Dagupan church workers, parishioners back Villegas amid sedition raps PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension MORE STORIESnewsinfoEx-Cebu City Mayor Osmena: I just wanted to restore mayor’s office to 2016 statenewsinfoNow it’s a tale of two Cebu City sealsnewsinfoEx-official’s plea: Spare ordinary workers from Cebu execs’ feudMORE STORIESnewsinfoEx-Cebu City Mayor Osmena: I just wanted to restore mayor’s office to 2016 statenewsinfoNow it’s a tale of two Cebu City sealsnewsinfoEx-official’s plea: Spare ordinary workers from Cebu execs’ feud Read Next Citing religious freedom, Trump backing off Obama-era rules View comments Bar test panel chairs for 2019, 2020 vow ‘very reasonable examination’ MOST READ Indian coffee magnate’s body found by river Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. London rated best city for students The group dispersed two hours later.Doris Mondaya, Kilusang Pagbabago Visayas lead convenor, said the activity was also a celebration of the group’s anniversary. –Nestle SemillaFEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOBREAK: Suspension of Lotto operations lifted – PaneloNEWSINFODuterte to Cayetanos: ‘Kailan kaya matapos ang dynasty niyo?’NEWSINFOIndian family caught taking items from Bali hotel, sparking criticism online/atm Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike LATEST STORIES Philippines ‘fires off’ diplomatic protest over Chinese vessels circling Pag-asa Island WBC suspends Whyte’s status as interim world heavyweight champion At least 1,000 people gathererd at the Plaza Independencia in downtown Cebu City despite the rain on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2017, to show their support to President Rodrigo Duterte. (Photo by JUNJIE MENDOZA / Cebu Daily News)CEBU CITY — At least 1,000 supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte braved the afternoon rain on Saturday to show their support for the country’s chief executive in the wake of allegations that he and his family had bank deposits amounting to P1 billion.The rally, dubbed as “Lihok Support 2,” was held at Plaza Independencia in downtown Cebu City about 2 p.m. and was graced by some local and national officials led by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña.ADVERTISEMENT
Bloomberg: California Counties May Lose As Brown Shifts Health CostsCalifornia counties may lose as much as $2.5 billion in state funding over the next three years for indigent health care as the state assumes responsibility under the federal Affordable Care Act, Gov. Jerry Brown said. The most populous U.S. state plans to cut $300 million this year from counties as its [Medicaid] program expands, Brown told local officials yesterday in Sacramento. The governor projected that figure will grow to $900 million next year and $1.3 billion in the year beginning in July 2015 (Nash, 5/29).Boston Globe: New Push To End Inequities In Payments to HospitalsAn unusual alliance led by the state’s fastest-growing health care company and its largest health care union will press for higher payments to community and safety net hospitals, saying Massachusetts faces a widening gulf between the quality of care in affluent and low-income areas. The group, the Massachusetts Healthcare Equality and Affordability League, is being launched Thursday by Steward Health Care System, a for-profit cluster of community hospitals, and Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 47,000 workers in the state (Weisman, 5/30). MPR News: Evaluating Mental Health Of Crime Suspects A Tough TaskLegislators in Minnesota and around the country have responded to recent mass shootings by passing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people who have mental illnesses and may be dangerous. Experts say most people with mental illness are non-violent. Still, each year in Minnesota, dozens of people accused of committing gun-related crimes are evaluated to determine if they are mentally competent enough to stand trial (Williams, 5/29). Idaho Statesman: Idaho Gov. Otter Wants More Personal Accountability In Medicaid Gov. Butch Otter wants to make it harder for people to benefit from Medicaid unless they make healthy choices. It’s one of the options he’s weighing as he ponders whether to add Idaho’s poorest adults to the program. A plan in the works by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare carries the same theme — personal responsibility — but takes a different path (Dutton, 5/30).Boston Globe: Mental Services For Teens Avert CutsCambridge Health Alliance officials said Wednesday they will not shrink services to children and teens with acute mental illness this year, as they had planned. The hospital system backed off a proposal to consolidate psychiatry units serving children and teens and to cut the total number of beds from 27 to 16, a week after the state Department of Public Health issued a letter saying those services were critical to Eastern Massachusetts (Conaboy, 5/29). Oregonian: Oregon Hospitals Use ‘Grass Roots’ Group To Promote TaxAs a bill renewing the Oregon hospital tax became locked in late-session legislative brinksmanship earlier this month, a lobbying group representing hospitals mobilized support for the tax using a “grass roots” group it set up months ago. A May 13 e-mail went out to followers of the group Our Health Our Community, urging them to click on a link to send a letter to their lawmakers supporting the tax. “Without this bill, critical services to thousands of Oregonians are in danger of disappearing,” it said (Budnick, 5/29).Lund Report: Oregon Medical Association Backs ONA’s Pay Equity Bill For Nurse Practitioners The Senate Health Committee has passed a nurse practitioner pay parity bill that has found consensus between the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Nurses Association, bringing to a resolution one of the most divisive issues in the state medical community this legislative session. “I’m so happy we have these two organizations up here in a very nice ‘Kumbaya,'” said Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, before the vote last week (Gray, 5/29). Health News Florida: Health Clinic Offers Free Care To UninsuredFor nearly 25 years, the Brandon Outreach Clinic has provided free health care to people who can’t get care any other way. … Watts says about 80 percent of the people who call the clinic actually qualify for help somewhere else, either through the Hillsborough County Health Care Plan or Florida’s Medicaid program (Watts, 5/30). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. States: Calif. Counties Stand To Lose $2.5B In Medicaid Shift; Push For Hospital Payment Equity In Mass.