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RUS: Announcement of Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for the Rural Energy Savings Program
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is requesting letters of intent and loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Loans through the RESP are designed to help rural families and small businesses implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Approximately $8 million was appropriated for use through September 30, 2018. Letters of intent must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern on January 19, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 20, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: RUS: Funding Availability: Loan Application Procedures, and Deadlines for Rural Energy Savings Program
The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is requesting letters of intent and loan applications under the Rural Energy Savings Program (RESP). Loans through the RESP are designed to help rural families and small businesses implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures. Letters of intent must be submitted within 60 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for November 20, 2017. Approximately $8 million was appropriated for use through September 30, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 17, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

House passes tax cuts, see why some Republicans voted against it
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a tax cut bill Thursday that cuts corporate rates and benefits small businesses and the wealthy. In Arizona, the state’s delegation split along party lins with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing. “H.R. 1 is a major step forward in tax policy. It provides relief from burdensome taxes for most Americans – individuals, families, and businesses,” said U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, a R epublican representing Phoenix’s East Valley. “We understand… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Mike Sunnucks Source Type: news

House passes tax cuts, see why some Republicans voted against it
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a tax cut bill Thursday that cuts corporate rates and benefits small businesses and the wealthy. In Arizona, the state’s delegation split along party lins with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing. “H.R. 1 is a major step forward in tax policy. It provides relief from burdensome taxes for most Americans – individuals, families, and businesses,” said U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs, a R epublican representing Phoenix’s East Valley. “We understand… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mike Sunnucks Source Type: news

LumiThera touts interim data from pilot study of LT-300 AMD treatment
LumiThera today announced topline interim results from the Lightsite 1 trial of its LT-300 photobiomodulation device designed to treat dry age-related macular degeneration, touting statistically significant vision benefits maintained to 3 months. Data came from the 30-patient pilot study of the device, funded by a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Health and National Eye Institute. The trial is slated to follow patients undergoing photobiomodulation therapies for up to 1 year. “We have examined the interim data from the Lightsite I study for up to the first 3 months followin...
Source: Mass Device - November 7, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Optical/Ophthalmic LumiThera Source Type: news

HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019
Proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) setting forth payment parameters and provisions related to risk adjustments, cost-sharing reductions, and user fees for federally-facilitated and state-based Exchanges. Proposed changes seek to enhance state flexibility in determining essential health benefits (EHBs), certifying qualified health plans (QHPs), and establishing Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 27, 2017. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - November 2, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Minuteman to cancel all small business insurance plans for 2018
The state announced Friday that all Minuteman plans will expire Dec. 31, saying in a statement that it's concerned Minuteman won ’t have enough money to continue operations for the remaining members through the third quarter of 2018. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

How I came to be the Biosleuth
To celebrate Medical Librarian’s Month we have invited medical librarians in our region to submit some information about who they are and the work that they do as medical librarians. Today we are concluding our series with a post from an independent medical librarian in Washington!  Julia Parker, The Biosleuth! Who am I? Julia Parker, M.S., M.L.I.S Where do I work? Biosleuth Consulting Services, LLC Unlike many of my colleagues, I work as an Independent Medical Librarian . . . a liaison to people of diverse information needs, not necessarily local to WA. I am the principal of Biosleuth Consulting Services, ...
Source: Dragonfly - October 30, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Carolyn Martin Tags: News from Network Members Medical Librarians Month Source Type: news

Stopping Child Marriage Forever
Akhter and her mother, Panna Begum, who saved her from being married off at the age of 13. Credit: Shahiduzzaman/IPSBy ShahiduzzamanDHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 30 2017 (IPS)The mother moved in like a tigress to save her cub. In 2015, when her 13-year-old daughter Shumi Akhter was about to be married off, Panna Begum pleaded with her husband, Dulal Mia, to cancel the marriage he’d arranged for their daughter. Panna argued vehemently that Shumi was just a child and it was wrong for her to be married off at such a tender age. Dulal was adamant, countering that it was tradition and custom and his responsibility as a father to...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Shahiduzzaman Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Education Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Global Headlines Health Human Rights Poverty & SDGs Women's Health Source Type: news

