“This is sending us into a tailspin,” said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “We believe this will adversely affect our county annually to the tune of $200 million. It will contribute to a degradation of public health, and it’s something that we’re going to fight very hard.” The Bush administration has long sought to limit Medicaid payments to public hospitals, but Congress in 2005 beat back legislation that would have imposed caps. This year, however, the administration changed tactics and moved to reduce about $5 billion in spending over the next five years by using a series of regulatory changes. Lawmakers from 42 states that depend heavily on such payments, however – including California, Illinois and New York – have been fighting back hard. “A cutoff of the funds would work a real hardship on those hospitals,” said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who led the fight to preserve the money by inserting a one-year moratorium on the new Medicaid rule in the $124 billion war supplemental. That measure, however, also included a controversial timeline for pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq. Bush this week called a deadline “irresponsible” and vetoed the bill. While new negotiations are in the works, domestic issues like hospital funding have fallen into the background as congressional leaders debate benchmarks and other ways to monitor progress in Iraq. Durbin said Friday he was uncertain whether the hospital protection will stay in. The funding reduction would hit five hospitals in Los Angeles County: Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Yaroslavsky said the reduction would wipe out money Los Angeles County takes in from a 2002 ballot proposal that raised property taxes to generate about $180 million for trauma and emergency services. He also noted the county had not accounted for the possibility of losing the money when it determined its budget for the coming year. “It is money we have not assumed we’re going to lose,” he said. “We would have been foolish to make plans based on the worst-case scenario. We would have had to close hospitals.” At the same time, Yaroslavsky predicted, hospitals will have to shut their doors if Congress can’t protect the funding. “The ripple effect it will have on the private hospitals is quantifiable,” he said. “All the patients will have to go somewhere, and they’ll flood the private hospitals.” firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles County hospitals could become the newest victims in the ongoing battle between Democrats and the Bush administration over the Iraq war. Tucked into the war spending bill that President George W. Bush vetoed this week was a key domestic provision blocking the government from slashing $500 million in annual Medicaid payments to California’s public hospitals. With Congress and the White House now back at the bargaining table, health advocates said they worry hospitals will be overlooked in the high-stakes negotiations over management of the war. If the provision is dropped, it will mean a $200 million annual hit to Los Angeles County that officials said could force some hospitals to shut their emergency-room doors.
It seems Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s baby daughter Misha is all set for her first trip. The doting father, who is on a paternal leave right now, was spotted holding her daughter in a pink blanket at the Mumbai Airport. And he was accompanied by his wife Mira.ALSO READ: Shahid-Mira’s daughter is Misha, meet Bollywood’s newest baby brigade ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are parents to a baby girl! Shahid and Mira, who have been busy with their bundle of joy ever since her birth in August this year, have taken off to an undisclosed location before Shahid resumes work. The Udta Punjab actor would soon begin shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. Clad in black t-shirt and track pants, Shahid held onto his one-month-old daughter at the airport. While Mira sported a casual look. Shahid and Mira became proud parents on August 26. And since then the two have been busy spending most of their time with their daughter.On the work front, Shahid is awaiting the release of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon. The period drama, which also stars Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, will hit the screens in April 2017.(Photos: Viral Bhayani)
Twitter Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk) CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation. When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages Advertisement The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement