Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for Vermont

first_imgGovernor Douglas Announces New Rx Drug Pool for VermontMontpelier — Governor Jim Douglas has announced he will propose aprogram to help Vermont’s employers’ pool their purchasing power tonegotiate lower prescription drug prices for their employees.”This new pooling program will allow participating employers to affordprescription drug benefits for their employees by taking advantage of bulkpurchasing discounts,” the Governor said.Governor Douglas said this effort is modeled on the multi-state purchasingpool he formed with Michigan in 2003, the nation’s first successfulmulti-state buying pool for Medicaid drugs. This pool saved Vermont $2million in the last fiscal year and is expected to save $ 3 million thisyear.”This is exactly the kind of innovative thinking Vermont needs,” Douglassaid. “Just as we have done with the Multi-State Pool, this in-state poolis a creative way to enhance leverage with the nation’s largepharmaceutical companies, and use real pressure to drive down costs.”The formula for buying pools is simple; as participation in the pool growsso too does the savings. “I’m very excited about the potential of this new program. It is a goodway to put pressure on the drug industry and help drive down prescriptiondrug costs for employees,” Governor Douglas said.”This new bulk buying pool is a market-based solution to the increasingcost of pharmaceuticals, and as more states see that this is an effortthat works, just has it has in the multi-state pool, drug costs willdecline further.Governor Douglas stressed that pooling programs demonstrate that solutionsto the increasing cost of pharmaceuticals are not artificial price orgovernment-run health care. “These pooling programs prove that usingpurchasing power to lower costs can work, and there is no need forgovernment-run health care that empowers politicians rather thanpatients,” he said.Governor Douglas also reiterated his proposals to require health careplans to disclose drug prices to doctors and patients and offer valueprice alternatives for generic drugs.COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORMThe Governor’s plan to help companies to pool together to negotiate forlower drug prices comes one week after Douglas presented his secondcomprehensive plan-A Prescription for a Healthy Vermont-for makingquality, affordable health care available to every Vermonter.By including the Fit and Healthy Kids and Chronic Care initiatives,long-term care reforms, a healthy aging initiative, prescription drugprice reduction efforts, and commitments to reducing substance abuse andencouraging healthy choices, Douglas has made comprehensive and long-termreform of Vermont’s health care delivery system and improving the overallhealth of Vermonters a central component of his plan to reduce health carecosts.”We need to do more than just change who pays the bill. If costs continueto increase at the current rate, it won’t matter what pocket the moneycomes from because they’ll all be empty,” the Governor has said. “That iswhy I have offered true reforms that tackle the root causes of risinghealth care costs, opens our system up to low cost options, encourageshealthy decisions and preventative care, and attacks health concerns attheir inception before they develop into more serious and costlyailments.”Douglas says Vermont needs to maintain a patient-centered system thatoffers more individual choice and keeps health care decisions in the handsof patients and doctors, not government bureaucrats.To lower the cost of health insurance, Governor Douglas proposed a planthat would immediately reduce premiums by 15 percent for every Vermonterwith an individual insurance plan; offer low and middle income Vermontersa premium discount of up to 60 percent; reduce, by up to 50 percent, thecost for a small business to start providing insurance to employees; anddecrease the number of uninsured Vermonters by 20 percent in the firstyear alone.”But we won’t stop there,” Douglas stressed. “I will work every year tomake progress toward our goal of affordable and accessible health care foreveryone.”last_img read more


Alleged Guatemalan narco-trafficker Byron Linares Cordón extradited to U.S.

first_img Cooperation between Guatemalan and U.S. authorities is proving to be an effective tactic in the fight against international drug trafficking. For the third time since March, Guatemala has extradited a drug trafficking suspect to the United States: Byron Linares Cordón, who was delivered into U.S. custody September 23. There, federal prosecutors in the District of Colombia have charged Linares Cordón with trafficking massive amounts of cocaine into the United States. And federal prosecutors in Florida have charged him with conspiracy to import drugs into the country. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency places him as second in command under Otto Herrera García – another narco-trafficker who, in 2008, was extradited from Guatemala to the U.S.. In the spring, prior to Linares Cordón’s departure from Guatemala, the country extradited two other alleged major drug traffickers to the United States: Juan Alberto Ortíz-López – also known as “Chamale” and “Juanito” – and Waldemar Lorenzana Lima. Lorenzana Lima, also known as “The Patriarch,” was captured in April 2011 by Public Ministry anti-narcotics agents and National Civil Police (PNC) agents. The arrest came after an extradition request from the United States. The Patriarch filed multiple motions to avoid delivery to the U.S., but a Guatemalan appeals court denied the last in July 2013. The Patriarch conspired with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization, to traffic large amounts of drugs. He pleaded guilty in the U.S. to conspiring cocaine to the United States. No sentencing date has been sent. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said after The Patriarch’ guilty plea. Meanwhile, two of The Patriarch’s children – also alleged members of his drug trafficking organization – have been captured by Guatemalan security forces and are awaiting extradition to the U.S. A third remains at large. The other suspect recently extradited to the U.S., Chamale, faces a possible sentence of life in prison if he is convicted of drug trafficking charges in Florida. Guatemalan soldiers and police captured Chamale at his home in the city of Quetzaltenango on March 30, 2011. At the time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alleged that Chamale led one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in Guatemala. His organization allegedly transported multi-ton shipments of cocaine from Guatemala through Mexico and into the U.S., according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Chamale with “conspiring with other persons, to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine” as well as “knowing and intending that such substance would be unlawfully imported into the United States,” according to an FBI press release. The best of the best it is already signed By Dialogo September 26, 2014last_img read more


