Green energy upgrades slow going at Minnesota VA

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Health Care, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

YEARS IN THE MAKING: Renewable energy upgrades including 90 miles of underground geothermal pipes are running more than a year behind schedule at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Photo: VA.

The St. Cloud VA Medical Center also faces an issue with waiting, but much different from the delays that led to a national scandal over treatment at other Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The wait at this central Minnesota facility involves wrapping up some $17 million in renewable energy projects undertaken since 2010 in pursuit of the VA’s alternative energy and efficiency goals.

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As Armstrong heads to NM Legislature, conflict-of-interest questions arise

By   /  August 12, 2014  /  Health Care, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare, State Politics  /  No Comments

CONFLICT OF INTEREST?: Debbie Armstrong runs the day-to-day operations of New Mexico's high-risk insurance pool. She's also about to become a member of the state legislature.

Debbie Armstrong is heading the New Mexico Legislature but her role as manager of the state’s high-risk insurance pool has raised questions.

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Gallup poll: In VA, Obamacare does nothing to help uninsured rate

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Health Care, News, State Government, Virginia  /  No Comments

EXCHANGE RATES: Premium costs for ACA-compliant plans will increase by double-digits next year.

When President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act was introduced in 2009, supporters touted it as a surefire way to reduce the number of uninsured Americans. But, so far in the Old Dominion, that hasn’t held true — at least, not according to a new Gallup poll. Virginia is one of only three states where the percentage of uninsured people has actually crept upwards, rather than dropped, according to the poll.

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Despite Obamacare, NM’s high-risk insurance pool stays afloat

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Health Care, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

State audit finds malpractice fund misstated, or overstated in loss liabilities and underwriting expenses

Since Obamacare is the law of the land, why does the New Mexico high-risk insurance pool still exist?

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Does Gruber selection inspire confidence in VT’s costly single-payer consultants?

By   /  July 31, 2014  /  Health Care, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Gruber: The Obamacare expert now says he was mistaken in 2012 presentation.

As controversy swirls around Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s selection as Vermont’s single-payer guru, Vermonters might wonder if money given to such consultants is well spent.

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