Public Inspection: HHS: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019
Pre-publication proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) setting forth payment parameters and provisions related to risk adjustments, cost-sharing reductions, and user fees for federally-facilitated and state-based Exchanges. Proposed changes seek to enhance state flexibility in determining essential health benefits (EHBs), certifying qualified health plans (QHPs), and establishing Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern on November 27, 2017, and final publication in the Federal Register i...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - October 30, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Md. small business owners: 'Our family cannot afford another rate increase'
Maryland's health insurance premium rates for ACA individual marketplace plans have increased by double digit percentages each of the past four years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 28, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Md. small business owners: 'Our family cannot afford another rate increase'
Maryland's health insurance premium rates for ACA individual marketplace plans have increased by double digit percentages each of the past four years. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 28, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Morgan Eichensehr Source Type: news

Lawsuit Claims Montana Is Not Enforcing Strict Asbestos Laws
A prominent, family-run asbestos-disposal company is suing the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for failing to enforce the state’s strict asbestos-waste laws. Doug Ingraham, corporate secretary at Ingraham Environmental Inc., believes the DEQ has been delinquent in its duty to protect citizens from unnecessary asbestos exposure. “It’s a simple case of the government maintaining the status quo and the public feeling protected, when actually, the government is failing them,” Ingraham told Asbestos.com. Ingraham said the DEQ has failed to apply the laws regarding asbestos abatement an...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 26, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: asbestos abatement asbestos cleanup in libby montana asbestos landfill workers Asbestos laws in Montana asbestos lawsuit montana asbestos mines montana asbestos-disposal companies Butte-Silver Bow County DEQ Montana Doug Ingraham Ingra Source Type: news

Technology to Detect, Monitor and Assess Daily Functions in Individuals with Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer's Disease and/or Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research on and development of (R and D) wearable, mobile-based, or other technology (software applications, etc.) to collect continuous data on variables assessing functions of daily activities in individuals at risk for or with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or AD-related dementias (ADRD). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Technology to Detect, Monitor and Assess Daily Functions in Individuals with Cognitive Decline, Alzheimer's Disease and/or Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to stimulate research on and development of (R and D) wearable, mobile-based, or other technology (software applications, etc.) to collect continuous data on variables assessing functions of daily activities in individuals at risk for or with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or AD-related dementias (ADRD). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - October 26, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health Ranger: To end human suffering, we need to fight for LIBERTY
(Natural News) If you want to end human suffering, the leftist liberal approach of giving everybody more and more handouts is a TRAP. The real solution to ending human suffering is an expansion of LIBERTY. Big Government suffocates human freedom, destroys economic opportunities, crushes small businesses and turns citizens into entitlement “beggars” who are dependent... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Small Business Ideas and Entrepreneurship
Starting your own business, in small business management, or want to open a franchise? Use AARP tips to manage your business ideas to achieve success. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - October 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Addicts mean more costs, risks for small businesses
While a larger business may have safety nets for dealing with an employee who may be addicted to opioids, it can cost small businesses a lot of money, and at times lead those companies to close. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Steven Totten Source Type: news

District regulators approve higher D.C. Health Link plan rates
Health care rates on D.C. Health Link, the District's health exchange, will rise an average of 15 percent for individuals purchasing coverage for next year, the District's insurance regulatory agency announced Thursday. The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking also approved rate increases, 7 percent on average, for small businesses purchasing coverage on the exchange for the 2018 plan year. The new rates come just a week after President Donald Trump took two executive actions, including… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 19, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Tina Reed Source Type: news

