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01Jan/21

Governor Douglas hosts regional White House forum on health reform

first_imgThe second in a series of Regional White House Forums on Health Reform took place today in Burlington, Vermont.  The forum was hosted by the University of Vermont and was moderated by Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, represented the Obama administration.   Forum participants included doctors, patients, providers, insurers, policy experts and health care advocates of all kinds both Democrats and Republicans who discussed the urgent need to provide high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and to curb skyrocketing health care costs that are draining our federal and state budgets, devastating families and small businesses, and undermining our long-term economic prosperity. Today s forum was a tremendous success, said Governor Douglas. The discussion was very helpful and with so many viewpoints represented, I know the White House will come away from this with many good ideas for how we build a more affordable and effective healthcare system in America.  In keeping with the Obama administration s commitment to an open, inclusive, and transparent process for health reform, the forum brought together a diverse group of people to voice their concerns and ideas on reforming our health care system. Health care reform in Massachusetts has become a national model with more than 97% of residents insured in just two years, said Governor Patrick. But affordability is still a big challenge and we need payment reform and better cost containment across America to make healthcare truly available for all. Vermont, like Massachusetts, is a model for the rest of the nation, Governor Douglas continued. Our Blueprint for Health, Green Mountain Healthcare products and our Chronic Care Initiative are all programs that will help us bring down the cost of healthcare and lead healthier lives. We really appreciate the opportunity to share these programs with the rest of the country.And Nancy-Ann DeParle represented the Obama Administration. Today we continued our important national conversation on health reform, DeParle said. Exploding costs are bankrupting families and burdening businesses, dragging down state and local budgets, and piling up our national debt. The time to act is now.Regional White House Forums on Health Reform will also be held in Iowa, North Carolina, and California throughout the rest of March and early April. Anyone interested in participating in the discussion can visit www.HealthReform.gov(link is external) to submit their questions.last_img read more

29Sep/20

Norway’s SWF manager backs move into private equity

first_img“A broader investment universe will thus not automatically mean that the Bank actually invests the fund in unlisted equity,” they said.“If the Ministry does permit unlisted equity investments, the Bank will approach investment opportunities and build expertise gradually, invest via and alongside others in a responsible manner that safeguards the fund’s ownership interests, and share relevant information with the public,” the men wrote.They said the detailed investment strategy for private equity would be set by Norges Bank’s executive board later on, based on more analysis.NBIM agreed with the ministry’s idea that the bank should have responsibility for deciding how much should be invested in private equity, as was the case with the fund’s allocation to unlisted real estate.Real estate was removed from the GPFG’s benchmark index from 1 January 2017, but the asset class remains part of the investment universe, effectively allowing NBIM to decide on the allocation up to a stipulated upper limit.NBIM said the ministry could set an upper limit for private equity too, and suggested this could be about 4% of the fund, or 6% of its equity portfolio.This was the allocation indicated if the fund’s stake in the private equity sector were to equate to its average stake in companies included in the benchmark for equity, it reasoned in the letter.“The Ministry could also choose to set a lower limit,” Olsen and Slyngstad added.The pair said it would “take a long time to build up a portfolio”.NBIM noted in its letter that other SWFs had allocated 8.5% of their capital on average to unlisted equity at the end of 2016, up from around 4% in 2000.Back in August, the ministry appointed two expert groups to review aspects of how the GPFG invests, including one to assess whether it should be allowed to invest in unlisted equities, and the other to analyse the performance of its active management. The manager of Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund is recommending the government allows the fund to extend its investment universe to include unlisted equities.In a letter to the Norwegian Finance Ministry, the leaders of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) suggested a cap of 4% on any allocation to private equity. This could amount to as much as €35bn based on the Government Pension Fund Global’s (GPFG) NOK8.5trn (€881bn) investment portfolio.The letter – signed by Øystein Olsen, chairman of the central bank Norges Bank, and Yngve Slyngstad, NBIM’s chief executive – was in response to a request from the ministry made at the end of June for the manager’s opinion on whether the investment universe for the fund should be expanded to include investments in unlisted equity.The pair emphasised that NBIM would only make investments if individual deals would help boost the fund’s overall risk-return profile.last_img read more

26Sep/20

Arteta eyes Thomas Lemar as first transfer signing

first_img Yet to score or make an assist this season, the Frenchman is strongly linked with a move out of La Liga. In his 18 months at Atleti, the winger has come to underline the club’s struggles in the transfer market.Advertisement Mikel Arteta is reportedly ready to reignite Arsenal’s interest in Thomas Lemar with a January loan bid for the Atletico Madrid flop. Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90sWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet! Diego Simeone’s draw-happy side are seven points off the pace in La Liga with Lemar subbed off early in the second-half in each of their last two matches. Many feel that could spell the end of his time at the Wanda Metropolitano with Arsenal in need of fresh spark having netted just once in three outings. Read Also:EPL: Arteta claims first win as Arsenal thrash Man United New boss Arteta put his faith in Mesut Ozil and Reiss Nelson in the debut draw at Bournemouth, placing Alexandre Lacazette up top to force top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang onto the wing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more