“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.” email@example.com (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.
‘Racht’ is a new TG4 documentary series that examines six tragic murders from quiet and remote parts of Ireland including Donegal and the legacy they have left behind. Broadcasting on Wednesday nights at 10pm, each episode looks at the motivation behind the crimes and the emotional impact on those connected to the deceased.For centuries Irish people have fought over land, quite often in the form of a family feud. Some are even prepared to kill. In West Donegal in 1898, local man Conell Boyle was found murdered in his own home of Annagry. The crime shocked his family and the rural community. The RIC found that no-one would testify and the investigation was difficult. That is until Conell’s son Hugh, who was working in Scotland at the time, returned home for the funeral only to be arrested for the murder of his father.This programme will be broadcast on Wednesday next, October 28th at 10pm.Racht is a produced by Paper Owl Films for TG4 with support from the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.TG4 TO FEATURE FAMOUS WEST DONEGAL MURDER was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AnnagrydonegalRACHTTG4
DES MOINES, Iowa – Longtime Drake University Athletics staff members Brian Brown and Natasha Kaiser-Brown are leaving their positions to pursue professional opportunities at the University of Missouri, the couple announced Thursday, Aug. 4Brian Brown has served as the Franklin ‘Pitch’ Johnson Drake Relays Director for the past 11 years while also fulfilling duties as an associate athletic director and assistant track and field coach. Natasha Kaiser-Brown has been the head coach of the Bulldogs’ track and field programs for the past 15 years.Brian, who received his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri, will assume the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Mizzou Made within the Tigers’ athletics department, while Natasha—a Missouri graduate, former Missouri assistant coach, and one of the most decorated Mizzou student-athletes in history—will serve as the Tigers’ associate head track and field coach.”I want to thank Brian and Natasha for their extraordinary commitment to Drake University for more than a decade. Both have been integral parts of our athletics department’s success since arriving in Des Moines,” said Drake Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb. “Brian’s vision and leadership has helped advance the historic Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to one of the marquee events in the world, while Natasha has led our track and field programs and its student-athletes to great success on and off the track.”During his 11 years as the director, Brian Brown has widened the scope of the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee to include events such as the invitational pole vault at Jordan Creek Town Center and Capital Square and the Grand Blue Mile. Inside Drake Stadium, his vision helped created world-class fields that served as either Olympic or World Championship previews and rematches. This past year, the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee attracted more than 50 athletes that will represent their countries in the upcoming Olympic games.”I am grateful to Drake University and Sandy Hatfield Clubb for trusting me to be a member of her administrative team and to lead such a historic event,” Brian Brown said. “The Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee has been a labor of love, and I’m proud to have played a role in the magnificent history of the Relays. The decision to accept this new opportunity came after much prayer with my family, and I believe it provides a new avenue for me to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”Natasha Kaiser-Brown, a Des Moines native and Olympic silver medalist, has guided the Bulldog track and field program since 2000, and has helped the team set 40 school records while consistently producing Missouri Valley Conference champions and NCAA qualifiers. Under her leadership, the program has blossomed academically as the women’s team recorded the 12th highest grade point average in the nation in 2015 while both the men’s and women’s teams have been named U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associates All-Academic teams each of the last five years. Kaiser-Brown came to Drake from Missouri after seven years as an assistant coach at her alma mater.”It is very difficult to leave a place after so many wonderful years,” Natasha Kaiser-Brown said. “I cannot thank the administration, staff, and faculty enough for all that they have done to support, shape, educate, and challenge me. I will forever be appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of the Drake family and will greatly miss working alongside my colleagues and the amazing and talented men and women of the cross country and track and field programs.” Drake will begin immediate national searches to fill both positions.”It is a testimony to how special Brian and Natasha are as people that Missouri would shape positions specifically to attract the couple. Each of them in their own right has left big shoes to fill. However, both have advanced the University in ways that make it possible to attract world class talent to lead Drake into our next level of success,” Hatfield Clubb added. “We wish both of them and their family the absolute best as they begin this next chapter of their life.”Print Friendly Version