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Ensuring Coverage for the Most Vulnerable

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) March 16, 2008

A majority of children in the child welfare system maintain stable health coverage, finds a first-of-its-kind study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Ramesh Raghavan, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of social work and psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis and lead author of the study, says that these findings are “a testament to the success of policies directed at securing stable insurance coverage for children.

“Given this vulnerable population’s dependence on Medicaid, protection of existing entitlements to Medicaid is essential to preserve their stable insurance coverage,” he says.

Raghavan says that this type of study is important because it helps measure the effectiveness of current Medicaid policy.

He notes that although the stability of health insurance coverage over time was encouraging, “this dependence on Medicaid may be perilous for children in the welfare system.”

Raghavan cites a number of challenges in maintaining Medicaid coverage for child welfare populations:

-In fiscal year 2007, child health insurance programs faced a cumulative shortfall of $ 800 million across 17 states.

-Medicaid’s new premium and cost sharing requirements

“Children receiving child welfare services may need to pay for non-preferred drugs and emergency department use,” Raghavan says. “It’s also unclear who will pay for health care when kids are removed from homes and placed into foster care.”

-Potential changes to Medicaid-reimbursable case management

“These changes, if enacted, may reduce the flexibility and array of services needed to comprehensively serve these kids,” he says.

Raghavan and colleagues conducted this study using data from four waves of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being to examine coverage among 2,501 youths in the child welfare system.

He led a team of researchers from Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego; University of California at San Diego; San Diego State University; and Tufts University-New England Medical Center, Boston, MA. The HHS/Administration for Children and Families funded their study.

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis aims to create positive social change through its path-breaking research and educational excellence. The Brown School’s international community of faculty, students, and graduates works throughout St. Louis, across the country, and worldwide to apply new knowledge and use the best available evidence to impact policy, practice, and service delivery. The Brown School, which offers a doctoral degree, a master of social work degree a doctoral degree, as well as seven dual-degree programs, is home to five research centers:

The Center for Latino Family Research
The Center for Mental Health Services Research
The Center for Social Development
The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies
The Martha N. Ozawa Center for Social Policy Studies
For more information call 314-935-6676 or visit gwbweb.wustl.edu.


The Areas Most Fragile Babies Have a New Home

Washington, DC (Vocus) May 19, 2009

Twenty-eight fragile newborns have a new home at Childrens National Medical Center. The 54-bed, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) opened Sunday, May 17, when the babies were transported from the existing NICU. At 35,000 square feet, the new NICU is approximately four times larger than the old unit.

This is a dream come true for our staff, patients, and families, said Billie L. Short, MD, Chief of Neonatology at Childrens National. This NICU was designed with input from our families, nurses, and medical care team members, and we couldnt be more proud of this unit.

The 54-bed NICU at Childrens National is the only Level IIIC NICU in the region, the highest distinction available by the American Academy of Pediatrics. That ranking is conferred on NICUs that, among other cutting edge services, offer ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation or heart/lung bypass).

Other features of the new NICU include:


CBM 6 Months on – Disabled Children Most Vulnerable in Haiti

(PRWeb UK) July 12, 2010

CBM says that children with disability are particularly vulnerable in emergency situations and require focused protection measures. Access to non formal education and child centered spaces is particularly critical for children with disability and children who are injured, as they are likely to be left out of relief efforts. Children with and without disability have gone through a highly traumatic experience and are at risk in developing psychological trauma.

When the earthquake struck Port Au Prince, CBM immediately mobilised to provide support to children and adults with disabilities through its partners on the ground in Haiti through the establishment of a country coordinating office for emergency relief and through coordination with other national and international organisations and bodies focused on emergency response, vulnerable populations and disability.

CBM, with the help of other international supporters, set out to establish 10 Child Day Care Centres (CDCCs) to address the needs of children – especially children with disabilities – in post quake Port Au Prince. The children in these day care centres have access to a safe place, non formal education, play, therapy and follow-up care based on individual needs, and are referred as appropriate for more complex medical needs. While access to therapy and assistive devices for children with physical disabilities is clearly needed, other needs are often less visible but equally important. For example, children with epilepsy need access to medication. Supply of medication was affected by the extensive infrastructure damage caused by the earthquake.

