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Injured Worker in ProPublica/NPR Story Testifies Before Illinois Legislature – ProPublica


An injured worker featured in a ProPublica and NPR investigation into the rollback of workers’ compensation nationwide warned Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday not to make the same drastic cuts that his state has made in recent years.

John Coffell, who lost his home after hurting his back at an Oklahoma tire plant, testified as part of an eight-hour hearing on workers’ comp before the entire Illinois state assembly. The rare hearing of “the committee as a whole” was called by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as a preemptive strike of sorts as newly elected Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner prepares a number of changes to reduce costs for employers.

As part of his “turnaround agenda,” Rauner has proposed:

Toughening standards so that employees must prove that work caused more than 50 percent of their injuries rather than just aggravating an existing condition

Relying more heavily on disability rating guides that reduce compensation for workers who suffer permanent injuries

Allowing workers’ comp judges to give equal weight to opinions of doctors hired by insurance companies rather than giving deference to workers’ physicians

Reducing the maximum medical fees that doctors and hospitals can charge by 30 percent

ProPublica and NPR reported earlier this year that more than 30 states have changed their workers’ comp laws since 2003, largely to appeal more to business. Those changes — which mirror some proposed in Illinois — have reduced benefits for injured workers, created hurdles to medical care, or made it more difficult for workers to qualify.

As in many states, workers’ comp in Illinois has become a bargaining chip. Rauner has insisted that changes to the laws must be made in exchange for any increase in the state’s minimum wage.

During the hearing, Rep. Jay Hoffman, a Democrat from southwestern Illinois, said the assembly should learn from the experiences of workers like Coffell, who were victims of both tragic accidents and “short-sighted policies” enacted by their legislatures.

“Their representatives may have called these actions ‘reforms.’ They may have talked about the business climate. They may have talked about the need to root out fraud. But what they really did is they denied hard-working, middle-class families the care they need and the support they deserve,” Hoffman said. “This side of the aisle will not join other states in a race to the bottom.”

The ProPublica and NPR series has led to bills to raise benefits in Alabama and prevent medical care from being cut off in California. Officials have also warned insurers in California not to abuse the process and have launched an audit of how one insurer handled a claim in which a paraplegic’s home health care was terminated. In Illinois, Coffell’s testimony appears to have been used to try to douse the governor’s proposals.

Coffell told the legislators that after injuring a disc in his back last summer, his pay dropped dramatically because Oklahoma had reduced the maximum wage-replacement benefits injured workers could receive from $801 a week to $561 a week.

Almost immediately, he said, his utilities were cut off, his truck was repossessed and his family was evicted from their rental home. Because no relative could accommodate all of them, Coffell sent his three children, aged 5 to 9, to live with grandparents. He and his wife only had enough gas money to see them on weekends. They’ve had to rely on food stamps to get by.

Asked by a legislator how it felt to not be able to support his family, Coffell said, “It’s indescribable, really. Pretty much if I was to give a crazy example, if you were to see your husband or child drowning in a pool, but not being able to get them out of it. Kind of the same feeling.”

The hearing repeatedly drew comparisons between Illinois, which has relatively high benefits and costs, and Indiana, which has relatively low benefits and the second cheapest insurance rates for employers in the country.

Workers and their families praised Illinois’ law. Christine Fuller — who lived in Indiana, but whose father died from falling off a roof on a job in Illinois — said the survivor benefits she received from workers’ comp helped pay the mortgage and put her through college and graduate school.

via Injured Worker in ProPublica/NPR Story Testifies Before Illinois Legislature – ProPublica.

this pressed: How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort – ProPublica


In the days after Superstorm Sandy, relief organizations were overwhelmed by the chaos and enormous need. One group quickly emerged as a bright spot. While victims in New York’s hardest hit neighborhoods were stuck in the cold and dark, volunteers from the spontaneously formed Occupy Sandy became a widely praised lifeline.

Occupy Sandy was “one of the leading humanitarian groups providing relief to survivors across New York City and New Jersey,” as a government-commissioned study put it.

Yet the Red Cross, which was bungling its own aid efforts after the storm, made a decision that further hampered relief: Senior officials told staffers not to work with Occupy Sandy.

via How Fear Of Occupy Wall Street Undermined the Red Cross’ Sandy Relief Effort – ProPublica.

this pressed: The Wall Street Takeover of Charity – ProPublica


The Wall Street Takeover of Charity

by Jesse Eisinger

ProPublica, Dec. 10, 2014, 12:23 p.m.

Donor-advised funds run by huge money management firms are exploding.

via The Wall Street Takeover of Charity – ProPublica.

this pressed for your right to know: Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report|ProPublica


Timeline The Tortured History of the Senate Torture Report

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Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report.|ProPublica

The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica


This story was co-produced with NPR.