Football Association of Indonesia announce 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup venues

first_imgJakarta: The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has officially picked six out of the 10 potential sports stadiums on the shortlist for the forthcoming 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup to be staged in the country, an official has said. The six stadiums are located on the main Java Island, Sumatra Island and Bali Island. IANSAlso Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemiclast_img


Graduate students to have own lounge

first_imgWhen the Ronald Tutor Campus Center opens its doors in August, graduate students will finally have their own place to go — a new 3,000-square foot lounge that the Graduate and Professional Student Senate has decided to purchase.GPSS voted earlier this week to spend $200,000 over the course of the next five years to name a lounge on the fourth floor of the new campus center. Though there was debate about whether the cost was worth it, the decision ultimately passed with a slim majority.GPSS President Johannes Schmitt said he started exploring the possibility of purchasing the lounge with USC Student Affairs last semester.He said he went in wanting to find some place for graduate students in the new building and was surprised by the administration’s swift response in offering them a space to call their own.For five yearly payments of $40,000, the GPSS obtains naming rights for the lounge, allowing GPSS to name the space “The Graduate Student Lounge” and dedicate it to all graduate and professional students at USC.Schmitt said he hopes naming the lounge will encourage graduate students to use it as a common space.“There’s this problem of visibility of graduate students,” Schmitt said. “Every graduate program individually has a lounge within their department, but we want to encourage [graduate students] to come out of their comfort zone.”Schmitt presented his proposal to the Senate on Monday night. Patrick Bailey, executive director of Student Life and Involvement, also spoke to the Senate, discussing a recent survey that revealed most USC graduate students sit in their cars between classes.“Graduates at large have nothing specifically to themselves,” said Abhinav Chandran, public relations chair for GPSS. “Undergraduates have places to go. I know people who just do their work in Leavey, spend time in Leavey — having a place specifically for us, we’ve never had that before.”Deborshi Saha, a graduate student studying computer science, said the lounge will be particularly useful for international students.“I think a lounge would help international students meet local students,” Saha said. “Most graduate students I know go to the library or Burger King or the UV between classes.”Some graduate students, however, think spending money to name the lounge was not a smart investment.“Personally, I think we shouldn’t waste money [on naming the lounge],” GPSS Senator Sean Taitt, a first-year graduate student with the USC School of Social Work, said.Taitt was one of several students to speak out against the proposal during the meeting.“It’s another forum for networking, but it’s going to cost future graduate students more to pay for the building,” he said. “It takes away from others later on.”One student senate member called out, “If it’s called the Barack Obama lounge, can I still use it? I don’t get why we need to name it.”But Schmitt believes the name will encourage graduate students to “linger on and be there” and might help “foster a more prominent, unified graduate student community” on the campus.Additional criticism of the proposal addressed the fact that the lounge will not actually be for the exclusive use of graduate students; as a common space in the campus center, it will be open to all students. Schmitt pointed out the potential benefits of the situation.“Undergraduates should know there’s a place on the fourth floor they can go to ask questions or meet graduate students,” he said.Schmitt said, though it seems like a lot of money, some students may not understand how large this year’s GPSS budget is.In fall 2009, the graduate programming fee — which enables graduate students to attend and benefit from GPSS programs — was expanded to include all students taking less than six units. This expansion has generated approximately $200,000 in additional funds available to GPSS this year. Of this, 80 percent must go toward the GPSS travel grant fund. GPSS plans to make the payments for the lounge from left-over money in this fund.Schmitt said he thinks this is an important step for graduate students.“Undergraduates have so many opportunities to be a part of that Trojan experience,” Schmitt said. “I don’t think that Trojan experience exists for graduate students as much. Most graduate students, I think, would be interested in having more going on at the graduate community level, and I think The Graduate Student Lounge may help with that.”last_img read more


Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about N.C. State matchup

first_img Published on February 1, 2017 at 7:03 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) travels to Raleigh to take on North Carolina State (14-8, 3-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Orange is 5-2 against conference opponents outside the Top 25 but has yet to win a game outside of the Carrier Dome this season.Here are answers to your most pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-N.C. State will air on ESPN2. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 301 and 25 for non-digital subscribers• Verizon Fios: 574 (high-definition) and 74 (standard-definition)• DirecTV: 209• Dish Network: 144• New Visions: 760 (high-definition) and 74 (standard-definition)How can Tyler Lydon contribute without scoring? In nearly every other facet of the game. He can still be Syracuse’s best player even when he doesn’t fill up the scoring column.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow has Andrew White improved throughout this season? His defense has gotten a lot better recently.What did Jim Boeheim and Mark Gottfried say before the matchup? Take a look at recaps of the two coaches’ appearances on the ACC teleconference. (Boeheim, Gottfried)What do our beat writers think will happen? Check out their picks, here.Anything else to know about the Wolfpack? Here’s a preview of N.C. State. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more