Public policy

AHF Slams Trump Administration for Abandoning World Health Organization During Pandemic

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:17am

AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) sharply criticized the Trump administration for its announcement earlier today that it is withdrawing U.S. membership in the World Health Organization ( WHO ) after cutting hundreds of millions in funding to the global organization in recent weeks.

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  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) sharply criticized the Trump administration for its announcement earlier today that it is withdrawing U.S. membership in the World Health Organization ( WHO ) after cutting hundreds of millions in funding to the global organization in recent weeks.
  • We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has already taken the lives of over 100,000 Americans and over 360,000 people worldwide.
  • The Trump administrations action today reflects very poorly on the U.S. and will be catastrophic for global public health for years to come.
  • Clearly the World Health Organization has failed to lead, settling instead to ingratiate itself to a closed authoritarian member state.

Molina Healthcare Reaffirms its Commitment to Kentucky

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:27pm

Molina Healthcare is excited to reaffirm its commitment to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to the city of Louisville with todays announcement of its upcoming participation in Kentuckys Medicaid managed care program.

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  • Molina Healthcare is excited to reaffirm its commitment to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and to the city of Louisville with todays announcement of its upcoming participation in Kentuckys Medicaid managed care program.
  • Our team at Molina is ready to begin serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky, said Molinas president and chief executive officer, Joe Zubretsky.
  • Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed healthcare services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces.
  • Through its locally operated health plans, Molina Healthcare served approximately 3.4 million members as of March 31, 2020.

Mastercard Launches Recovery Insights Initiative to Inform Business and Government Economic Response Efforts

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:01pm

The initiative draws on Mastercard's analytics and experimentation platforms, its longstanding consulting practice and unique data-driven insights.

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  • The initiative draws on Mastercard's analytics and experimentation platforms, its longstanding consulting practice and unique data-driven insights.
  • As part of this initiative, Mastercard is making certain insight-driven tools available at no cost to governments and select businesses to give a timely snapshot of economic performance.
  • These solutions draw on aggregated and anonymized spending insights to provide an ongoing view of economic health.
  • The Mastercard Recovery Insights initiative will also feature a research series about the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on economies, businesses and people.

GTY Technology's Sherpa Government Solutions Selected by State of New Mexico

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00pm

GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: GTYH) (GTY), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announced today that its budgeting unit, Sherpa Government Solutions (Sherpa) has been selected by the State of New Mexico to implement its Budgeting Formulation and Management (BFM) software solution.

Key Points: 
  • GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: GTYH) (GTY), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announced today that its budgeting unit, Sherpa Government Solutions (Sherpa) has been selected by the State of New Mexico to implement its Budgeting Formulation and Management (BFM) software solution.
  • Sherpa BFM is a cloud-based software offering that provides budgeting and transparency solutions for state and local governments.
  • Sherpa BFM has comprehensive out-of-the-box features that are highly configurable to meet the unique needs of the public sector.
  • In addition, Sherpa BFM provides tools and services that include business process consulting, software implementation, reporting, publishing and ERP integration.

Asbestos Advocates and Experts Speak out Against EPA’s Flawed Draft Asbestos Risk Evaluation

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 8:38pm

Today the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organization (ADAO)an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community initiativesspoke out about the exclusions in EPAs Draft Asbestos Risk Evaluation that will keep Americans at severe risk of deadly exposure to asbestos.

Key Points: 
  • Today the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organization (ADAO)an independent nonprofit dedicated to preventing asbestos exposure through education, advocacy, and community initiativesspoke out about the exclusions in EPAs Draft Asbestos Risk Evaluation that will keep Americans at severe risk of deadly exposure to asbestos.
  • This was made undeniably obvious by the release of the draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos, which contains significant flaws and deadly exclusions, said ADAO President Linda Reinstein.
  • As it stands, the draft risk evaluation the EPA has proposed will perpetuate the dangers of asbestos and undermine the chance for the national ban on asbestos the nation desperately needs, she continued.
  • Significant asbestos exposure by consumers, workers, and within the environment continue to pose an unreasonable risk to everyone in the United States, said Reinstein.

