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Germany’s Constitutional Court has ruled that the €500-billion bailout is legal under German law. The verdict comes as Greece’s coalition government hesitates on the further austerity cuts required by its creditors. “Today, Germany is once again sending a strong signal to Europe and beyond. Germany is assuming with determination its responsibility as the biggest economy and as a reliable partner in Europe,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Parliament hours after the ruling. “This is a good day for Germany and this is a good day for Europe,” she said. The verdict ruled that the German government will not be liable for sums over 190 billion euros without approval of the Bundestag, and that both houses of parliament would be informed, “No provision of this treaty may be interpreted in a way that establishes higher payment obligations for the Federal Republic of Germany without the agreement of the German representative,” the court said in a statement. The court has reviewed a petition, signed by some 37000 Germans, against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan for a new economic bailout for troubled eurozone countries. The plaintiffs were demanding safeguards for Germany’s economic and political sovereignty. The case was spearheaded by politicians and lawyers from across the political spectrum. The opposition delayed implementation of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the so-called ‘fiscal pact’ — a binding commitment for European governments not to go further into …
Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) July 31, 2012
National Family Voices is a non-profit that supports Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs, or F2Fs) in each of the 50 states and DC. To shed light on Eva Camerons dramatic actions and the complexities of the situation, Family Voices interviewed several people within the organizations network of affiliated, family-run agencies. F2Fs are dedicated to helping families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities.
Recent news articles in the Chicago Tribune* report that Eva Cameron, whose daughter has the developmental understanding of a two- or three-year old, explained that due to her daughters situation, her family owes $ 12,000 in bills, she lost her nursing job, and her husband’s business has suffered. She indicated she has been rebuffed for more than ten years in her efforts to have her daughter placed in a group home in Illinois. In an interview aired on CNN’s HLN Evening Express***, Cameron stated, When I didnt get the help I needed from Illinois, someone at the church said, Why dont you go down to Tennessee? They have a good healthcare system. HLN Evening Express reported that Cameron told police Tennessee has the number one healthcare system in the United States, especially for disabled teens and adults.
However, Camerons belief is apparently incorrect. When asked whether this perception of Tennessee is accurate, Belinda Hotchkiss, Director of Family Voices of Tennessee, (which is home to the F2F HIC that provides information about available services to Tennessee parents of CYSHCN and disabilities), commented:
No, not by a long shot. In Tennessee, the Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Program actually has a very long waiting list of 7,000 people. I work with parents whose children have been on that waiting list for five, ten, twelve years. If we had spoken with Mrs. Cameron, we could have provided her with more correct information about the services Tennessee does and does not have to offer.
This story of a desperate and hopeless mother from Illinois, who took her daughter to another state in search of care, illuminates two critical needs and a strange fact:
the need for an adequate system of services to support children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities to support children at home and in their communities;
the need for easy-to-find, accurate information for parents about the local resources that are available to them, and to their children; and
the strange fact that each state has its own complex set of laws, regulations, and services for CYSHCN and disabilities and their families.
Another family expert reiterates the need for these family-to-family linkages of relevant and accurate information. Faye Manaster, Project Director of Family Voices of Illinois, The Arc of Illinois Family to Family Health Information Center, commented:
Perhaps if this mother had contacted us and told us about her familys situation, we could have guided and supported her in working with programs and services in Illinois. If she had expressed interest seeking services in Tennessee or any other state, we would have been able to connect her with Family-to-Family staff members in those states, as we do for many families each year. We often advise families seeking to move to another state in order to access better services for their children with special needs to first travel there on a fact-finding mission, using contact information from us, before making their decision.
Manaster went on to explain that many F2Fs lack sufficient staff resources to do as much outreach as theyd like so that the people who need F2F services can find them. She also said that F2Fs often work together to share information that is needed by parents in one state about resources that might be available to them in another. Federal funding for these centers is currently scheduled to expire in May of 2013.
Camerons actions are difficult for many people to understand because it seems impossible to imagine or condone abandoning a child. This extreme choice by an overwhelmed, at-the-end-of-her-rope mother can be better understood by appreciating how difficult it can be for parents to find the critical information they need to access appropriate services and make the most helpful choices for their children. Janis Guerney, Public Policy Co-Director for National Family Voices, is working to secure funding for the F2Fs going forward. She explained:
When parents dont have the information they need about where they can go for services, the children suffer. The Camerons story is a good example. And when the parents dont get accurate information about available services, typically the Medicaid system in the state ends up spending more money in emergency room costs and other interventions that are required when conditions become critical. Again, in some ways this is a good example. Tennessee, and perhaps Illinois as well, has just spent a lot of time and resources to rectify this situation with Eva Camerons daughter, which might have been better spent helping the family find services that met their needs.
