Tuesday - February 19, 2019

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

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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Elects Ten New Members to Its Board of Directors
VIENNA, Virginia, Feb. 15 -- The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts issued the following news release:

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces the election of ten new Members to its Board of Directors. The new Directors were confirmed during the Foundation's annual meeting February 14, 2019. Joining the Board are:

* Raj Ananthanpillai, CEO, Endera Systems, LLC; McLean, VA

* Bruce L. Caswell, President and Chief Executive Officer, MAXIMUS; Kensington, MD

* Jean Edelman, Co-Founder, Edelman Financial Engines; Great Falls, VA

* Kenneth R. Hayduk, Vice President, Taxes, ... Show Full Article

The Power of Black History Month
GREENFIELD, New Hampshire, Feb. 15 -- The Crotched Mountain Foundation issued the following statement by President and CEO Michael Coughlin:

"In February we celebrate Black History Month. This period of reflection and remembrance is a critical and expanding piece of the American experience. The power of Black History Month is especially evident here at Crotched Mountain School. Nearly 40% of our direct care workforce-our most important staff!-are immigrants and refugees. And the vast majority of those folks are people of color.

"And let me be clear: none of the incredible work that takes place ... Show Full Article

Kay Coles James: 'An Unacceptable Resolution to a Genuine National Crisis'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Heritage Foundation issued the following statement by President Kay Coles Jamesin response to President Trump's declaring a national emergency on the border:

"Conservatives are disappointed in Congress and frustrated that its failure has led to today's action by the President. The omnibus legislation coupled with today's announcement is an unacceptable resolution to a genuine national crisis.

"For far too long, the United States' southern border has not been adequately secured, creating devastating and dangerous consequences. Congress has responded with apathy, negligence, ... Show Full Article

Hospital Employees Successfully Remove SEIU After NLRB Denies Union Officials' Objections
LOS ANGELES, California, Feb. 15 -- The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation issued the following news release:

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- USC Verdugo Hills workers' vote to oust union certified by Labor Board after union's lawyers ignore rules to challenge outcome

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Los Angeles has rejected union officials' objections to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital employees' election to remove the union as their monopoly bargaining representatives. The NLRB Regional Director ordered that the result of the election, in which a majority of the workers ... Show Full Article

Health Foundation: Performance Against the 4 Hour A&E Target Has Fallen to Its Lowest Level on Record
LONDON, England, Feb. 15 -- The Health Foundation issued the following statement by senior policy fellow Tim Gardner:

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- Health Foundation response to NHS England's monthly performance statistics

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"Today's data highlights the fragility of a health service after nearly a decade of austerity, with insufficient staff or funds to keep pace with rising need.

"Despite lower rates of flu and winter vomiting viruses than last year, the NHS is under more pressure than ever. Over 100,000 more people attended emergency departments in January 2019 than in the same month last year, and performance ... Show Full Article

Everglades Foundation Issues Statement on Appointment of Valenstein as DEP Secretary
PALMETTO BAY, Florida, Feb. 15 -- The Everglades Foundation issued the following statement by CEO Eric Eikenberg regarding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' decision to appoint Noah Valenstein to lead the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

"We applaud Governor Ron DeSantis' decision to appoint Noah Valenstein to this crucial position.

"Secretary Valenstein understands the critical link between cleaning up our water and the economic viability of our state.

"With Governor DeSantis' transformative and bold leadership, Secretary Valenstein's long-standing commitment to Florida's natural resources ... Show Full Article

Analysis Finds That Medications for Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS are Costliest Group of Outpatient Prescription Drugs for Medicaid
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation issued the following news release:

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- While Diabetes Drugs Have Posted Sharpest Rise in Costs

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Antiviral medications, including those that treat hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, cost the Medicaid program more money (before rebates) than any other group of outpatient prescription drugs for each year from 2014 to 2017, according to a new KFF analysis.

The analysis of utilization and spending trends finds that antivirals accounted for more than 13 percent of the $63.6 billion in Medicaid outpatient drug spending pre-rebates in 2017 ... Show Full Article