Border Patrol Veteran Joins Dignari Advisory Board

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:23pm

Vitiello served 34 years of government service within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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  • Vitiello served 34 years of government service within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Border Patrol.
  • Ron Vitiello has an extraordinary reputation executing the border security mission, and we are so pleased he has agreed to join Dignari in this advisory role, said Gena Alexa, Dignari President and CEO.
  • Vitiello began his 34 years of government service in Laredo, Texas, with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1985.
  • Mr. Vitiello served for 33 years with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol most recently as CBPs Acting Deputy Commissioner.

Meggitt Training Systems Wins Australian Defence Force Contract for Additional Wireless Virtual Weapons

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 4:39pm

Meggitt Training Systems announced today it has been awarded a US $1.8 million contract for 73 additional BlueFire EF88 assault rifle wireless virtual weapons to be used by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on its Weapon Training Simulation Systems (WTSS), also delivered by the company as a program of record.

Key Points: 
  • Meggitt Training Systems announced today it has been awarded a US $1.8 million contract for 73 additional BlueFire EF88 assault rifle wireless virtual weapons to be used by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on its Weapon Training Simulation Systems (WTSS), also delivered by the company as a program of record.
  • BlueFire EF88s are manufactured at Meggitt Training Systems in Suwanee, Georgia, with service and maintenance conducted in Australia under the Operations & Maintenance Support Services (OMSS) contract, which has been held by Meggitt Training Systems Australia (MTSA) since 1999.
  • Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems.
  • Following the acquisition of FATS virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems continues to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders.

Leonardo’s U.S. Subsidiary, Selex ES Inc., Awarded a Contract for FAA’s Distance Measuring Equipment System

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

Leonardo's U.S. subsidiary, Selex ES Inc., developer of surveillance, en route navigation, and precision approach and landing systems, was recently awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to build USAs Distance Measuring Equipment (DME).

Key Points: 
  • Leonardo's U.S. subsidiary, Selex ES Inc., developer of surveillance, en route navigation, and precision approach and landing systems, was recently awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to build USAs Distance Measuring Equipment (DME).
  • Along with the previous FAA Selex ES DME contract; Selex ES expects to provide more than 200 DMEs to the National Airspace (NAS).
  • The scope of the contract includes program management, systems engineering, design and development, system test and evaluation, training, production, Interim Contractor Depot Logistics Support (ICDLS), and site implementation.
  • Selex ES provides complete design, development, production, test, installation, training, integration, maintenance, and customer service.

Mark Farrah Associates Assessed Private-Sector Health Insurance Benefits

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:11pm

Mark Farrah Associates (MFA), www.markfarrah.com , presents a high-level overview of health benefit insights gleaned from MFAs new 5500 Employer Health Plus product.

Key Points: 
  • Mark Farrah Associates (MFA), www.markfarrah.com , presents a high-level overview of health benefit insights gleaned from MFAs new 5500 Employer Health Plus product.
  • Observations obtained from 5500 Employer Health Plus are based on 62,281 employers that indicated they had active health benefit contracts as of their most recent filings.
  • MFAs 5500 Employer Health Plus has been designed to simplify the analysis of employer health & welfare benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability and other benefits.
  • Committed to simplifying analysis of health insurance business, our products include Health Coverage Portal , Medicare Business Online , Medicare Benefits Analyzer , County Health Coverage , Health Plans USA and 5500 Employer Health Plus .

Merit Unveils WorkNow Program to Assist State Governments, Employers, and Job Seekers With Economic Recovery

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm

By digitizing individuals' achievements, Merit also enables state agencies to provide services, training programs, and jobs that they are uniquely qualified for based on their achievements.

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  • By digitizing individuals' achievements, Merit also enables state agencies to provide services, training programs, and jobs that they are uniquely qualified for based on their achievements.
  • Merit helps states act as accelerators instead of bottlenecks at a time when speed is the most valuable capability.
  • Those professionals have access to portable, digital licenses through Merit that can be contactlessly verified by businesses or consumers.
  • Link Sharing: Individuals with desired verified credentials, such as a surveyor who speaks Spanish, can be pointed to relevant job opportunities.