F2Fs actually save the state money by providing parents with relevant, timely information and support that prevents crises. If the Federal government does not fund F2Fs beyond fiscal year 2012, more parents like Eva Cameron will likely be unable to find the information or services they need to prevent critical situations.
Please be on the lookout for the second part of this two-part story, also released by National Family Voices on July 31, 2012
Articles located at ChicagoTribune.com:
1. “Chicago-area mother says desperation led her to abandon disabled daughter in Tennessee: Algonquin woman says she couldn’t cope with 19-year-old’s disabilities or mounting cost of caring for her. But not everyone is sympathetic to her plight.” By Lisa Black , Chicago Tribune reporter, July 23, 2012
2. “Algonquin woman left in Tennessee bar headed back to Illinois: Severely disabled 19-year-old abandoned by mother to be placed in residential facility.” By Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune reporter
July 27, 2012
** News Report on CNN’s HLN Evening Express
“Cops: Mom Leaves Mentally Disabled Teen at Bar,” July 12, 2012, http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/07/11/mentally-disabled-teen-abandoned-bar
Kill Devil Hills, NC. (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
After the Supreme Court has announced that they have decided to uphold the historical US health care reform known as Obamacare, Viatical.org has announced a new guide to helping people navigate the sometimes confusing world of insurance. Obamacare is the Presidents landmark bill and legislation for his first term in the White House. The reform bill seeks to provide health insurance coverage to the many American citizens who are currently living without it. Some of the stipulations in the bill include allowing individuals up to the age of 26 to still be included on their parents health insurance plan and also another provision that ensures health insurance coverage to those who even have pre-existing medical conditionsan issue that has hampered many Americans from previously qualifying for health insurance before ObamaCare due to the fact that they have existing, known health conditions. The bill has caused much contention in Congress due to the fact that Republican members believe the bill to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has announced that Obamacare is not unconstitutional and it has upheld this historic piece of legislation. Even still, Congress has said that they plan to act to replace the law, as reported by Fox News.
While insurance and financial issues continue to bog down many American citizens, there are companies now offering to assist in the situation by purchasing patients pre-existing life insurance policies in order to supply them with up-front costs that they may need in order to cover home expenses, college tuitions or any other significant financial obligations. This transaction is called a Viatical. Viatical settlements, or a life settlement, allow patients to essentially sell their life insurance policy in order to finance any current expenses that they may have. A comprehensive resource to learn more about viaticals is http://www.viatical.org/.
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RICH get poorer and POOR get healthier as Obamacare HEALTH service gets the green light Barack Obama’s healthcare reform survives the Supreme Court but not unscathed. The mandate forcing Americans into obligatory purchasing healthcare insurance emerges not under the commerce clause, but as a tax. The ruling on the law, which is the latest attempt in 50 years to provide health insurance to the uninsured and slow down soaring medical costs, was passed by a 5-4 vote. The court limited the law’s extension of the Medicaid program for the poor by saying the federal government cannot threaten to withhold money from states that do not fully comply, reports Bloomberg. “Nothing in our opinion precludes Congress from offering funds under the Affordable Care Act to expand the availability of health care, and requiring that states accepting such funds comply with the conditions on their use. What Congress is not free to do is to penalize States that choose not to participate in that new program by taking away their existing Medicaid funding,” said Judge John Roberts, who joined the liberal wing in upholding the healthcare law. In March, as the final hearing was held, the nine-member court wanted to know whether the law could stand if the core requisite that most Americans must acquire insurance or face a fine is struck down. The chief legal argument in court was that the individual mandate was unconstitutional. On Thursday, however, the individual mandate appeared to have survived as …
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BOULDER, Colo. (Reuters) – The University of Colorado sought on Friday to clamp down on a huge annual marijuana fest, but after initially restricting access to the school, police later stood back and watched hundreds of people light up in a campus field.
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Grizzly in triple mauling was light, not starving
BILLINGS, MONT. — Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear that preyed on campers outside Yellowstone National Park weighed less than average, but was in an area with ample food supplies and did not appear to be starving.
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Washington (CNN) – Nearly half of all Americans have a favorable view of the new health care reform law, according to a new national poll. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released Wednesday indicates that 48 percent of the public views the law in a favorable light, up seven points from May, with 41 percent saying [...]
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Light could be flipping on for Brian Robiskie
The Browns used the 36th overall pick on wide receiver Brian Robiskie two Aprils ago under the impression that the Ohio State product was a safe bet for immediate impact. Robiskie’s pedigree was impressive, as he is the son of…
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Cornell University Law School Professor William Jacobsen brave launched today his week long "dart board" analysis of HR 3200, the ObamaCare bill on the House. Selecting random sections of the law to analyze each day this week on his …