In an email sent to community members Thursday, University Health Center director Sharon McMullen warned both community members and weekend visitors that eight cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been reported in Southwest Michigan “not far from” Notre Dame’s campus.In the email, McMullen encouraged people to take precautions against the mosquitos.“Anyone outdoors between dusk and dawn is urged to apply an insect repellent that contains 20% to 50% of the active ingredient DEET to exposed skin and clothing,” she said in the email.Furthermore McMullen said in the email individuals should avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, which are heightened times of mosquito activity; clothe themselves in garments with long sleeves and long pants and are light-colored; use nets or fans over any place they are eating food outside; cover windows and doors to prevent mosquitos from entering buildings and empty standing water from places mosquitos are likely to lay eggs.“Chills, fever, malaise and joint or muscle pain” are all symptoms of EEE, the email said. McMullen also said in the email individuals younger than 15 and older than 50 are the most at risk for severe disease. As a precaution, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has insect repellant for sale.Tags: disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, mosquitos, University Health Center
Looking aheadStepping into the spring semester, Nelson said she and Allen hope to complete several projects that have been in the works since the start of the academic year, including the reinvigoration of Dalloway’s Coffeehouse.“I would love to see Dalloway’s become something by the end of our term,” Nelson said. “And that’s something that I think is really important because I think that it helps with so many of these things that we talk so much about when we talk about community, … when we talk about keeping girls on campus because it’s safer. How are we fostering that? We can’t just expect them to hang out in the McCandless first floor lounge, right? So I’d love to see that happen. I think that we have a really good chance of seeing that happen.”Additionally, Nelson said SGA hopes to continue promoting community through other channels, including a preview day for first-year students from underrepresented groups.“I’ve worked … on the past preview days, but I’d really love to see one just for our minority students, and even talk about what that looks like in terms of recruiting diversely, but also retaining our diverse students. Equity is a huge problem on this campus that I don’t yet know how to address,” she said. “We’ve had lots of great conversations about that. I’d love to see progress in terms of equity.” Student Government Association has made improvements in several areas of student life, largely due to the hard work and creative thinking from its committees. Nelson and Allen have pushed to address the core value of community on campus, and the high event attendance shows that these efforts have been largely successful. When faced with criticism for decisions made within SGA, Nelson and Allen could benefit from heightened transparency and more direct communication with the students. In the upcoming semester, the pair should have a greater presence on campus, either by attending committee events or taking leadership of future initiatives.Grade: B+ Tags: Nelson-Allen, Student Government Association, Student Government Insider 2019 When seniors Terra Nelson and Olivia Allen stepped into their respective roles as Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president for the 2019-2020 academic year, they brought a lot of big ideas to the table. They campaigned on a platform that included installing printers in every dorm, opening Regina parking lot to students, expanded Munch Money use and a weekly organized “This Week at Saint Mary’s” email.Though administrators encouraged Nelson and Allen to continue thinking of innovative solutions for student issues, they also offered them a healthy dose of perspective, Nelson said.“I think in the beginning, it can be a little bit discouraging when you’re working with [the administration], and they’re saying, like, ‘Hey, great idea, but it’s not going to work out,’” she said. “There are really good reasons that you can’t do those things. I think from our perspective, we come in, and we’re like, ‘Well, how hard can it be?’ There are so many things that you need to consider. They have been so helpful and given us room to dream big, and also reining it in and … calling our attention to things that we might not see. I’m really thankful, always grateful for that added feedback and mentorship.”Moving forward with the platform proved to be more difficult than expected, Nelson said, with unexpected layers of bureaucracy and precedents making it challenging to enact more far-reaching goals. Despite these hurdles, Nelson said she and Allen are extremely pleased with the accomplishments they’ve made thus far and look forward to continued momentum going into the spring semester.