Indiana’s Increase in Uninsured Kids a “Puzzling Concern”

first_imgStatewide—After years of trending downward, the number of children without health care insurance in Indiana and the U.S. is on the rise again, according to a new report.The study, released Wednesday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, finds that the uninsured child rate in Indiana rose from 5.9% in 2016 to 6.6% in 2018.Dr. Sarah Stelzner, co-legislative chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Indiana chapter, says that’s 10,000 more children without health care coverage.“I was really saddened and disappointed to see that,” she states. “We’re supposedly in an economic boom right now and so many children are losing health coverage instead of gaining it. That’s a puzzle that I think we all need to be concerned about.”There were more than 4 million children in the U.S. without health care insurance in 2018, an 11% increase from 2016.Stelzner says continuous health insurance ensures children can access the routine medical care needed for healthy development and so much more. “There’s so many powerful and long-term impacts on their health as an adult, their educational outcomes, their ability to graduate from high school and get into college, get great jobs to really begin to contribute to our communities and to our society,” she states.Georgetown Center executive director Joan Alker notes that the rate of uninsured children nationally has been increasing since 2016. She’s calling on federal and state government to make children’s health a priority. “Start reducing those red-tape barriers, start funding more outreach and enrollment efforts, so that families know they can get coverage and then, how they can get coverage, and they can do it easily,” she urges.Alker adds that efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and delays in funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) have made the problem worse.last_img read more

VB : Syracuse cruises to 3 weekend wins in Big Orange Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Down two sets to one against an upstart Youngstown State team, sophomore outside hitter Lindsay McCabe provided Syracuse with the spark it needed.The Orange, in danger of losing for the first time in 2011, trailed deep into the fourth set when McCabe blocked YSU outside hitter Missy Hundelt’s spike attempt. The block set off a celebration as Orange players screamed in excitement, coming together around McCabe on the floor.‘It’s always a game changer when you can get points and amp your teammates up,’ McCabe said. ‘I’m just glad I got my teammates riled up.’The newfound energy keyed a comeback in SU’s second game of the 2011 Big Orange Tournament over the weekend. With victories over Sacred Heart, YSU and Siena at the Women’s Building, the Orange (3-0, 0-0 Big East) extended its nonconference winning streak to 21 straight matches and captured its home tournament.The team started fast and looked dominating in three-set sweeps of Sacred Heart — an NCAA tournament team in 2010 (25-14, 28-26, 25-22) — and Siena (25-15, 25-17, 25-19).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the opener Friday, SU fought off late runs by Sacred Heart in the second and third sets. But the Pioneers couldn’t match the presence of junior middle blocker Samantha Hinz, who tallied seven blocks in the match.Senior outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre had a game-high 16 kills to go with nine digs and three blocks, and junior setter Laura Homann recorded 31 assists in the win.Hinz said finally playing a game was a welcome change from summer practices. And Homann said it was a relief to win the first matchup.‘Great to get the first win out of the way, especially against a team as skilled as they (Sacred Heart) are,’ Homann said.But the greatest weekend test for the Orange didn’t come from a tournament-tested opponent. SU fell behind against YSU Saturday, losing the first two sets by a combined four points.SU looked frustrated as it struggled to land serves and volleys in bounds. Homann said the team’s struggles were due to poor hitting.‘We had some things to smooth out (against Youngstown State) before we could win, that’s for sure,’ Homann said. ‘I kept telling everyone to keep their shots down — it seemed like all our hits were going out of bounds.’Despite the poor hitting, assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe wasn’t worried about an upset.‘We knew that if we played our game, settled down and placed our shots, we could still win,’ Morrisroe said. ‘What we were doing was self-inflicted.’Morrisroe was right. The Orange fixed their problems, and McCabe’s momentum-shifting block started a streak of wins in six straight sets over the final two matches en route to the tournament title.In SU’s final game against Siena, freshman outside hitter Ying Shen provided a similar spark to McCabe, recording 17 digs and 14 kills. Behind Shen’s complete performance, the Orange never trailed in the first two sets and easily won the match.McCabe said winning its first three games is a good start. She was a part of the team last year that opened the season with an 18-game winning streak but missed the NCAA tournament.‘We started fast last season, but it’s a great feeling to start fast this season,’ McCabe said.After the fast start this season, McCabe thinks her team is ready to take on more challenges, starting with the Utah State Tournament this weekend. Despite being young and inexperienced, the sophomore is confident the Orange will build on that start moving forward.‘I like the way our team looks,’ said McCabe. ‘If we play at the high level we know we can play at, we’ll be fine.’nctoney@syr.educenter_img Published on August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Nick: | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington dies at 52

