What to do with contaminated toys

first_imgThe Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is reminding residents that toys contaminated with lead-based paint can be dropped off at the city’s Solvents, Automotives, Flammables and Electronics (SAFE) recycling sites. Local centers are at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, 12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey; and in San Pedro, 1400 N. Gaffey St. The Playa del Rey site is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and the San Pedro spot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Toys that are not properly disposed of will find their way to landfills, where the lead can leach through the soil and eventually find its way into underground springs and waterways, department officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFor a list of recalled toys, check www.cpsc.gov and, for tips on safe toy shopping, go to www.insidesocal.com /dailylink. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgMary Mc Granaghan and Kieran Doherty, BASICC Committee.They’re walking back to health and happiness in the Twin Towns with the official launch of the BASICC Walks Initiative which took place recently.Ballybofey And Stranorlar Integrated Community Company (BASICC) who developed the project said they were are delighted with the project which is a further enhancement of the local walks initative in and around the Twin Towns.The actual works included upgrading the Drumboe Town walk and directional signage to other notable historic sites. The project funding was provided with a grant of €54,460 being allocated by DLDC through LEADER.There has been a huge increase in popularity of walks in and around the Twin Towns area thereby helping promote Tourism in the Twin Towns.BASICC had identified existing routes in need of upgrading, making them more accessable and safer to walk. A pocketguide has also been produced to promote the walks along with trailhead signs, directional signage and furniture.Speaking at the launch, Chairman of BASICC, Kieran Doherty said he was delighted with the project and that the objectives of the committee were to increase tourism and enterprise in the Twin Towns. He thanked all involved in the project, but particularly DLDC and Leader who provided the grant and guidance for the project. He thanked the Villa Rose Hotel, Jacksons Hotel, Kees Hotel, Mc Elhinneys Stores and CLADDA for also providing funds to match fund the grant. He also paid tribute to Coillte, Donegal County Council, Tús and Fas for all their support with this and other projects around the area.Chairman of DLDC, Mr Jim Slevin, said that his Board were always happy to help communities who wish to increase Tourism and Enterprise within their areas. He also commended the BASICC committee on all the great work that they have initiated around the Twin Towns.He said “This project ties in perfectly with the companies Rural Recreation Plan for Outdoor Pursuits in 2014”.He also pointed out that several other organisations in the Twin Towns had benefited from Leader funding in recent times including the Development of the “Pound” in Stranorlar, which includes statues of Frances Brown and Issac Butt, the Town Clock, Trusk Lough Walks Project, Gort Scíth Picnic Area, Enhancement works in both towns and more recently the Ard Mc Cool Playgrounds and the recent completed extension to the Finn Valley CentreLocal Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan also spoke at the event stating that it was great to see all organisation working in partnership to make this happen. He paid tribute to DLDC, Leader, RRO, Tus and Fas as well as the five business’s and CLADDA who helped support the development.The official cutting of the ribbon was performed by Mary Mc Granaghan, BASICC with Frank Kelly also of DLDC and Leader acting as MC for the event.WALKING BACK TO ‘BASICC’ HEALTH AND HAPPINESS IN THE TWIN TOWNS! was last modified: August 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BASICCdonegalDonegal Local development Compnaytwin townswalkslast_img read more

Bill would increase health care price transparency for Alaskans

first_img(Creative Commons image by tOrange.us)It could soon be easier for Alaskans to know how much they’re going to pay out of pocket for healthcare. The Legislature passed a bill requiring doctors and hospitals to provide cost estimates before patients receive services.Listen nowDeciding whether to undergo a medical procedure can be difficult. Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said not knowing how much you’re going to pay makes it tougher.“When you go to buy a car, you find out,” she said. “There’s a list on the car that says exactly what the car’s going to cost. But there’s no other market where you really have no idea what a service is going to cost you before you consume it, except for in health care.”She sponsored the bill, which would require doctors, hospitals and other providers to list prices for common services. The bill also would require providers to give their best estimate of what a patient would pay out of pocket.The bill received support from employers that provide health insurance and the insurance brokers that help them purchase it. The measure is modeled on similar rules enacted in Anchorage last year.Anchorage city manager Bill Falsey said many have welcomed the new price transparency.“We certainly heard some concerns from some health care providers, but we were able to work through the vast majority of those,” he said. “And we received a lot of enthusiastic response from a lot of insurance groups, some consumer groups — folks who are worried about the cost of health care in Alaska.”Doctors argue that listing the prices before any potential discounts can be misleading. For example, consumers may actually pay less out of pocket for services at one practice with a higher listed price than they would at another at another with a lower listed price. That’s because out-of-pocket costs for patients with insurance depend on the rates their insurers negotiate with providers.“This … is one of those cases where a little bit of information is almost worse than no information at all,” said Dr. Joseph Roth of Juneau. He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the bill may lead providers with lower listed prices to raise their prices.“Posting prices by physicians actually leads to an increase in overall health care costs, as physicians are then  able to see what other providers are actually charging,” he said.Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, addresses the Alaska House of Representatives on April 12, 2018. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Hospitals also expressed concern with posting the undiscounted prices. Jeannie Monk represents the industry as the vice president for the Alaska State Hospital & Nursing Home Association.“There isn’t necessarily a correlation between high cost and the highest quality, but sometimes in patients’ mind there is that,” she said. “So sometimes if patients see something costs more, they think that it’s better.”This can be a problem. For example, public workers don’t pay much directly. That’s because their insurer covers most costs.“Most of Alaska’s public plans still have low deductibles for their employees,” Monk said. “However, private-sector plans are increasingly adopting high deductibles and that’s where price transparency becomes more important for those employees that are more engaged.”Spohnholz said the patients who benefit most from the bill include those without insurance, as well as those with high deductible insurance.“Those plans are designed to incentivize wise consumption of services, and you have to know what they cost if you’re going to be a wise consumer,” she said.Doctors and hospital leaders alike said insurers are in a better position to tell patients what they’ll have to pay. But insurers said providers know more about how complicated a treatment might be, which will affect the cost.Spohnholz said both insurers and hospitals support patients knowing what procedures will cost. But she said neither wants to be the bearer of bad news regarding out-of-pocket costs.“There’s definitely a hot-potato element in the health care price transparency and in the cost element of health care, with insurers and providers throwing the hot potato back and forth – and both pointing fingers at the other one, saying the other one is the problem,” she said.Spohnholz and other lawmakers said the bill would be a good  first step. They said future legislation could focus on making the potential value of health care services to patients more transparent.The legislation was added as an amendment to a separate measure — Senate Bill 105 — on the last day of the legislative session, to allow it to pass before the session’s end. The House passed the amendment, 31 to 8, with all eight no votes coming from the Republican minority caucus. The Senate agreed to the change, with all 19 senators present voting for it. Republican Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka was absent.The bill hasn’t been sent to Gov. Bill Walker yet.last_img read more