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Without Medicaid Expansion, Florida Sees Increase in Uninsured Children

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Trimmel Gomes, Public News Service – FL Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter More than 50,000 children in Florida have lost their health insurance coverage since 2016, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. (rawpixel/Adobe Stock) Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After almost a decade of steady improvement, the number of children without health insurance in Florida and the nation is on the rise again, according to a new report.The study, released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, found that nationally, the rate of uninsured children increased from 4.7% to 5.2% between 2016 and 2018. In Florida, the rate also increased, from 6.6% to 7.6%.Anne Swerlick, a health policy analyst for the Florida Policy Institute, said Florida is among the states with the highest increases.“Over the last couple years, over 50,000 kids have lost coverage here in Florida,” she said. “We had been making terrific progress in getting kids covered over the last decade, but we’re backsliding now. That’s very troubling.”The report cited multiple causes for the downturn, including efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, delays in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and inadequate oversight of state Medicaid programs.On top of Florida not expanding Medicaid, Swerlick said another major factor is pushing immigrant children out of the program: fear and confusion among immigrant families.“Parents fear that if they get coverage for their kids through Medicaid, that this is going to negatively impact their immigration status,” she said, “so there needs to be a lot more education that that’s not the case.”Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown Center, said the Center has been doing the report for nine years. In 2016, the research showed the lowest number of uninsured children yet, but the trend has reversed since then.“That has turned around now, and what’s clear from this new data is that the country is going in the wrong direction,” she said. “and we see that it’s very hard for any state to make progress with some of the negative national trends that are happening.”The report found that 15 states, including Florida, showed statistically significant increases in their numbers of uninsured kids. Alker noted that the number of uninsured children in states that did not expand Medicaid increased at triple the rate of expansion states.The report is online at ccf.georgetown.edu, and a state-specific data hub is at kidshealthcarereport.ccf.georgetown.edu.Disclosure: Georgetown University Center for Children & Families contributes to our fund for reporting on Children’s Issues, Health Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here. TAGSfloridaMedicaidPublic News Service – FL Previous articleApopka business wins innovation award from Orlando Economic PartnershipNext articleCommunity Health Centers names new President/CEO Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Track and Field sets new records at Frisco Invitational

first_imgGet to know the TCU admission counselors Linkedin printThe Horned Frogs continue to record personal and season best times throughout indoor season. The men’s and women’s track and field team won seven events at the Frisco Invitational this weekend.Running EventsSophomore Kayla Heard was the first to score for the Horned Frogs, placing second in the 400 meter with a time of 54.87.On the men’s side, TCU swept the 400 meter-dash grabbing the top four spots. Junior Kevin McClanahan clocked in first with a season-best time of 47.47. Sophomore Derrick Mokaleng placed second with a time of 47.67. Freshman Ryan Champlin and freshman Jostyn Andrews finished strong in third and fourth behind times of 48.47 and 48.52.Sophomore Brittney Trought finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.37, just two-hundredths of a second off her personal best. Makaila Flannigan also placed fourth with a time of 8.54.In the 60-meter dash, junior Judy Emeodi placed eighth behind a time of 7.67.Junior Emeilo Ferguson recorded a season-best time of 6.66 in the prelims and went on to place third in the finals at 6.67. Senior Jalen Miller placed fifth clocking in at 6.76 and sophomore Lebogang Maloka placed eighth behind a time of 6.82.Junior Nicole Hicks scored in the mile run placing eight with a time of 5:10.97.Sophomore Sabrina Moore won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.53. Heard followed behind recording a second-place finish, clocking in at 24.53 and Emeodi placed fifth behind a time of 24.90.Sophomore Darrion Flowers took care of business in the 200-meter dash for the men with a first-place finish at 21.54. Ferguson logged fourth clocking in at 21.72.Wrapping up the running events, the men’s 4×400-meter relay team of McClanahan, Andrews, Champlin and Mokaleng won with a time of 3:11.69.Field EventsFreshman Isaiah Rogers won the shot put with a mark of 57 feet 3.75 inches (17.47 meters). For the women, Senior Paola Miranda placed third with a mark of 55 feet 8 inches (17.01 meters).In the long jump, Maloka placed fourth with a mark of 23 feet 8 inches (7.27 meters).Three Horned Frogs, junior Briona Oliver, senior Nafissatou Boixel and Flannigan placed in the long jump for the women. Oliver won with a mark of 20 feet 2.25 inches (6.15 meters), making her the No. 6 on the all-time list. Boixel placed third recording a mark of 19 feet 2.75 inches (5.86 meters) and Flannigan placing fourth recording a mark of 19 feet (5.79 meters).For the women’s pole vault, freshman Kendahl Shue tied for eighth with a mark of 11 feet 8 inches (3.60 meters).Sophomore Justin Sanchez placed third in the weight throw with a mark of 60 feet (18.30 meters). Freshmen Ryan Camp and Rogers placed sixth and eight behind marks of 58 feet 9 inches (17.96 meters) and 58 feet 2 inches (17.74 meters).Junior Scotty Newton jumps to No. 6 in the country and No. 2 on TCU’s all-time list winning the triple jump with a mark of 53 feet 4.25 inches (16.26 meters).For the women, Boixel logs third behind a mark of 39 feet 8 inches (12.15 meters).Up NextThe Horned Frogs travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Big 12 Championships on Friday, Feb. 24-25. Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Twitter + posts Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Facebook Maya Bulger is a junior at Texas Christian University from Detroit, Michigan. Maya is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in business. In her spare time she loves to watch sports, workout, read, hike, travel and bake. Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Previous articleThe Podell and Pickell Show – Marc Istook InterviewNext articleTCU ‘out-worked’ by No. 6 Baylor, loses by 18, 70-52 Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Early action option removed from admission process ReddIt Maya Bulger Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Photo Courtesy of Patrick Green Pictures Linkedin Facebook Maya Bulgerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/maya-bulger/ Twitter ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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Sinclairville Man Arrested After Police Find Him Driving Stolen Vehicle

