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Happy 6th Anniversary to the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 22 March 2016 by admin

Susan Johnson media (2)By Susan Johnson, Regional Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, Region 10

In terms of significance, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 is often compared to the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA grew out of advances in coverage provided by Medicare and Medicaid—in fact, President Teddy Roosevelt first proposed a national health insurance program in 1912! We celebrate over 100 years of healthcare progress in 2016.

The ACA turns six on March 23, 2016, and its elder sibling, Medicare, turns 51 a few months later. Both programs continue to evolve, enhancing the lives and health of Americans.

More states continue to expand Medicaid. Thirty-one states, including Washington, D.C., have expanded Medicaid, and it is under discussion in others.

Since the ACA took effect, twenty million uninsured adults aged 18 to 64 gained health coverage. This figure does not include children or adults aged 65 or older. The uninsured rate has decreased substantially across all races and ethnicities throughout the country.

Here in Washington State, enrollment in Washington’s Apple Health and Apple Health for Kids enrollment has grown by 655,424 since 2013—much of this growth is attributable to the implementation of Medicaid expansion. Additionally, over 202,000 signed up for health insurance through Washington HealthPlanFinder during the recent Open Enrollment Period.

However, the ACA hasn’t impacted only those who have recently gained coverage. Virtually every American has benefitted in some way from the ACA, whether they realize it or not. Here are a few of the benefits we all enjoy:

  • Young adults can stay on their parent’s plans until age 26.

  • You can appeal your plan’s denial of payment decision.

  • Lifetime limits are banned.

  • Insurance companies must justify unreasonable rate hikes.

  • Many preventive care services are covered at no cost with Qualified Health Plans and with Medicare.

  • The Medicare “donut hole” is closing and will be closed by 2020, saving seniors on prescription drug costs.

  • Health plans must spend at least 80% of your premiums on health care instead of administrative costs.

  • Insurance companies can’t deny coverage based upon preexisting conditions.

  • Medicare payments to hospitals and physicians are now linked to quality instead of quantity of services provided.

  • States are incentivized to come up with innovative plans to improve the health of their citizens.

These are just a few improvements that the ACA has brought to the entire healthcare landscape. Changes continue to be phased in, bettering healthcare and health in America.

We are working now to improve care, by encouraging better coordination and prioritizing wellness and prevention. We’re seeing success in programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps at-risk individuals delay or prevent diabetes. By preventing illnesses before they happen, we can save lives and save money.

We are also giving providers and patients access to their health care data in new ways. Businesses are creating apps to help access electronic health records in innovative ways. Patients become more involved in their own care, leading to better outcomes. This is a win for providers, patients, and the businesses which develop the applications.

Visionary Americans fought for the right for all Americans to have affordable, quality healthcare. The ACA will continue to bring those visions to fruition this year and for years to come.

Happy anniversary to us all!

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Seattle Proposition 1: A Good Investment for Our Community

Seattle Proposition 1: A Good Investment for Our Community

Posted on 14 October 2015 by admin

Ubax Gardheere 2 (3)

Arrimaha Gaadiidka ee Seattle waa ku kuwo xasaasi ah oo aad muhimadoodu u sarreyso. Hadba inta magaalada sii korto, waxa ay dadku yaqiinsanayaan in kaabayaasheedu yihiin kuwo aan si nabad ah oo sahlan aan shacabka iyo  badeecaduhu  isaga  kala  gooshi Karin iyadoo taasi sababteedu tahay maalgelinnada looga  baahan yahay dhinacaasi oo aan ku  filneyn. Magaalo u shidan sida Seattle oo kale, waxa muhiim u ah in dadka kari karaan  iney si sahlan meelaha  ay doonaan ku tagi karaan iyagoo gaadiidkii ay doonaan adeegsanaya. Arrintani waa mid dhab ah oo jirta iyadoo qiimaha guryahu ay yihiin  kuwo aad  sare ugu  sii kacaya kuwaasi oo sababay in  dadku usii sidqaan ama u guuraan daafaha Wuqooyi iyo Koonfureed ee magaalada iyadoo weliba dadka qaar ay gebi ahaanba isaga guureen magaalada taasi oo sabab u noqotay in waqti  badan kaga lumo safarka ay danaha ay magaalada ka leeyihiin ku soo fushanayaan.

