The Government is redesigning the services being offered by post offices to increase its revenue stream.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes shared how this would be done at the Guyana Postal and Telecommunication Workers’ Union 21 Delegates (second triennial) Conference at the Union’s East Street headquarters on Sunday.Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy HughesThe Minister has committed to ensuring there was an increase in agency fees. “These services have been totally not looked at, not supported…and it’s about time we changed it,” Minister Hughes said.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the Government is also examining other payment methods for the distribution of pension. The cost has become astronomical for the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC), the Minister acknowledged.There are also plans to upgrade the infrastructure of a number of post offices beginning in Regions Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice- Corentyne).Minister Hughes noted that the objective was to provide the modern-day services demanded by customers. “Our vision is that we will utilise more ICT to transform Guyana and particularly, the Post Office,” she said.Guyana has 67 post offices across the country, and Minister Hughes envisions these being centres for accessing other Government services as well as serving as Internet hubs and providing other postal delivery services.Already, the recently-upgraded Kitty Post Office is providing Internet services to the community.The Government is advancing ICT use in a number of its agencies. Under the Public Telecommunications Ministry, some 94 educational institutions now provide free Wi-Fi.Minister Hughes also noted that the Administration was working to liberalise the telecommunications sector, in order to break the monopoly by the GTT.Meanwhile, the Minister charged the Union to do more to educate members on their rights and recourses available to them as workers. The GPTWU Conference is being held under the theme “The Preservation of Rights and the Rule of Law from Exploitation”.The DPI said Minister Hughes also publicly committed to lobbying for duty-free concessions and subventions for the sector.Union President Harold Shepherd noted that the last three years have been challenging for the body particularly in defending the issue of workers’ rights.The Union is addressing a number of industrial relation issues with GTT before the Labour Department.Shepherd noted, however, through the Government subvention the Union receives, it is working to build the capacity of its members through training. He acknowledged the labour movement and unions “must adapt or become obsolete”, as they work to defend workers’ rights in a world being changed by technological advances.
86 percent knew that the Affordable Care Act provided subsidies for those with limited incomes to obtain health insurance. 90 percent knew that the ACA made it illegal for insurance plans to deny people coverage because of a pre-existing condition. 91 percent knew that the act did not eliminate the federal Ryan White Program, which provides wide-ranging care for people living with HIV. 73 percent knew whether their state had opted to expand Medicaid. Related StoriesStudy: HIV patients continue treatments if health care providers are compassionateReprogramming cells to control HIV infectionAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVParticipants in Medicaid expansion states were more likely to answer all four questions correctly than providers in non-expansion states (71 percent to 57 percent).Websites and newspapers were the most commonly cited sources of information on the act, with 32 percent of the providers reporting that they had learned ACA information from their patients. In addition, almost a third reported that their main source of information on the act was a member of their clinic’s or hospital’s staff.The providers’ primary source of information was not found to be associated with the likelihood of getting all four questions correct.Views on the Affordable Care ActThe providers also were asked to rate whether the ACA would improve their patients’ HIV outcomes on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 as “strongly agree.” This differed based on the Medicaid status of the provider’s state. In Medicaid expansion states, the mean response was 3.8; in states that opted not expand Medicaid, the mean response was 3.4.There was no statistical difference between the groups’ responses to two additional statements: “The ACA will improve the United States’ health outcomes” and “The Affordable Care Act will improve my HIV patients’ non-HIV outcomes.” The mean response was 4.0 to the former and 3.9 for the latter. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 21 2018A new study has revealed surprising gaps in some HIV medical providers’ knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, with more than a quarter of providers surveyed unable to say whether their state had expanded Medicaid.The national survey also sought to better understand the healthcare providers’ views on the effects of the ACA. Providers in states that expanded Medicaid were more likely to believe that the law would improve HIV outcomes, the study found. However, providers in all states agreed that the law would improve healthcare outcomes in general for their HIV patients.”These findings demonstrate gaps in HIV medical providers’ knowledge about ACA-related changes to HIV healthcare delivery. Importantly, obtaining ACA-related information from clinic case managers was associated with correct ACA knowledge, and as a clinic-based resource, these colleagues should be engaged by HIV medical providers to improve knowledge of health system shifts,” said researcher Kathleen A. McManus, MD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. “Additionally, this work highlights that HIV medical providers may need specific education on systems-based practice, possibly either through the AIDS Education and Training Center Program’s National HIV Curriculum or through a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program-sponsored training module.”ACA ResultsA total of 253 HIV care providers across the nation, including doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, answered the anonymous survey, which included four questions designed to test their knowledge of the ACA. Among the respondents, 61 percent answered all four questions correctly. Approximately a third answered “I don’t know” to at least one question.The breakdown by question: Source:http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/