“The one thing I didn’t realize before we stepped into office was how many pieces of the puzzle there are when you have so many committees and so many people to report back to,” Nelson said. “That’s just a lot to manage and then execute. But all in all, I think this semester has gone really well. There are a lot of things that I’m proud of, [and] a lot of things that I think, ‘Man, I hope that we can get that done next semester.’”Much of this success is owed to the SGA committee members who have worked diligently to carry out the platform ideas introduced by the executives, Nelson said. The Community Committee has been especially active this semester, she said, making improvements to first-year orientation and advancing plans to reinstall Clarissa Dalloway’s Coffeehouse as a student-space on campus.“When we started this year, just kind of looking over first-year orientation, we wanted to make it more community-oriented, and we wanted to make it more fun,” Nelson said. “We had community events for the first years, and it was just so awesome to see them gather in McCandless on that first night of school, hang out and eat cookies together.”Improvements were also made to pre-Domerfest activities, Nelson said, resulting in resounding approval from both first-years and those who have witnessed previous years of programming.“Everyone said, ‘It’s the best that we’ve seen it,’ which was the goal,” she said. “We want people to look back on that first week and say, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of good that was done.’”The first event in Dalloway’s, free post-game snacks for Saint Mary’s students returning from the Nov. 23 Notre Dame vs. Boston College football game, as well as other on-campus activities were well-attended and received, Nelson said. This level of turnout is an essential part of the Nelson-Allen platform which ran on the core value of “community,” she said.“The turnout for everything has been really, really strong, and that’s not something that I’ve ever seen,” Nelson said. “I’m proud of that.”The Mission Committee has also contributed to community building on campus, both by scheduling rotating masses followed by snacks in McCandless, Regina and Le Mans, and by posting a list of different locations to practice non-Catholic faiths, Nelson said. Making decisions in a time of transitionSimilar to former SGA president Madeline Corcoran and vice president Kathy Ogden, whose term coincided with the resignation of former College President Jan Cervelli, Nelson and Allen are experiencing some shifts within the administration.The Presidential Search Committee has spent the past weeks narrowing down a field of potential candidates to fill the office of Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, who will vacate the position in 2020. Additionally, vice president for student affairs Karen Johnson announced in November that she will be retiring at the culmination of this semester.“It’s difficult when there is so much transition within the College to really push some of these big things,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t hinder us, but it makes the conversations different because we don’t know who’s taking over next year, next semester, in terms of our vice president of student affairs, and that’s big.”Despite changes in leadership, Nelson said she feels confident about the way SGA has performed this past semester and hopes Saint Mary’s students are noticing.“I think that SGA this year is in a really healthy place,” she said. “I hope that the student body sees that.”Though SGA has found success in many areas, they faced some backlash from students after announcing they would be collaborating with Residence Hall Association (RHA) to plan the annual Navy Ball instead of hosting a fall formal.“For me, I feel like a lot of times [students] just see the really negative side,” she said. “A great example of this was when we planned the Navy Ball, and that was because formal was off the table. So we made Navy Ball different, and we tried so hard to revamp it, and honestly, it was a phenomenal turnout. I was shocked. In terms of safety, I couldn’t have been more pleased, but … it’s hard for me to see all the positive when you get that one really angry email.”If there is any negative feedback, Nelson said, it could be the result of a disconnect between the student body and the members of SGA, who experience different perspectives of the work the group does on campus.“I know that SGA is in a healthy place, and I think that we’re working really hard, but again, from the outside looking in, you never know,” she said. “That’s something that I am not quite sure how we can fully address. I think that transparency is really important, but it’s also really important to just be professional.”SGA will continue to be intentional in addressing each student concern they receive, Nelson said.“I feel that there’s definitely work to be done,” Nelson said. “I think we’re in a very healthy spot. I know that we can improve. I’m curious to see what that looks like, and I’d love student feedback on that as well.”