Warka wanaagsan waxa uu yahay in codbixiyeyaasha heli doonaan fursad arrimaha gaadiidka Seattle wax looga qabto ama lagu hagaajiyo marka ay xilligan Xagaaga ahi ama foolka loo  yaqaano ay dhacayso waqigii canshuurta gaadiidka isla markaana fursad kale loo heli doono in la oggolaado Seattle Proposition 1. Seattle Proposition 1 waxa uu beddeli  doonaa canshuurta gaadiidka ee hadda jirta iyo in la maalgeliyo noocyo kala duwan oo gaadiid ah, waddooyin nabad ah, gaar ahaan  agagaarka iskuullada, iyo mashaariic lagu fududeynayo ciriiriga jidadka  ka taagan. Sababahan dartood, waxan rajeynayaa inaad “Haa” ugu codeyn doontaan Seattle Proposition 1 Bisha November.

Seattle Proposition 1 wuxuu maalgelin doonaa tiro mashaariic muhiim ah oo ku  baahsan dhamaan magaalada,  gaar ahaan  meelaha  Seattle ka  deggan yihiin dadka qaxootiga ah ama  soo galeetiga ah iyo dadka midab ahaan laga tiro badan yahay. Maadaama  mashaariicdan ay qeyb ka yihiin canshuurta, Maamulka Magaalada  waxa uu qorsheynayaa in howlaha horumarinta si caddaalad ah loo fuliyo si loo hubiyo in dhammaan mashaariicda noqdaan kuwo  ay ka faa’iideystaan bulshooyinka  baahida ugu weyn u qaba.  

Arrimaha ugu waaweyn ee mashruuca “Aan Dhaqaanjinno Seattle” Let’s Move Seattle waxa ka mida :

  • $10 milyan maalgelin lagu bixiyo busteejo cusub ee tareenka  fudud (light rail station at Graham Street). Busteejada  Waddada Graham waxay ay muhiim u aheyd bulshooyin badan, hey’ado iyo ganacsatooyinka ku nool Dooxada Rainier kuwaasi oo ka  faa’iideysan doona kororka helidda gaadiid kala duwan, gaar ahaan dadka da’da ah iyo dhallinyarada oo imika u lugeeya Boosteejooyinka Othello ama Columbia City, kuwaasi oo u dhaxeyso masaafo ka badan 2 mile.

  • Waddooyin Nabad ah oo taga dhammaan iskuullada dadweynaha ama dowladda. Dugsiyo badan oo ku baahsan magaalada, ardadadoodu waxa ay imika la’ yihiin jidad nabad ah  oo iskuulaadka  lagu tago ama looga  soo laabto. Ha noqoto waddooyinka socodka oo liita, isgoysyo khatar ah, ama sababooyin kale. Tani ma aha mid la aqbali karo. Seattle Proposition 1 wuxuu ku maalgelin doonaa lacago  gaaraya malaayiin doolar muddada sagaalka sano  ee soo  socota si loo hubiyo ammaanka iyo bad qabka cunug kasta iyo arday kasta si aaney maskaxdooda ugu mashquulin jidkee ugu wanaagsan oo bad qaba ood Iskuulka ku tagtaa  ama kaga timaadaa. Mudnaanta waxa  si gaara  loo siin doonaa iskuullada ay ugu badan yihiin ardada ku tiirsan qadada fareega (free lunch) ama  lacagta yar lagu iibsado.

  • In la soo kordhiyo 150 bloog oo waddooyinka lugta ah oo cusub. Dad badan oo magaaladeena deggan, gaar ahaan kuwa  deggan Koonfurta iyo Wuqooyiga Seattle, waxa ay ku nool xaafado aan waddo dhinac  laheyn. Ama ha noqoto khatarta ku  lugeynta waddo dhinac la’aan ilaa bullaacadaha biyaha qaada, hagardaamooyinka waddoooyin aan laheyn  dhinac looga  socdo way fara  badan yihiin.