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.”

McGovern has often repeated that figure, which has also appeared on the charity’s website. “I’m really proud” that overhead expenses are so low, she told a Cleveland audience in June.

The problem with that number: It isn’t true.

After inquiries by ProPublica and NPR, the Red Cross removed the statement from its website. The Red Cross said the claim was not “as clear as it could have been, and we are clarifying the language.”

The Red Cross declined repeated requests to say the actual percentage of donor dollars going to humanitarian services.

But the charity’s own financial statements show that overhead expenses are significantly more than what McGovern and other Red Cross officials have claimed.

via The Red Cross CEO Has Been Serially Misleading About Where Donors’ Dollars Are Going – ProPublica.

this pressed: Leak at Federal Reserve Revealed Confidential Bond-Buying Details|ProPublica


Excerpts: “Update, Dec. 1, 5:55 p.m.: The Federal Reserve Board declined to respond to detailed questions about this article. The Inspector General also declined to comment. Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke referred all questions to the Federal Reserve. Medley Global Advisors did not respond to requests for comment.

The Federal Reserve sprung a previously unreported leak in October 2012, when potentially market-moving information about highly confidential monetary deliberations made its way into a financial analyst‘s private newsletter.

The leak occurred the day before the scheduled public release of meeting minutes that shed new light on the Fed’s decision to embark on a third round of bond buying to boost the economy, ProPublica has learned.

The newsletter revealed what the minutes would say the next day as well as fresh details about the Fed’s internal plans and deliberations – information that could have provided traders with an edge.”   |ProPublica

Leak at Federal Reserve Revealed Confidential Bond-Buying Details

Other presidents exercised exec. power on immigration policy, but Obama may set precedent.— ProPublica (@ProPublica)


this pressed: The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage – ProPublica


The Real Roots of Hedge Fund Manager Rage – ProPublica.

Podcast: The Hidden Power of Dark Money|ProPublica


this pressed for your right to know: Podcast: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA – ProPublica


A year and a half into the release of classified documents by Edward Snowden, the existence of far-reaching National Security Agency surveillance is common if controversial knowledge.But until The Intercept published new documents this month, the role of American companies in that surveillance was less than clear, ProPublica’s Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson tell Editor-in-Chief Steve Engelberg in this week’s podcast.The new documents describe “contractual relationships” between the NSA and unnamed U.S. companies and reveal that the NSA has “under cover” spies working at or with some of them. And indeed, it would be difficult for the NSA to do its work without their help, Larson says.

via Podcast: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA – ProPublica.

NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies – ProPublica


 

Documents describe “contractual relationships” between NSA and U.S. companies, as well as undercover operatives at some U.S. companies.

via NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies – ProPublica.

this pressed: This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade – ProPublica


via This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade – ProPublica.

 

Inside the courtroom of the Alabama Supreme Court in downtown Montgomery. (William Widmer, special to ProPublica)

 

In 2005, the Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy held a conference in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The school’s name was something of a misnomer: Rather than grant JDs, Witherspoon staged seminars and lectures offering lessons in what it summarized as “the comprehensive biblical foundation for our common law and constitutional government.” Its target audience was homeschooled young men. The school itself was a project of Vision Forum, a Texas-based ministry whose founder was also a leader in the Christian Patriarchy movement, which preaches, among other things, that husbands should vote for their wives.

Most sitting judges would go to great pains to avoid such a gathering. But Tom Parker,

References:

***Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision

The complete Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973. Includes concurring and dissenting opinions.

From Jone Johnson Lewis,
Your Guide to Women’s History.

U.S. Supreme Court

ROE v. WADE, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)

410 U.S. 113 (find @ http://womenshistory.about.com/library/etext/gov/bl_roe_a.htm)
***http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade

 

this pressed: For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too – ProPublica


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For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, Too – ProPublica.

Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica


Fact-Checking Feinstein on the Assault Weapons Ban – ProPublica.

MUST Listen-Read: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


“The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

this pressed: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica.

EXCERPTS:  The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection – ProPublica


Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection – ProPublica.

this pressed: Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People? – ProPublica


Why Do Democrats Keep Trying to Ban Guns That Look Scary, Not the Guns That Kill the Most People? – ProPublica.

this pressed: The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica


The Sorry State of Bank Apologies – ProPublica.

this pressed: ProPublica: Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica


Pro-Troop Charity Misleads Donors While Lining Political Consultants’ Pockets – ProPublica.

this pressed: Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica


Thank You for Your Service: How One Company Sues Soldiers Worldwide – ProPublica.

this pressed: Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica


 

Here’s One Way to Land on the NSA’s Watch List – ProPublica.

this pressed from ProPublica: No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data – ProPublica


via No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data – ProPublica.

Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will – ProPublica


Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will – ProPublica.

