US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has brought together Obama administration officials, Vermont state lawmakers and the state Department of Mental Health commissioner to discuss federal funding for the Vermont State Hospital. Restoring the hospital’s certification could yield $10 million or more a year in federal reimbursements for the facility that the state now spends more than $20 million annually to operate and maintain.The state hospital in Waterbury first lost its federal certification in 2003, regained it in 2004, but lost it again in 2005. The lack of certification makes the facility ineligible to claim Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements that could cover more than half of the hospital’s costs.In July, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing concerns about supervision of a single patient, again denied certification for Vermont’s only state-run mental hospital. The decision followed an unannounced visit by investigators to the 54-bed psychiatric hospital.While federal investigators have cited lapses, the hospital was certified in 2008 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.“The quality of patient care must be our top priority, but the state and Vermont taxpayers deserve a reasonable process for correcting problems and restoring the hospital’s certification,” Sanders said. “In these difficult financial times, it is unfair to Vermont taxpayers that the state is losing out on $10 million a year in federal reimbursements.”Sanders convened the meeting of representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and state Sens. Susan Bartlett (D-Lamoille) and Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden).“We are on the same page and they gave us a path forward,” Sanders said afterward.Sen. Bernie Sanders meets in his U.S. Senate office in Washington, D.C., with (L to R) Cynthia Mann, director of Medicaid and State Operations for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Commissioner Michael Hartman of the Vermont Department of Mental Health, and Angela Brice-Smith, deputy director of surveys and certification for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Photo by Frank Fey for the U.S. SenateSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, October 20, 2009
The battle of two of the premier teams in the NFC eliminated one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the conference. The 49ers (3-0) had a bye. MORE: Watch the NFL on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott gave his team a chance late after being handed the ball with just under two minutes remaining. With 17 seconds left, he connected with Randall Cobb down the middle for a 32-yard pass to put Dallas at its 48 before he rushed up to spike the ball with two seconds to go. One final heave downfield proved not to be enough, with Prescott being picked off as time expired. Prescott finished the game 22 of 33 for 223 yards. Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 23 of 30 passes for 193 yards. Each quarterback threw an interception.For a matchup that featured two great running backs in Elliott and Alvin Kamara, neither had a memorable evening. Elliott carried 18 times for 35 yards, to go with six receptions 30 yards. Kamara had a better night on the ground, carrying 17 times for 69 yards, and made three catches for 20 yards. “Sunday Night Football” viewers were likely expecting more offense. After all, the game featured two of the NFL’s best offenses in the Cowboys and Saints.Instead, the defenses dominated the game, and the team without any touchdowns wound up winning. New Orleans beat Dallas 12-10 behind Wil Lutz’s four field goals. Ezekiel Elliott scored the only touchdown of the game, a 1-yard rush in the third quarter. Both teams had ample opportunities to score from chances created by their defenses. Bridgewater was intercepted by Chidobe Awuzie in the first quarter, and then Cowboys tight end Jason Witten lost a fumble in the second. Only the Cowboys were able to convert their turnover into points, however, and just a field goal at that. Sporting News provided scoring updates and highlights from the matchup between Dallas and New Orleans (all times Eastern).Cowboys vs. Saints: Live score, updates and highlights from Week 4 matchupFinal: Saints 12, Cowboys 1011:43 p.m.: Prescott takes a sack on the first play after the fair catch but then gets the Cowboys to midfield in the closing seconds. Marcus Williams intercepts his Hail Mary heave on the game’s final snap. New Orleans, minus injured quarterback Drew Brees, escapes with the home victory.11:09 p.m.: Cobb calls for a fair catch at the Cowboys’ 14. 