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Call for social enterprise applications to Dormant Accounts Fund

By on June 16, 2021

first_img Tagged with: dormant accounts Funding Ireland social enterprise  200 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Call for social enterprise applications to Dormant Accounts Fund Howard Lake | 8 February 2017 | News Pobal, on behalf of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, is inviting applications for funding for social enterprises under the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF).The aim of this funding is to support social enterprises that provide services to, or employment opportunities for, disadvantaged people, particularly in rural areas.The maximum grant available for capital costs is €75,000 and the minimum grant is €20,000. The maximum grant available for capacity building supports is €7,500 and the minimum grant is €1,000. All applicants must provide co-funding of at least 20% of the total cost of the project.Pobal says applications will be particularly welcome from organisations that have not previously received funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund, have begun operations during the past five years or could commence a new project in the next 12 months with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday 15th March 2017, with successful applicants notified in June.Two pre-application support meetings will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore on Wednesday 22nd February 2017.  The meetings will involve a presentation and questions and answers session relating to the measure. The first support meeting will take place from 10am-12.30pm and the second support session will take place from 2pm-4.30pm.  Those who wish to attend either support meeting are required to register on the Pobal site.DAF is a scheme for the disbursement of unclaimed funds from accounts in credit institutions in Ireland.  About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Advertisement  199 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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City on Target to Start Sending Rebate Checks to Electric Customers

By on June 12, 2021

first_imgCommunity News City on Target to Start Sending Rebate Checks to Electric Customers By KEVIN KENNEY, Senior Reporter Published on Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 12:25 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment The city on Thursday confirmed that modest rebate checks to electric customers will start going out in the next week or so and reach all eligible recipients within four to five weeks – the result of a plan passed by the City Council earlier this week to help boost the reeling local economy during the coronavirus crisis.The rebates apply to both residential and commercial electric customers of Pasadena Water and Power.“Checks will start to go out in as early as two weeks (from this past Monday, when the council approved the action),” said city spokesperson Lisa Derderian. “We expect to get them all issued within four to five weeks.’’In a news release Thursday, City Manager Steve Mermell said, “These efforts are some of the many ways in which the city is working to minimize the financial burden to the Pasadena community during the novel coronavirus outbreak.“Providing direct rebates will be the fastest way to ensure that every electric customer receives some financial relief.’’The council on Monday unanimously approved the plan, which will provide PWP’s estimated 67,500 electric customers, plus eligible former customers, with a total of $11.4 million in rebates, along with another $2 million in suspended utility fees for six months.The rebate money will come from the city’s “underground surtax” fund, which is made up of fees that customers are charged to support the construction of underground utility lines.Under the plan, customers will receive rebates equal to their last 24 months of surtax-fee payments, or about $11.4 million in total.Additionally, the underground-surtax fees – roughly 4 percent of a typical electric bill — have been suspended for six months, keeping an estimated $2 million in the pockets of customers.The rebate checks would range from about $103 for a typical residential electric user to about $3,200 for a medium-size restaurant to about $29,000 for heavy-usage customers such as hotels, according to city estimates.Current PWP customers will not need to apply for the rebates – they will come automatically over the coming weeks, the city said.Former customers from within the last two years who no longer have a PWP account “will receive information on how to apply for their refund if their new address is known,’’ the city said in a statement.According to Mermell, the underground surtax fund was identified as a source of financial relief to residents because its balance “is well in excess of what our identified project needs are.’’“This is largely due to various constraints impacting the number of projects that can be undertaken at any one time,’’ according to a city staff report.Mermell said the money taken from the surtax fund is better used for immediate needs rather than sitting idle, awaiting future projects.He also said that Pasadena, with its own utility, is in a unique position among area cities to provide such rebates because the city has its own utility.The council had previously suspended shutoffs and late fees for delinquent PWP payments, among other economic relief efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.The council has also passed a residential and commercial renter-eviction moratorium; suspended penalties and fees for late payment on garbage pickup; and modified various parking and impound rules.Information on additional benefits for low-income PWP customers and people who rely on medical devices is available at www.PWPweb.com/COVID19. 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Dolan’s Summer Party: The sound of the underground