Staff from CBMs partner the Center for Special Education (CES) work in these centers and oversee the day to day monitoring and management of the centers. CBMs country coordinating office provides technical and logistic support as appropriate.

Parents report that their children had missed the interaction with the other children in the weeks following the earthquake and being able to attend the CDCCs is bringing a sense of normalcy and happiness back to their lives. Parents appreciate the fact that there is a safe, supportive and loving environment for their children.

CBMs advisers in the areas of mental health and physical disabilities conducted support visits and prepared recommendations for next steps. These recommendations take into account best practice in the field, local staff input and key stakeholder input.

CBM, the overseas disability charity, believe it is vital for disabled people to have the same opportunities as non disabled people. CBM acts upon the needs and rights of people with disabilities and supports the provision of more than 800 projects in more than 90 countries. It is estimated that CBM reaches out to 23 million people worldwide across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and South America.

Wherever possible, it is CBMs aim to provide these services within their communities and therefore Community-Based Rehabilitation programmes are provided where possible to leave communities with a legacy of skills.

Our focus is on the prevention and treatment of diseases wherever possible, and on education and rehabilitation so that people with disability can be included into their society as equals and lead a largely independent life.

CBM always works in partnership with national and local organisations and provides an important advocacy link for people who have a sensory or physical disability, to their respective governments.

CBM helps children reach their full potential

CBM has been at the frontline, supporting, protecting and encouraging children with disabilities since it began in 1908. This was when Ernst Jacob Christoffel (1876-1955), opened the first home for people who were blind, hearing impaired and those with physical disabilities in Malatya, Turkey.

In 1996 CBM UK was established. For more info visit: http://www.cbmuk.org.uk or

About CBM

CBM works with over 700 partners in over 90 countries and reaches out to more than 23 million people each year. CBM is recognised by the World Health Organisation and supports over 800 projects.

CBM, the overseas disability charity, works to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the worlds poorest communities. Our goal is to empower people to change their own lives. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional expertise and experience, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all. CBM helps people regardless of their religious beliefs.

For further information please contact:

CBM Tel: 01223 484700 Viv Ayas (mobile: 07986 606025) or Gill Godber (mobile: 0771 511 3017)

CBM Information For Editors

What We Do

CBM acts upon the needs and rights of people with disabilities and supports the provision of more than 800 projects in over 90 countries. It is estimated that CBM reaches out each year to over 23 million people worldwide across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America.

Wherever possible, it is the aim to establish access to these services within the communities and to empower communities to change their own lives.

Cause & Prevention

Our focus is on the prevention and treatment of diseases wherever possible, and on education and rehabilitation so that people with disability can be included into their society as equals and lead a largely independent life.

CBM always works in partnership with national and local organisations and provides an important advocacy link between the blind, deaf and physically disabled and their respective governments. http://www.cbmuk.org.uk

Children with physical disabilities

CBM focuses on activities which prevent and treat diseases that can lead to disability in children. Also, as a result of negative attitudes, prejudices and stigma held about disability, children with disabilities in low-income countries are often marginalised and cannot access education and healthcare services. This can result in exclusion from future employment.

Henley-Putnam Goes Behind Warzone Lines with MS-13: America’s Most Dangerous Gang

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) December 6, 2010

Henley-Putnam Universitys next free webinar takes an in-depth look at perhaps the most violent and far-reaching gang currently operating on United States soil when it unveils the secrets of MS-13: Americas Most Dangerous Gang https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/697032307.

On December 16th, 2010 at 1:00 PM, EDT, Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University, will lead the webinar, which will detail information on the gangs origins, operating locations, organizational structure, gang identification methods, and more.

MS-13 is comprised largely of El Salvadoran immigrants who surfaced in the late 80s among the California prison gang culture. Though its primary members are former Salvatrucha guerrillas who fought in El Salvadors civil war in the late 70s to early 90s, its membership and reach across the country have gradually increased over the years.

Though MS-13 has its original roots in California, it now plagues numerous major U.S. cities, said Col. Angley. MS-13 gang members have no fear of law enforcement, and many within the intelligence community believe the gang may be involved in smuggling terrorists or sympathizers into the United States. Knowledge of the gang and their methodology is the first step towards curtailing their illegal activities.

MS-13: Americas Most Dangerous Gang https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/697032307 takes place on December 16th, 2010 at 1:00 PM, EDT. Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/697032307. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The Henley-Putnam webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnams website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm. Past webinars are archived on the universitys site and accessible at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/697032307.

