BLOG: Capital BlueCross Announces Donation to Equip Police with Naloxone (ROUND-UP)

first_img December 15, 2015 BLOG: Capital BlueCross Announces Donation to Equip Police with Naloxone (ROUND-UP) By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Government That Works,  Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine stood with Capital BlueCross officials as they announced their latest action in battling the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania. Capital BlueCross has donated $100,000 to further equip police across Pennsylvania with naloxone, a lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug. Police have reversed more than 500 overdoses over the past year.The donation will be distributed by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association in Capital BlueCross’ 21-county service area.The Wolf administration is leading efforts to fight the heroin and opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. The 2015-16 budget includes a $9 million initiative to combat the heroin epidemic. Earlier this month, Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper announced that Pennsylvania Capitol Police are now trained to administer and will carry naloxone. In October, Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine signed a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access the life-saving drug. The Wolf Administration announced in April that the Pennsylvania State Police would carry naloxone, so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies.Check out some of the coverage of yesterday’s announcement:LNP: Capital BlueCross contributes $100,000 to get heroin antidote naloxone to police.“Capital BlueCross said Monday it is giving $100,000 to police departments in 21 Pennsylvania counties including Lancaster so they can purchase the heroin antidote naloxone. The announcement was praised by state health officials, who say the state is battling the worst epidemic of drug overdoses and deaths it has ever seen. ‘With this money, we have the potential to help not only hundreds of people with the disease of addiction, but the thousands of family members and friends whose lives are also affected,’ said Gary Tennis, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.” [LNP, 12/15/15]Harrisburg Patriot-News: Midstate insurer provides another dose of heroin overdose life-saver.“Capital BlueCross said Monday it will spend another $100,000 to put naloxone into police cars in its 21-county service area that includes the midstate… State officials recently said that as of late November, police officers had used naloxone to save 453 overdose victims… State Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Gary Tennis said, ‘For the second time, [Capital has] stepped forward as a leader in fighting the worst overdose death epidemic this state has ever seen … With this money, we have the potential to help not only hundreds of people with the disease of addiction, but the thousands of family members and friends whose lives are also affected.’” [Harrisburg Patriot-News, 12/14/15]WITF: Health insurer donates $100K for life-saving drug for overdoses.“Capital BlueCross is donating $100,000 to equip police officers with a life-saving drug. The contribution comes less than a year after it first offered $50,000 to departments to purchase naloxone, and just as Pennsylvania’s heroin death toll is expected to top last year’s high. That’s despite more than 500 life-saving uses of naloxone, which reverses a heroin or other opioid overdose in a matter of minutes. Capital BlueCross’s donation will pay for 1,000 naloxone kits, which many police departments now carry.” [WITF, 12/14/15]York Daily Record: BlueCross donates $100k for Naloxone.“Central Pennsylvania insurance company Capital BlueCross has donated another $100,000 to supply Pennsylvania police with the medication that reverses heroin overdoses… ‘What it effectively does is, at $100 a kit, you’re talking about saving 1,000 lives of Pennsylvanians,’ [York County District Attorney Tom] Kearney said. ‘And that is just incredible.’ Gary Tennis, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, said, ‘On behalf of all the people whose lives will be saved by this generous donation, I thank Capital BlueCross.’” [York Daily Record, 12/14/15]ABC27: Capital BlueCross donates $100K for heroin antidote.“Capital BlueCross is donating $100,000 to get a heroin antidote to police departments in central Pennsylvania. The donation will pay for 1,000 naloxone kits, which cost about $100 each. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. Pennsylvania police departments have reversed 522 overdoses since they began carrying naloxone this year.” [ABC27, 12/14/15]center_img See Secretary Gary Tennis’ blog about Continuing Pennsylvania’s Fight Against Heroin.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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People moves: USS loses chief financial officer