By on June 4, 2021

first_imgTwitter Email Facebook Linkedin Previous article€1.2 paid out to Limerick prisonersNext articleGuide dog owner to complete Mini Marathon Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. NewsDolan’s Summer Party: The sound of the undergroundBy Eric Fitzgerald – August 22, 2014 630 center_img Advertisement WhatsApp THIS weekend’s Summer Party at Dolan’s boasts an exciting lineup. In association with Seoda Shows the gig features God Knows and mynameisjOhn, R.S.A.G, Moscow Metro, Elaine Mai, The Vincents, New Secret Weapon, Jet Setter, Slow Riot, Elastic Sleep and choosing the platters that matter, Lenny DJ Set, Steve Windings DJ Set and Tom Fitz (Termight Klub) DJ Set.RSAG (Rarely Seen Above Ground) is Kilkenny based multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Hickey. Jeremy records, performs and produces all the material in his home studio. His live shows are an audio visual treat. From behind his drum kit Hickey controls a bank of instruments, samples and is backed by a virtual band projected onto a big screen. While the feat of being able to perform this show with dexterity is fascinating enough to be worth checking out, RSAG also has the songs and chops as witnessed on 2013’s ‘Rotate EP’. His debut album ‘Organic Sampler’ received a Choice Music Prize nomination for the Irish Album of the Year 2008 and the long promised third album is now progressing along as Jeremy revealed a few weeks ago, “The hard part is over, songs for the album have been selected. Now to record the drums…. it’s gonna get LOUD!!!”RSAG plays the Dolan’s Summer Party this weekend and Electric Picnic on August 31.Limerick’s Moscow Metro had a successful summer touring in Germany. The band has already raised their profile nationally having played festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul and Liss Ard in Cork. In Germany the band performed at Karrera Klub, Berlin, a sold out show in Stuttgart and joined The National and Warpaint at The Maifeld Derby Festival in Mannheim among others.Their EP Spirit of the City was recorded between Grove Studios, Exchequer studios and Grouse Lodge and co-produced by the band, Owen Geaney and Rob Kirwin who has worked with Glasvegas and The Horrors.The band taped their official debut TV performance for Clár Imeall on TG4. The performance will be aired in October.Tickets for Dolan’s Summer Party are just a fiver. It will take place over four venues: The Warehouse, Dolan’s Upstairs, The Terrace and the Kasbah Social Club featuring God Knows and mynameisjOhn, R.S.A.G, Moscow Metro, Elaine Mai and many more. It happens this Saturday August 23. Printlast_img read more

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#WATCH 96 first years begin the Thomond College story in Limerick

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first_img TAGSlimerickThomond College RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter NewsEducationLocal News#WATCH 96 first years begin the Thomond College story in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – September 5, 2016 1952 Linkedin Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img WhatsApp Jaylynn Roche with her mum Leeanne from Annacotty pictured as Thomond Community College officially came into being today with the initial intake of First Years at the school, which is an amalgamation of Salesian Secondary School and St. Nessan’s Community College.Pic. Brian ArthurA NEW era for second level education on Limerick’s north side officially dawned on Thursday last as Thomond Community College came into being.The school – an amalgamation of Salesian Secondary School and St. Nessan’s Community College that will be run under the auspices of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) – celebrated as it enjoyed its initial intake of First Years, with 96 students walking through the doors today and starting out their five year second level education.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Thomond Community College is located in the state-of-the-art, former St. Nessan’s Community College facility off the Old Cratloe Road.  Its students are drawn predominantly from Limerick city and county but also east Clare.The First Year intake at the college is up 50% from three years ago when the amalgamation was announced. Overall numbers on the campus, which is located adjacent to Limerick Institute of Technology, is now 500, up from 320 in 2013.In addition to the new First Year intake, Fifth Year and Second Year students from Salesian Secondary School have today transferred to the Thomond Community College, with all set to retain the teachers for the various subjects they had in the 2015/2016 school year at the Salesians.The amalgamated Community College, thanks to the transfer of teachers from Salesians this year, now has a teaching body of 57, an increase of 17 from the numbers that taught at the Old Cratloe Road school last year.  The first day of the new school was marked by the planting of a cherry blossom tree by staff, with the full complement of 500 students crossing the threshold on Friday.Thomond Community College School Principal Eugene O’Brien said that today was a historic day for education at the campus and for the city.  “This is a monumental day for us all and there’s a great air of excitement amongst everyone, teachers, students and parents. It has been three years in the making and we are starting with a very positive intake of 96 students.“Above all, it was great to see the First Years coming through with such positivity.  It’s the start of a new period in their lives, a hugely important one. They and their parents have chosen Thomond Community College and the entire teaching staff here is committed to making sure they get the best possible platform for the rest of their lives.”Thomond College Deputy-Principal Vivienne Hogan said nothing will be spared to give the students the best start, with a very strong focus on progression to third level.  “We have a great campus here, with fantastic facilities, very committed teachers and a hugely supportive LCETB.  We’re going to build something really special at Thomond Community College.“Our ethos is built around ensuring that students achieve to the best of their ability, with the best possible results, ensuring progression to Third Level and also very much helping them to become rounded and confident young men and women,” she said.Parents also gave the new Community College their seal of approval.  Said, Leeianne Roche, from Annacotty, whose daughter Jaylynn was among the starting First Years:   “For me as her mom, it’s a nervous day as my first born daughter embarks on a new journey into becoming an adult and getting new experiences and subjects that she’s going to learn. It’s an emotional and proud time as I know she’s going to grow into a fantastic little woman.“I wanted her to go to Salesians primary and she’s out the other side of that now.  With the amalgamation, it made sense to follow through and send her here.  I’m a past pupil of Salesian Secondary also and many of the teachers that taught me are here also now and I’ve  met them here today.  That gives me great confidence. They taught me well and I’ve no doubt Jaylnn will get the same experience.”As for Jaylynn herself, there was a mix of excitement and nervous.  “I’m excited and nervous.  We were here for the introduction night and I have friends as well here today from my primary school, the Salesians, so that’s great. We were made feel very welcome.” Previous articleThe public and private Michael Collins: A Great ArrangementNext articleStudios screening ‘Campaign to Change the National Monuments Act’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Emaillast_img read more