11:09 p.m.: Bridgewater is sacked out of field goal range and Dallas calls a timeout with 1:45 in the game. The Saints will have to punt facing a 4th-and-24. 11:03 p.m.: The Saints gets a first down just at the two minute warning as they lead 12-10. 10:56 p.m.: Another punt from the Cowboys. Harris calls a fair catch at the New Orleans 38. 10:51 p.m.: Bridgewater is sacked again, and the Saints have to punt it away from their own 33. A penalty added to the fair catch by Tavon Austin pushes Dallas’ starting field position back to its own 10. 10:38 p.m.: Dallas’ drive again comes up short. They are forced to punt from their 42 trailing by two with 11:39 left. The punt goes into the end zone for a touchback, and New Orleans will start from the 20. 10:34 p.m.: Lutz again sends the kickoff to the end zone. Dallas will begin its drive from the 25, trailing by two. 10:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS. Lutz comes back out for his fourth field goal of the game. This one from 26 yards out. Saints 12, Cowboys 10Third quarter: Cowboys 10, Saints 910:16 p.m.: The Saints will take the touchback and they will start from their 25. 10:13 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, COWBOYS. The first touchdown of the game comes in the third quarter with Elliott plowing ahead for the 1-yard score. Cowboys 10, Saints 9Get your ZEKE ON& @70LaelCollins with the SPIKE! @EzekielElliott scores the first TD of #DALvsNO pic.twitter.com/ofozFSirgj— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 201910:10 p.m.: Prescott connects with Jarwin for the longest pass of the game. 35 yards puts the Cowboys at the Saints’ 2-yard line. THAT. IS. BLAKE. JARWIN.@Jaw_47 with the big grab! #DALvsNO | #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/8mEKTPubxV— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 201910:01 p.m.: The Saints can only get nine yards on their drive. Thomas Morstead punts the ball 50 yards to the Dallas 16.9:59 p.m.: Maher sends the kick out of the end zone and the Saints will begin the second half from their 25. Halftime: Saints 9, Cowboys 39:42 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS. The pass from the 1-yard line falls short, and Lutz comes out to make the 28-yard field goal to extend the Saints’ lead. Saints 9, Cowboys 39:33 p.m.: Prescott’s pass to Blake Jarwin falls a yard short of the first down and Ezekiel Elliott fumbles on the 4th-and-1 try. New Orleans will take over at the Cowboys’ 46-yard line. 9:29 p.m.: Two-minute warning in New Orleans. The Cowboys have 2nd-and-17 from their 27-yard line. 9:24 p.m.: New Orleans is held back by penalties and is forced to punt. Randall Cobb returns it 14 yards to Dallas’ 22. 9:18 p.m.: The Saints will start at the New Orleans’ 47 where Bell recovered the fumble. 9:16 p.m.: Witten catches a pass for 10 yards, but fumbles it at the New Orleans 48. Vonn Bell recovers the ball. The spot is being reviewed. 👊out and picked ⬆️ by the @Saints📺:NBC(via @NFL ) pic.twitter.com/QKlquf9Iwl— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) September 30, 20199:13 p.m.: Another kick sent out through the back of the end zone. The Cowboys will again take over from their 25. 9:10 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS. Bridgewater is sacked at the 24-yard line and Lutz comes back out for the kick. He makes the 42 yarder. Saints 6, Cowboys 39:01 p.m.: The Cowboys’ drive stalls at the 30 and Jones is back out to punt. Harris returns it 23 yards to the New Orleans’ 49. 8:59 p.m.: Dallas will start from its 25 after taking the touchback. 8:58 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, SAINTS. Wil Lutz drills a 40-yard field goal to tie the game up at the start of the second quarter. Cowboys 3, Saints 3First quarter: Cowboys 3, Saints 08:46 p.m.: Deonte Harris returns the kickoff 29 yards to the Saints’ 26-yard line. 8:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Brett Maher connects on the 28-yard field goal to put Dallas on the board. Cowboys 3, Saints 0 8:35 p.m.: Chidobe Awuzie picks off Teddy Bridgewater at the Dallas 46-yard line. CHIDOOOO🙌 @ChidobeAwuzie gets the INT off the deflection! #DALvsNO | #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/ZTtS00aUhI— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 30, 20198:27 p.m.: Dallas gets two first downs, but stalls at New Orleans’ 39-yard line. The punt from Chris Jones starts the Saints at their own 14-yard line. 8:23 p.m.: The Cowboys will start their drive from their own 25.