With the launch of the new state health insurance exchanges on Oct. 1, HSPH professor Atul Gawande writes in a New Yorker editorial about three forms of obstructionism taking place to hinder the rollout: some states not accepting federal funds to expand their Medicaid programs, some refusing to operate state health exchanges, and some conservatives trying to persuade young people to not purchase insurance.“Conservatives keep hoping that they can drive the system to collapse. That won’t happen,” said Gawande, a writer for the magazine. “Enough people, states, and health-care interests are committed to making it work, just as the Massachusetts version has for the past seven years.” Read Full Story
Osgood, In. — WRBI Radio conducted the annual 8th grade reality check on Thursday at Jac-Cen-Del High School.Eighth graders from several local districts had the opportunity to get a taste of adult life by making choices, picking careers, budgeting money, getting an education and dealing with family situations. Educators, students and volunteers say the experience provides a valuable lesson for their future.Special thanks to Napoleon State Bank, Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation, FCN Bank, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Batesville Police Department, United Community Bank, Ripley County Health Department, Southeastern Indiana REMC, Bruns-Gutzwiller, Inc., McDonald’s, Ison’s Family Pizza, Schmidt Bakery and Daffodilly’s Flowers and Gifts.Thanks to the special expertise brought to the event by the Ripley County Retired Teacher’s Association, Batesville Historical Society and the Versailles Lions Club.Thanks the following schools that participated in the program:Batesville Community School Corporation, Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation, Milan Community Schools, South Ripley School Corporation, St. Louis Catholic School and St. Nicholas Schools.