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FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership

By on May 31, 2021

first_img Related Articles February 16, 2015 1,154 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News America Saves Week FDIC Finances Homeownership 2015-02-16 Brian Honea Tagged with: America Saves Week FDIC Finances Homeownership Share Save Previous: Economist: Leverage Plays Major Role in Driving Foreclosures Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/17/2015 FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FDIC’s ‘America Saves Week’ Could Help Many Consumers Achieve Homeownership With a little help from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), American consumers can overcome the single biggest obstacle to homeownership – saving for a down payment – and increase their savings to a level that will allow them to finally own a home.The FDIC has designated the week of February 23 through 28 as America Saves Week, dedicated to helping Americans invest in their financial future. The FDIC and is providing resources throughout the week to help consumers reach their goals.”Saving money on a regular basis in a federally insured financial institution is a proven way to safely and steadily reach your financial goals,” FDIC Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said. “Whether you are opening your first savings account or have had one for a while, during America Saves Week I encourage you to establish a regular contribution to an insured account. You might be surprised how the habit of regular savings—even in small amounts—can help you make progress to a stronger financial future.”The recent lowering of the FHA mortgage insurance premiums down to 0.85 percent and the FHA lowering the down payment for qualifying homeowners down to 3 percent could make homeownership a reality for many Americans who previously could not afford a 20 percent down payment or perhaps they got into a home but could not sustain the monthly mortgage payments. FDIC will help out during America Saves Week by encouraging Americans to make a strong commitment to savings and then provide consumers with tools, ideas, and other resources such as educational resources that will help consumers evaluate their options and move them toward their savings goals.One of the ideas FDIC is pushing in particular is saving through automated means (i.e. through regularly scheduled deposits into a savings account).The timing for America Saves Week could not have been better for aspiring homeowners who are about to receive an income tax refund. Freddie Mac reported on its blog last week that eight out of 10 Americans who file will receive a tax refund, and the average refund will be $3,539, which would make up a sizeable portion of the down payment with the lowered requirements. It could also be put toward closing costs, which average about $2,500, according to Freddie Mac.”Depending on their credit history and other factors, many borrowers can expect to make a down payment of about 5 to 10 percent,” Freddie Mac wrote in the blog. “And new 3 percent down financing options for qualified borrowers could mean a down payment as little as $6,000 for a $200,000 home.” Subscribelast_img read more

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Diverse landscapes beneath Pine Island Glacier influence ice flow