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. In addition, the Universitys mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. Through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam Universitys Strategic Security certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.


Mike Angley is the Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. He is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, held five command assignments in his career, and when he retired in 2007 was one of OSIs senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Mike Angley is also the multi-award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.mikeangley.com) a thriller series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.


Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising@Henley-Putnam.edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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Matrix Direct Releases Infographic on America’s Most Deadly Jobs

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2012

Matrix Direct, a nationwide leader in direct-to-consumer term life insurance products, today released a new infographic showing which jobs put American workers at the greatest risk of dying.

The informative and innovative infographic can be seen by visiting http://www.matrixdirect.com/about-us/insurance-education/is-your-job-killing-you. By sharing the infographic on Social Media or blogs, consumers can help Matrix Direct spread the word about Americas most dangerous jobs.

The new infographic illustrates that work-related accidents and mishaps are a leading cause of death in the United States every year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,547 Americans died on the job in 2010. Thats 23% less than 2000, when 5,915 people died at work, but still an alarming number of work-related deaths.

The statistics also mean that in 2010, about 3.5 workers died for every 100,000 people who are employed in the United States. While the odds of dying on the job are not as great as being killed in a car accident or in other more common causes of death, work-related deaths still claim thousands of Americans every year.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

According to the U.S. government statistics, the most dangerous jobs in 2010 were (listed in descending order, with the most dangerous on top):



Airline Pilot


Mining Machine Operator


Sanitation Worker

Truck Driver/Deliveryman

Industrial Machine Repairman

Police Officer

Help Protect a Financial Future

People who work in one of the top 10 most dangerous jobs or in other professions that are equally as dangerous do have options. And it doesnt have to mean getting a new and safer job, either.

Purchasing a term life insurance policy can be a great way to help financially provide for a spouse, child, or other loved ones long after a policyholder dies in a work-related accident. For less money than most people spend on coffee or cable television each month, workers can help protect their familys financial future with affordable and reliable term life insurance.

In some cases, workers in dangerous professions may be excluded from buying term life insurance, due to the higher-than-normal risks of death associated with their work. For those workers, an Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance policy might provide some type of financial protection against serious injury or death in on-the-job accidents.

About Matrix Direct

Matrix Direct, Inc. is one of the countrys leading life insurance agencies. Over five million Americans have contacted Matrix Direct for the best term life insurance quotes. Matrix Direct, Inc. is a subsidiary of American General Life Insurance Company, Houston, TX and an affiliate of The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York, NY, NY. Agency services provided by Matrix Direct Insurance Services in CA (#0B57619), ME, MA, and OK; Matrix Direct Insurance Agency, Inc. in UT; and Matrix Direct, Inc. in AR(#246412) and all other states, except SD.


1: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


What Does the Fiscal Cliff Mean to Most Americans? Podraza CPA Deciphers the Real Meaning of the Fiscal Cliff

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) December 21, 2012

Tax expert Benjamin Podraza, a Certified Public Accountant and the principal of Podraza CPA, PLLC demystifies the Fiscal Cliff, a one-year $ 494 billion tax increase that could financially impact millions of Americans. With all the rhetoric surrounding the issue, this summary provides a concise overview of the debate:

Because politicians cannot agree on how to deal with the debt ceiling and spending cuts, its uncertain which tax benefits will be extended and which will expire many are scheduled to end in 2013.

Income tax rate increases are scheduled for all taxpayers the 10, 15, 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent brackets will move to 15, 28, 31, 36 and 39.6 percent brackets.

A $ 132 billion Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) inflation adjustment is on the table. According to the Tax Policy Center, if Congress fails to inflation adjust the AMT, 27 million Americans will be subject to an average increase of $ 4,200 in their federal tax liability.

Even if President Obama abandons his campaign to increase income tax rates on the rich, taxpayers making more than $ 250,000 (married filing joint), or $ 200,000 (single), will unquestionably be paying more in taxes. Obamacares 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on net investment income and the additional .9 percent Medicare tax on higher income individuals have already been universally accepted.

While it is widely expected that both the AMT patch and middle class tax rate reductions will pass, the payroll tax holiday which reduces the employees portion of the payroll tax by 2 percent is also going to expire, so its quite likely that everyone will have a smaller paycheck come January.
Capital gains rates will be increasing to 10 and 20 percent and dividends will be taxed at ordinary income tax rates.

