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Maine Hospitals: Bad Debt Skyrocketing Amid Refusal to Expand Medicaid | MPBN News | 01/31/15

Maine Hospitals: Bad Debt Skyrocketing Amid Refusal to Expand Medicaid | MPBN News | 01/31/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

LEWISTON, Maine - Maine hospitals are seeing bad debt and charity care costs skyrocket. It comes at a time when individuals have more options to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.


But Maine is one of 22 states that opted not to expand Medicaid under the ACA. And that decision, some hospital leaders say, is one of the primary drivers behind the rise in uncompensated care. Patty Wight reports on how hospitals are coping with millions in lost revenue.

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.......I truly hope that this news will convince the remaining 22 states to Expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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"I stand with President Obama & Democrats -- will you join me?" | Democrats | 02/03/15

"I stand with President Obama & Democrats -- will you join me?" | Democrats | 02/03/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

House Republicans just voted to fully repeal Obamacare. If they got their way, millions of Americans would lose their coverage or be discriminated against because they have a pre-existing condition.

We're not going to let them win. Add your name, and tell the GOP that Obamacare is here to stay:

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......I'm In!! Will You Join Me??

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"8 year-old may have just made major headway in finding cancer cure" | inhabitots | 02/02/15

"8 year-old may have just made major headway in finding cancer cure" | inhabitots | 02/02/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Two cancer researcher-parents may have made headway in finding a cure for several types of cancer as a result of discussing their work with their eight year-old daughter. In an attempt to include her in their dinner conversation, Camilla Lisanti's parents asked her how she would cure cancer. C ...
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....'Hacking Medicine' can even happen in unplanned events as  this dinner conversation shows!

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"Collaboration: The Nonprofit Trend" | Nonprofit Quarterly - Policy/Social Context | 02/0215

"Collaboration: The Nonprofit Trend" | Nonprofit Quarterly - Policy/Social Context | 02/0215 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Have you taken an inventory lately of your nonprofit’s use of collaboration? It might do with a more careful look....

Organizations of all kinds use networks to get things done. Whether those relationships are more formal, as in supply chains and subcontracted services, or less so, as in some other cases, the lack of network optimization is very “last century” and very wasteful.

In that vein, the CenDel Foundation held a meeting this week with the goal of initiating a conversation among nonprofits who provide services around homelessness, crisis funding, medical care, and food access to low-income residents in Kent County, Delaware. The hope of bringing organizations together is to “understand what services each nonprofit is providing, identify potential gaps in service, and consider potential areas of collaboration.”

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Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

..... In Montana, the CMS Innovation Challenge Project,  Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership (FMBHP) is building a "collaboration model" for frontier/rural Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).   FMBHP's Director Denyse Traeder is looking at using the "network weaving" concepts developed by June Holley in fashioning a permanent organizational structure to carryon the work of the FMBHP Project after this year.  The idea is to build "statewide and local teams" of "rural health care network weavers".  More details later this Spring.

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Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on | CommunityChange.org | 01/30/15

Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on | CommunityChange.org | 01/30/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Yesterday, Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson, authors of the new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at the ALF-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to speak about their book and answer questions from the audience. Altman and Kingson, cofounders of the nonprofit organization Social Security Works, discussed the importance of talking about Social Security and breaking down constructed myths that our Social Security system is broken, that it  is contributing to the deficit, and that it will not be around when today’s young people retire.

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

....Expand Social Security NOW!!  Watch the video of the event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPGn5-pNwmg

Order your copy of Social Security Works! at http://amzn.to/1uBmbce

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Black holes do not exist where space & time do not exist, says new theory | Phys.org | 01/30/15

Black holes do not exist where space & time do not exist, says new theory | Phys.org | 01/30/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The quintessential feature of a black hole is its 'point of no return,' or what is more technically called its event horizon. When anything—a star, a particle, or wayward human—crosses this horizon, the black hole's massive gravity pulls it in with such force that it is impossible ...
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...some very deep physics for your weekend contemplation!!

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Obamas tweet photos – 'You're not young and invincible forever' | MSN News - Politics | 01/30/15

Obamas tweet photos – 'You're not young and invincible forever' | MSN News - Politics | 01/30/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
President and first lady post heartwarming happy snaps to promote Obamacare as deadline to sign up for health insurance approaches
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.....On Thursday the Obama administration tweeted an image of an ebullient infant Barack in his swimming costume frolicking in surf, accompanied by an injunction: “No one stays young and invincible forever. Make sure you #GetCovered by February 15.”

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"The World's First Flying Car Is Finally Here" | Spirit Science & Metaphysics | 01/26/15

"The World's First Flying Car Is Finally Here" | Spirit Science & Metaphysics | 01/26/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

We've been waiting for this for a long time.  And finally, the moment we have been waiting for is here.  The concept of flying cars one which has generated a lot of discussion, and usually only exists in science-fiction novels.  But for the first time, flying cars exist in reality.

