casually tapped the ball into the off side for a single, Dada said to his co-commentator: “I have no explanation for this. You asked me to explain what is happening, I can’t.”Hussain pointed to the large number of Indian fans and said Dhoni should provide something for them. “There are so many Indian fans here, they are leaving now. Surely Indian fans will want to see Dhoni have a go.”The fans and other experts also seemed perplexed by this strategy and expressed their anguish on Twitter. Here are some of the reactions.Unbelievable batting by Dhoni.. didnt even try to win it…even Pandiya lost it in the end before he got out…commentators cant beleive it.. fans cant believe it…— Shahzeb Khanzada (@shazbkhanzdaGEO) June 30, 2019Everyone to Dhoni and Jadhav: #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/uJ8Atuogtd— V (@virajkulhari) June 30, 2019In the last over Dhoni tried to hit four & Sixes, why not 5 over before? We had 5 wickets in hand,what stopped dhoni & Jhaadav for even trying?Completely surrendered & one of worst lack of Intent every displayed on a cricket field. Dear @imVkohli ball is in ur court now #INDvsENG— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 30, 2019#indiavsEnglandIndian cricket fans waiting for Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav pic.twitter.com/GDaDWYI0Hu— Bharat (@bharatdevre) June 30, 2019#Dhoni dhoni time to retire. pic.twitter.com/UvDe0OzM4p— Golden fan (@Pnb75174894) June 30, 2019Pakistan : Why Dhoni is taking singles at this stage ?Indian Fans : ? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/yI58veVCHU— Nasir Ahmad (@ClarkMichle) June 30, 2019only the single MAJOR helped india to got pakistan out of the world cup #indvseng #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/y5LomEohAG— muhazzib_chawlein (@iamchawal) June 30, 2019So, Lt Col MS Dhoni has done a successful surgical strike against Pakistan.#INDvENG #indiavsEngland pic.twitter.com/YbIiLdRBEU— Manιѕн Kυмar (@iamanish__) June 30, 2019Dhoni fans right now ? ?#ENGvIND #CWC19 # pic.twitter.com/Ow2ZajnlfD— The Guy || (@Awara_Raaz_) June 30, 2019Dhoni was not taking chances in the end because he didn’t want to get out and decrease his average #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/VMQ2WHmH7F— sarcastic_ su-myth (@ft_sumyth) June 30, 2019Dhoni is a real patriot, single handedly ensured that Pakistan is out from the World Cup. ?????— Maithun (The Fauxy) (@Being_Humor) June 30, 2019last_img read more

If You Want An IUD Take Note Of Trumps New Birth Control

first_img Share Most employers are likely to continue paying for birth control for women. But there are exceptions. Science Photo Library/Getty ImagesThe Trump administration has made a number of changes to health policy in the past two weeks, raising questions about how consumers will be affected. Will the new rules for birth control coverage affect access to an intrauterine device? Might an association health plan help bring down costs for workers at small businesses? And if you’re healthy, doesn’t a short-term health plan that is cheaper than marketplace coverage make sense? Here are some answers to those questions.IUDs are expensive. Will they be unaffordable under the new contraceptive rules announced by the Trump administration? Should people make an appointment to get one now before employers change their minds about coverage? There is probably no need to rush out to your doctor’s office to get an IUD, but you should keep an eye on this issue.Under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, most health plans are required to cover all methods of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration without charging women anything for them. Religious employers and some private employers with strong religious objections are exempt from the requirement, but it’s a pretty limited group. Or it was until the Trump administration issued new rules during the first week of October that open the door for many companies or nonprofit organizations with religious or moral objections to contraception to stop offering it.“These new exemptions are sweeping,” says Adam Sonfield, a senior policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization. Essentially, any employer will be able to claim an exemption from the birth control coverage requirement, he says, and there are no provisions to appeal it.What is not at all clear, however, is how many employers will take advantage of the new rules. The administration says it expected the number to be small, probably just the companies that had brought suit against the old rules.Even before the ACA passed, many plans covered contraception. They didn’t necessarily cover all FDA-approved methods, however, and women typically had to pay a share of the cost.Several states have laws that protect birth control coverage, says Mara Gandal-Powers, senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. Some require that if a plan offers prescription drug coverage, for example, it must cover contraceptives. Others have adopted the ACA rules that require coverage of all FDA-approved methods without cost-sharing. But those laws would not apply to employers that pay their employees’ health care claims directly rather than buy state-regulated insurance.The protection from cost-sharing is key, experts say, especially for highly effective methods like the IUD, which might cost $1,000 upfront.“Even if you’ve met your deductible, if you have 20 percent coinsurance, that’s $200, and for many people, that’s not feasible,” Gandal-Powers says.If your employer does decide to stop providing insurance coverage for contraception, in most cases, plans have to give workers 60 days’ advance notice of the benefit change, giving you time to get that IUD if you decide to.Association health plans, which the Trump administration is encouraging, seem like kind of a good idea. If more small companies band together, won’t that make coverage cheaper? President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that directs several federal agencies to consider proposing rules that, among other things, would allow more employers to buy health insurance through associations.If you’re young and healthy, getting coverage through an association health plan might indeed be cheaper. But you’ll likely forgo consumer protections that are required for plans sold on the individual and small-group markets, says Kevin Lucia, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms.Plans currently sold in those markets have to cover 10 so-called essential health benefits. Association health plans would likely sidestep that requirement. (However, implementing federal rules for these plans will take the administration some time, so it’s not clear if or when they might be expanded.)“If you don’t cover maternity, mental health or hospitalization, the premiums are going to be lower,” Lucia says.The administration’s press release about the executive order says that employers couldn’t exclude any employees from joining association health plans or “develop premiums based on health conditions.”But association health plans have been known to use many strategies to cherry-pick employers with healthy workforces, Lucia says.“The risk is that each individual small-employer’s rates would be separately determined based on its employees’ medical claims, potentially splitting the market into employers with sicker workers and those whose workers are healthier,” he says.Short-term plans are cheaper than Obamacare plans. If people don’t have pre-existing conditions and are willing to pay the penalty under the law for not having minimum coverage, what’s the downside? Trump’s executive order that encouraged the expansion of association health plans, discussed above, also aims to expand the availability of short-term plans. Under Obama administration rules, the coverage period of short-term plans was limited to less than three months. This executive order proposes to expand that, perhaps to just under a year.In addition to not covering pre-existing conditions, short-term plans often exclude certain types of coverage, such as prescription drugs and maternity, and impose dollar limits on coverage. The maximum out-of-pocket spending limits are often higher than coverage in a marketplace plan too.The potential downside is the possibility that you may develop a medical condition or have an accident that requires expensive medical care while you’re covered under this plan, experts say.“If the reader has a car accident, the insurer wouldn’t renew the policy,” says Timothy Jost, a professor emeritus of law at Washington and Lee University in Virginia who is an expert on health law. “If coverage is terminated, you’re not eligible for a special enrollment period [on the exchange]. So you could just get marooned.”Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Follow Michelle Andrews on Twitter: @mandrews110Copyright 2017 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

A Field Trip To The Houston Maritime Museum

first_img Share You’re surely aware that Houston has a ship channel. And perhaps you’ve even heard that the city’s port is one of the busiest in the country. But still, many might not think of Houston as a big sea-faring city.But Houston has enough of a maritime history to warrant its own museum. The Houston Maritime Museum is just down the street from Hermann Park, nestled off a side street. And, in 20017, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visited the museum to talk with its director, Leslie Bowlin, to learn what visitors can expect to see when they stop by.last_img