Civil Rights Institute Promotes Two
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has promoted two long-time employees to executive positions as a result of their “talent, commitment and contributions,” according to a news release.
Ahmad Ward was named vice president of Education and Exhibitions and Laura Caldwell Anderson was named archivist and director of Special Projects for BCRI.
“As we move forward and face new issues, new challenges and new opportunities, the combined experience of Ahmad and Laura will serve BCRI well,” BCRI President and CEO Andrea L. Taylor said.
The BCRI, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center focused on both civil rights developments in Birmingham and elsewhere, and “an increasing emphasis on the international struggle for universal human rights.”
For more information, visit bcri.org
Alabama ACOs Supply Care in 2016
In 2016, 49,914 Alabama Medicare recipients are expected to be cared for by Medicare Accountable Care Organizations.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that it will use three initiatives to achieve its goals: the Next Generation ACO Model, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the ACO Investment Model. All the initiatives are said to be line with the Obama Administration’s goals for the Affordable Care Act.
The Next Generation ACO Model, according to a press release, will allow for a more involved provider-patient network and innovative approaches through “telehealth” and care coordination services. The Medicare Shared Savings Program is designed to reward ACOs that lower their growth in health care costs without sacrificing quality of care. Of the nearly 250 ACOs in the Shared Savings Program, 39 will participate in the ACO Investment Model, using pre-paid shared savings to encourage new ACOs to develop in rural, impoverished and/or underserved areas.
Indian Springs Students Win Debate
A team of two from Indian Springs, a private school south of Birmingham, won first place in the Novice Division of Public Forum Debate Jan. 15 at Samford University’s 2016 Bishop Guild Debate Tournament. Sam Newton, expected to graduate this year, and Ulysses Keevan-Lynch, a junior at ISS, won their final round by a unanimous decision.
The debaters competed against two-member teams from other area high schools. In their first-ever debate tournament, Newton and Keevan-Lynch went undefeated in seven debates during the event around the topic “Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.”
Individually, the ISS debaters took home awards as well. Newton claimed the 1st Place Speaker award and Keevan-Lynch won 2nd Place Speaker for the division. “We are extremely proud of Sam and Ulysses, whose diligence and hard work enabled them to claim first place in their division,” ISS Debate teacher and Debate Team faculty advisor Chuck Williams said in a press release.
For more information about the school, visit IndianSprings.org.
Study Ranks Alabama Low In Smoking Related Losses
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The listicle-loving personal finance site Wallet Hub ranks Alabama among the states with the lowest amount of monetary losses due to smoking, according to one of their recent studies.
“The True Cost of Smoking by State” lists Alabama as one of the 10 states with the lowest amount of losses calculated over time for smokers. The 10 states with the lowest costs were all in the South and include Louisiana, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama in the final spot.
The 10 places with the highest smoking losses begins with the District of Columbia, followed by nine states, none of them in the South: New Jersey, Washington, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Hawaii, Alaska, Massachusetts and New York.
The study takes into consideration an adult who starts smoking at age 18 (when it’s legal for him or her to buy tobacco), and then smokes for 51 years to die at 69, the average age of death for a smoker. “WalletHub’s analysts calculated the potential monetary losses — including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke,” according to the company’s press release.
The study shows the calculation as a formula: Financial Cost of Smoking = Out-of-Pocket Costs + Financial Opportunity Cost (the amount of return a person would have earned by instead investing that money in the stock market over the same period) + Related Health-Care Costs + Income Loss Due to Smoking-Related Issues + Increase in Homeowner’s Insurance Premium + Secondhand Smoke-Exposure Costs.
WalletHub listed its key findings as follows:
- The out-of-pocket cost per smoker is $115,214 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay two times more than smokers in Missouri.
- The financial opportunity cost per smoker is $1,089,471 over a lifetime. Smokers in New York will pay two times more than smokers in Missouri.
- Each smoker will incur an average of $220,855 in income loss over a lifetime. Smokers in Mississippi will lose the least, $161,013, which is 2 times less than in Maryland, the state that will lose the most.
- Each smoker will incur an average of $164,876 in smoking-related health-care costs over a lifetime. Smokers in Massachusetts will pay two times more than smokers in Kentucky.
Read more about the WalletHub study at wallethub.com/edu/the-financial-cost-of-smoking-by-state/9520/