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.....Okay World! How do you like my next car/plane??

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"No Blacks Allowed: Oregon’s Dark Past As A Racist Utopia" | AtlantaBlackStar.com | 01/25/15

"No Blacks Allowed: Oregon’s Dark Past As A Racist Utopia" | AtlantaBlackStar.com | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Oregon is known for its stunning wildlife and delicious coffee, but a close look at the state’s past reveals that its racist legislative founders wanted the western state to be known for something else—a racist utopia for white people.
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......a little history lesson about Oregon!

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"Stem Cells Could Eliminate Skin Grafting In Treatment Of Severe Burns" | Inquisitr.com | 01/25/15

"Stem Cells Could Eliminate Skin Grafting In Treatment Of Severe Burns" | Inquisitr.com | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Stem cells are seen as a highly effective form of treatment in the medical community for a number of diseases and conditions.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

......Wait a minute! I thought the GOP said that Stem Cell Research had no useful purposes!

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Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane' | National Geographic | 01/25/15

Why Bill Nye Calls Evolution 'Undeniable' and Creationism 'Inane' | National Geographic | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The theory is central to life on Earth, says the Science Guy, and helps explain our place in the universe.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

......Science is Science and it those explain things.  Religion asks you to believe without any empirical data.... Where do you stand on this??  I'm with the Science Guy!! 

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Ocean heat content is climbing so quickly that the tracking chart 'broke' | Mashable | 01/24/15

Ocean heat content is climbing so quickly that the tracking chart 'broke' | Mashable | 01/24/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
The world's oceans warmed so much in 2014 that charts used to track ocean temperatures had to be redrawn. Much of the heat went into deep ocean waters.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

......HELLO GOP!! Climate Change Is REAL!!!

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"RSVP to watch #HealthMatters2015 Annual Summit" | Clinton Foundation | 01/23/15

"RSVP to watch #HealthMatters2015 Annual Summit" | Clinton Foundation | 01/23/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

 The Health Matters Summit is an annual event that showcases what the Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative and its strategic partners from across sectors – business, technology, sports and philanthropy – are doing to create systemic health improvement throughout the United States.

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....Chelsea Clinton: "RSVP to watch the livestream of #HealthMatters2015 this weekend, and join the health & wellness dialogue."

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Facebook creamed Google at social networking, video next | Venture Beat News | 02/03/15

Facebook creamed Google at social networking, video next | Venture Beat News | 02/03/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Google+ lost the social network battle to Facebook. Could it lose at video, too, now that Facebook's video autoplay feature has started eating away at YouTube?
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.....that is such a cool tool in Facebook!

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Jimi Hendrix, James Brown Honored, Spotify's Black History Month | Rolling Stone | 02/02/15

Jimi Hendrix, James Brown Honored, Spotify's Black History Month | Rolling Stone | 02/02/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Today, a week of Aretha Franklin-centric content will kick off a month that will also highlight Jimi Hendrix (week of February 9th), Diana Ross (week of February 16th) and James Brown (week of February 23rd). For each artist week, Spotify will be releasing a playlist featuring their top 20 streamed tracks in the U.S. as well as a new "Influence" tool showcasing how these artists' innovations have reverberated across the music industry.

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.......now this is a real Black History Month Music Treat!! Two Brothers and Two Sisters That Rocked Soul Music!!

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"New York City Invests in Worker Co-ops — and Equitable Growth" | policylink.org | 02/02/15

"New York City Invests in Worker Co-ops — and Equitable Growth" | policylink.org | 02/02/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Before Yadira Fragoso became a worker-owner at Si Se Puede, a housecleaning cooperative of immigrant women in New York, she earned $6.25 to $10 an hour in various jobs. She had no control over her hours or schedule and sometimes had to bring her children to work.
 
Now she earns $20 to $25 an hour. Along with the cooperative's 50 other worker-owners, she shares decision making for all business policies and operations. Most importantly, she says, she has greater economic security and job flexibility, so she can spend more time at home with her kids. Joining the co-op "changed my life," she recently told the New York City Council.
 
Stories like this and determined organizing by advocates for a fairer, more inclusive economy have persuaded city officials to invest $1.2 million this year in developing worker-owned businesses in low-income communities and communities of color. It's the largest investment in such businesses ever made by a city government in the United States (though only a tiny fraction of the city's $75 billion budget).
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

......I see this as an important tool for mayors and city councils to use in their overall economic development planning to create jobs and  raise wages low-income and people of color in their cities.