USDA helps small businesses develop new agricultural products, technology
(National Institute of Food and Agriculture) The US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to help bring agricultural business ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace. Funding is made through NIFA's Small Business Innovation Research Program. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 19, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Small Business Ideas and Entrepreneurship
Starting your own business, in small business management, or want to open a franchise? Use AARP tips to manage your business ideas to achieve success. (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - October 17, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Store owner facing anti-Trump backlash wishes he never went to White House
For 42 years, Dave Ratner has operated his soda and pet supply business in Western Massachusetts as a beacon in the community. Now, he fears he ’ll have to shut down some stores after the vitriolic fallout from supporting a Trump initiative. As first reported in the Business Journal Friday, Ratner was one of several dozen small business owners standing behind President Donald Trump as he signed an executive order on health care allowing Ratner and other small business owners to buy insurance with… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Small-business employees less likely to get cancer screenings
Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obamacare architect trashes Trump's effort to dismantle ACA
Affordable Care Act architect and MIT professor Jonathan Gruber said President Donald Trump is trying to dismantle the very foundations of health care in the U.S., criticizing recent decisions by his administration as being ineffective and self-serving. On Thursday, Trump gutted some of the pillars of the Affordable Care Act, first signing an executive order that will allow small businesses to purchase insurance as a group and also let individuals to purchase less robust plans for longer periods… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

ACA changes could cost women coverage
The latest moves by President Donald Trump Thursday to rewrite the nation's health care law will likely increase what women will pay for coverage. President Trump signed an executive order that loosens requirements for minimal benefits insurance companies could offer through the Affordable Care Act, The New York Times reports. Small businesses could create association health plans, which could lower premiums by creating a risk pool. But tho se plans would not have to offer coverage such as maternity… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Betsey Guzior Source Type: news

Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters
FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 -- Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows. " Workers employed at smaller organizations... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

University of Bristol secures funding to grow small businesses
The University of Bristol is one of five universities in the south of England to receive a share of £ 5 million from the government for a project to tackle the challenge of scaling-up small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and grow. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - October 13, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Business and Enterprise; Press Release Source Type: news

Trump healthcare order could run afoul of retirement plan law
(Reuters) - President Donald Trump's plan to make it easier for small businesses to band together and buy stripped-down health insurance plans could violate a federal law governing employee benefit plans and will almost certainly be challenged in court, legal experts said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump signs executive order targeting Obamacare
President Trump today signed an executive order that could undermine Obamacare as it looks to make it easier for Americans to buy bare-bones health insurance plans. The order aims to allow small businesses to group up and buy cheaper health plans, known as association health plans, with less regulations and fewer benefits for their employees. The newly signed order also removes limits on short-term health insurance plans, according to a report from The Hill. Both plans do not have to follow ObamaCare rules, including minimum benefits standards, and experts fear that the plans could pull healthier people away from ACA plans...
Source: Mass Device - October 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Healthcare Reform Legal News Capitol Hill Source Type: news

Trump Signs Executive Order That Could Undermine Obamacare
THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 -- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that allows small businesses to band together and buy health insurance that flouts Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations. Trump said the move will promote health... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 12, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Foiled in Congress, Trump Moves on His Own to Undermine Obamacare
President Trump is expected to issue an order on Thursday to allow the sale of health insurance plans that are exempt from some Affordable Care Act rules. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR and REED ABELSON Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Small Business Executive Orders and Memorandums Trump, Donald J Obama, Barack Source Type: news

Insurance rates tick up for small businesses, dip for MNsure
Businesses that buy small-group health plans will pay higher rates in 2018, with premium increases set to range from less than 1 percent to 23 percent, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said Monday. Nine companies are slated to sell small-business plans in 2018 and of those, PreferredOne Community Health Plan, posted the steepest average rate increase. The health plan’s rates will rise an average of 23 percent. Sanford Health Plan and Gunderson Health Plan both posted average increases of l ess… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 2, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

Insurance rates tick up for small businesses, dip for MNsure
Businesses that buy small-group health plans will pay higher rates in 2018, with premium increases set to range from less than 1 percent to 23 percent, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said Monday. Nine companies are slated to sell small-business plans in 2018 and of those, PreferredOne Community Health Plan, posted the steepest average rate increase. The health plan’s rates will rise an average of 23 percent. Sanford Health Plan and Gunderson Health Plan both posted average increases of l ess… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 2, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Katharine Grayson Source Type: news

