Monday - June 26, 2017

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.

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Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act Is Not Better for Kidney Patients
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The National Kidney Foundation issued the following news release:

The National Kidney Foundation opposes the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act. This bill will significantly reduce access to vital, preventive and life-saving care for people at risk of, or with, chronic kidney disease.

Despite assurances that people with pre-existing conditions could still purchase insurance in the Marketplaces, this bill allows states to eliminate the essential health benefits currently provided under the Affordable Care Act, and permits insurers to discriminate against people with ... Show Full Article

Promising Clinical Trials in 2017
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 23 -- The International Myeloma Foundation issued the following news:

The flurry of new drug approvals at the end of 2015 for Darzalex(R) (daratumumab), Ninlaro(R) (ixazomib), and Empliciti(R) (elotuzumab) left the myeloma community wondering what could possibly be next. While there have been no new drug approvals since that 2015 windfall, clinical trials have resulted in expanded indications for previously approved drugs, including:

* November 2016 - expanded approval of Darzalex, which now includes the combination therapies Darzalex + Velcade(R) (bortezomib) ... Show Full Article

2017 Sabbatical Deadline Set for October 1
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 23 -- The Rasmuson Foundation issued the following news release:

Alaska-based nonprofit and tribal executives interested in Rasmuson Foundation's Sabbatical Program have until October 1 to apply. Now entering its 13th year, the program offers awards up to $40,000 to cover salary and expenses incurred during a three- to six-month sabbatical.

Healthy nonprofit leaders are crucial to Alaska, yet many work in environments where the need is great but human and financial resources are thin. The stress and long hours can strain professionals. A sabbatical provides time away ... Show Full Article

UNC Charlotte Earns FIRE's Highest Rating for Free Speech
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 22 -- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education issued the following news release:

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte has earned the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's (FIRE's) highest, "green light" rating for its commitment to the First Amendment. The state of North Carolina now has five institutions with this rating, more than any other state.

"UNC Charlotte is showing a sincere commitment to free speech -- a commitment that only a few dozen colleges and universities nationwide have made," said Laura Beltz, FIRE's policy reform program ... Show Full Article

TPPF Releases Analysis of Senate Bill's Failure to Repeal Obamacare, Fix Healthcare
AUSTIN, Texas, June 22 -- Texas Public Policy Foundation issued the following news release:

Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a summary of the U.S. Senate leadership's Better Care Reconciliation Act. The summary, by TPPF Senior Healthcare Analyst Chris Jacobs, provides a detailed breakdown of the draft legislation that aims to repeal and replace Obamacare.

To see the full summary, please visit:

TPPF released the following statements regarding the bill:

From TPPF's Center for Tenth Amendment Action Director Chip Roy:

"Today, the Senate released ... Show Full Article

NAF Awards 11 National Scholarships
NEW YORK, June 22 -- The National Academy Foundation issued the following news release:

Eleven NAF seniors have earned a coveted NAF scholarship. NAF's scholarship opportunities inspire the next generation of future leaders to pursue their college aspirations. Scholarships were awarded to high school seniors and graduates of NAF academies who plan to enroll full-time in post-secondary education. Approximately $20,000 was available in scholarship funds for this year.

NAF's scholarships are made possible through partnerships with Marriott International, American Express, and NAF Board Member ... Show Full Article

Hospital to Target Disparities Through Pilot Project Embedding Early Intervention Staff in Pediatric Offices
HARTFORD, Conn., June 22 -- The Connecticut Health Foundation issued the following news release:

With a grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation, Connecticut Children's Medical Center will pilot a program to embed Birth to Three early intervention staff in pediatricians' offices, an arrangement aimed at improving access to services for children of color.

The grant is one of nine awarded this quarter by the Connecticut Health Foundation, the state's largest independent health philanthropy.

Although early detection and intervention are critical for children at risk of developmental disorders, ... Show Full Article