first_imgBerlin, VT – More than 100 Vermont non-profit organizations have received grants totaling $205,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) in the first half of 2008, the states largest health insurer announced today.The funds are granted to improve health education and promote healthy lifestyles, and for direct services. BCBSVT executives cited the connection between improved health and lower health insurance rates as the incentive for its support and collaboration with community-based organizations receiving the grants. Individual grants typically range between $250 and $2,000.Partnering with like-minded organizations seeking to improve the health of our citizens benefits all of our customers and the state, explained William R. Milnes, Jr., president and CEO. Evidence clearly supports the value of these programs for improving health, and healthier Vermonters require fewer visits to the doctor, thereby helping to contain the cost of insurance premiums.In addition to direct grants, the insurer also administers the Vermont Caring Foundation, a non-profit foundation it created in 2005 to enhance the health and well being of Vermonts children. The Foundation granted nearly $14,000 in the first half of the year to four projects that promote physical activity and combat obesity.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michele DowisWe all know that Disaster Recovery plans are required. The examiners make mention of them and audit them regularly. Are you planning just to get through the audit or are you focused on credit union business continuity as a whole? The more engaged staff is in planning, the better prepared they are to react and respond to a disaster.Credit union BCP Staff engagement begins with participation and accountability! Participation isn’t only about documenting processes and writing procedures. It includes updating, testing and communicating the plan to others. There’s a lot involved in your credit union’s business continuity plan. Create a Business Continuity Plan Committee comprising of representatives from the functional areas. This team should regularly update the Board of Directors with status, challenges and progress. Keep in mind that the board has oversight and strategic responsibility over your credit union – this includes business continuity. 5 Important Things to Tell (Show) Your Board About Your Credit Union DR/BCP provides some additional detail of keeping the Board engaged as well.At the beginning of the year (or another regularly scheduled timeframe), outline a testing and training schedule. There may be some changes in dates, but the more you plan these out and perform them on a regular basis, the more likely for follow through. Your schedule should include (but not be limited to the following): continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSOLD: 97 Greta St, Manly West sold for $780,000.THE sale of 97 Greta St, Manly West, not only achieved the highest sale price this week, it set a new record for the street.Place Manly lead agent Danny Day said the home sold for $780,000 for private treaty, which had not been achieved prior in this street.“That was the highest price in the street, prior to another one, after mine, further down selling for the same price,” he said.Mr Day said while the property took more than 80 days to sell, it wasn’t an accurate representation of how long similar properties like this are taking to sell.“We had Christmas in the middle (of marketing), so it was probably on the market for 80-odd days,” he said.“Also our contract period for that one was quite an extended contract.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“Realistically it wouldn’t have been the 80 days, it would have been a lot shorter.” The elevated position of this Manly home helped attract a record price for the street.He said the buyers, who have moved down from Cairns for work, were attracted to the low maintenance lifestyle and the guest space on the lower level.“They’re going to have older people stay with them from time-to-time as well, so the downstairs having a separate bathroom as well and bedrooms downstairs appeal to them.”He said there was ample demand for properties similar to this.“People are always looking for things where they can have guests stay and where they’ve got their own private area,” he said.“I think that top end of Manly, especially in Greta St right now, is in high demand because there’s a lot of properties that can be add value you too. “But also, it’s a position, it’s a really nice high elevated position, so you get bay views from the property as well.”last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Staying in business in the San Fernando Valley is tough enough for Maurice Vanegas – now he and hundreds of other entrepreneurs have to consider the possibility of mandatory health insurance. Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to provide health care for all Californians, businesses with at least 10 employees would have to provide health insurance for workers or contribute 4 percent of their payroll into a state fund. In Los Angeles County, there are 61,418 businesses with between 10 and 499 employees, according to census figures. In the San Fernando Valley, hundreds of businesses would be affected by the plan. At Vanegas’ Sun Valley company Transit Systems Unlimited, he does not offer his 50-plus workers health care because he needs a system that is fair to full- and part-time employees. He supports universal health care but thinks businesses have already been taxed to the hilt. “There is only so much you can tax a small-business owner,” Vanegas said. He already pays 24 percent of his payroll into workers’ compensation, 6.5 percent into Social Security and 6.4 percent into unemployment insurance, he said. Advocates say Schwarzenegger’s plan will fix the “broken” health care system and provide a model for universal care for the nation. However, the governor’s mandate “offends” the basic values of independent-minded business owners, says Michael Shaw, legislative director at the California branch of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a nonprofit that represents 35,000 businesses in the state. Instead of requiring insurance, the focus should be on making care affordable and offering incentives to businesses that provide health insurance, he said. “If you make it affordable, you are already going to capture a lot of businesses,” said Shaw, who added that reform was badly needed. In California, 6.8 million people are uninsured, while 17 million people rely on their employers for coverage, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of the census. There is a fear that thin profit margins will be wiped out by the mandate and force some out of business, according to Paul Keckley, head of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, a private research think tank in Washington, D.C. “Four percent is not inconsequential,” Keckley said. Other employers will get around the law by outsourcing labor and hiring contractors. Small firms have had to shoulder faster rising health care costs than big businesses, according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Companies with between three and 199 workers saw their premiums jump 8.8 percent in 2006, while companies with 200 or more employees paid 7 percent more. Since 2000, the overall cost of health insurance has soared 87 percent. “The burden of a fragmented system of coverage falls heaviest on the small employer and their workers,” said Mary Pittman, president of the Health Research and Educational Trust, which partnered with Kaiser on the survey. There is another solution that small businesses would support, according to Roberto Barragan, president of the Valley Economic Development Center. “They (legislators) need to recognize that the only way it makes sense for business to support a health care plan is if you tie it to workers’ compensation reform,” he said. “Otherwise the business community is going to oppose it strongly.” Schwarzenegger’s plan will inevitably change as it goes through the Legislature, but small-business owners are already discussing how they will shoulder the cost. Murray Wishengrad, owner of The Stand Restaurant in Encino, already pays part of his employees’ health insurance. He wants a solution to reduce costs by linking workers’ compensation and health care. “We’re double paying premiums for when they’re hurt at work and when they’re hurt playing soccer,” Wishengrad said. “Why double dip?” Julianna Szegedi can barely afford her own health coverage, let alone hire someone to help her run Discount Framing on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. She welcomed Schwarzenegger’s plan, saying it was the government’s “job” to provide health care for everyone. But Szegedi, 60, is worried she will not be able to keep her own coverage for much longer. She pays $900 every other month for coverage with a $500 deductible. “I have a hard time (paying) for myself,” Szegedi said beneath a wall covered in partial frames. “But I’m 60. I need to keep it in case I have to go into the hospital.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 last_img read more

first_imgRajshahi district unit BNP general secretary Motiur Rahman Montu. Photo: CollectedA Rajshahi court on Tuesday placed Motiur Rahman Montu, general secretary of district unit BNP, on a five-day remand in a case filed over the crude bomb attack on a rally of the party’s mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, reports UNB.Rajshahi metropolitan magistrate Zahidul Islam passed the order when sub-inspector of Boalia police station and also the investigation officer of the case Golam Mostafa produced him before the court with seven-day remand prayer.Earlier on 22 July, police in a drive arrested Motiur Rahman Montu from his house in the city’s Ramchandrapur area around 2:30am following the leak of an audio clip over alleged conversation between Montu and another BNP leader regarding bomb attack on the rally.On 17 July, the rally of BNP candidate came under crude bomb attack in Sagorpara Bottolar Mor area around 11:00am.Later, sub-inspector Shamim Hossain of Boalia police station filed a case accusing eight unnamed people.last_img read more