President Trump Says His Tax Plan Won ’t Benefit Him. That’s Not True
President Donald Trump made a bold claim as he unveiled his tax reform plan this week: He says he won’t benefit from it. Speaking at a rally in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Trump rolled out a nine-page tax plan that remains a work in progress. But some of the details included in the plan right now would likely help the President’s bottom line. “I’m doing the right thing and it’s not good for me, believe me,” he said. Of course, Trump was the first major-party presidential candidate since 1976 not to release his tax returns, so it’s hard to say exactly how he’ll be affected. But...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Teague Beckwith and Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Alternative Minimum Tax Donald Trump estate tax income tax onetime Taxes Source Type: news

Pinnacol Assurance hopes Colorado small biz will take a bite of its Cake for-profit subsidiary
Colorado ’s largest workers’ compensation insurer will roll out a new for-profit subsidiary company next month that is designed to appeal particularly to small-business owners. The subsidiary — called Cake — offers a digital platform for small businesses to sign up for coverage. It also cuts down on the number of questions companies must answer and the amount of paper they must fill out. Pinnacol Assurance, a state-chartered workers-comp provider, developed the Cake platform over the past… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Pinnacol Assurance hopes Colorado small biz will take a bite of its Cake for-profit subsidiary
Colorado ’s largest workers’ compensation insurer will roll out a new for-profit subsidiary company next month that is designed to appeal particularly to small-business owners. The subsidiary — called Cake — offers a digital platform for small businesses to sign up for coverage. It also cuts down on the number of questions companies must answer and the amount of paper they must fill out. Pinnacol Assurance, a state-chartered workers-comp provider, developed the Cake platform over the past… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ed Sealover Source Type: news

Republicans Are Optimistic About Tax Reform. But It Could Face the Same Trouble as Health Care
Republican lawmakers gathered with excitement on Wednesday to introduce their proposal for what they described as the most sweeping federal tax reform proposal in decades. Just a day after the latest failure on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the change of topic was welcomed, and the members gathered in the Rayburn Room were optimistic about the new proposal. “I like the energy in the room,” said Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. “This is a really exciting opportunity… It gets the economy moving and will generate more income, more wages. It’s more jobs, it’s better j...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Congress Donald Trump Paul Ryan Tax Reform Source Type: news

Watch Live: President Trump Expected to Unveil GOP Tax Plan
President Donald Trump is scheduled to give remarks on tax reform on Wednesday afternoon. Trump, who campaigned on a promise to overhaul the tax code, is expected to unveil a Republican tax plan that will potentially include steep tax cuts for corporations as well as cuts for the wealthiest Americans and simplified tax brackets, according to the Associated Press. “Too many in our country are shut out of the dynamism of the U.S. economy, which has led to the justifiable feeling that the system is rigged against hardworking Americans,” a blueprint of the tax plan says, according to a copy obtained by the Associat...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Reilly Tags: Uncategorized Donald Trump onetime White House Source Type: news

John Oliver Breaks Down Corporate Consolidation on Last Week Tonight
John Oliver wants you to know that small business is the backbone of our economy — and he has the eerily echoing footage of U.S. politicians to prove it. “It’s that rare thing that ever politician agrees on,” said Oliver. “It’s that, support our troops, Ted Cruz can go f— himself, and South Dakota Senator John Thune can get it.” While small business is the backbone of the economy, these days, big business is getting bigger than ever thanks to mergers and acquisitions, which is what Oliver focused on during Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Corporate consolida...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - September 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Locker Tags: Uncategorized John Oliver Last Week Tonight Late Night Comedy Television Source Type: news

Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms
Like virtually all Democrats, Tim Ryan is no fan of Donald Trump. But as he speeds through his northeastern Ohio district in a silver Chevy Suburban, the eight-term Congressman sounds almost as frustrated with his own party. Popping fistfuls of almonds in the backseat, Ryan gripes about its fixation on divisive issues and its “demonization” of business owners. Ryan, 44, was briefly considered for the role of Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year. Now he sounds ready to brawl with his political kin. “We’re going to have a fight,” Ryan says. “There’s no question about it.&rd...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Philip Elliott / Youngstown, Ohio Tags: Uncategorized democratic party Source Type: news