  • Hirgelinta 7 meelood  oo  cusub oo  laga  raaco RapidRide+ transit, iyo hagaajin seddex meelood  oo  loo maro goobaha tareenka fudud, iyo dayactir lagu sameeyo  waddooyin  dherekoodu  gaaraya 180 mile. Si kasta  oo aad ugu socoto magaalada Seattle gudaheeda iyo xaafaddaadaba, faa’iido baa kugu jirta Seattle Proposition 1.

Arrimhani aannu soo xusnay waa in yar  oo faro ku tiris ah marka looga eego maaleglinnada kale ee  lugu fulin canshuurtan gaadiidka. Bal ka eeg  bartan mashaariicda kale ee u faa’iideyn doonta xaafadda aad ku nooshahaya www.letsmoveseattle.com/projects/overview.

Marka ay magaaladu tahay mid deg-deg u koreysa, rugaha ganacsiga waxa ay  bixin  doonaan labo meelood seddex meel. Maadaama Seattle Proposition 1 uu beddelayo canshuurta gaadiidka ee hadda jirta, qiimaha maalgelinta kaga soo aadeysa guri kasta oo Seattle ah waa 12 doolar oo kaliya. Si kasta ood magaalada ugu kala gooshto, ama ha noqot gaarigaaga aad kaxeysato, bas, tareenka fudud, baaskiil, ama lugeyn, Seattle Proposition 1 waa maalgelin muhiim u ah mustaqbalka iyo horumarka magaaladeena.

Qoraaga: Ubax Gardheere waa Agaasimaha Barnaamijyada (Program Director) ee Puget Sound Sage, halkaasi  oo ay he’adda ugu qaabilsan  tahay arrimaha gaadiidka iyo guryaha jaban. Puget Sound Sage waa isbaheysi goboleed qaabilsan shaqada, bulshada, iyo hey’adaha diinta, una go’doomay dhisidda dhaqdhaqaaq xooggan oo u adeega dhaqaale caddaalad ah.

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DeanForFeingoldRussBacker

Howard Dean For Russ Feingold!

Posted on 17 June 2015 by admin

DeanForFeingoldRussBackerThe state of Wisconsin and progressives everywhere got some great news recently: Russ Feingold officially announced that he is running against incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson, giving Democrats a clearer shot than ever at reclaiming the Senate in 2016.
Russ has been a champion on issues that matter to progressives for his entire career. No one will ever forget his brave vote against the Patriot Act in 2001 or how long and hard he fought to limit money in politics by enacting his signature legislation — a set of tough, bipartisan campaign finance reform measures. After the financial collapse, he pushed to re-enact Glass-Steagall and to break up the “too big to fail” banks once and for all.
Russ has proven that he will stand up for what he thinks is right no matter what. He will do whatever it takes to level the playing field for working Americans. That’s why I’m proud to announce that I am endorsing him in his fight to once again represent Wisconsin in the Senate.
Please show Russ that you are ready to help him defeat incumbent Tea Party Senator Ron Johnson — and help take back the Senate from the GOP. Become a founding RussBacker today by chipping in $3 or more to support his campaign.
When I ran for president, we didn’t rely on huge checks from billionaires and party insiders. My campaign was fueled by thousands of small donations from people across the country who were genuinely excited about what we were building together.
I’m happy to say that Russ is building exactly that kind of grassroots campaign in Wisconsin. In just the first few weeks of his candidacy, he has received thousands of small-dollar contributions from progressive activists from across all 50 states.
Compare that with the campaign that his opponent, Sen. Ron Johnson, plans to run. In 2010, Johnson poured nearly $9 million of his own money into his campaign. This time around, he is teaming up with wealthy corporate donors and “advocacy groups” like the Koch-run Americans for Prosperity — and they’re already getting out their wallets.
Democrats need to win big in Wisconsin if we are going to take the Senate back from the Republicans in 2016. The Tea Party and their corporate sponsors are going to fight tooth and nail to keep one of the biggest progressive heavyweights out there from rejoining the Senate and potentially tipping the balance of power back in our favor.Let’s give Russ Feingold’s campaign the head start it needs and deserves so he can win back this key seat and help Democrats take back the Senate. Chip in $3 or more today to become a founding RussBacker.
Thanks for helping to elect more progressive champions,
– Howard
Gov. Howard Dean, Chair
Democracy for America

 

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Recent Protests in Seattle over the Cartoon!

