By Syndicated From External Source on December 17, 2019
The First Supreme Court Clerk To Really Make It Big. There are a lot of Supreme Court clerks, but only a handful went on to serve on the Court.
Governor Andy Beshear will not move forward with former Governor Matt Bevin’s controversial changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program. Beshear made the announcement Monday, within his first week in office.
Beshear said he’s sending a letter to federal officials to rescind the 1115 waiver that Bevin first submitted back in 2016. He also signed an executive order repealing Bevin’s signature health policy.
“Let me be clear, this Medicaid waiver would have cost Kentucky money, lives and jobs: I believe it would have saved us nothing,” Beshear said. “By every measure, Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid in 2014 has been a huge success.”
He addressed proponents of Bevin’s Medicaid changes.
“There will be some who argue that work requirements in the waiver would have encouraged people to get out into the workforce: the reality is the vast majority of people and expanded Medicaid already have one job, if not two jobs,” Beshear said. “For these people, their employer doesn’t provide private insurance and their income is low enough that they qualify for expanded Medicaid. The real way that we ultimately move people off of expanded Medicaid is through increasing wages for all Kentuckians.”
Flanked by health care advocates and Medicaid beneficiaries, Beshear pointed to a Government Accountability Office report released in October that showed Kentucky’s estimate of implementing the waiver would cost $270 million.
“If this Medicaid waiver been fully implemented, it could have cost up to $270 million of taxpayer money: That is significant,” Beshear said.
Bevin’s signature health policy, which was never fully implemented because of court challenges, would have trimmed some medical benefits and made it a little harder for some to keep coverage. Some Medicaid enrollees would have had to work, volunteer and do other activities to keep their health insurance. Some would have had to make monthly payments to keep coverage, while others would have faced co-pays.
Bevin first submitted his application for the changes to the federal government in August 2016. However, he was never able to implement them because of court challenges.
The Affordable Care Act first made Medicaid expansion available to states in 2014, and former Gov. Steve Beshear — Andy’s father — took advantage of the opportunity to broaden the program to adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Approximately 428,000 Kentuckians gained Medicaid health insurance under the expansion, and the state’s uninsured rate dropped from 25 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2018.
Before the implementation of the expansion, Medicaid eligibility for parents was at $11,491 for a family of three, and there was no coverage for adults without dependent children. Expansion broadened eligibility to a family of three making under about $16,000.
Research showed that in the years following expansion, low-income Kentuckians made fewer trips to the emergency room and had less trouble paying medical bills. And people who gained coverage under expansion also received preventive care like cancer screenings.
A broken sewer pipe in Prospect has dumped more than a million gallons of sewage into Harrods Creek, affecting water quality.
Metropolitan Sewer District say workers learned of a small leak in late November, but the 30-inch-wide pressurized pipe completely gave out last Wednesday, causing the spill.
“The discharge that we were having into Harrods Creek has been contained,” said Sheryl Lauder, Metropolitan Sewer District spokeswoman. “So we’re no longer letting wastewater go out into the waterway.”
University of Louisville River Researcher Tamara Sluss and a student collected samples along the creek and the Ohio River on Friday. Preliminary results show low-levels of dissolved oxygen in the creek, which can make life hard for fish and other aquatic life.
Dissolved oxygen levels should be around 90 percent saturation in the creek, but instead they’re about half that, Sluss said.
“So for the gilled species, if the oxygen is low enough they’ll die, so that’s why they’re looking for fish kills,” she said.
Sluss said those levels returned to normal at the creek’s confluence with the Ohio River, indicating that the sewage spill is having little impact on the larger river.
So far, the Metropolitan Sewer District hasn’t seen any impacts to aquatic life.
Crews are now building a protective box to lower workers 35 feet underground to make repairs on the broken sewer pipe. Only then will workers know the cause and severity of the break.
MSD installed the main about six years ago to replace outdated package treatment plants that frequently failed causing sewage to overflow into the creek.
Construction on the pipe is expected to continue through the week.
By Syndicated From External Source on December 14, 2019
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Detroit on Dec. 11 for allegedly failing to maintain voter rolls, …
What’s worse? The crappy website they have with no content and just super spammy links or the fact that you nor I ever asked for that bad backlink? The fact that the charge to delete a link to you at $35 a link shows how they crash your backlink party. But hey, Google knows this right, they wouldn’t hurt your site still…wrong!
Monetized Bad Backlink Site With Spam Links
I wish we could collect money like a nonprofit from SEOs everywhere and raise the $10,000,000 asking price of theglobe.com and just turn it off. Why is it I hate theglobe.com so much? Cause their links are bad.
Previous to this post I’ve always said don’t use the Disavow Tool unless facing a manual penalty. Its the Google answer … but I tried something, disavowed a few hundred domains all connected to theglobe.net and over the next 3 weeks I saw a marked improvement in keywords and their position.
A client had the same issue. 300 domains from Sweden many with theglobe.com in their domain name mostly all with it at least in the page title included in their link profile.
After Disavowing theglobe.net and theglobe.com
Not A Link Building Scheme
These aren’t backlinks someone purchased, at least not from the target company or their SEO for that matter. They are nuisance links, you could use this site for negative SEO. It regularly pops up in the link portfolio of domains as they are expiring which has always annoyed me because it portrays a Domain Pop higher than it actually is … the globe of course doesn’t count.
Theglobe.com actually last I checked charged for backlink removal! That’s one way to run a profitable site…make it so bad it hurts SEO so webmasters will pay you to leave them alone. Of course … then the terrorist wins.
Noticed a few “theglobe.net” in your link portfolio? If so its always an infestation and you should try disavowing.
Disavow Sample File / Template
So you may try the Google Disavow Tool if you haven’t yet. Upload a txt file listing the domains you do not want counted. We’re including a copy of one of our disavow lists, you can use it or add to it.
Who’s on our naughty list? What should the txt file look like? The long list is just below us. Domains we’ve disavowed.
The Disavow File
<–start below this line–>
# exported from backlink tool