first_imgPIAB (Loughborough, Leicestershire) specialises in industrial vacuum technology for packaging and processing.The company has a line of C Series hygienic vacuum conveyors for powder and bulk applications, as well as the IC Series of industrial vacuum conveyors, based upon the company’s patented multi-stage ejector technology.Its Automatic Vacuum Management has an integrated control option for highly automated systems.last_img

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Awarded Medicare Part D Contract

first_imgFor Immediate Release: Contact: Leigh TofferiSeptember 27, 2005 (802) 223-6131BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT AWARDED MEDICARE PART D CONTRACTBerlin, VT Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) will offer a new line of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Programs (PDPs) to Medicare-eligible Vermonters under a contract approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), BCBSVT announced today.The new prescription drug programs will help improve the affordability of medications and, as a result, increase access to prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. The programs will be marketed this fall and go into effect on January 1, 2006.The high cost of prescription drugs is a serious issue for many elderly and disabled Vermonters, and these new PDP programs will offer them significant relief, said William R. Milnes, Jr., BCBSVTs president and chief executive officer.We have developed a diverse portfolio of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans to meet the needs of Medicare-eligible individuals, and also will continue to advise and assist employer groups looking to help mitigate the growth in prescription drug costs for their retirees.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will offer three PDP products to customers through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. The partnership is listed as the Central New England PDP in CMS documents. All PDP products will cover both brand name and generic drugs and will be offered with no deductibles. The plans can be purchased independently or coupled with an existing health coverage plan.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont will be sponsoring a number of educational forums throughout the state in October to help inform beneficiaries about their options for drug coverage and BCBSVT offerings. Additional information about these forums can be found at www.BCBSVT.com/vermontblue65(link is external)Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters.information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

Leicester make double swoop

first_img The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal to become the Foxes’ second signing of the day after N’Golo Kante joined from Caen. “Defender Yohan Benalouane has completed a move to Leicester City on a four-year deal subject to international clearance and Premier League and FA approval,” the club said in a statement. Press Association Leicester have snapped up defender Yohan Benalouane from Atalanta. center_img Tunisia international Benalouane has moved for an undisclosed fee and becomes the club’s fifth signing of the summer. He started his career at St Etienne before moving to Italy in 2010, when he signed for newly promoted Cesena in Serie A. He moved to Parma in 2012 before a switch to Atalanta in January 2014 and joins midfielder Kante to become Ranieri’s second signing since being appointed last month. Kante comes in on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee t o fill the gap left by Esteban Cambiasso after he decided not to renew his contract with the Foxes. The 24-year-old joined Caen from US Boulogne in 2013 and helped them to promotion from Ligue 2 a year later and played 37 times, scoring twice, in Ligue 1 last season. The pair join Robert Huth, Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki in signing at the King Power Stadium this summer and they could make their debuts in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at home against Sunderland. last_img read more

Democrats still seek change in Iowa Medicaid managed care

first_imgDES MOINES — Twice this year, Democrats in the Iowa House have been unsuccessful in getting Republicans to vote for a major change in the state’s Medicaid program. Democrats like Lisa Heddens of Ames argue care for about 38,000 intellectually disabled Iowans should no longer be managed by private, for-profit companies.“I’m tired of hearing from the families…knowing nothing is going to change,” Heddens said today during House debate.Private companies oversee long-term services for intellectually disabled Iowans who need a ride to a job or staff assistance in an independent living home. Heddens is the mother of an adult son who is intellectually disabled. His Medicaid benefits have been managed by UnitedHealthcare, the company that’s exiting Iowa’s Medicaid program.“I’m frightened for the future for my son and so are the families that are out there and they are just begging this body to carve out this small population, give them some stability,” Heddens said.Heddens favors a return having state-employed case managers for Medicaid recipients like her son. Iowa Department of Human Services director Jerry Foxhoven said recently the managed care contracts provide protections for Medicaid recipients who have to switch from UnitedHealthcare to company. Governor Reynolds has repeatedly said the state will stick with managed care for all Iowa Medicaid patients, as costs were escalating in the old fee-for-service system.last_img read more