U.K. wind generation sets new record, tops 16GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Wind power in the United Kingdom set a new record on Sunday generating for the first time more than 16GW of electricity and providing over 40% of the country’s power – so much, in fact, that thousands of households were reportedly paid to use extra renewable electricity over the weekend.RenewableUK, the country’s wind and marine renewable energy trade body, reported on Monday that the new wind power generation record was set on Sunday evening, with wind generating up to 16.162 GW of electricity, based on figures from National Grid, the UK’s grid operator.Overall, wind generation on Sunday provided 43.7% of British electricity – more than double that produced by nuclear power (which provided 20.5%): Gas supplied 12.8%, biomass 7.9%, imports 7.4%, coal 3.1%, hydro 1.7%, solar 1.3%, storage 1.1% and other sources 0.5%.The new record broke one set earlier this year, on February 8 which saw wind energy provide 15.32 GW.Conditions were so favourable to wind energy generation, in fact, that The Guardian is reporting thousands of British households were paid to use extra renewable electricity over the weekend. British homes using a new type of smart energy tariff were urged to plug in their electric vehicles or set their dishwasher on a timer to take advantage of record renewable generation in the early hours of the morning.The Guardian also quoted Greg Jackson, the founder of Octopus Energy, a UK electricity and gas supplier, who said that 2,000 homes on its Agile Octopus smart-energy tariff “made money for using energy when the wind was giving us more than enough” – paying 5.6p ($A1.08) for every kilowatt-hour of electricity used in certain overnight periods. [Joshua Hill]More: U.K. wind generation hits new record, households get paid to use energy
January 1, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Katie Couric warns lawyers about colon cancer Katie Couric warns lawyers about colon cancer Associate EditorMedical researchers call it the “Couric Effect” — a dramatic 20-percent increase in colonoscopies nationwide after Katie Couric, co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show, underwent the colon-cancer screening test on live television two years ago to show it really doesn’t hurt.The perky, petite broadcast journalist had a great effect on members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, too, as they gave her a standing ovation after her special appearance to deliver a cancer awareness message about the preventable disease at the board’s December 13 meeting.“This Couric Effect.. . . Well, I’m not so sure I want to be that associated with that part of the anatomy. But I guess it’s better than being called one,” Couric said with a grin.While her comments were laced with charm and laughter, her message was dead serious.Couric’s husband, Jay Monahan, a lawyer, was diagnosed with colon cancer when he was 41. It was already at stage four, had spread to his liver, and quickly took his life at 42 in 1998.“He was so healthy, and it completely came out of the blue,” said Couric, recounting how her husband complained of feeling cold and tired a lot, but attributed it to his exhausting schedule.With the force of a juggernaut, the same dreaded diagnosis hit home with Bar President Tod Aronovitz. His wife, Leslee, was 48, in the prime of life, always in good health, when she was diagnosed with colon cancer and given six months to live. She put up a tremendous fight, lived two years, and died two months after her 50th birthday in June 2000.“Tod and I are kindred spirits in many regards. We lost people we love so much,” said Couric.“It would be almost criminal if I didn’t use my position on the “Today” show to full advantage” in increasing awareness of the third most common cancer in America. An estimated 148,000 cases will be diagnosed this year and 56,000 people will die, according to the American Cancer Society. But more than 90 percent of all colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented through early detection.The National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance was established by Couric, Lilly Tartikoff, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to end the threat of colon cancer through education, new research, and regular medical screenings.“I think we are really moving the science forward,” Couric said. “We have a great group. I have no idea what they are talking about because they are such brainiacs. But one of our scientists from Johns Hopkins is in the midst of working on a DNA stool test that will detect precancerous cells and would be less invasive and less expensive than a colonoscopy. A lot of people are hesitant to get a colonoscopy. They are afraid, or embarrassed, or don’t want to go through the trouble. That’s why I had a colonoscopy on national television.”Couric said she was gratified to get many letters from people who got the screening and wrote to say: “You saved my life.”Before she left on her busy schedule, Couric shook her finger at the roomful of Bar governors and chided them good-naturedly: “I’m expecting all of you to get a colonoscopy, especially if you are over 50. Someone in this room will probably get colon cancer. It is so preventable. I mean it. Please do it. Thanks.”Bar President-elect Miles McGrane said, “Tod has had to open some wounds.. . . But we’re sort of a family on this board. I want to thank Tod for bringing us this message.”The governors also gave Aronovitz a standing ovation, as McGrane hugged the Bar president.“I don’t tell people how to live their lives,” Aronovitz said. “But if you haven’t had a colonoscopy, please do. It’s easier than getting your teeth cleaned.”Aronovitz added that he learned something new about the deadly disease that claimed his wife: “It only affects 15 percent from heredity. Just because your parents don’t have it, doesn’t mean you won’t have it. People can be as healthy as an ox, in the peak of their lives, and a couple of months later, bingo, you’re in big, big trouble.”Board of Governors member Amy Smith echoed the warning: “Do it. It killed my father.”
