GA Hospitals Welcome Obama Proposal to Delay Cuts for Uninsured

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories ??:?? | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party President Obama’s 2014 budget recommends delaying a significant cut to a program that helps hospitals treat the uninsured. Georgia health care officials are welcoming the move.??:??Obama’s budget calls for a one-year delay in reductions to Disproportionate Share Hospital payments, or DSH payments.Hospitals depend on the payments to help recoup the cost of treating the insured. Julie Ellen Windom, a lobbyist for the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, says a reduction to the DSH program could mean some hospitals go out of business.“It affects your large hospitals – [like Grady Hospital and Northeast Georgia Medical Center] – that treat large uninsured and Medicaid populations, and it affects your small rural hospitals that have a lot of uninsured that don’t have a lot private pay to offset what they’re losing.”Five hundred million dollars of DSH cuts were planned under the president’s health reform law. That’s because beginning in 2014, the law mandates health coverage for everyone, making the DSH program less necessary.However, the Supreme Court last summer ruled the federal government couldn’t force states to expand their Medicaid programs under the law. When given the option, many Republican governors, including Georgia’s, decided to opt out.Windom is pleased about the proposed delay of DSH cuts, even if it’s just a temporary solution. In the meantime, her organization wants Gov. Nathan Deal to reconsider his opposition to the Medicaid expansion.“If you are going to roll back DSH payments, then something’s got to be done to cover that gap if Medicaid is not expanded. We’re just not sure we’ve heard any solutions for covering that.”Through a spokesman, Deal says DSH funds are “very important” to hospitals and hopes the Obama administration will work with states that opt out of the expansion. For Whom The Bell Rings last_img read more

Davey Allison’s contributions to NASCAR never to be forgotten with Hall of Fame induction

first_imgFrom the Vault: Davey Allison wins 1992 Daytona 50000:0000:0000:00GO LIVEFacebookTwitterEmailEmbedSpeedNormalAutoplay The photos of the two celebrating in Daytona’s Victory Lane that Sunday afternoon – the joy in their eyes, the pride on Bobby Allison’s face remains one of the sport’s most cherished historical moments.Another, of course, happened last May when Bobby Allison sat on the front row of seats at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and heard his son’s name called as a new inductee.“What an incredible day for me and the family, Liz and the kids. … “ Bobby Allison told NBC Sports immediately after the announcement, his voice full of emotion. “Just a great day.“Davey was always was an upper. Even when things went wrong racing, he’d say, ‘We’ll get them tomorrow, we’ll be fine.’“This is a great honor.”RELATED: Davey Allison’s key career moments Davey Allison was perhaps the original “can’t miss” kid.  The drivers he competed against in NASCAR’s premier series liked him so much they would give him advice even as he was beating them.His father, Bobby Allison, and uncle Donnie had been long considered stock-car royalty and not only did he inherit their immense driving ability, he raced against them so well that he upped everyone’s game.And in a pivotal time in the sport’s development – the late 1980s and early 1990s – it was clear that Davey Allison’s talent and popularity would be a crucial bridge between NASCAR eras.Although Allison died in a helicopter crash in the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway infield in July 1993 at the age of 32, he has ever since been celebrated for his great success on the track and his admirable following away from the track.MORE: The days of Davey Allison | Allison’s legacyLater this week, Allison will be formally honored as a member of the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class, joining his father Bobby, a 2011 inductee in NASCAR’s “Great Hall.”The sport’s legendary team owners Roger Penske and Jack Roush, the late 1992 Cup champion Alan Kulwicki and four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon join Allison in the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019 – one of the most decorated and celebrated groups ever.MORE: All the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees“He will never be forgotten and that’s been my biggest fear is that he would be forgotten is that people wouldn’t remember him,’’ Allison’s wife Liz said to after learning of Davey’s honor. “They wouldn’t remember the driver that he was, the competitor that he was, the person that he was. They won’t remember.“They won’t remember that he played a part, that he made an impact on the sport. He is part of why the sport is the way it is today. And that everybody in that garage area, every driver, they could take the Davey Allison ‘course’ of how to be a fan favorite and they would do really well.“None of that will ever be forgotten now. That’s just the biggest sense of relief.”MORE: Davey’s life in his family’s wordsIn the time since Allison was selected for the Hall of Fame, his widow, Liz, has lovingly filled social media with professionally significant and personally endearing photos of Allison at the race track or pics of treasured keepsakes she’s discovered in the years since he passed away.Wearing the tall baseball caps he favored, and sporting his trademark mustache, there are photos of Allison on track and off. The vast majority of them include a huge smile that Allison wore like a uniform. He was perpetually upbeat and optimistic, a friend to all those in the garage.“Absolutely, he learned a lot from his father Bobby and I spent a ton of time with Davey,’’ said Rusty Wallace, the 1989 Cup champion and 2013 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee.“I enjoyed the competition with both of them. Davey would actually ask me a ton of questions, ‘hey, how you do this?’ He knew I was such good friends with his father, and he and I would talk short-track stuff. He was a great kid.”In all fairness, Wallace may have learned from the young Allison as well. Davey came from a top-notch racing background that preceded him in NASCAR’s Hall of Fame – his father, Bobby, the 1983 Cup champion, an 84-time race winner and five-time championship runner-up and his uncle Donnie, himself a 10-time premier series race winner despite never running a full season.A young Davey Allison never left any doubt that he also had the racing chops to make a career in NASCAR. He began competing full-time months after his high school graduation and excelled through the sport’s ranks – officially becoming part of NASCAR’s beloved “Alabama Gang” made up of Bobby, Donnie, Neil Bonnett and their longtime friend Red Farmer, all legendary competitors from dirt track, short track to NASCAR.The 1987 NASCAR premier series rookie of the year, Allison won 19 races in his career, including multiple races every full-time Cup season he competed in from 1987-1992. He won five times in 1991 and 1992 and had already won once in 1993 at Richmond, Virginia, only four months before his death.He was considered the 1992 championship favorite heading into the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading the championship standings by 30 points over Kulwicki and 40 over Bill Elliott. But a late crash abruptly halted Allison’s title hopes.He finished third in the standings while his fellow 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Alan Kulwicki hoisted the big championship trophy –  Kulwicki, ironically losing his life three months earlier than Allison in a plane crash in April 1993.Allison’s career was punctuated by both dramatic victories and dramatic just-misses. He won the 1992 Daytona 500, leading a dominating 127 of the 200 laps. Yet perhaps a more indelible memory for the Allisons and NASCAR fans is when Davey finished second in the 1988 Daytona 500, two car-lengths off the bumper of his father, Bobby.  It’s the only such father-son finish in the race’s illustrious history.last_img read more