House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica


 

House Committee Puts NSA on Notice Over Encryption Standards – ProPublica.

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Twitter / ProPublica: Can you live on minimum wage? … (“who has control over your means of existence has control over your life!”)


Twitter / ProPublica: Can you live on minimum wage? ….

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A Closer Look – ProPublica: Three Golden Ages of Journalism?


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A Closer Look – ProPublica.

 

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Senator Cites ‘Serious Concerns,’ Demands National Quality Forum Records – ProPublica (“WHAT’S AFFORDABLE TO BOVIS, IS NOT AFFORDABLE TO OVIS….BUT THEN BOVIS IS FULLY AWARE…” )


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Senator Cites ‘Serious Concerns,’ Demands National Quality Forum Records – ProPublica.

JUST A THOUGHT: “WHAT’S AFFORDABLE TO BOVIS, IS NOT AFFORDABLE TO OVIS….BUT THEN BOVIS IS FULLY AWARE…” 

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Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica


Spy Agencies Probe Angry Birds and Other Apps for Personal Data – ProPublica.

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Podcast: Outsourcing Labor, Injuries to the Growing Temp Industry – ProPublica


.Podcast: Outsourcing Labor, Injuries to the Growing Temp Industry – ProPublica.

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Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance – ProPublica


Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance – ProPublica.

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From ProPublica: Inspector General Faults Medicare for Not Tracking ‘Extreme’ Prescribers


From ProPublica - The Prescribers full coverage

From ProPublica – The Prescribers full coverage (click to access Report)


ProPublica Surveillance

ProPublica Surveillance (click to access report)

ProPublica: What Went Wrong in West, Texas – and Where Were the Regulators?


ProPublica_ What Went Wrong in West, Texas- and Where Were the Regulators?

ProPublica_ What Went Wrong in West, Texas– and Where Were the Regulators?

 

April 25: This post has been corrected.

A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plantkilled at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded.

 
 

Here’s what we do know: The fertilizer plant hadn’t been inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. Its owners do not seem to have told the Department of Homeland Security that they were storing large quantities of potentially explosive fertilizer, as regulations require. And the most recent partial safety inspectionof the facility in 2011 led to $5,250 in fines.

We’ve laid out which agencies were in charge of regulating the plant and who’s investigating the explosion now.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>more HERE

 

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ProPublica: Energy Dept. Panel Warns of Environmental Toll of Current Gas Drilling Practices


Energy Dept. Panel Warns of Environmental Toll of Current Gas Drilling Practices (from ProPublica)

Energy Dept. Panel Warns of Environmental Toll of Current Gas Drilling Practices (from ProPublica) (Click here to access this article)

ProPublica: Email Warned That Bank Up For Bailout Was ‘Disastrous’


Email Warned That Bank Up For Bailout Was ‘Disastrous’
ProPublica: Email Warned That Bank Up For Bailout Was ‘Disastrous’ (Click to read the rest of this exciting story)E-Mail to FDIC warning of the Failed Commercial BankE-Mail to FDIC warning of the Failed Commercial Bank

Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals_via ProPublica


ProPublica - Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

ProPublica - Critics Find Gaps in State Laws to Disclose Hydrofracking Chemicals

It’s official: Formaldehyde is a “known Human Carcinogens”- via ProPublica and Democracy Now


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Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogens_ via Democracy Now

A must read article a great video to watch: all you have to do is click the picture to open the link to  Democracy Now (I like the “Four Dog defense), who got the story from the source : ProPublica:

Postcast of Susan White on Editing and Working at PorPublica: An Outstanding Achievement


Podcast of Susan White on Editing and Working at ProPublica

Podcast of Susan White on Editing and Working at ProPublica: An Outstanding Achievement

In the end, we are only as powerful as the information we are exposed too: If that information is bogus, adulterated, doctored, censored, and erroneous, what we become is its product: Confused, weakened, easy socio-economical and political pray, by design, and not by choice. When one reads articles from Propublica,  one feels firmly grounded in the authenticity, purpose and especially the impact on the reader. Great service to all of us, ProPublica!
Best wishes Susan, California needs you!  

ProPublica Investigative Reporting – Health Care or Pocketed Cash


ProPublica Investivative Reporting - Health Care or Pocketted Cash

ProPublica investigative Reporting - Health Care or pocketed Cash

NRC- Hell’s Gate Keeper: Snoozing While On Duty!


A good example of what we are entitled to know about the unsafe operation of unsafe nuclear plants. I wanted to write more: But why? The article is here (click the picture and read it) to find out why we need Pro-Publica, and news agencies like it, now more than ever, why we need public broadcasting. If you ask my opinion: It’s for our survival, literally: We need to find out the truth about the State Of Our Lives, from those who care.

Thanks Pro-Publica!