General Motors’ massive recall of faulty cars came eight years after Doug Weigel tucked a white hockey jersey inside his 18-year-old daughter’s casket and cried himself into accepting her death as just part of life, unavoidable.
For Weigel, the consequences of the automaker’s announcement that some of its malfunctioning cars have killed people are carved in stone on the teenager’s grave: “An unfinished life, God needed a goalie.”
Natasha Weigel and her friend, Amy Rademaker, 15, were riding in a 2005 Chevy Cobalt —- a now-recalled model — when the car suddenly lost power and slammed into trees on a rural Wisconsin road on Oct. 24, 2006.
Insurance plans that cover substance abuse treatment must provide the same level of care and cost sharing as they do for other medical issues, but treatment centers say disagreement over what this means leaves many alcoholics and drug addicts without the coverage they need.
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 required comparable cost sharing and treatment for major medical needs and mental health and substance abuse when employer-provided insurance included these benefits — and most large company plans do.
“Many providers ... report less days and more difficulty with reimbursement since the final rules were established,” says Michael Walsh, CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals. Many providers and insurers disagree “as to what the practical implementation of the rules should be and what should be covered.”
Agencies are still falling short when it comes to consistently implementing the rules and procedures set down in the Freedom of Information Act. That’s according to a new report released Monday by the Center for Effective Government (CEG).
The law, which was enacted 48 years ago and reformed in 1974, was put in place to ensure greater government transparency by requiring federal agencies to respond promptly to requests for information from members of the public.
Three teens are accused of posting more than 50 nude photos on Instagram of other students.
The three Prince William County teens have been charged with computer harassment.
Police say the case is an example of a growing problem and that parents need to take a greater role in monitoring their children’s online and mobile activity.
Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.
That tension is on display as more than 35 states consider drone legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The bills include ways to attract an industry that could generate billions and restrictions on drone use and data collection.
The balancing act is playing out in stark relief in Utah, where there’s a long history of suspicion at government intrusion and where drones are ideally suited to help authorities patrol largely rural, unforgiving terrain.
A Maryland lawmaker is proposing a bill that he says he hopes will help more drug overdose victims receive proper medical help in time to save their lives.
“The Good Samaritan Bill really just tries to give people certainty when they call in an emergency if somebody has overdosed on drugs or alcohol, that they will not be prosecuted for small possession amounts of the drug or underage drinking,” says Del. John Cardin, D-Baltimore County, who is running for attorney general.
“People should not be scared to call 911 for fear of prosecution,” he says.
Cardin says the bill isn’t intended to hamper law enforcement.
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray knew about an off-the-books “shadow campaign” to support his 2010 bid for the office and personally requested the funds from an influential district businessman, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Gray, who’s seeking a second term and faces seven challengers in the district’s April 1 Democratic primary, dismissed the allegations as false and said he thought all the fundraising for his campaign was legitimate.
The explosive allegations were revealed in court documents detailing the activities of Jeffrey Thompson, the multimillionaire former owner of a well-connected accounting firm who pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy charges.
With the horrible winter weather still visible in the rear view mirror and spring a mere speck on the horizon, the Maryland DogFest took place this past weekend during a mild weather respite. While the parking lot and grounds were still challenged by mud from all of the accumulated winter moisture, the two- and four-legged visitors didn’t seem to mind with so many things going on to occupy them.
The Third Annual Maryland DogFest Saturday and Sunday at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata was sponsored by Wes Greenway Subaru, a brand that caters to dog owners. The event bills itself as “the ultimate experience for adults and children who love spending time with their dogs.” Indeed, anyone standing in one place on the fairgrounds for any length of time could see just about every imaginable breed and mixed-breed, from the exotic to those making the top-10 in popularity.
Nancy Bowling, President and CEO of Hospice of Charles County and the Board of Directors, announced today Hospice of Charles County is seeking motivated, qualified applicants to fill positions on the Board of Directors and various corporate committees effective immediately. Hospice of Charles County is a not-for-profit service that provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to patients and their loved ones when diagnosed with life-limiting medical conditions. For over 30 years, Hospice of Charles County has provided compassionate care to thousands of county residents and their families. This care is provided through generous monetary and time donations from businesses and families throughout Charles County.
The Obama administration says it’s pulling the plug on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription program that ran into strong opposition on Capitol Hill.
Among other changes, the regulation proposed to remove three classes of drugs from a special protected list that guarantees seniors access to a wide selection of critical medications.
The personal finance industry has undergone such upheaval in recent years — under the pressure of recession, reactionary regulation, and recalcitrant recovery — that the current money management landscape is nearly unrecognizable relative to when many of us began our adult banking lives.
Not only does that make the learning curve much steeper for beginners, but given that rules of thumb gleaned through experience may no longer apply, the unfamiliar landscape also promotes costly mistakes among us veterans when we can little afford them.
Colorado collected more than $3.5 million in taxes and fees from both recreational and medical marijuana sales in January, according to figures released today by the state’s Department of Revenue.
Of that amount, more than $2 million came from recreational pot.
Colorado became the first state where recreational pot went on sale on Jan. 1. Washington is the only other state with legal recreational pot, which is expected to go on sale this summer.
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It sounds like something out of science fiction, or even The Wizard of Oz, but Google hopes a new balloon will soon bring Internet to developing countries for the first time.
Google describes Project Loon as “loon for all,” and “a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”
This solar-powered balloon network will float in the stratosphere (20 kilometers above the earth), twice as high as airplanes and the weather, Google explains. Special antenna on the top of buildings will be able to send and receive signals to the balloon network above. The balloons then transmit signals back and forth from Internet providers on the ground and then back again—a network in the sky.