Wallace is ‘all ears’ learning from Hamlin for 23XI’s 2021 success

first_imgNot only does Bubba Wallace want to capture his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in 2021, he’s doubling down and shooting for two victories.This is in a brand-new ride, too. Wallace piloted the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet for three full seasons and four part-time starts since joining the sport’s top level in 2017. Now, he’s introducing the No. 23 Toyota to the league with 23XI Racing’s debut.“I feel like people are writing 23XI, two wins; if we don’t get that, we need to close up our shop,” Wallace said Tuesday during a virtual Media Day on Zoom. “That’s not the case at all. That’s a personal goal for me. Knowing the success of Toyota and the success with JGR, there is a lot more opportunity than I’ve had in recent years to go out and compete.”RELATED: 23XI Racing season preview for 2021JGR comes into play because 23XI has a technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing, meaning the Toyota stalwart will share resources with the new organization. JGR is a Cup Series powerhouse, boasting five championships over three decades of competition. Its winningest driver in 2020, Denny Hamlin, is actually a co-owner of 23XI, paired with NBA legend Michael Jordan.Hamlin will still race his No. 11 JGR Toyota in 2021, and surely years to follow after a recent extension, as he’s still chasing that elusive championship title after 16 years of full-time effort. He won seven races last season and finished fourth in the final standings.Wallace, meanwhile, ended up with one top-five finish, five top-10 runs and 22nd-place in the final standings.“I’m all ears,” Wallace said. “Got the notebook ready to see what there is to offer.”So, even though Wallace and Hamlin will be competing against each other this year, they also have a working driver-owner relationship.“Denny told me at the beginning of this deal that if something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to go to him no matter the circumstances,” Wallace said. “I’ll make sure to have that lifeline in my back pocket if things aren’t necessarily going to plan for whatever reason. But I don’t expect that to happen. I think we have the right people in the right place to make our program a success from the front office to our guys in the shop, then our road crew to our pit crew.”Wallace doesn’t expect to hop in his new car and immediately knock out wins. From prior experience, he knows better than to put that kind of pressure on himself – he did drive for Richard Petty, “The King” after all. Instead, Wallace is going to go out there and simply race the best he can in each event, starting with the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM).Though, it is worth noting the closest Wallace has ever come to taking a checkered flag was at Daytona International Speedway. He was .26 seconds short of winning the 2018 season opener. Hamlin, who won the next two Daytona 500s back to back, was behind him in third, proving the two really will battle for position on track.“I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity,” Wallace said. “I don’t know if I’ve said it enough. This is what I’ve been wanting for so long: to go out and try to prove a point.“Hey, I belong.”last_img read more

Man City eyeing player’s return to club 10+ years later, have…

first_imgHaving already spent some time at Pep Guardiola’s current club (back in 2008) before swiftly returning to France six months later, the 23-year-old is currently running down his contract at Paris Saint-Germain, and the Etihad side are among those interested in his services.This is what Paris United claimed on Thursday, explaining that Manchester City have been in talks with the player’s entourage ‘for weeks’, providing competition for Spurs and co.The idea in the Rabiot camp, or at least his mother’s idea (she’s also his agent), is for the midfielder to wait and see how Paris Saint-Germain fare in their tough Champions League group before making up his mind.Embed from Getty ImagesAn early exit of the competition (they are currently third, one point behind Napoli and Liverpool) would prompt a push by Véronique Rabiot to try and find her son a club in January that also plays in the elite European competition.The Ligue 1 champions are still hoping to get him to renew, as they want him to stay, but it seems we’ll have to wait some more before a decision is made.Manchester City, in the meantime, will undoubtedly be keeping tabs, and if the opportunity arises, there’s certainly a deal to be done there.The prodigal son returns and all that Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndo Normally placed next to Tottenham and Barcelona these days, Adrien Rabiot’s name has rarely popped up alongside Manchester City’s.last_img read more