The Federal Trade Commission’s attempt to regulate the ethical conduct of attorneys was dealt a blow August 12 in a 60-page opinion by Judge Reggie B. Walton of the federal district court for the District of Columbia.Ruling on motions to dismiss by the FTC in suits brought by the ABA and the New York State Bar Association, the court held that Congress did not intend the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to apply to attorneys who provide legal services, noting in particular those who practice in the fields of real estate settlement, tax planning, and tax preparation.Since Judge Walton was only asked to rule on the government’s motions to dismiss, a final judgment in the cases has not yet been entered. The ABA intends to seek a final judgment invalidating the FTC’s interpretation.In an April 2002 opinion letter, the FTC had taken the position that the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act applied to lawyers engaged in the practice of law and refused to exempt them. As a result of the FTC’s interpretation, hundreds of thousands of practicing lawyers were subject to the act, which required, among other things, that they send written “privacy notices” to their clients explaining their privacy policies even though these same lawyers were subject to the ethical codes of the states which provide stricter regulation of attorney-client privacy and confidentiality.The ABA and the NYSB Association challenged the FTC’s interpretation in court, claiming that the agency exceeded its authority and was arbitrary and capricious. The Florida Bar also took a position which mirrored that of the ABA and joined in an amicus brief in the case.In rejecting the FTC’s motions to dismiss, Judge Walton said that “the absence of any explicit statement by Congress that it intended to legislate in an area that was already regulated by existing state regulatory schemes,” was the “most convincing evidence” that Congress did not intend the privacy provisions of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to apply to lawyers engaged in the practice of law. The court further held that it would give “no weight” to the FTC’s interpretation, saying it “was made without any degree of deliberation, thoughtful consideration, or comments from the public.”The court also said that the FTC’s opinion letter “appears to constitute arbitrary and capricious agency action” under the Administrative Procedure Act. September 1, 2003 Regular News Judge tells FTC privacy act not aimed at lawyers Judge tells FTC privacy act not aimed at lawyers
Seventh JNC seeks judicial applicants The Seventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a circuit court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edwin P. B. Sanders.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, and reside in the Seventh Circuit upon assuming office.Application forms are available at floridabar.org or from William J. Voges, JNC Chair, 275 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach 32174, phone (386) 671-4910.An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Voges no later than 4 p.m. on January 18. JNC applicants sought Judicial Nominating Commissions: Two lawyer vacancies for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826 no later than 5:30 p.m., January 16, in the executive director’s office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committee will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the January 16 deadline. 20th JNC seeks judicial applicants The 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now taking applications to fill two newly created positions on the circuit bench and two on the Collier County bench.Applicants must have been a member of the Bar for the preceding five years, a registered voter, and must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office.Applications can be found on the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org or from George H. Knott, JNC Chair, 1625 Hendry Street, Suite 301, Ft. Myers 33901, phone (239) 334-2722.An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Knott no later than noon on January 20. The use of a photograph is encouraged. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will not be considered.Applicants for both county and circuit judicial positions must submit a separate application for each position. January 15, 2006 Regular News JNC applicants sought
In the period from January to May 2017, foreign vessels realised 150 cruises in the Croatian seaports. They had a total of 177 709 passengers on board who stayed for 347 days in Croatia, that is, 2 days on average.The majority of foreign vessels on cruise recorded their first entry in the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (66.0%) and the County of Split-Dalmatia (15.4%), which makes up to a total of 81.4%. The remaining 18.6% of foreign vessels on cruise recorded their first entry in the following counties: Istria (8.0%), Zadar (6.0%), Šibenik-Knin (3.3%) and Primorje -Gorski kotar (1.3%).The highest number of cruises was realised by vessels under the flags of Malta (38) and Bahamas (33), while the highest number of passengers on board by vessels under the flags of Italy (46 884 passengers) and Bahamas (39 879 passengers).The most visited seaport was the seaport of Dubrovnik, followed by the seaports of Split and KorčulaThe most visits of foreign vessels on cruise in the first five months of 2017 were realised in the seaport of Dubrovnik (113 visits), followed by the seaports of Split (53 visits) and Korčula (32 visits).As compared to the same period in 2016, the number of foreign vessels on cruise decreased by 18.5% and the number of passengers on bord by 23.0%. In the same period, the total number of sojourns in Croatia was by 22.2% less.
