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Rockefeller Holds First Senate Commerce Thursday, July 16, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat. Page 1 ! Committee Oversight and Investigations Hearing on Deceptive Health Insurance Industry Practices Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce. Science. and Trans- portation, held a full committee hear- lng this week entitled, "Deceptive Health Insurance Industry Practices- Are Consumers Getting What They Paid For?" This week&apos;s hearing was the first of two, to examine how the health insur- ance industry reimburses consumers for health care services. These hear- ings focus on the way the industry calculates "usual. customary and rea- sonable" reimbursement rates for con- sumers who choose to receive care from out-of-network doctOrs and other health care providers. On Tuesday, March 31,2009, Sena- tor Rockefeller chaired the second part of this hearing on deceptive health industry practices, with testimony from Mr. Stephen J. Hemsley, Presi- dent and Chief Executive Officer of UnitedHealth Group and Mr. Andy Slavitt, Chief Executive Officer of Ingenix. A recent investigation conducted by the Attorney General of New York concluded that for a number of years, the insurance industry has systemati- cally under-estimated the out-of-net- work reimbursement rates it pays its policy holders, costing consumers billions of dollars in excessive out-of- pocket costs. The victims of this de- ceptive practice: more than 100 mil- lion Americans who pay for health insurance coverage that allows them to go outside of their provider net- work for medical care. Key Quotes From The First of Two Hearings: *"The health insurance industry has been promising to pay a certain share of consumers' medical bills, but then they have been rigging health charge data to avoid paying their fair share," Rockefeller said. "The result is that billions of dollars in health care costs have been unfairly shifted to millions of American consumers." * In written testimony, Dr. Mary Jerome, a cancer patient, shared her personal experience with unfair prac- tices and fees: "When 1 was diag- nosed with cancer, I thought the most difficult hurdle I would face would be the disease. Little did I know, that dealing with my insurance company would be my greater battle, because unknown to me, they were operating with deceptive methods of reimburse- ment. I had to battle cancer- and I am still battling it- and I had to battle my insurance company to try and get fair coverage. It was almost too much to bear. * "Nationwide, medical costs are the leading cause of individual bank- ruptcy, even though the individual usually had insurance," testified Linda Lacewell, representing the Office of the New York State Attorney Gen- eral. "Fraudulent under-reimburse- ment :for iasured Americans is one part of this negative equation for con- sumers." * Representing the Consumers Union, Chuck Bell explained: "The key problem with the out-of-network reimbursement system is that the UCR ("usual, customary and reasonable") rates were not calculated in a fair and impartial way. For the last ten years or so, the primary databases that are used by insurers to determine "usual, cus- tomary and reasonable" rates have been owned by Ingenix, a wholly- owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group." * Dr. Nancy Nielsen, president of the AMA, was joined by the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Missouri State Medical Association and several other parties in initiating a class-action lawsuit against United Health Group for using skewed data to determine out-of-network payment rates. "After nearly a decade of liti- gation, the AMA is very pleased that United Health Group recognized the importance of restoring its relation- ship with patients and physicians and is settling the AMA's lawsuit by agree- ing to pay $350 million toward reim- bursing the patients and physicians it short-changed, and by confirming in federal court its separate agreement with New York Attorney General Cuomo to end the use of this database and trust its repair and operation to a not.-for-profit restitution," Dr. Nielsen testified. State Treasurer John Perdue Announces Oil and Gas Tax Revenues Oil and Gas Severance Tax pay- based upon their populations. ments to counties and municipalities The 75 percent Oil and Gas Tax as throughout West Virginia jumped to ofJune,2009,wasdistributedtc: Brax- $8.3 million this year, according to ton Co., $75.012.38; Calhoun Co.. State Treasurer John D. Perdue. 