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2011-03-07 08:21:45

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has cut off funding for some organ transplants claiming the southwest state needs to reduce the 2012 budget deficit projected at $1.15 billion. Enacted in October by Brewer, the measure trims spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program, Reuters reports. The measure eliminated coverage for transplants including lung, heart, liver and bone marrow after weighing the success and survival rates for certain transplant procedures. Two patients on the...

2011-02-17 13:55:00

OpEd In New Jersey Star Ledger, State's Largest Paper WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a guest column for the New Jersey Star-Ledger, a former White House spokesman and Chief-of-Staff for the House Aging Committee and Health Subcommittee, Robert Weiner, a George Washington University breast cancer laboratory director and professor, Dr. Patricia Berg, and policy analyst, James Lewis assert that "as the government keeps funding two wars and ongoing tax breaks, curing...

2011-02-17 00:00:46

As the U.S. House of Representatives votes this week on fiscal 2011 spending, World Vision calls on lawmakers to protect funding for life-saving and cost-effective development assistance programs. Disproportionately large cuts target America's humanitarian assistance budget, jeopardizing the success of global development initiatives and potentially undermining both U.S. global security and leadership. Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 16, 2011 As the U.S. Congress votes this week on fiscal...

2011-02-16 13:56:00

Draconian Cuts Contained in HB 1, on Top of Ongoing Medicare-Medicaid Funding Squeeze, Puts Dangerous Strain on State's Nursing and Rehab Care AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In testimony today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Tim Graves, President of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) warned that HB 1 will cut Medicaid-funded nursing and rehab care by $1.4 billion - or 33 percent less than existing funding levels -...

2011-02-16 10:08:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) described massive state budget cuts in mental health care as a national crisis in a Congressional briefing today sponsored by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100216/NAMILOGO) NAMI is also preparing a comprehensive report on the national mental health crisis. At the briefing, NAMI focused only on the...

2011-02-14 16:03:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Trust for America's Health (TFAH) applauds the President's budget for an overall increase in disease prevention funding, reflecting the new funds provided by the Prevention Fund from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but expresses extreme concerns over the cuts to funding for core programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and for emergency preparedness. (Logo:...

2011-02-03 17:22:00

Say Elimination of Domestic Cuts would Impact over 380,000 Seniors and People with Disabilities SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking to members of the California Senate Budget Subcommittee this week, Brenda Jackson and Marilla Arguelles, in-home caregivers and members of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW), spoke about the dangerous impacts that the proposed cuts to IHSS would have on hundreds of thousands of frail California seniors, people with...

2011-02-01 12:08:51

The network of public services that supports California's low-income, disabled elderly is fragile, affecting the ability of these vulnerable residents to live independent lives in their own homes, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. This policy note reports the first findings from a yearlong effort to follow the lives and challenges encountered by several dozen representative older Californians in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara who...

2011-01-25 08:30:00

As Many Americans Would Like To Keep or Expand Health Reform Law As Would Like To Repeal Or Replace It, And Most Oppose Defunding Implementation Public Concerned About The Deficit But A Majority Opposes Cutting Medicare And Social Security And Nearly Half Are Against Cutting Medicaid WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Though the public remains divided on health reform overall, opposition to the new law ticked upward in January as Republicans ramped up efforts to repeal...

2011-01-19 16:50:00

"Budget Bombshell" Will Force Nursing Facilities to Close, Displace Nursing Facility Residents, Eliminate Caregiver Jobs AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of Texas' nursing facility operators scrambling to already absorb millions of dollars in state Medicaid rate cuts, on top of billions of dollars in federal Medicare cuts, the President of the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) today said the newly-convened state legislature's proposal for deep 33...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'