Thursday, May 18, 2023

The US Has A Nursing Home Staffing Crisis

A shortage of Nursing Home staff which are mostly women and minorities, is creating a crisis in the industry. Covid and the country's aging population are part of the problem but there is more. As baby boomers age, there are more and more people in need of care and fewer people stepping in to fill the shortages. Covid-19 was a big part of this but cannot be blamed for all of the problems. 

From Democratic Representative Steven Horford of Nevada and Kay Henry at The Hill 

The connection between staffing levels, safety and quality of care is well established, and current low staffing rates contribute to racial health disparities for nursing home residents. For instance, of homes where Medicaid pays for more than 71 percent of beds, nearly half (49 percent) have low staffing levels. About 21 percent of the residents in these homes are Black, well above the 13 percent average for all homes. A 2022 analysis details how lower staffing rates in Medicaid-funded facilities contribute to racial health disparities. 

What’s more, this crisis is rooted in the systemic racism of our care infrastructure. More than half of CNAs are people of color, and 90 percent are women. Yet despite nursing homes receiving billions of dollars from the Provider Relief Fund and other COVID-19 funding, real wages for CNAs actually declined from 2020 to 2021, a blatant example of how employers have long dismissed this workforce.

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A Chance To Save AM Radio

From Talkers Magazine

Save AM Radio in Cars Legislation Introduced

 The bill – sponsored by a bi-partisan, bi-cameral group including Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Ted Cruz (R-TX),Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5), Bruce Westerman (R-AR-4), Tom Kean, Jr. (R-NJ-7), Rob Menendez (D-NJ-8) and Maria Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA-3) – would “direct federal regulators to require automakers to maintain AM broadcast radio in their new vehicles at no additional charge.”

 Specifically, the bill would do three things: 1) Direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a rule that requires automakers to maintain AM broadcast radio in their vehicles without a separate or additional payment, fee, or surcharge; 

2) Require any automaker that sells vehicles without access to AM broadcast radio before the effective date of the NHTSA regulation to clearly disclose to consumers that the vehicle lacks access to AM broadcast radio; and

 3) Direct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study whether alternative communication systems could fully replicate the reach and effectiveness of AM broadcast radio for alerting the public to emergencies. NAB president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt comments, “NAB commends Sens. Markey, 

Cruz, Baldwin, Fischer, Luján and Vance, and Reps. Gottheimer, Westerman, Kean, Menendez and Gluesenkamp Perez, for their leadership in advocating for AM radio listeners. 

4)This legislation ensures that the tens of million Americans who depend on AM radio for news, entertainment and critical safety information each month can continue to have access to this reliable communications medium. 

As the backbone of the Emergency Alert System, AM radio is instrumental in promptly disseminating vital information across all mediums during crises, ensuring that communities remain safe and well-informed.

 America’s local broadcasters applaud the bill’s authors and supporters for recognizing AM radio's critical role in our nation’s public safety infrastructure.”

UPDATE on 5-24-2023   Axios News 

What they're saying: "The importance of AM radio during large-scale emergencies cannot be underestimated, and it has, without a doubt and without interruption, saved lives and kept our communities informed," said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), the lead sponsor in the House.

"When the cellphone runs out, the internet gets cut off, or the television doesn't work because of no electricity or power to your house, you can still turn on your AM radio."

Also New York Daily News says Ford to keep putting AM radios in cars. 

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Monday, May 15, 2023

About That So Called "Faith Based Healthcare".

 I have been hearing commercials for years now on the radio that promote this bad alternative to the Affordable Care Act which many conservatives call "Obama Care". 

One company called "Liberty Healthshare" has enriched themselves while pretending to be a legitimate Health Insurance company.

A ProPublica article shows how this scam has worked to keep people from not only from legitimate healthcare, it has also kept people from their money. 

From the article:
In January, Cost Sharing Solutions laid off all but a handful of staff, according to current and former employees. “They have no money,” said one source who asked to remain anonymous because of the nondisclosure agreements that the company required employees to sign. “It’s all gone.” From 2014 to 2021, Liberty paid Cost Sharing Solutions at least $90 million.

The company has even received over 6 million dollars of US Covid Relief money.


Monday, May 8, 2023

Talk Radio Is Dying

ESPN Sports talk is loosing market share. Newstalk Radio is also suffering market share. 

The list of shows below were offered to radio stations via satellite from just one company, Westwood One.

Programs that will no longer air on XDS after May 31, 2023 are:

• America at Night/America at Night Weekend

• America in the Morning

• America this Week

• American Country Countdown

• AP News

• Ben Shapiro/Ben Shapiro Weekend

• Bob & Tom/Bob & Tom Weekend

• CBS Sports 24-7/CBS Sports Minutes

• Chris Plante/Chris Plante Weekend

• CNBC Business Reports

• Daly Download CHR & HAC

• Flashback

• Kidd Kraddick

• Mark Levin

• Matt Walsh

• Meet the Press

• Michael Knowles

• Nights with Elaina/Nights with Elaina Weekend

• Real Estate Today

• Red Eye Radio

• Rich Eisen

• Sanjay Gupta

• The Bert Show/Bert Show Best Of

• Weekends with Roula

• With Elaina

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Cruse Ship In Humboldt Bay!



Eureka will welcome the Scenic Eclipse and its 256 passengers back to Humboldt Bay this Sunday, May 7th at 1:00 PM. The ship will be led into the harbor by a boat parade followed by a private welcome party at Schneider dock.

Ship guests will have the option to enjoy Old Town Eureka, the Redwood Skywalk, the Humboldt Botanical Garden, or a Pacific Coastline Hiking Tour provided by Pacific Outfitters between 2:00 to 6:00 PM. An excursion catalog is continuing to be developed to share what Humboldt County has to offer to incoming cruise ships.

The cruise visit and welcome party are a collaborative effort planned by the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District, the City of Eureka, Eureka Main Street, Humboldt County Office of Economic Development, Visit Humboldt, Petrusha Pilots, Coos Bay Tugs and Zerlang and Zerlang Marine Services. Special thanks to Chet Albin, Dave Schneider and Schneider Dock.

The ship is expected to be visible around noon on Sunday; local citizens can watch the arrival from the Del Norte Street pier, the Park and Ride at Herrick Avenue and the Samoa boat ramp at the north jetty.

US Senator Joe Liberman, WTC 7 Did Not Occur