121.586.29; Doddridge Co., The total represents a 16.1 percent 387,788.12; Gilmer Co.,178,833.71; increase from oil and gas payments Lewis Co., 372,909.49; and Ritchie over the same period a year ago. These Co., 279,117.56. *** payments represent ten percent of to- The 25 percent Oil and Gas Tax for Once you make a decision, the tal oil and gas severance taxes col- Political Subdivisions is as follows: universe conspires to make it lected by the state. Braxton Co., 13.829.49: Calhoun "Natural resources represent the Co..8113,17; Doddridge Co., happen, economicdriversforourcountiesand 7,627.55; Gilmer Co.. 6,289.82: --Ralph Waldo Emerson municipalities throughout West V,r- Ritchie Co., 7,392.83. Payments ginia," said Treasurer Perdue. "My Of the 25 percent Oil and Gas Tax Increased to MT. ZION DRIVE-IN THEATER Friday, Saturday & Sunday July 17-18-19 Admission: s6 per person Children 10 & under FREE Tickets and snack bar open at 7 p.m. - Movie starts at dus 304-354-9405 info@rnountziondrivein.com http ://www.mountziondrivein.com Child-Care ...... Providers As of May 1. child-care centers and family child-care homes and facili- ties are being paid more to serve chil- dren whose parents receive financial aid for child care while the parents work or attend school. The Department of Health and Hu- man Resource is investing approxi- mately $6 million to increase pay- ments made to child-care centers and homes. This increase in payments is critical for the child-care industry. The industry is seeing losses in en- rollment because of the economic downturn and faces increased costs in July because of increases in the mini- mum wage. The new payment rates are based on the results of a market rate survey completed last year and will more closely match what parents pay pri- vately for child care services. Pay- ments to providers for school-age children will be increased by $5 weekly, while payments to providers for children under age five will in- crease by $15 to $20 weekly for cen- ter-based care and $10 to $30 weekly  for family-based care. depending, on the age of the child. These new rates will be effective retroactively to May 1. These increased rates help all fami- lies using child care by making addi- tional funds available to support the quality of the entire program and en- suring care remains available for all families. Child care is a critical support for families in which a single parent or both parents work outside the home. Otherwise. these parents would be unable to participate in the workforce. High,quality care also has a positive impact on the healthy growth and development of children that contin- ues through their adult life. A good early start in life means increased achievements in school and beyond, with adults who earn more and pay more taxes and who are less likely to be dependent on public assis- tance or be involved in criminal activ- ity. Quality early childhood programs are a sound economic investment for West Virginia, saving $5.20 for every dollar invested, according to a 2005 report completed by Marshall University's Center lor Business and Economic Research on the Economic Impact of the Early Childhood Devel- opment Programs in West Virginia. New payment rates are available online at www.wvchildcare.org. Pro- viders may contact their local child- care resource and referral agency for additional information or call the Di- vision of Early Care and Education at 304-558-1885. Where The Light Is By: Joseph J. Mazzella There is a delightful, old story that always brings a smile to my face. One day, a man was walking down the street and saw his friend crawling around on his hands and knees look- ing for something. The man asks his friend what he is looking for on the ground. His friend says, "I lost my key." The man feels sorry for his friend and gets down to help look for it. After a long time of looking with- out success, the man asks his friend where he was standing when he lost his key. The friend replies, "Oh, I lost it in my house." Outraged by this. the man asks why they are looking on the street then, His friend says, "Because there is more light here." As funny as that sounds, it is the way a lot of people think. They want to know the purpose of their lives. They want to figure out the secret to their own happiness. They want to find the key to living a loving and joyous life. Yet, they look everywhere except inside of themselves. Perhaps they think it is too dark and frighten- ing to look within for these answers. They keep looking on the outside, instead, because they think the light is better there. The truth is, if they were willing to look within, they would find a light far brighter and more illuminating than any on the outside. They would find the glorious glow of their own souls that have been patiently waiting for their arrival. They would find the love of God that lights up the world and the light of their own love, as well. They would find a beautiful fire that would warm their hearts and that they could give to everyone, every- where. Don't be afraid to look on the in- side. The light on the outside is no- where near as magnificent and golden as the loving light that shines from your own soul. God's loving light lives within each of us. That is the light you should seek. That is the light that will guide you to a joyous life and that is the light that you should share with the whole world. Mazzella is a freelancer from Niche- ' las Co. He is a Glenville State Col- lege alumnus. office works diligently to get these for Political Subdivisions. is as fol- funds quickly transferred tolocal of- lows: Auburn, 119.09: Ellenboro. ficials so they can go about serving $431.28; Flatwoods, $402.36; Glen- th,ir con[ients;.", . ville, 