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"Clinton: Obamacare a first step toward better health" | The Desert Sun | 01/31/15

"Clinton: Obamacare a first step toward better health" | The Desert Sun | 01/31/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Solving America's most pressing health problems will require fundamental changes far more sweeping than Obamacare, former President Bill Clinton said as his Health Matters summit drew to a close Monday night. Clinton moderated the summit's final panel, a discussion on health and the economy that featured Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and the chief executives of two major health insurers, among others. The panelists praised President Barack Obama's signature health care bill, the Affordable Care Act, but painted it as merely a first step toward creating what Clinton called a "wellness culture" in the United States.
Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.....We will need 8 more years to finish the job of reforming America's Health Care System.   We Are Ready For Hillary To Finish The Job!!!

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"The Real Plot to Overthrow FDR's America" | Daily Kos | Repost from 02/27/05

"The Real Plot to Overthrow FDR's America" | Daily Kos | Repost from 02/27/05 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

[Preliminary Note: Some of you may wonder about the relevance of this diary, but trust me, by the end you'll see how it all ties in with our present day situation.] Time for a trip in the way-back machine to recall a bit of history of which most of us have never heard.  Last year, Phillip Roth had a bestseller with his novel, The Plot Against America, a fictionalized alternative history involving a fascist plot to take over the government of the USA and turn it into a fascist state under President Charles Lindbergh.  But how many of you know of the real plot to overthrow FDRduring the early years of his administration, a plot conceived by rich

industrialists and bankers concerned that Roosevelt was about to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth?

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!....It is not Obama's America that the Koch Family and Other 1%'s who back the GOP are trying to destroy, but FDR's America that the 1%'s of his day tried to keep him from bringing into existence!

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American Pipe Dream Part I: Political Football that Refuses to Deflate | Daily Kos | 01/30/15

American Pipe Dream Part I: Political Football that Refuses to Deflate | Daily Kos | 01/30/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

This is my first diary on Kos, so I have decided to begin with a little background on me and my fascination (bordering on arguably healthy obsession) with the Keystone Pipeline fight. I have followed the news about this project for years with alternating bouts of amazement, optimism, depression, and anger. I’ve marched in DC to tell the Obama administration to say no to the pipeline, in the process meeting Bill McKibben of 350.org, (which for me was almost as exciting as a 10 year-old girl meeting Justin Beiber). I’ve written letters to op-ed pages, congressmen, governors, pundits, all asking that they explore the actual facts around what KXL will cost the U.S. and the planet....

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

.....My Super Bowl Weekend Political Post. A great political analogy to the Patriots Deflategate!!

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"Glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym" | MyDaily.co.uk | 01/26/15

"Glass of red wine is the equivalent to an hour at the gym" | MyDaily.co.uk | 01/26/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

Love a good glass of vino but hate hitting the gym to work it off? This news will make your day. Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are equivalent to those that we get from exercise.

Franklin Delano Williams's insight:

....Will folks, I'll see everyone at the bar 6pm sharp daily!  We have to work on getting into shape...lolol!!

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"Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected" | USNews.com | 01/25/15

"Obama: Counterterrorism operations in Yemen not affected" | USNews.com | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama says the political vacuum in Yemen hasn't affected U.S. counterterrorism operations inside the Middle Eastern country.
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.....Fox News and the GOP will call him a lair be morning!!

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John Legend weighs in on wife's meme, 'Selma' snubs, the Super Bowl | Mashable | 01/25/15

John Legend weighs in on wife's meme, 'Selma' snubs, the Super Bowl | Mashable | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it

LOS ANGELES — Golden Globes. Sundance. Super Bowl. Grammys. Oscars. You'll be hard pressed to find a major event where John Legend won't leave a mark this winter.

Mashable caught up with the 36-year-old entertainer to chat about his busy 2015, which has already spawned a Golden Globe win for him and subsequent meme for his wife.

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...very insightful young man!  A true voice for his generation!

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"Obama to protect 1.4 million acres of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling" | Raw Story | 01/25/15

"Obama to protect 1.4 million acres of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling" | Raw Story | 01/25/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
President Barack Obama will propose protecting 1.4 million acres (556,000 hectares) of Arctic refuge from oil and gas drilling, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.
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.....The FDR side of President Obama showed up for the SOTU.  Now we get Teddy Roosevelt side with this announcement!!

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"Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday: How NASA Will Watch" | Space.com | 01/23/15

"Mountain-Size Asteroid to Fly by Earth Monday: How NASA Will Watch" | Space.com | 01/23/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Although the flyby of asteroid 2004 BL86 — which is about 1,800 feet (550 meters) wide — poses no foreseeable threat to Earth, it does present a rare opportunity to easily see a near-Earth asteroid, NASA officials say.
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......Oh what mysteries that mountain-size asteroid holds! 

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"Watch President Obama's Interview with YouTube Stars" | The White House | 01/23/15

"Watch President Obama's Interview with YouTube Stars" | The White House | 01/23/15 | FDW's Daily Scoops | Scoop.it
Days after delivering his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama sat down with three leading YouTube content creators to answer questions on issues ranging from education to foreign policy.
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......If you missed it, watch the President's full YouTube interview here.

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