By on May 9, 2021

first_imgThe retreating Pine Island Glacier (PIG), West Antarctica, presently contributes ~5–10% of global sea-level rise. PIG’s retreat rate has increased in recent decades with associated thinning migrating upstream into tributaries feeding the main glacier trunk. To project future change requires modelling that includes robust parameterisation of basal traction, the resistance to ice flow at the bed. However, most ice-sheet models estimate basal traction from satellite-derived surface velocity, without a priori knowledge of the key processes from which it is derived, namely friction at the ice-bed interface and form drag, and the resistance to ice flow that arises as ice deforms to negotiate bed topography. Here, we present high-resolution maps, acquired using ice-penetrating radar, of the bed topography across parts of PIG. Contrary to lower-resolution data currently used for ice-sheet models, these data show a contrasting topography across the ice-bed interface. We show that these diverse subglacial landscapes have an impact on ice flow, and present a challenge for modelling ice-sheet evolution and projecting global sea-level rise from ice-sheet loss.last_img read more

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Gary Clark Jr. Welcomes Marcus King, Lukas Nelson For Fiery Blues Jam In Australia [Videos]

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgPart 2 On Sunday, the 50th-anniversary edition of Bluesfest Byron Bay continued in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia with performances from Jack Johnson, Gary Clark Jr., Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Marcus King Band, Mavis Staples, Fantastic Negrito, The War and Treaty, California Honeydrops, Allen Stone, and many more.With so much talent on hand, the opportunity for exciting sit-ins was endless. The wealth of talent on the lineup bore collaborative fruit at the end of Gary Clark Jr.’s performance when he brought up a pair of fellow guitarists: Marcus King and Lukas Nelson.Related: Gary Clark Jr. Showcases New Material During ‘Tiny Desk’ Debut [Watch]With both Nelson and King in tow, Clark ran through a red-hot rendition of his own “Don’t Owe You A Thang”, with each of the guitarists taking a few bars to flex their chops. You can watch a video of the collaboration below (in 3 parts):Gary Clark Jr. ft. Marcus King, Lukas Nelson – “Don’t Owe You A Thang”Part 1 Related: Gary Clark Jr. Welcomes Surprise Guest Carlos Santana In San Francisco [Videos]All three guitarists have busy touring schedules on the books in for the coming months. For a list of Gary Clark Jr.’s upcoming dates, head here. For a list of Marcus King’s upcoming dates, head here. For a list of Lukas Nelson’s upcoming dates, head here.center_img Part 3last_img read more

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Colstrip’s new coal supply contract likely to raise price of plant’s electricity generation

By on December 31, 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Colstrip Power Plant will continue receiving coal from Rosebud Mine under a six-year contract signed by all but one of the plant’s owners this weeThe contract, five years in the making, was signed with just weeks left on the coal arrangement between the mine and the power plant. The terms assure the Colstrip Power Plant won’t be shopping elsewhere for coal, something the power plant’s owners had been working toward since 2018.The contract length syncs with the start of a coal-power ban in Washington, which affects three of Colstrip’s utility owners: Puget Sound Energy, Avista Corp. and PacifiCorp. Puget, which owns the largest stake in Colstrip, has no customers outside of Washington and will have to exit the power plant six years from now. It has no use for Colstrip power after 2025 under Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act.PacifiCorp and Avista both have customers outside Washington, but also have plans to abandon coal power. PacifiCorp announced earlier this year that it would exit Colstrip by 2027. Avista CEO Dennis Vermillion told employees earlier this week the company would exit Colstrip in 2027. Vermillion’s remarks were reported by the Lewiston (Idaho) Morning Tribune. Avista clarified to The Gazette on Thursday that its 20-year energy plan includes modeling to no longer be in Colstrip after 2025.In regulatory proceedings, Puget Sound Energy told Washington’s Utility and Transportation Commission that the price of coal for Colstrip was going to increase significantly. Thursday, Ron Roberts, PSE’s director of generation and natural gas storage, said the coal price had to remain confidential as the utility worked through its general rate case. But the rate increase wasn’t surprising, Roberts said, given that Westmoreland had gone bankrupt. Earlier this year, as creditors prepared to take over the coal company, Westmoreland notified the bankruptcy court that the new owners wouldn’t be honoring the terms of the current contract. The creditors wanted more for their coal.The one Colstrip Power Plant owner who didn’t sign the contract was Talen Energy. Westmoreland continues to negotiate terms with Talen, which faces different challenges than Colstrip’s other five owners. Namely, Talen sells its coal power on the open market where cheaper electricity generated by renewable energy and natural gas have made Colstrip power less competitive. [Tom Lutey]More: Colstrip Power Plant secures 6-year coal mine contract Colstrip’s new coal supply contract likely to raise price of plant’s electricity generationlast_img read more

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Cops Pelted With Debris After 50 Cent Show in Freeport