Teaching personal initiative beats traditional training in boosting small business in West Africa
Standard business training programs aim to boost the incomes of the millions of self-employed business owners in developing countries by teaching basic financial and marketing practices, yet the impacts of such programs are mixed. We tested whether a psychology-based personal initiative training approach, which teaches a proactive mindset and focuses on entrepreneurial behaviors, could have more success. A randomized controlled trial in Togo assigned microenterprise owners to a control group (n = 500), a leading business training program (n = 500), or a personal initiative training program (n = 500). Four follow-up surveys...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 21, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Campos, F., Frese, M., Goldstein, M., Iacovone, L., Johnson, H. C., McKenzie, D., Mensmann, M. Tags: Economics, Psychology reports Source Type: news

3 Ways the New Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Change Women ’s Access to Health Care
Republicans latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, includes several provisions that would dramatically affect women’s health care. Named for sponsors Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, the Graham-Cassidy bill would make it harder for low-income women to access Planned Parenthood, reduce private insurance coverage for abortions and allow states to reduce maternity coverage. The bill needs to pass by the end of September to have a realistic chance of being enacted into law. It’s currently just a handful of votes away from reaching the majority needed. Here’s a closer lo...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Teague Beckwith Tags: Uncategorized Bill Cassidy Congress Health Care Lindsey Graham onetime Source Type: news

Businesses on the couch: the co-founders in couples' therapy
Boardroom bust-ups can put friendships on the line. Business partners reveal why they get professional help to resolve their issuesThere are plenty of good reasons to set up a business with a co-founder rather than go it alone. A co-founder is another committed financial partner and someone who is likely to bring a vitally different skillset and will be a source of support when the going gets tough. Research by the Kauffman Foundation in the US suggests that co-founder teams can attract 30% more investment and can increase their customer base more quickly, improving business survival rates.But there is still a lot to consi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 20, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Helen Lock Tags: Guardian Small Business Network Entrepreneurs Health Life and style Society Psychology Source Type: news

Health benefit offers from small businesses keep vanishing
Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers as slow, steady cost hikes have made it too expensive for many to afford a benefit that nearly all large employers still provide (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable
A new survey of employers shows moderate price hikes in health benefits in spite of turmoil in the individual insurance market (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: REED ABELSON Tags: Health Insurance and Managed Care Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Small Business Kaiser Family Foundation Source Type: news

Unbudgeted: How the Opioid Crisis Is Blowing a Hole in Small-town America's Finances
Discusses the financial impact of the opioid epidemic in small and rural towns. Includes costs associated with increased use of the foster care system, law enforcement, the justice system, emergency medical services, and coroner and toxicology services. It's leading some counties to consider cutting money from economic development and youth programs. Also includes the impact on small businesses struggling to find drug-free employees. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 19, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done
Discusses the utility of Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) in bringing higher speed internet access to rural areas. Although WISPs typically provide slower internet than broadband, they tend to be quicker and cheaper to build and implement, and for most families and small businesses the speed is adequate for their needs. Also touches on hybrid fiber/wireless systems. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 14, 2017 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Unhappy at work? How to spread cheer in the office
Over half of employees in the UK are not happy in their jobs. Here ’s a guide for business owners who want to raise a smile from their staffThe average British workplace is not a cheery domain. Over 55% of UK workers are unhappy in their jobs, according to a recent survey by training course site Course Library.Related:Office too hot? Computer playing up? Go on, have a grumble, it ’s good for you | Phil DaoustContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Tom Shopland Tags: Guardian Small Business Network Entrepreneurs Life and style Psychology Health & wellbeing careers Source Type: news

Proposed tax changes could drive doctors out of country, physician warns
A Sydney anesthesiologist says proposed federal tax changes would be "catastrophic" for many small business owners, including doctors. He's urging the Nova Scotia government to speak up. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news