first_imgHe was drafted with the 13th pick of the NBA Draft’s first round following his junior season at SU in 1986 by the then-New Jersey Nets. Washington also played for the Miami Heat and only stuck in the league until 1989.Shortly after announcing Washington’s death, SU Athletics released the following video commemorating his life. Related Stories Online fundraiser benefits former SU basketball star Pearl Washington Former Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington has died, SU Athletics announced Wednesday morning. Washington, who played at Syracuse from 1983-1986, had been battling a malignant brain initially reported Washington’s struggle with the brain tumor at the end of August. A Gofundme page was started Jan. 20 for Washington by Brandon Steiner, a Syracuse graduate and memorabilia mogul. The page has raised $63,430 as of about 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. A vigil was held in September at Hendricks Chapel, where the now-late Father Linus DeSantis said Washington’s condition had been improving.T-shirts had also been sold with “Pearl” scrawled on the front and SU players wore shirts on the bench and during warm-ups throughout this past basketball season. Facebook Twitter Google+ SU head coach Jim Boeheim recruited Washington from Brownsville, New York. Before he got to Syracuse, Washington was well known for his exploits on the blacktop playground courts in New York City. Tim Hardaway, who is credited for his handle, emulated Washington’s crossover, he said in a video for the New York Times.“First off I’d like to start out by saying how much I appreciate all the support for Dwayne Washington, Pearl,” Boeheim said on Jan. 30. “I think the overwhelming support that has been coming forth from everybody is tremendous. There’s no better guy and there’s nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington so I appreciate all that has been done for him and the thoughts people have come forth with. It means a lot to me. It means a lot to him.”Washington’s signature moment at Syracuse is still played on the video board before basketball games, when he hit a game-winning, half-court buzzer beater against Boston College Jan. 21, 1984. After the shot, Washington famously kept running, right into the locker room tunnel as the student section stormed the court.center_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Published on April 20, 2016 at 9:50 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

Black Stars to camp in UAE ahead of 2013 AFCON

first_imgGhana will hold their pre-tournament camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.The Black Stars will be based in Abu Dhabi to prepare for January’s tournament in South Africa.Ghana will hold the training camp from 7-16 January, 2013.The Ghana Football Association (GFA) was considering Kenya and Ethiopia as venues for the training camp but opted for Abu Dhabi.“We settled on the UAE because of the excellent facilities comparable to what is in South Africa for the Cup of Nations,” GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi said.“The camping in the UAE will give our players the necessary concentration to prepare for the tournament.“The UAE camping venue is also a good place for us to host friendly matches before the competition which is also key for our preparation.”Meanwhile, the Black Stars will start preparation with a non-residential camp in Accra before flying out to the UAE. The team will hold training sessions in from 2-6 January.In a related development, the GFA as received Ghc100,000 from Ricemaster’s as the sponsorship money for the Black Stars for this season.Ricemaster’s, the official food sponsors of the Black Stars, presented the cheque to the President of the GFA Kwesi Nyantakyi at a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday.The money is the company’s sponsorship fee for the Black Stars for the 2012/13 season.Nyantakyi says the money will boost the Black Stars as they prepare for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in January. “We are really grateful to Ricemaster’s for their support for the Black Stars over the years. This money comes at a time that we are preparing for the Cup of Nations,” Nyantakyi said.Ahmed Halawi, a senior management member of Ricemaster, said they are delighted in making money ready for the national team as it prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations.Ghana is drawn in Group B of the Africa Cup of Nations where they will face DR Congo, Mali and Niger.last_img read more