Posts from — February 2012

Weakening public transit weakens our region

February 29, 2012   Comments Off on Weakening public transit weakens our region

Letters to the editor
Monday, February 27, 2012

Weakening public transit weakens our region

A strong, reliable public transportation system is vital to our strength and success as a region. Simply put, we can’t be without it.

Losing bus transportation and ACCESS, the paratransit program serving people under age 65 with disabilities and senior citizens, would be cataclysmic to our shared community. As Tina Calabro’s recent article “ACCESS” (Feb. 20 Health) stated, a loss of transportation is a loss of our independence. When surveyed 74 percent of persons said they use public transportation to get to work. A governor promoting jobs and movement from welfare lines to employment lines needs to act now.

We need the will to find dedicated sources of funding as a long-term solution to the problem and need our elected officials to show leadership and get this done.

I was heartened to read that our ACCESS system was nationally emulated as an effective and successful model — one more reason to celebrate our “most livable city.” Alas, with an almost nonexistent public transportation system and major cutbacks to our once-revered ACCESS system, we’re not close to being the most livable or, as some leaders like to say, “world class.”

The situation with our public transportation system has reached the point where something must be done. We each need to be part of the solution. I think people would be willing to pay a small fare increase rather than have no service.

We don’t want anyone to lose; we want the economy to thrive. This can only happen when we have a reliable, cost-effective, accessible and available public transportation system.

 

SUE ETTERS
Sewickley

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12058/1212864-110.stm#ixzz1nn3KvbcW

Eye on Medicare

February 29, 2012   Comments Off on Eye on Medicare

As I watch primary season in full swing, I cannot help but think here we go again and fear what will happen to seniors in the midst of budget deficits and attempts to cut safety net programs. Based on the GOP debates and the upcoming Supreme Court arguments, the Affordable Care Act is a critical issue in the upcoming presidential election.

As a senior myself and with more than 10 years of experience in voter turnout and as a poll worker, I have watched hundreds of seniors cast ballots. Not only will we see the ACA take center stage in the upcoming election, but the future of Medicare will be a deciding factor. In this season of strained budgets, the cost of health care has become an easy target and with the new bipartisan plan developed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., it seems even more likely that Medicare is on the block.

Luckily, seniors have a strong voting presence and an opportunity to fight the overhaul of Medicare. Just look at voter turnout in 2010: Nearly 34 percent of all voters were age 60 or older, even though they account for only 24 percent of the adult population (www.kaiserhealthnews.org).

With an uncertain future for Medicare, millions of seniors are at risk. As primaries continue and the upcoming presidential election hits full swing, I urge every voter, but especially older adults, to stay informed about the candidates and positions on critical issues like Medicare and health care reform.

 

BEVERLY TUNSTALLE
Hill District

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12047/1210516-110.stm#ixzz1nn2iuSVc

Healthy Hospitals Work Group

February 13, 2012   Comments Off on Healthy Hospitals Work Group

Title: Healthy Hospitals Work Group
Location: CHC
Description: Workgroup charged with the task to educate and promote a “patient centered” model of discharge from a hospital in order to reduce costly hospital re-admissions.
Start Time: 06:00:00
Date: 2012:03:05
End Time: 07:30:00

Healthy Hospitals Work Group

February 13, 2012   Comments Off on Healthy Hospitals Work Group

Title: Healthy Hospitals Work Group
Location: CHC
Description: Workgroup charged with the task to educate and promote a “patient centered” model of discharge from a hospital in order to reduce costly hospital re-admissions.
Start Time: 00:06:00
Date: 2012:01:09
End Time: 00:7:30:00

Salud Para Ninos

February 13, 2012   Comments Off on Salud Para Ninos

Title: Salud Para Ninos
Location: Birmingham Clinic
Link out: Click here
Description: Our bilingual staff will be available to answer questions and help families apply for public health care programs.
Start Time: 10:00:00
Date: 2012:03:10
End Time: 12:30:00

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