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Speech: PM’s statement at Downing Street: 16 January 2019

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first_imgThis evening the Government has won the confidence of Parliament.This now gives us all the opportunity to focus on finding a way forward on Brexit.I understand that to people getting on with their lives, away from Westminster, the events of the past 24 hours will have been unsettling.Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit, and also address the other important issues they care about.But the deal which I have worked to agree with the European Union was rejected by MPs, and by a large margin.I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the European Union. And I intend to do so.So now MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want.That’s why I am inviting MPs from all parties to come together to find a way forward.One that both delivers on the referendum and can command the support of Parliament.This is now the time to put self-interest aside.I have just held constructive meetings with the leader of the Liberal Democrats, and the Westminster leaders of the SNP and Plaid Cymru.From tomorrow, meetings will be taking place between senior Government representatives, including myself, and groups of MPs who represent the widest possible range of views from across Parliament – including our confidence and supply partners the Democratic Unionist Party.[Political content removed]It will not be an easy task, but MPs know they have a duty to act in the national interest, reach a consensus and get this done.In a historic vote in 2016 the country decided to leave the EU.In 2017 80% of people voted for Parties that stood on manifestos promising to respect that result.Now, over two and a half years later, it’s time for us to come together, put the national interest first – and deliver on the referendum.last_img read more

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Two New Pediatric Cases Of COVID-19 Reported, County Total Now 60

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The number of COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County has reached 60, after two new pediatric cases and another adult case was reported on Thursday.The county health department says the adult case involves a woman in her 30s. They did not release any other information about the two new pediatric cases.Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been three reported cases involving minors in the county.There are now 19 active cases, up from 16 the day before. So far, 37 people have recovered from the virus since the outbreak began. Four deaths have since been reported because of COVID-19.The Cattaraugus County Health Department reported two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to 55, with 16 active.Meanwhile, the third COVID-19 case was reported in Warren County, Pennsylvania today. Officials say the person was tested for the virus and is now seeking medical treatment.“The test was not conducted at Warren General Hospital,” said officials in a statement to the media. “Currently, no further details about this case are available.”The Emergency Management Team says they will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide updates as additional information is obtained.As a reminder, the public is encouraged to continue practicing safe COVID-19 mitigation practices:Engage in safe social distancingWear masks in publicWash their hands frequentlyDisinfect common areasAnd isolate themselves and seek medical attention if they don’t feel welllast_img read more

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Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal

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first_img Healthcare,  Medicaid Expansion,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and members of his administration today urged Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey to reject the seriously flawed Graham-Cassidy health care reform proposal, citing its devastating effects on millions of Pennsylvanians, many of whom have benefited from the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion implemented under Gov. Wolf.“The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal-and-replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise.  This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.”The letter, signed by Gov. Wolf and acting commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, Jessica Altman, and acting secretary for the Department of Human Services, Teresa Miller, reiterates that the Graham-Cassidy proposal contains many of the same flawed components of the failed earlier repeal-and-replace attempts by Congress.“Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.“In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”The letter outlines Pennsylvania’s significant progress on providing affordable and accessible health care with the Affordable Care Act, and advises the senators that the only way forward is a bi-partisan approach as presented in a letter to Congressional leaders from Gov. Wolf and a group of bi-partisan governors.“Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like mandating cost sharing reductions – that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the Affordable Care Act. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.”Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Senators Casey and Toomey:The recent Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace health reform “compromise” proposal is anything but a compromise. This plan includes the same “mean” provisions as the other reforms floated this year, which will result in loss of care for our most vulnerable residents, including seniors, individuals battling addiction, and children and adults with disabilities and pre-existing conditions. We implore you to reject Senator Graham’s and Senator Cassidy’s dangerous proposal that jeopardizes the wellbeing of the 12 million Pennsylvanians we serve and instead focus your efforts on stabilizing the insurance marketplace.Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid Expansion, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate is at a historic low of 5.6 percent. If the Graham-Cassidy proposal is adopted, we know this positive trend will be reversed and the commonwealth’s uninsured rate will skyrocket.  While the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not have an opportunity to provide a full picture of how this plan will impact insurance rates, as noted above, many of the provisions in the Graham-Cassidy proposal were previously considered in House and Senate bills. Those bills would have, according to CBO estimates, resulted in anywhere between 23 million and 32 million Americans losing health care coverage by 2026. And, according to the Center for American Progress, the Graham-Cassidy plan will lead to more than one million Pennsylvanians losing health care coverage, taking them back to the days of seeking routine treatment in emergency rooms.Like the other “reform” bills, this proposal establishes a per-capita cap on Medicaid and ends Medicaid expansion, harms older Pennsylvanians by imposing what truly is an age tax, and threatens our most vulnerable by reducing protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. But these provisions are even more extreme and will cost Pennsylvania severely.In addition to forcing our seniors and those with chronic illness to pay more for less, this legislation shifts significant financial responsibility on to states. According to Avalere Health, Pennsylvania would lose $15 billion in federal funding by 2027 if Graham-Cassidy is passed. This extreme shift in funding will result in a fiscal crisis beyond what Pennsylvania has experienced to date. We would be tasked with replacing these federal funds or be forced to cut services, reduce provider payments, or eliminate coverage for some of our most vulnerable citizens.The most likely outcome would be wrestling with the impossible decision of who should receive health care – a child born with a disability? A young adult struggling with an opioid addiction who needs our help to receive recovery services? A mom fighting cancer? A senior who has worked hard all his life and needs access to quality health care to age with dignity? We do not know the answer and are hopeful that you will take the responsible position of voting “no” to Graham-Cassidy so that no Pennsylvania leader ever has to make a decision about who deserves health care and who can go without.Instead of going down yet another rabbit hole that could lead to devastating outcomes for residents across Pennsylvania, we urge you to do the responsible thing and work with Senators Alexander and Murray to enact the reforms – like appropriating funds for cost-sharing reductions– that I, along with a group of bi-partisan governors, have proposed. Our proposal would stabilize the market in the short-term and, through bipartisan compromises, ensure the long-term health of individual markets around the country.We have advocated throughout this process for a bipartisan solution that builds off of the progress made with the ACA. Once again, we urge you to oppose the Graham-Cassidy proposal and instead stand with Pennsylvania residents in supporting a responsible solution.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernorTeresa O. MillerActing Secretary of the Department of Human ServicesJessica K. AltmanActing Insurance CommissionerWold Administration Letter to Senators Casey and Toomey Regarding Graham-Cassidy by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf, Administration Officials Urge Senators to Reject Graham-Cassidy Health Care Reform Proposal September 22, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Agyemang- Badu ruled out of Malawi clash

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first_imgBlack Stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has been ruled out of Ghana’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi on Saturday.The Udinese midfielder who was hoping to recover from a shoulder injury he sustained before joining the team did not train with his colleagues as they had their last training session at the match venue on Friday evening.“We monitored him and tried our best but unfortunately he still feels pains. What it means is that he won’t be able to play the game tomorrow,” team doctor Adam Baba confirmed at a post match conference on Friday.“He wanted to play through the pain barrier but we advised against that because the long-term consequences won’t be good for him,”“That is the situation that we find ourselves and we must live with it. It shouldn’t take long for him to recover fully.”last_img read more

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