Sanders seeks support for Vermont State Hospital

first_imgUS 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, 2009last_img read more


Open competition for the award of public recognitions of the Zagreb County

first_imgZagreb County will once again award public recognitions to individuals and legal entities, institutions, associations responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of Zagreb County and its promotion in the country and the world. The competition for the award of public recognitions is open until May 31, 2019. You can see more information about the competition and the application form HERE. The proposal for the awarding of public recognitions of the Zagreb County may be submitted by members of the County Assembly, working bodies, the Zagreb County Prefect, citizens, citizens’ associations, companies, religious communities, cultural, sports and other institutions. Source / photo: Zagrebačka županijacenter_img Potential candidates can be individuals or legal entities who, through their continuous and extremely important scientific, professional, artistic, pedagogical or other public work, have made a lasting contribution and achieved exceptional results in improving the situation and development of certain activities and its international promotion. Also, the future winner of the public award should enjoy the reputation of exemplary employees and experts in his environment. One of the criteria is the achieved result in the overall economic or social development of Zagreb County. The proposal for awarding public recognitions must contain the CV of the proposed candidate for awarding public recognition, the exact name of the company, institution, association or other legal entity proposed for awarding public recognitions with a thorough explanation of the reasons, appropriate documentation and information about the applicant.last_img read more


Gov. Wolf Continues Effort to Secure Critical Infrastructure Funding

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Restore Pennsylvania Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf continued to work to secure critical infrastructure funding for Pennsylvania’s communities. He was joined by state and local leaders on a tour of blighted properties in Millersburg to highlight how Restore Pennsylvania will aid in the area and revitalize communities. The massive rebuilding plan funded through a commonsense severance tax will help commonwealth communities address blight, expand broadband access, mitigate the effects of localized flooding, and expand green infrastructure.“I have yet to visit a community that would not benefit greatly from the Restore Pennsylvania proposal,” said Governor Wolf. “That is why this proposal makes sense and municipal leaders across the commonwealth are publicly endorsing this critical infrastructure improvement plan.”Restore Pennsylvania will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.Last week, Millersburg Borough passed a resolution publicly endorsing Restore Pennsylvania.“Millersburg Borough Council applauds Governor Wolf’s efforts to assist local municipalities across Pennsylvania with grant funding targeted at reinvigorating our communities,” said Christopher Dietz, President, Millersburg Borough Council. “The steadfast will and grit of our local leaders can move mountains, but without adequate funding, even the best laid plans remain dormant on the drawing board. Restore Pennsylvania will provide much needed funding that will help our community projects leap off the page and into reality!”Later today, the governor will join city and county officials on a tour of blighted properties in Shamokin and discuss how Restore Pennsylvania will assist Northumberland County in its attack on blighted and vacant buildings.“Blighted properties throughout our communities are threatening the health and safety of our residents and decreases the property values of our neighborhoods,” said Edward Christiano, Executive Director, Housing Authority of Northumberland County. Blight remediation has become a critical topic throughout Pennsylvania. With the aid of our local elected legislators and the governor’s administration we have found some financial resources to stop the bleed, but more funding is needed to truly improve our infrastructure.”View the full Restore Pennsylvania plan. April 03, 2019center_img Gov. Wolf Continues Effort to Secure Critical Infrastructure Fundinglast_img read more