Recent Protests in Seattle over the Cartoon!

Posted on 11 February 2015 by admin

A letter to the Editor by Steve Douglas, Florida I am over on the east coast of the US, so I do not claim to be very familiar with the state of relations between Muslim immigrants Continue Reading

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why ithink

Car-Tab fees Increase in King County is not the solution!

Posted on 01 April 2014 by admin

why ithink

 Although I don’t reach my conclusions of an argument or a political issue based on any political labels, but I consider myself a very progressive person.  I like to base all my political decisions to a single personal core value – Is it good for the working people?

Is Prop1 Fair for All?
Do you believe Prop 1 is good for the working people? My conclusion is No, you can convince me otherwise, I present my reasoning.
It is a regressive tax. You can’t create true economic justice without fair taxation. A tax that takes a larger percentage from low-income people than from high-income people is a recipe for disaster when it comes to public policy, and it will only widen the income inequality.

Some proponents argue that Prop1 is going to help the low income population the most; on the contrary, this will put a larger dent in their pocketbooks without them gaining much from the taxation. Most of the low income families must rely on personal cars rather than public transportation –this is a true fact contrary to “statistical data” which excludes a large part of those who do not use public transportation.
(See demographics of data)

I personally have not used any public transportation for years, not because I don’t like it, but rather it is not a very effective or efficient way for me and my family to travel; long wait time, and takes too much time in my short day, to go where I need to go.

The long commute time is not good for low income and working class people who work in hourly jobs with set schedules. It takes much longer to travel the same distance via bus compared to auto, for people who work in jobs outside of the downtown Seattle core. For examples: to get to my current office, it takes me two buses and about an hour, compared to half an hour to 40 minutes by auto. Sometimes routes are not available

Many people including myself are already paying close to $115 for car tab fees annually, adding another $60 will increase the car tab fees close to $200 annually – too much for average working folks with family who are not earning six figure incomes.  Even if we pass the $60 car tab fees, the mass transit problems will still remain the same. And if anyone is under the impression that Prop 1 will solve any mass transit in a significant way, I will argue for you to do some more research about what the money will be used for and how it will be used.

Prop 1 proponents acknowledge that the fee will be a regressive and not fair to low-wage earners, but argue that this is the only option available to us. I respectfully disagree with their assertion (this is the only option available). In my opinion, the initiative would have been so much better and fairer if they had set the fee according to the car’s value. For example, if you drive 2013 Hummer H2 the fee increase will be $60, and if you drive 1997 Toyota Camry the fee increase will be $20. In this case, everyone will pay their fair share. However, now the way the initiative has been written was that everyone regardless of your ability to pay the increase or the value of your car (2013 Hummer or 1997 Toyota Camry), you will be paying the same amount of $60 increase per year flat rate – this is not fair to all disproportionately hurts working class and low income workers in areas of the county outside of Seattle (east side and south) where bus routes are already fewer, with less service.

What is needed is an alternative revenue system: some metro bus drivers themselves have commented on this at past metro bus route closure hearings. At present we only have regressive taxes such as increases in property taxes, sales tax or car tab fees. What guarantee is there that metro and the county will not come back to voters in a few years, asking to raise car tab fees yet again, and increase bus fares again? We have no income tax as other states do to raise revenue to cover transportation costs such as metro demands.
 
Prop1 sends the wrong message to Olympia where transportation is a state issue, not a county or a city issue alone. Are we becoming a County-State? Furthermore, the passage of Prop1 will encourage Olympia to reject any future meaningful transportation packaging in King County, where money from the state may be involved because they will believe that we will come up with the money anyways.

In conclusion, there are many points that I can raise to show why Prop1 is really a bad idea. We need a comprehensive transportation solution that meets the 21 century demands. More money into the system is not the solution, but creative thinking which is based on transportation justice for all is what will lead us to have fair and everlasting mass transit solution. NO a regressive tax in the name of mass transit solution. Prop1 is a bad deal for all of us, and we must vote against it.

Yusuf Cabdi

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Super Storm

Super Storm Sandy oo Seattle ku Fiicnaan Laheyd?