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September 17, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Signs Orders That Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Economy, Press Release, Public Health Governor Wolf OrderSecretary of Health OrderAs part of the Wolf Administration’s ongoing efforts to ensure public health and safety and support economic recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine today signed new orders following the recent announcement that restaurants may increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent starting Monday, September 21. The orders apply to all restaurants, private social clubs and food service businesses that serve dine-in, sit down food in a regular, non-event capacity. The order requires that serving alcohol for on-site consumption must end at 11:00 PM starting on Monday, September 21 and all alcoholic beverages must be removed from patrons by midnight. This applies to both restaurants that do not self-certify to increase to 50 percent and those that choose to stay at 25 percent. There is no change to the requirements for the temporary sale of cocktails-to-go and take out alcohol sales from bars, restaurants or hotels with a liquor license.“As we continue to take critical steps to continue to mitigate the spread of COVI-19, we also recognize that this pandemic has taken a significant toll on the food services industry, so we must balance public health and economic recovery,” Gov. Wolf said. “These orders give restaurants the ability to increase indoor occupancy safely while giving customers confidence when deciding to patronize a restaurant.”The recently announced self-certification process will enable restaurants to increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent while adhering to mitigation efforts that will keep employees and customers safe. Starting September 21, restaurants can begin submitting their self-certification documents to an Open & Certified Pennsylvania database.Restaurants that self-certify will appear in an Open & Certified Pennsylvania searchable online database of certified restaurants across the commonwealth and will receive Open & Certified Pennsylvania branded materials, such as window clings and other signage designating their certification, which they can display for customers and employees.The self-certification documents and information about the Open & Certified Pennsylvania program will be available online on September 21 and will contain the following:A list of requirements contained in the current restaurant industry guidance and enforcement efforts;A statement that the owner has reviewed and agrees to follow these requirements;The business’ maximum indoor occupancy number based on the fire code; andA statement that the owner understands that the certification is subject to penalties for unsworn falsification to authorities.Restaurants should complete the online self-certification process by October 5 when enforcement relative to 50 percent occupancy will begin. Self-certification will still be available after October 5.Business owners should keep a copy of the self-certification confirmation they will receive by e-mail. The self-certification will be used as part of ongoing enforcement efforts conducted by Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, and will be shared with the departments of State, Labor & Industry and Health, and other enforcement agencies.Self-certifying will not lead to additional inspections. The occurrence of regularly scheduled or complaint-based inspections from enforcement agencies will not be affected by certification status. In fact, certifying proves that a business is committed to protecting employees and providing patrons a safe dining experience. Any health and safety violations from self-certified businesses will be handled first with warnings and education rather than fines or other penalties.The Wolf Administration has released Frequently Asked Questions as a reference for restaurant owners and the public, along with updated restaurant guidance.Restaurant owners with additional questions about the self-certification program can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Ver esta página en español.
