Go back to the enewsletter Qantas the Museum o

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Qantas, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Tate have today announced an International Joint Acquisition Program for contemporary Australian art. Made possible through a $2.75 million corporate gift from the Qantas Foundation, this collaboration will increase the international profile of contemporary Australian art as part of the national carrier’s role of championing Australia.The gift will enable an ambitious five-year joint program through which a range of major works by contemporary Australian artists will be acquired for the collections of MCA and Tate, owned and displayed by both institutions.The artworks acquired will range across media and expected to date from the late 1960s through to the present. This will significantly enhance both organisation’s holdings of Australian art, while transforming the opportunities for international audiences to connect with contemporary Australian art and artists.Following the Qantas Foundation’s gift, the MCA and Tate will coordinate the research and acquisition of selected artists’ works. A selection of the first artworks acquired will be presented at the MCA in 2016, before heading to Tate.Qantas Group Executive of Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth, said: “As Australia’s national carrier we’re all about taking the best of Australia to the world.  We are excited to be working with two leading institutions in the MCA, and the Tate, to provide opportunities for global audiences connect with Australian art and artists.“Qantas has a long history of supporting the arts including the Flying Art series and Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Awards, and we are thrilled to be extending our contribution with this program.“We look forward to celebrating Australian artists and their work on the world stage.”Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, said: “One of our core missions is to present Australia’s contemporary artists in an international context, stimulate dialogue and raise their profile on the global art scene. So we are very excited about what this collaboration means for Australian artists.”“We are extremely grateful to Qantas – one of the MCA’s long-standing Major Partners – for their incredibly generous gift and visionary support of Australian artists. We are thrilled to be working with Tate – a world leader in collecting and presenting contemporary art from around the world.”Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: “In recent years Tate has made great progress in presenting a more international view of art, but this is only possible with the expertise and support of other organisations. Thanks to the generosity of the Qantas Foundation, this new collaboration with the MCA will ensure both collections can represent Australian art at its best and its connections with the wider Asia-Pacific context.”The MCA and Tate will now begin their research with the aim of acquiring a number of major pieces over the next five years.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Affordability Key Factor For Newly Insured Who Drop Their Health Law Coverage

first_imgAffordability Key Factor For Newly Insured Who Drop Their Health Law Coverage Confusion about the health exchanges and insurance plans may also play a contributing role for those who decide to drop out, experts say. In related news, CBS News looks at the early impact of Obamacare on employers. The Fiscal Times: U.S. Still Behind Other Countries In Effective Health Spending CBS News: Obamacare’s Impact On Employment: An Early Look The Associated Press: US Boosts Privacy Protection On Health Insurance Website Before the Affordable Care Act went into effect last year, critics claimed it would lead to job losses and cuts in employee hours. But how is it really playing out? The dire predictions have so far proved to be unfounded, according to a new research paper from Federal Reserve Bank of New York economist Maxim Pinkovskiy. (Picchi, 10/12) On Nov. 1, a new sign-up period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will begin …. But even as those efforts begin, the public insurance exchanges, also known as marketplaces, created by the law are facing another challenge: keeping the customers they already have. About 9.9 million people were enrolled in the federal and state marketplaces at the end of June, a drop of about 15 percent from the 11.7 million who the Obama administration said selected plans during the open enrollment period that ended in February. … enrollment counselors, health care providers and consumers say cost is a factor. … Experts also point to another factor behind dropping or losing coverage: confusion. Some who signed up for coverage this year lost it within months because they did not understand what information they had to supply or even that they were required to make monthly payments, according to counselors. (Goodnough, 10/11) For years America’s gold-plated healthcare system has provided little bang for the buck. In 2013, the U.S. outspent 13 other high-income countries on medical care – including Australia, Canada, Germany and Great Britain. Yet the U.S. had comparatively poor health outcomes, including a shorter life expectancy and greater prevalence of chronic conditions, according to a new study by the Commonwealth Fund. (Pianin, 10/11) And in more news on the cost of health care in the U.S. –center_img Meanwhile, stronger privacy protections will be added to healthcare.gov – This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Hill: ObamaCare Website Will Honor Do Not Track Requests The New York Times: Insurance Dropouts Present A Challenge For Health Law Responding to criticism from civil liberties advocates, the Obama administration said Friday it has strengthened consumer privacy protections on the government’s health insurance website as a new sign-up season nears. HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan said in a blog post that the web page will have a new ‘privacy manager’ that lets consumers opt out of embedded connections to third-party advertising, analytics and social media sites. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 10/9) HealthCare.gov is going to honor Do Not Track requests this enrollment season. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the ObamaCare website, said that it would not track users who toggle a setting in their browser that sends the requests to the website. Websites are not currently required to honor Do Not Track requests, although every major browser gives users the option of turning on the setting. (McCabe, 10/9) last_img read more