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

Sida Hurricane Katrina lagu arkay baabuurta biyuhu ka galaan engine-ka tuuris ayey ku dambeeyaan  oo iyaga oo dhan baa kharribma. Tirada baabuurta kharribantay waxa ay shaqo la’aan ku keeneen darawallo sidooda oo kale u fara badan oo la hubo in maalmo soo socda guri joog ahaan doonaan ama meelo kale u shaqo doonan doonaan.

Waxan jeclaan lahaa in dabeyshan ku habsan laheyd Yellow Cap Seattle maxaa yeelay waxa uu kambanigaasi maskaxda iyo jilbaha tiray Soomaali fara badan oo la’aantiis horurmar dhaqaale gaari lahaa, caafimaad hagaagsanna heli lahaa. Fadhiga faraha badan jilbaha oo kaliya ma dhibaateeyo, balse waxa uu dhibaateeyaa dhabarka oo isku noqda, sokor iyo dhiig kar ka dhasha dhaqdhaqaaq la’aanta. Waxa sidoo kale darawalladu wada xafidaan dhammaan waddooyinka magaalada oo isla markaana si aada maskaxda uga shaqeysiiyaan iyagoo ku dadaalaya iney addreska si dhaqsi ah ku gaaraan. Taasi waxa ay maskaxda ku keentaa iney shidaal badan cunto sida timaha oo dhaqsi u haada iyo indha oo arragooda soo yaraada.

Waxad u  maleyseysaa in darwarlnimadu tahay dabin Soomaali ku wada dhacday oo weliba intii ay iska waanin lahaayeen oo midba midka kale ku sii ridayo. Dabeecadaha Soomaalida ayey noqotay iney is lug jiidaaan oo xittaa haddii qofku hur ku jiro uu jecel yahay in lala huro. Runta waxa ay da’ yarta ku guubaaineysaa iney tacliinta ka war doonaan. Haddii waqti dheer aadan awoodin inaad waxbarasho sii waddo, waxa hubanti ah inaad heleyso waxbarasho waqti gaaban oo weliba lagaa bixinayo sida farsamooyinka cunto karinta, rooti dubista, alxanka, beero beerista guryaha iyo jidadka, caafimaadka, makaanik iyo faryaamo iwm. Maxaa kugu wareerinaya inaad maskaxdaada quruxda badan ku baabi’iso address xafidid oo haddii aad magaalada ka guurto meel kale aadan la aadi karin?

Caqliga laguu sheegayo macnihiisu waxa uu yahay inaad xisaabtanto. Haddii aad 10 sano taxi ama taraag waddo waxba kuuma kordhin, haddiise 10 sano aad shaqo kale iyo waxbarasho isku waddo wax tar wayn ayaad usoo hoysay naftaada iyo qoyskaaga iyo weliba waddankaaga. Haddaba adiga kala dooro anaad sanuud ururiso ama aad xar xaraf ku darto adigoo berri ka maalin aad dad kale wax sii bari karto. Caqliga fayow waxa uu dooranayaa inuu mustaqbal ka fakaro, midka gaabanna maanta oo kaliya ayuun buu arki karaa. Keebey Soomaalidu leedahay?

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Kulan Cilimiyeedkii Sannadlaha GSA ee 65aad oo Lagu Qabtay San Diego

Kulan Cilimiyeedkii Sannadlaha GSA ee 65aad oo Lagu Qabtay San Diego

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

Kulan cilmiyeedkan ee sannadkiiba mar la qabto waxa uu isu keenaa in ka badan 4,000 oo culumada kuwooda Continue Reading

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65th Annual Scientific Meeting

65th Annual Scientific Meeting

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

The 2012 GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting ended last month in San Diego with a significant number of participants. Continue Reading

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Dhuux Haddaad

Dhuux Haddaad Caqli Leedahay! By Jija Amir

Posted on 04 December 2012 by admin

Dhuux Haddaad Caqli Leedahay!

By Jija Amir

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Labo Magaalada la Soo Galay Dar-Dar Cusub!

Labo Magaalada la Soo Galay Dar-Dar Cusub!

Posted on 31 October 2012 by admin

Sayid Cali Xaaji (bidix) iyo Nuradin Maxamed Cali waxa ay bulshada Seattle ku soo biireen muddo gaaban oo gacan kaliya faraheeda lagu tirin karo. Cali waxaa Continue Reading

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