Archive for March, 2011


SOURCE: Thirteen people from eight counties have been arrested on charges that they cheated New York’s workers’ compensation system, often by working side jobs while collecting benefits for injuries they pretended left them physically unable to work. The series of arrests follow investigations by the New York State Insurance Department’s Frauds Bureau, along with […]

Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission Seek Public Comment on Proposed Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Regarding Accountable Care Organizations

SOURCE: Provides for Antitrust “Safety Zone” and Expedited Antitrust Review WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today issued a joint statement about how the agencies will enforce U.S. antitrust laws in regard to new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – groups of health care providers that will collaborate under […]

AFSCME Says “Ohio Bill A Reprehensible Attack on the Middle Class”

SOURCE: Statement of AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee regarding Ohio SB 5, legislation to silence the voice of public service workers and limit their right to collective bargaining Washington, DC — “This bill is a reprehensible attack on the middle class and the rights of Ohio’s workers. It undermines our basic American values by attacking […]

Harkin: “The choice is to go forward, or be dragged backward”

SOURCE: Senator Harkin’s remarks on the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday, March 22, 2011 WASHINGTON – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today released the following statement marking tomorrow’s one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the new health reform law.  As Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, […]

Fibromyalgia, Often Misunderstood

It has been estimated that as many as 10 million Americans suffer from Fibromyalgia. Aside from the physical pain, people with Fibromyalgia usually face tremendous frustration as a result of misdiagnoses, improper treatments, and a widespread lack of knowledge about the disorder. Regardless of how little is known about Fibromyalgia, in its severe form it […]

VA, AFGE Reach Agreement on New Union Contract

SOURCE: Shinseki Says Pact Shows “Commitment to Collaboration” WASHINGTON – Officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) have reached final agreement on a new national collective bargaining agreement, their first since 1997.  This contract will enhance VA’s partnership with the union, change the rules for teleworking and […]

US Labor Department sues Chicago-area investment firm and co-founder to recover more than $1 million for 5 pension plans

SOURCE: CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Elmhurst-based Results One Financial LLC and Steven Salutric, co-founder and director of the investment management company, for allegedly withdrawing more than $1 million from five pension plan client accounts from 2005 through 2009. The lawsuit follows an investigation by the department’s Employee Benefits Security […]

Republican Senators Introduce Bill To End FERS Pension For New Employees

SOURCE: Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), along with Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), introduced the Public-Private Employee Retirement Act of 2011 to address long-term liabilities facing the federal government. The legislation would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires starting in 2013, […]

US Department of Labor announces release of Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model

SOURCE: WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of the Long-Term Care, Supports and Services Competency Model. Over the past several months, the department’s Employment and Training Administration has worked with federal and industry partners to identify the core competencies required of workers who provide long-term care, support and services […]

National Quality Strategy will promote better health, quality care for Americans

SOURCE: Created under the Affordable Care Act, first-ever strategy will guide local, state and national efforts to improve quality of care The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy). The strategy was called for under the Affordable Care Act and […]