Vermont Health Centers get $1.5 million in stimulus funds

first_imgIn another round of economic stimulus funds for Vermont, eight community health centers in the state will receive more than $1.5 million to expand services and create jobs. The Vermont grants include $229,967 for Community Health Centers of The Rutland Region in Bomoseen; $157,958 for Little Rivers Health Care of Bradford; $294,562 for Community Health Center of Burlington; $192,281 for Community Health Services of the Lamoille Valley in Morrisville; $146,390 for The Health Center of Plainfield;  $164,980 for the Richford Health Center in Richford; $254,463 for Northern Counties Health Care in St. Johnsbury, and $100,000 for Springfield Medical Care Systems in Springfield. This is one of the most significant steps forward that we have seen in decades in addressing the primary health care crisis in our country, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said of the funds, part of $2 billion for Federally Qualified Health Centers included at his urging in the economic recovery bill that Congress passed on February 13. Health centers provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health services and low-cost prescription drugs.Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said community health centers are part of Vermont s health care infrastructure. Rural areas like much of Vermont depend on these vital community-based resources to ensure the availability of local dependable health care services.  Even so, some Vermonters are still without a regular source of care.  With this timely addition of funds from the economic recovery plan, Vermont s eight Community Health Centers can reach more Vermonters during these difficult economic times. Vermont s community health care centers have played an extraordinary role in ensuring that Vermonters can see a doctor when they need medical attention, said Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.). This additional funding will help health centers reach more patients with quality services, which is all the more important as Vermonters continue to struggle in this difficult economy.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Vermont grants as part of $338 million distributed nationwide to expand services offered at the nation s community health centers. In an earlier round of funds released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Springfield Hospital was awarded $1.3 million to become Vermont s eighth Federally Qualified Health Center. With that addition, health centers will provide primary health care to more than 100,000 Vermonters regardless of their ability to pay.A cost-effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms, community health centers offer basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations and cancer screenings. Open to everyone, the centers care for patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance as well as those who have no insurance.The National Association of Community Health Centers last night gave Sanders its 2009 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, citing his dedication and leadership ¦to preserve, strengthen and expand access to quality health care.WASHINGTON, March 27last_img read more

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U20 World Cup wrap: Mali advance after drawing lots again

first_imgMali have become the second African team to qualify for the last-16 of the ongoing FIFA U-20 World Cup after drawing 1-1 with Uruguay on Saturday morning, West African time.Franco Acosta gave the South Americans the lead on 17 minutes and Adama Traore equalised for Mali just before the break, with his second goal of the tournament.The result meant both teams finished tied on points and goals difference behind group winners Serbia, who beat Mexico 2-0 to claim a place in the knockout rounds.In a subsequent drawing of lots in Auckland, Uruguay placed second, while Mali were third. It will be recalled that Mali also drew lots at this year’s African Cup when they were tied on points and goals with Guinea, only to lose. Likely to go throughThe Malians join Group B winners Ghana in the Round of 16, while Senegal have a chance of joining both if results in groups E or F go their way. The Senegalese finished third in Group D with four points after defeating Qatar 2-1 earlier today. However their -2 goal difference is proving a hurdle to their progress to the knockout rounds. They will however know their fate after Sunday’s games which would bring the group stage to a close.The result also ensured that hosts New Zealand will progress to the round of 16 as the third-placed team in Group A.Unbeaten Portugal march onMeanwhile, Portugal strode confidently into the next round, beating Colombia 3-1 for their third-straight win in Group C.Despite the loss, Colombia also progressed to the round of 16 with a win, a draw and a loss which was just good enough for second place in the group. –Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

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Town of Slave Lake is on an 8 hour Evacuation Alert

first_imgSLAVE LAKE, AB – The Town of Slave Lake is on an 8-hour Evacuation Alert (this is not an Evacuation Order at this time) posted to their website on May 30th, 2019.The post goes on to share that currently, the Town of Slave Lake is not at threat of imminent danger, however, due to extremely dry conditions and unstable fire activity Residents should prepare to be able to evacuate the community on short notice.The town is advising residents to ensure persons have any required medication/prescriptions, a supply of drinking water and food and have a full tank of gas in the vehicle. The town is also advising to bring along important documents such as passports, identifications, insurance policies, etc.- Advertisement -A reminder has been posted to also consider arrangements for your pets should you be required to leave the community.To view the post, CLICK HERElast_img read more

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