By on December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Leo CapobiancoTwo Freeport village police officers were injured when Nautical Mile bar patrons threw debris at the officers as they arrested a suspect after rapper 50 Cent performed over the weekend, authorities said.The Grammy-Award winning hip hop artist performed at Bracco’s Clam and Oyster Bar on Woodcleft Avenue, drawing hundreds of people outside, stopping traffic and forcing police to close the street for nearly an hour until they could disperse the crowd Saturday night. Later, when police arrested a suspected drunken driver outside the bar, officers were pelted with bottles and debris believed to be thrown by patrons of Bracco’s.“The attack on our police officers will not be tolerated in the Village of Freeport,” Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy told reporters Monday during a news conference at Freeport village police headquarters.The two injured officers were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Other officers struck by the debris were not injured.Besides the accused drunken driver, two other suspects were also arrested, including a man who was found to be in possession of cocaine after he tried to fight security guards who kicked him out of Bracco’s, police said.None of the arrests were for injuring the officers. Authorities said they do not know the motive for the attack. Police are continuing the investigation and are reviewing security camera footage in an attempt to identify the assailants.Freeport police said they will report the incident to the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA), which fined Bracco’s $2,500 in 2012, $2,500 last year and $4,500 last month for various violations, records show.Freeport officials suggested that the bar’s track record and these new complaints may result in Bracco’s having its liquor license revoked, but an SLA spokesman said that’s up to the agency’s board.“All penalties are determined the SLA’s three-member board, based on the severity of the violation(s) and the disciplinary history of the licensee,” SLA spokesman William Crowley told the Press.Regardless of what happens, Mayor Kennedy said the public can expect that “the Nautical Mile is safe and secure, and we’re looking forward to a great summer finale.”-With Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

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One Woman’s Fight With the Opioid Epidemic Shows Life-Saving Impact of Medicaid

By on October 16, 2020

first_imgOne Woman’s Fight With the Opioid Epidemic Shows Life-Saving Impact of Medicaid July 12, 2017 By: Amanda Berg, Videographer SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Charlene grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She had good family, healthy hobbies, and was on a successful career path.“Life was good. I had everything I could possibly want as an adult woman,” Charlene remembers.But at 25 years old, that all changed. College kids moved in next door and she began doing Oxycontin with them. This quickly led to using heroin.Over the next decade, Charlene fought an all-too-familiar battle with substance use disorder.And, on February 10, 2016, Charlene overdosed and was brought back to life.She woke up in a hospital bed after taking a lethal dose of heroin. Emergency responders had found Charlene unresponsive and administered two doses of Naloxone, the life-saving nasal spray, before transporting her to the Emergency Room.Charlene was LuckyAccording to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. A report issued by the Drug Enforcement Agency indicates a 35 percent increase in fatal overdoses in 2016 compared to 2015. Of the overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, 85 percent showed the presence of prescription or elicit opioids.For Charlene, the overdose was a wake up call. It was an ultimate low that motivated her towards a path of treatment and now recovery. In just six months, Charlene has gone back to work and is volunteering at a recovery house. Charlene’s biggest fear today is losing the healthcare that has brought her this renewed stability.Medicaid and the Opioid EpidemicMedicaid has given individuals like Charlene the opportunity to seek the dynamic help they need. Medicaid gives Charlene access to her family doctor, an intensive outpatient program, Vivitrol therapy, and a recovery specialist. These resources are brought together at one of the commonwealth’s 45 “Centers of Excellence.”Charlene’s recovery story is one example of the 215,000 people in Pennsylvania who rely on Medicaid and have a substance use disorder diagnosis. Cuts to Medicaid like those in the Washington Republican healthcare plans would mean fewer people in treatment, more overdoses, and more pain for families and communities across the commonwealth.The Washington Republican plans also delivers another blow to Americans with substance use disorder by allowing states to waive the mandate for substance use treatment as an essential health benefit. That means that for Americans who purchase health insurance on the marketplace, their plan might not be required to cover the cost of their treatment.Governor Wolf has spent the past two years traveling across Pennsylvania having discussions with those on the front lines of the heroin and opioid crisis.“The message is clear. We need to combat stigma and get more people into treatment. We need the federal government to be a partner—not an adversary – in battling the epidemic from all angles.” — Governor Tom Wolf, May 2017———————Charlene’s story was first published on WITF in June 2017.Thank you to T.W. Ponessa & Associates Counseling Services for helping us share Charlene’s story.Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for assistance with substance abuse.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

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