Sunday, January 23, 2011

IHS Presents Annual Conference March 16th and Hosts STNED Meeting

IHS is proud to present its Annual Conference entitled, “Creating Opportunities” on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Corning Radisson, Corning NY.

This conference is designed for nonprofit and human service professional, management and staff from throughout the Southern Tier. The registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will include a full buffet breakfast for all participants.

The conference offers participants three concurrent workshop tracks that address current trends and techniques that nonprofits can be to take back to their organization to improve their work environment and organizational potential

The 2011 tracks include “Health & Wellness for You & Your Nonprofit,” “Census Data, Data Application and Data Mapping,” and “Financial Strategies for Nonprofits and Nonprofit Dashboards.” There will also be a Southern Tier Nonprofit Executive Directors (S.T.N.E.D.) networking session and a Volunteer Management workshop.

More information to follow. Stay informed here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Study Reports Up to Half in US Affected by Pre-Existing Conditions for Health Insurance reported on a study that as many 129 million Americans at risk of being rejected for insurance coverage or having to pay more.

As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services is scheduled to release the study on Tuesday, the Post said, the same day the House of Representatives is expected to begin considering a Republican bill to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare overall.

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..The report is part of the Obama administration's effort to convince the public of the advantages of the law, which contains insurance protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

"Americans living with pre-existing conditions are being freed from discrimination in order to get the health coverage they need," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement to be released Tuesday, the Post reported.

The study found that one-fifth to one-half of non-elderly people in the United States have conditions that trigger rejection or higher prices in the individual insurance market, the Post said. They range from cancer to chronic illnesses such as heart disease, asthma and high blood pressure.

A Republican House aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because the report was not yet public, told the Post: "When a new analysis is released on the eve of a vote in Congress, it's hard to view it as anything but politics and public relations."

The repeal vote would fulfil a campaign promise of Republicans who won control of the House in November elections. But the measure will likely die in the Senate, where Democrats held on to their majority.