first_imgSINCLAIRVILLE – A Village of Sinclairville man was arrested Sunday after New York State Police say he was pulled over in a stolen vehicle.Troopers say Dakota Barber, 28, was pulled over for a traffic violation on Park Street.Through investigation, troopers discovered that the license plates did not belong to the vehicle, which was reported stolen from California.Additionally, the license plates were reported stolen from a truck stop in Tennessee, police say. Barber is charged with fourth and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.Police say Barber was placed under arrest, processed at State Police Barracks in Jamestown and transported to the Chautauqua County Jail. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Global CO2 levels are at record levels

first_imgCarbon dioxide, the gas mainly responsible for global warming, has reached levels on earth not seen in 3 million years. Scientists used computer simulations of our planet’s past and compared them to data from the deep sea. The findings showed that the last time carbon dioxide on Earth was so elevated the sea level was 65 feet higher and trees grew on Antarctica. Today’s CO2 levels are 410 parts per million. Scientists note that even trace amounts in the atmosphere raise global temperatures and that the levels cannot be explained by natural factors. All of the world’s nations, except the United States, have joined the Paris climate agreement with the goal of lowering carbon dioxide emissions and stopping the rise in global temperature. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to move California condors into the Pacific Northwest The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to establish an experimental population of the California condor in the Pacific Northwest. Data shows that reintroduction of the California condor into northern regions is biologically feasible and will help to conserve the species. The California condor is the largest land bird in North America and can live up to 60 years. When humans began settling the Americas, California condors lived throughout much of the continent but by 1987 the bird was listed as extinct in the wild due to poaching, habitat destruction and lead poisoning. Numbers grew through captive breeding programs and in 1991 the birds were reintroduced back into the wild. They remain one of the world’s most rare birds. As of 2017 there were 463 total living California condors.center_img Global carbon dioxide levels are higher than they’ve been in 3 million yearslast_img read more

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Cooney looks to find consistency against Holy Cross