The lifetime exemption for gift and estate taxes will be lowered from $ 5.12 million to $ 1 million and top estate tax rates will increase from 35 percent to 55 percent.

In Congress fails to act, many deductions and tax credits will also be reduced or cancelled in their entirety in 2013. These include education deductions / credits, the child tax credit, medical expense deductions, qualified mortgage insurance premiums, state and local sales taxes and energy credits.

There is really no way to know what Washington will accomplish in the coming weeks and fear about the upcoming tax increases is paralyzing business and investment. Many republicans are set against any tax increase, while President Obama insists that any deal has to include tax increases for the wealthy.

The best strategy to minimize your tax bill for 2013 is to continue to exhibit behaviors that have been consistently encouraged through legislation, says Podraza. Incentives for getting married, having children, pursuing higher education, contributing to charity, maintaining employment and opening a business are likely to receive support regardless of who is calling the shots in Washington. Working with a competent tax professional can help keep you abreast of the changes and make sure you take advantage of incentives that are available to you.

To speak with Ben Podraza in more depth about the Fiscal Cliff or to schedule an interview, please contact Mary Garrett at 602-432-2010 or mary(at)mgpublicrelations(dot)com.


Podraza CPA is a Scottsdale, AZ based CPA firm. It offers a wide range of services designed to help its clients reach their long-term financial goals. In addition to preparing personal and business tax returns, they also offer numerous services geared to help individuals and business owners. Individual services include income tax return preparation, tax representation, and estate planning. Business services include tax planning, preparation and representation, development of accounting policies and internal control systems, financial modeling and forecasting, business valuations, loan packaging, as well as, general bookkeeping and payroll services. For more information, contact Podraza CPA at 480-998-3945 or visit their website at http://www.podrazacpa.com.

Spectrum Business Solutions, LLC Has Added Sex Offender Searches to Its List of Services, thus Protecting America’s Most Precious Commodity – Its Children

Cathedral City, CA (PRWEB) March 29, 2013

America is a different place than it was when Ozzie & Harriet, Howdy Doody, and Mickey Mouse were on television. Today’s children are bombarded with violence, sexuality, and mayhem every day via television, music, the Internet, and on the Nightly News. Parents must be even more vigilant to protect their precious ones from such negative influences. But that’s only through methods they can control.

John DiViggiano, President of Spectrum Business Solutions, LLC offers this sage advice to parents, “You must demand that schools, businesses, volunteer organizations, and youth clubs thoroughly background check their employees for past sexual offenses; only then can you be assured that your children are protected from predators while away from your watchful eye”.

Spectrum Business Solutions has made sex offenses a standard part of it’s “InstaCriminal”(tm) background check package, which searches tens of millions of databases throughout the Country for registered sex offenders, and others who have sex offenses attached to their court records.

Mr. DiViggiano adds, “Any number of businesses come in contact with your children on a daily basis, for example, fast food restaurants, hobby shops, scouting troops, after school programs, convenience stores….. the list goes on and on, so it is clear to see how important thorough background screenings for sex offenses has become”. If you are a business owner, and you employ people or volunteers to deal with children on a daily basis, you must protect the child and yourself from sexual predators. Liability for not thoroughly background checking an employee who commits a crime against a child can be astronomical. Not to mention the emotional and physical damage to the child and the family.

Criminal sexual offense record searches are now an integral part of all Spectrum Business Solutions, LLC’s search packages, also known as the “Defender Series(tm) product, which can be custom-tailored to any industry. As John DiViggiano states, “Any business who uses Spectrum to vet their employees, are assured that criminal sexual offense searches will be automatically applied to each applicant, regardless of the industry, or depth of the search selected. It will always remain an important and basic part of any Spectrum search package”. That is one of the many reasons why concerned parents should ask those who have contact with their children if they use Spectrum Business Solutions, LLC to screen their employees.

Spectrum Business Solutions, LLC is based in Cathedral City, CA (Palm Springs), and serves businesses and volunteer organizations nationwide, with a unique online portal that puts useful information at your fingertips. Established accounts can do searches 24/7/365 with the click of a mouse. Now, sex offense records are part of its suite of business loss prevention services.