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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Issues Statement on the Governor Signing Cascade Care 2.0 Into Law
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- The Washington Health Benefit Exchange issued the following statement on May 10, 2021:

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Pam MacEwan, CEO Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), issued the following statement today after the signing of Cascade Care 2.0 into state law:

"Today's signing of the Cascade Care 2.0 bill sets the stage to improve the quality, availability, and affordability of the health plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder.

"This bill establishes a state premium assistance program that will benefit over 100,000 low-income Washingtonians struggling to pay for health insurance; ... Show Full Article

Trusted Computing Group Releases First Security Verification Guide for Enterprise Systems With National Institute of Standards and Technology
BEAVERTON, Oregon, May 11 (TNSOps) -- Trusted Computing Group issued the following news release:

IT administrators and manufacturers can now secure enterprise computing, with the latest specification from the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). This new guide verifies the trustworthiness of each end point, by allowing the integrity of devices and networks within enterprise systems to be measured for the first time. This follows a 430% increase in supply chain attacks in 2020, according to Sonatype.

The PC Client Firmware Integrity Measurement (FIM) specification provides an official definitive guide, ... Show Full Article

Trust for Public Land on the Department of the Interior Announcement to Allocate $150 Million to Expand Public Parks, Recreation Opportunities in Urban Areas Through Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- The Trust for Public Land issued the following statement on May 10, 2021:

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Statement from Tom Stewart, Senior Director of Federal Affairs at The Trust for Public Lands on the announcement that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant program.

"Equitable access to the outdoors helps people lead healthier, happier, more prosperous lives.

"Last week, the Biden-Harris administration committed to supporting locally-led park projects in nature-deprived communities, and we ... Show Full Article

National Wildlife Federation: Expanding Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program Will 'Bring More Equitable Access for Outdoor Recreation'
DENVER, Colorado, May 11 (TNSPar) -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release:

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's decision to expand the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership grant program will help urban communities build new recreation spaces and restore existing parks and open spaces.

"The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership program has helped bring more equitable access for outdoor recreation to underserved communities across the nation," said Simone Lightfoot, associate vice president for environmental justice and climate justice at the National Wildlife Federation. ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: UAE - Foreign Debtor Trapped in Dire Circumstances
BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 11 (TNSIntl) -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release on May 10, 2021:

United Arab Emirates authorities have barred an Iranian national from leaving the country or working for nearly seven years under the country's abusive debt laws, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities have refused to renew Mohammad Reza Bahar's work and residency permits, making it impossible for him to repay his debts or even to meet his basic needs.

The UAE's justice system comes down hard on those who are unable to pay their debts or fail to repay loans. Bouncing a check is considered ... Show Full Article

Doctors Without Borders: Oxygen Must Be at the Heart of the Global COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK, May 11 (TNSRep) -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news on May 10, 2021:

More must be done to ensure people with COVID-19 worldwide have access to oxygen, said the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) today. As vaccines remain unavailable in the majority of countries worldwide, it is critical that oxygen is available for people who fall ill with COVID-19, as highlighted in an MSF briefing paper released today, "Gasping for Air."

"Oxygen is the single most important medicine for ... Show Full Article

College of American Pathologists: Life for Laboratories After COVID-19 Media Briefing
NORTHFIELD, Illinois, May 11 (TNSOps) -- The College of American Pathologists issued the following news release:

On April 28, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) hosted its second virtual media forum of 2021, Life for Laboratories after COVID-19, in its ongoing commitment to educating media and the public on COVID-19 testing and the pandemic.

During the session, which was moderated by Speaker of the CAP House of Delegates Kathryn Knight, MD, FCAP, CAP President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP and Chair of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs Jonathan Myles, MD, FCAP discussed the ... Show Full Article