Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:26
Child Advocate from Pakistan says, 'No!'
Anyone who's taken a Caribbean cruise or visited one of the world's less affluent countries has been approached – sometimes even mobbed – by children begging for money. Many are dirty and obviously hungry. Some are disabled and/or disfigured.
It's hard to resist dropping a few coins into their small hands, but Pakistan native and child advocate Zulfiqar Rashid says we must.
"Crime rings around the world traffic in children for use as beggars, and they will starve or maim the children to elicit more sympathy – and money," says Rashid, who writes about a particularly cruel form of this in "The Rat-boys of Karalabad," (www.zulfiqarrashid.com). The title refers to children in Indo Asian countries whose heads are tightly bound when they're very young resulting in stunted brains and terrible disfigurement. The children are then put to work as beggars.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:36
. . . Avoid the 100 Los Angeles County DUI Task Force Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers
This holiday season, Police, Sheriff and CHP will be out in force cracking down on drunk drivers throughout the region with aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement.
From Friday, December 13, 2013, to Wednesday, January 1, 2014, state and local law enforcement will be watching for drunk drivers to help keep roads safe for holiday travelers.
The Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers this holiday season with plans in place for sixty-six DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, 201 local roving DUI Saturation Patrols, several Multi-Agency Strike Teams, 14 DUI Warrant/Probation Sweeps and two DUI Court Sting targeting suspended drivers who were ordered by the judge not to drive.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 12:22
Relatives and Friends Asked to Assist Young Adults with Enrolling in Health Care Coverage Through Covered California
Californians may find something special under the tree this holiday season: the gift of health.
The "Give the Gift of Health" campaign launched today by Covered California™ seeks to empower family members, particularly mothers and grandmothers, in urging young adults to enroll in affordable and quality health coverage through the agency's health insurance marketplace.
The campaign is attracting broad support.
"You can't make the medical decisions for your adult children, but you can help them get affordable health insurance under Covered California," said Claire Lipschultz, state policy advocate for the National Council of Jewish Women-California and a mother of two 20-something sons. "Young adults tend to think that nothing will harm them. Moms know you are healthy until you are not. So, be sure your loved ones are covered."
About 1.8 million Californians between the ages of 18 and 29 are eligible to purchase insurance through the exchange or will likely qualify for no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal.
The campaign includes:
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:49
Join master gardener Yvonne Savio and pick up recycling tips for your own garden.
Then enjoy the video of Huell Howser's visit to Yvonne's garden. Presented as part of the Pasadena Grows: Community Seed Library education series at Hill Avenue Branch Library.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:10
Glucose screenings (with two-hour fasting required), blood pressure and hearing screenings are among the services offered.
For more information call (626) 685-6732.
Date and Time: Friday, December 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Pasadena Senior Center at 85 E. Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91101.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 07:35
Six Out of Ten Uninsured African Americans May Be Eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or Tax Credits in the Health Insurance Marketplace
95 Percent of Uninsured African Americans Might Qualify For Lower Costs on Coverage if All States Expanded Medicaid
According to a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services, six out of ten (4.2 million) uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums. If all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, 95 percent of uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for the Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.
"The health care law is working to address long standing disparities in health care coverage and improve the health of the African American community," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. "Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, 6.8 million uninsured African Americans have new options for affordable health coverage that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs."
Today's report also details uninsurance rates by state and provides several examples of what premiums might look like for African Americans living in major metropolitan areas. One fifth of uninsured African American citizens and permanent residents live the greater Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Detroit metropolitan areas. A 27-year-old in Atlanta with an income of $25,000 can pay as little as $105 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, while a family of four with an income of $50,000 could pay $148 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit.
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