Gov. Wolf: Amid a Resurgence of COVID, We Must Protect the ACA, People and Our Health Care System SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 15, 2020 Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health As the number of positive COVID-19 cases rise in Pennsylvania and as we enter flu season, protecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have access to health coverage are more important than ever, Governor Tom Wolf said today in Chester County. The governor was joined by local elected officials and representatives from local health care organizations.“Pennsylvanians have a right to affordable and accessible health care, and I have always made it a priority to uphold that right. But good health care is even more important heading into flu season, in the middle of a pandemic, while cases of COVID-19 are starting to slowly rise again,” Gov. Wolf said. “When Pennsylvanians are unable to afford health care coverage, it puts their lives and health at risk, and without the health care coverage the ACA provides, Pennsylvanians may not be able to seek the preventive care that protects them and minimizes their vulnerability to more serious threats to their health, such as COVID.”The governor noted that the current rush into a U.S. Supreme Court judicial nomination by Senate Republicans amid a presidential election is not only disrespectful to American voters, but also could have significant implications for the ACA, as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case regarding its constitutionality. The governor has called on U.S. Senator Pat Toomey to uphold his own precedent from four years ago, and hold off on voting for a Supreme Court nominee until after the general election.The ACA provides health care to more than 1 million Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvanians with pre-existing conditions are only guaranteed coverage due to provisions in the ACA, and they are at greater risk to contract COVID-19. COVID-19 has also been shown to have long-term negative effects on the health of some COVID patients, which could result in additional Pennsylvanians with chronic, pre-existing conditions in the wake of this pandemic.COVID-19 could well become a pre-existing condition for a portion of the 7.8 million Americans who have contracted it. A repeal of the ACA is cruel and unacceptable at any time, but especially during a pandemic and start of the flu season.“I’m honored Governor Wolf was able to join us in New Garden Township today to talk about affordable and accessible healthcare. Our families currently have a lot on their plates, but access to healthcare should not be one of their concerns,” said state Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester). “We should be doing everything we can to remove barriers and to promote good health. Healthy communities are strong communities.”“In the face of ongoing uncertainty in the fight against COVID-19 and the beginning of our economic recovery, Pennsylvanians and families deserve to know they can count on their health care,” said state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester). “The economic toll of repealing or weakening the Affordable Care Act would be significant. The human impact would be devastating. We must stand together to protect and support the ACA at the very time when Pennsylvanians need it the most.”Further, the safeguards and preparations that Pennsylvania has taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 could be negated if the ACA is repealed and emergency rooms are overrun again with visits for health care that could be easily taken care of in a primary care physician’s office. A repeal would also cut off access to important preventative services by making this care unaffordable to vulnerable populations.“As a local health center serving uninsured and underinsured patients in Chester County, LCH cannot overstate the importance of the ACA to thousands of families in this community,” said Ted Trevorrow, director of operations at La Comunidad Hispana. “Without access to affordable coverage, families can’t receive the regular medical care they need to stay healthy, and are also vulnerable to financial ruin in the event of serious illness or injury. When health insurance is out of reach for so many low- and middle-income families, there can be no financial stability.”“We understand that the safety net that the Affordable Care Act ACA provides to Pennsylvania’s families is critical. As a community-based organization, MCHC is certainly convinced of the necessity of the ACA,” said Milena Oberti-Lanz, executive director of Maternal and Child Health Consortium. “Throughout our health insurance enrollment program and home visiting programs, we talk with parents every day about their children’s and other family member’s health needs. One of the reasons more children are covered is because their parents are now covered. One of the most effective strategies to reach eligible but uninsured children is for their parents to have coverage, which the ACA made possible for many Pennsylvanians. Adult coverage benefits children by having healthier parents and also supports families’ financial security. More than ever before, we want to ensure individuals have coverage to prevent common illnesses, ensure access to preventive medical care, immunizations, and necessary medications.”