first_imgFIN-FSA/Veritas — Kaisa Forsström, the deputy chief executive of Veritas Pension Insurance Company, has been been appointed to head insurance supervision at the FIN-FSA, the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanssivalvonta). She will take up the new role on 11 September to serve a five-year term. As a head of department at the regulatory body, she will be a member of the FIN-FSA’s management group and she will report directly to the Director General Anneli Tuominen.Pensions Management Institute (PMI) – Robert Branagh is the new president of the UK professional body, with effect from yesterday, 2 August. He succeeded Kevin LeGrand, who had been president since July 2015. Branagh has more than 30 years experience in the pension industry, in both the private and public sector, including as managing director of RPMI Railpen’s administration business. He is currently chair of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, alongside several non-executive and trustee roles. He joined the board of PMI in the autumn of 2014 before becoming vice president in 2015.ING CDC, NN CDC – The pension funds ING CDC and NN CDC have named Sandra van Eijk as board member, focusing on finance, risk and investment. Since 2010, Van Eijk has worked as chief financial officer and chief risk officer for private clients at NN Bank. Prior to this, she worked at Postbank, ING, insurer RVS and WestlandUtrecht Bank, covering finance, accounting, actuarial and risk matters. The two pension funds were established in 2014, following banc-assurer ING’s split into ING Bank and NN. Although separate, the pension funds have a close co-operation and have many joint board members.Pensioenfonds AFM – Jaap Koelewijn has been appointed as board member of the pension fund of communication watchdog AFM. Koelewijn is professor of finance at Nyenrode Business University and was head of research at the AFM between 2001 and 2003. Earlier in his career he was internal supervisor at the company scheme of engineering firm DHV, the sector pension fund for housing corporations (SPW) as well as member of the investment committees at the pension funds Hoogovens and ANWB.Royal London – The mutual life, pensions and investment company has appointed Olivia Dickson as non-executive director. She has held many positions in financial services over a long career. Her current roles include being non-executive director of the Financial Reporting Council, where she chairs the actuarial council, and a member of the UK government’s advisory group on social impact investing.Cheyne Capital – The London-based asset manager has hired Anthony Robertson to launch a new sub-investment grade credit business. Robertson was formerly head of leveraged finance at BlueBay Asset Management. He will lead the new business – SVC – as its chief investment officer. Cheyne Capital has also hired David Lofts from investment banking firm Seaport Group as head of trading and origination, and two senior analysts, Jacopo Rubbia and Jorge Lazaro.The company said SVC would continue hiring with a view to building a team of 10 people across research, trading, strategy, origination and legal. The boutique’s first strategy will focus on “heightened illiquidity in European sub-investment grade credit”, Cheyne said.Law Debenture Pension Trustees – Andrew Harrison has joined the company’s investment team. He was most recently at Aberdeen Asset Management, where he was head of fixed income product specialists. He also been managing director at BlackRock, head of UK liability-driven investment strategy at Barclays Global Investors and derivatives portfolio manager at Salomon Brothers. Investcorp – Mohamed El-Erian has been appointed to the international advisory board of alternative asset manager Investcorp. El Erian is chief economic adviser at Allianz and was CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO for seven years. Mohammed Alardhi, executive chairman of Investcorp, said: “As one of the most respected voices on the international financial and economic stage, Mohamed brings with him unique insights that will benefit Investcorp as we deliver on our strategy to become one of the world’s leading global alternative investment firms.” VFPK, USS, BPL, FIN-FSA, Veritas, PMI, ING CDC, NN CDC, Pensioenfonds AFM, Royal London, Cheyne Capital, BlueBay Asset Management, Law Debenture, InvestcorpUniversities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – Jennifer Halliday, chief financial officer at the UK’s largest pension scheme, resigned on 31 March, according to USS’s annual report. She joined USS in 2014 from Quaker Chemical Corporation, and spent 13 years at Vanguard Group. Glen Lucken has been appointed CFO in the interim until a permanent replacement is found.Verband der Firmenpensionskassen (VFPK) – Andreas Hilka, member of the board of at the €7.9bn German Hoechst Pensionskasse and former European head of pensions at Allianz Global Investors, has been elected to the board of the German association of company pension schemes. He will be the board member with chief responsibility for investment and investment supervision. Hilka succeeds Norbert Schulte-Mattler, of the Philips Pensionskasse, who had been VFPK’s board for several years. Peter Hadasch of Nestlé Pensionkasse, Helmut Aden of the BVV insurance association for the banking sector, and Carsten Ebsen of the Hamburger Pensionskasse, were re-elected to the board.BPL Pensioen – Willem van den Nieuwenhof has been appointed board member of BPL Pensioen, the €16.4bn pension fund for the agriculture sector, representing the association of horticulturalists. He has also become a member of BPL’s committee for compliance and communication. Previously, Van den Nieuwenhof was a board member of the company pension fund of Heinz as well as the sector scheme for the fruit and vegetable processing industry, which both joined BPL last year.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s semi-final pursuit ended by Mazembe

first_imgBerekum Chelsea are out of the running for a semi-final slot in the African Champions League following TP Mazembe’s win over Al Ahly on Sunday.The Congolese side beat Ahly 2-0 to qualify alongside the Egyptian champions into the last four after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Zamalek in Cairo 24 hours earlier.Chelsea, with six points, will host Mazembe, who joint-top with Ahly on 10 points in the final Group B match in mid-September but the outcome of that match not affect the standings.After a rather great start in just their debut campaign, Chelsea will now have to wait for a possible return to continental football in the next two seasons.The Berekum side were dethroned as Ghanaian champions by Asante Kotoko this season and they also failed to lift the FA Cup.last_img

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