first_imgThe ball swished through the net and Trevor Cooney’s celebration wasn’t much of a celebration at all. It was his and Syracuse’s first made 3 of the game, sandwiched between a three-point play on a layup and two free throws for Cooney — a personal 8-0 run that helped the Orange bury Loyola (Maryland) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. But he didn’t yell or pump his fist. He just glided backward to the defensive end while lightly nodding his head. “I think at times this year I’ve gotten a little too up and I can’t get up or down,” Cooney said after the win over the Greyhounds. “As a shooter you just have to think about the next one, not the one that just happened. Miss or make.”And Cooney’s up-and-down demeanor is a microcosm of the start to his season. In spurts, the junior guard has been the perimeter threat that can jumpstart the SU offense and take pressure off of Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough in the post. But he’s also had trouble stringing together two straight makes and has often been the same inconsistent player that greatly contributed to the Orange’s sputtering out at the end of last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Syracuse (4-1) will get out of its most experienced guard this season is still up in the air, and Cooney will use the next nonconference game — a 7 p.m. date with Holy Cross (3-0) in the Carrier Dome on Friday — as another chance to find a consistent touch.“I’m not too worried about slow starts,” Cooney said. “I just need to take the right shots and I’ll contribute just fine.”Cooney is averaging 11.2 points per game and has made nine of his 29 3-point attempts through five games, but slow shooting starts have coincided with slow starts for the Orange offense. Syracuse held Loyola scoreless for the first 10:04 of game time, but only scored 28 points in the first half to let the Greyhounds stay in the game. Cooney came around a screen for his first long-range attempt and, with a defender right in his face, hoisted an off-balance shot and was stuffed as soon as he released it.He went 0-for-3 from downtown in the first half and found more success going to the rim against an inferior defense. “That first shot I took was horrible,” Cooney said. “Just can’t do that.”At the start of the season, Cooney wouldn’t say whether he considered himself a top shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but added that he was honored to even be asked. On Tuesday, he said he knows he’s solely defined by makes and misses and was quick to point out that one more 3 would have given him 16 points and “then you’d all say I had a great night.”Instead, it was SU’s frontcourt that had a great night while Cooney played a supporting role.“Trevor’s even more important with us trying to get it down to the low post all the time,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said earlier in the season. “When he is hitting, we just get that much more dynamic.”With Syracuse methodically working the ball into the post and relying on frontcourt scoring, Cooney’s availability depends on how much opposing guards help down on Christmas and McCullough.If they do help down, Cooney will be tested to hit open jump shots and there will be groans from the crowd if he doesn’t. If they don’t, he’ll have to create his own shots and work off the dribble, which has presented discomfort in the past but could be his best bet to contribute as teams continue to key on him.Cooney saw a mix of both against Loyola, as the Greyhounds focused on Christmas on the block but also had enough size to let their guards chase Cooney step for step around the arc. It wasn’t 16 points or a spotless performance by any stretch, but head coach Jim Boeheim was satisfied. “It’s not two guys, you can’t win with two guys,” Boeheim said after the win. “Trevor was more aggressive tonight, made some good plays. If he can get 13 points every night I’d be happy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2014 at 10:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Carl Crawford miffed by All-Star ballot snub

first_imgCrawford was not only an All-Star in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010, he was the All-Star game’s Most Valuable Player in 2009.The Dodgers on the All-Star ballot were chosen by general manager Ned Colletti along with representatives from Major League Baseball, a Dodgers official confirmed.The team will promote Crawford as a write-in candidate.Puig is technically on his first ballot, but was nearly voted in by the fans last season courtesy of the NL All-Star final vote. Puig received more votes than anybody in Final Vote history except Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who beat him out with 19.7 million.The rest of the Dodgers’ All-Star ballot representatives were predictable: Adrian Gonzalez (first base), Dee Gordon (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Juan Uribe (third base) and A.J. Ellis (catcher). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The three outfielders on the ballot aren’t exactly attractive All-Star candidates at the moment. Neither is Crawford for that matter.Puig is hitting .254 with a .338 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage. Kemp’s slash line is 211/.297/.456, Ethier’s is. 194/.247/.284, and Crawford’s is .222/.231/.317. New set-up for Wilson?The Dodgers are considering a removal of reliever Brian Wilson from his current set-up role, according to manager Don Mattingly.Wilson surrendered four runs in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 7-3 loss to the Phillies, giving him two losses in just six appearances this season.After spending 17 days on the disabled list with elbow irritation earlier this month — and not allowing a run in 24 outings last season — one can’t help but wonder if Wilson is healthy.“I think he’s healthy. If he’s not, he’s not telling us,” Mattingly said. “I feel like it’s just execution. He says possibly getting him regular work will get him back in a groove.”Wilson faced six batters Thursday, gave up three hits, hit one batter and intentionally walked another before he was relieved.He only hit 94 mph on the radar gun with two of the nine fastballs he threw Thursday. One was fouled off by Tony Gwynn Jr. and the other hit Ryan Howard. Last year, Wilson’s fastball was averaging between 93 and 94 with a high of 96 mph. Puig to the big screen?Just as the waters were calming after a Los Angeles Magazine story chronicling Puig’s defection from Cuba was published, it made another wave.The film rights to Jesse Katz’s story have been sold to “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner’s production company, RatPac Entertainment, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The magazine story details Puig’s attempts to escape Cuba and eventually his successful defection courtesy of smugglers working for a Mexican drug cartel. Puig was then held captive by the smugglers for three weeks when the man who sponsored his defection didn’t pay them before he eventually crossed the U.S. border and was signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $43 million deal. center_img The irony of being left off the All-Star ballot wasn’t lost on Carl Crawford.The Dodgers outfielder’s four All-Star selections are tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most of the team, but he was passed over in favor of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig when the ballot was released Friday.“To not even have a chance, I mean, I’ve got the most All-Stars of anybody on the team,” Crawford said. “Now there’s not even a chance. I don’t know how I’m supposed to take that.”Only three outfielders per team are allowed on the ballot. The Dodgers’ request to add a fourth was denied, according to a Dodgers official.last_img read more