1,785.20; Grantsville, $653.26; :;.O th tal dsjribufiofi, 75'pei-cehi Pe, nnsboro, '$1,386.31 ; Sit/d Fork, went tO counties that produced the oil $203.501 Sutton, $1,1 i58.'94; WeSt andgas, while25 percent of the money Union, $931.91. went to counties and munlcioalities The U.S. used to have more i than 70 different time zones. In 1883, a system of four time zones was adopted to make railroad COLLECTIBLES [ schedu'eseasiertfo'lw'r 00:wwwmm4c00s:c: _ _. [ IENCER,WV 304-927-3554 I GIL-CO FAITH PHARMACY 356 WV HWY 5 East Glenville' WV 1  Phone: 462-8300 Hours: After hours emergency, call: Men. - Fri.: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm Doug: 462-5554 Sat.: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Scott: 462-7355 Our family looks forward to serving your family. Pharmacists: Scott Wanstreet, R.Ph. Doug Moss, R.Ph. Lori Plummer, R.Ph. "For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does." (Psalm 33:4) i THERN STATES sOU 22OakS-t'Westn<:'i00::0000iP269 4300 ii. 23 Qt Presto Canner $ 84.99 Regular Pint Jars $ 7.69 Regular Lids $1 A9 Home Canning Kit $10.99 More than Italian: 3reek salads Seafood handcttt Steaks Omelete: Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner Food Strainer Sauce Maker Apple Peeler .:r = .... :......i,,d:.e:ii. !" '=' " i!ii :;;;iiiiiiiiiiiiil Prices $ 54.99 $ 19.99 Effective thru July 18th Rick Kinder named 'Gilmer County Teacher of the Year' continued ... Continued from page 1 of Arts in Science and Math Education from Wheeling Jesuit University. This spring, Mr. Kinder was honored as one of the 12 best teachers in West Virginia at the 2009 Arch Coal Teacher Achievement Award ceremony in Charleston He is also the recipient of the 2009 RESA VII Exemplary Secondary Teaching Techniques award. Finally, he's been named to Who's WhoAmong America's Teachers several times and recognized by the National Youth Leadership Forum as an exemplary teacher. Mr. Kinder works cooperatively with the Glenville State College Teacher Education Department as a partner-teacher for college students who are training to become math teachers Over the last 28 years, he has received numerous other teaching and coaching awards. Teaching has always been a part of Mr. Kinder's life. "I grew up where the importance of a good education was stressed," he emphasized, "Both of my parents were in education: my morn was an elementary teacher, and my dad was a high school teacher and, later, guidance counselor at Glenville State College.'" After 28 years in the classroom, Kinder says that teaching gets better, and he loves it even more. "The best thing I do is to prepare students for the real world, so they can be productive, lifelong learners in society, and in the work force," he said. To see that students are well-prepared, he has developed a new math initiative called. "The Corporate Classroom." "While mathematics instruction has changed over the years, students have also changed their ways of processing information, and as a result, have pushed math and technology to new heights," he observes. The Corporate Classroom integrates Kinder's new T-MESH approach, which is coupled with 21 st Century learning skills and technology integration The classroom becomes a business structure, and the students learn the application of math skills in a cross-curricular fashion, to realize what it takes to be productive learners. This type of investigative, hands-on learning challenges students to use critical, higher-order thinking skills. "We are very proud of the work that Mr. Kinder does every day in his classroom," said Mrs. Nasia P. Butcher, principal at GCHS. "(He) always puts the needs of his students first, and he works endless hours to find new ways of teaching math to meet their needs." Because of the level of technology that Mr. Kinder has integrated into his classroom this year, he was one of four GCHS classrooms filmed by Pearson Education of Chicago, II1., for the "Who Took My Chalk?" DVD that will be marketed nationally. "The Pearson crew was very impressed with the instruc- tion in Mr. Kinder' s classroom and noted the unique teaching strategies and the high use of technology to relate the content to students," said Mrs. Butcher. Mr. Kinder is a member of the WV Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Education Association, WV Education Association, Gilmer County Education Association, and is the golf coach at GCHS. He is married to Leigh Kinder, a 7th grade math teacher at GCHS, and has two sons, Noah and Camden, both students at GCHS. He attends the Camden Flats Southern Baptist Church in Glenville. GIImerGo-Geners The following individuals or businesses want you readers to have a ready reference to them, via their Business Cards. As a result, our "G,liner Go-Getters" Honor Roll of area shops and offices was created to fill that need. When you have time, or if you need one of their products and/or services, just stop by and say, "Hello! I saw your Business Card in the Glenville newspapers, so I know that 1 am at the right place at the right time." Area shoppers enjoy this special section of our newspaper! 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