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JANUARY, 1998HUMAN SERVICES
110GlodLawsuits Allege Abuses by Psychiatric Hospitals: DC, MD, VA all involved in 30 cases of fraud, etc.
112PierreGovernments Turn to Private Firms for Welfare Job Services--all around DC metro area--not DC?
114MilloyConfronting What's Killing Black Men: prostate, homicide, AIDS, tumors, etc. all higher--ask why?
117GoldsteinHealth Chief also Lacks DC License--2 fired city pathologists don't agree it 'doesn't matter'
118VobejdaRate of Unintended Pregnancies Drops in US : 54 45/1000 '81-'94--highest for blacks, and below 24 yrs
122StaffDC Health Chief (Noonan) to Apply for Medical License--prodded by Ward 8's Sandy Allen
123StaffDC Medicaid Recipients to Get Choice of 7 HMOs--effects 80,000--but not 50,000 elderly/disabled
124LocyDistrict Women Plead Guilty in Dental Insurance Scheme--relatives bilked $142K from 50 companies
126LoebDC Foster Care Agency is Quietly Rebuilding--since court-appointed receiver took over $102M agency
FEBRUARY, 1998
207StaffDC Mental Health Commission Wants to Move from condemned public facility at DC Gen'l to Capitol Hill
223SlevinNY Pathologist Sought for DC Morgue--Arder, deputy chief NYC medical examiner, runs Brooklyn morgue
224StaffStudy Hits DC Rules on Welfare--scores on implementing fed welfare reform DC: 48th; VA, 17th; MD, 29th
227SlevinNY Forensic Pathologist (Arden) to Revamp DC Morgue--get better equip, 13 more staff (to 45), $165Kpa
MARCH, 1998
301Currie/Shriver ltrFrom Welfare to Work in Maryland--MD welfare rolls down 39% in 3 yrs;innovative wage/tax credit help
303StaffWashington Hospital Center agrees to end improper handling of radioactive waste
315LengelA Disappearance a Day--St Elizabeths Has High Walkaway rate--1 of 800 goes AWOL daily, most return
318ViseControl Board Wants DC Council to Determine Medical Malpractice Law--decide damage ceilings
318EditorIn the District's Name--Control Board doing more for 'disgraceful' Oak Hill than elected officials ever did
APRIL, 1998
401StaffJudge Approves Managed Care Initiative--to enroll Medicaid recipients in 1 of 7 HMOs
402HarrisCity Boosts Day-Care Funds--subsidies stuck 10 yrs at $21infant/$18pre-schl v metro avg $31/$24 now
403StaffEx-DC Deputy Medical Examiner Faces Charges--working without valid license--could get 1 yr + $10K
407SlevinNY Problem-Solver Heads to DC Morgue--JL Arden expects 'daunting task' that 'scares hell out of him'
408Thomas-LesterAmid Family Outcry Over Morgue Mix-up, Prince George's Police Revise Policy on death notifications
413VobejdaStates' Welfare Data in Disarray--inconsistent reports make effects on reform unclear across US
415StaffGroup of DC Clergy Present Advice for City's Surplus--shore up social services, reject tax cuts
416StaffDC Gains on Child-Care Reimbursement List--now ranks much better in infant care pay, other fee rates
419Shear2-Yr Welfare Limit Takes Effect in NVA: caseload down, 74K to 44K since 7/95--464 families off in next 6 mos
MAY, 1998
501StaffNuclear Reg Comm Proposes Fining DC Hospital Center $2750 for radioactive waste violations
507EscobarDC's $500K Public Fund for Drug Prevention, Kids at Risk--City lost track of income, grants from tax returns
508StaffBarry Signs Mandate for Emergency Care--insurers must pay for emergency room visits if patients sincere (?)
515StaffWelfare to Work Program Training 100 DC welfare recipients to be taxi drivers, tour guides
530KingThe Quiet People Who Get Things Done--local doers get things done for neighborhoods
531HilzenRathMD Hospitals Strain Under Rate System--health insurers steer patients to DC for lower rates
JUNE, 1998
614ltr Catoe/FairmanDC General is Recovering Health--Public Benefits Corp execs expect it to be in black--including DC General (?)
629Struck/HarrisDeath in the City--nation's deadliest city--AIDS 9x, homicide 7x, infants 2x, cancer, heart 1.3 x nat'l avg
629Struck/HarrisDeath in the City (cont)--local life expectancy:men 62.4 v 72.7 yrs; women 74.7 v 79.3 yrs nat'l avg
JULY, 1998
701PowellCandidate Forum Focuses on Poor--all agree to restore $ for social programs at NY Ave church
705PowellWhat About the Poor--Candidates Focus on Middle Class--welfare reform needed to offset Barry patronage
714GoldsteinEx-Deputy Medical Examiner Acquitted--workload, lost papers blamed for failure to get DC license
718HarrisParents Fighting Bugs in DC Child Support--3500 of 30K checks issued since 5/1 not rcv'd--several glitches
AUGUST, 1998
810Archer (Rep)Welfare Reform's Unprecedented Success--37% drop since 1994--offices become job placement cntrs
822StaffDC DoH Expanding Medicaid Coverage for (6700?) Uninsured Parents of (8400?) eligible kids--innovative
825SlevinIn DC, Many Drug Addicts, Few Services--lack of treatment programs--budget down from $31.3 to 19.7M
826SlevinDC Residents Urge Focus on Drug Abuse--Most in Poll Want More Spent on Treatment, less on jailtime
SEPTEMBER, 1998
903HarrisWelfare Rolls Drop-Off Yields $38M Surplus--hshlds down 4.4K to 20.7K, indivs down 13.6K to 55.7K
907Offner (oped)Healthy Change for DC Poor: Medicaid savings (70% Fed rate, 20K off rolls, hosp stays - 25%) put to govt HMOs
908HavemanNational Welfare Reform 'Surplus' is $4.7B: some spent on better welfare progs, reallocated, or saved
915GoldsteinDC Trying to Reduce Salary of Receiver--Mental Health Chief Scott Nelson pay could reach $448K
916EditorA Receiver Receiveth Too Much--Mental Health Services Receiver Nelson grossly overpaid at $195/hr
918StaffMedical Use of Marijuana Initiative to be on Nov 3 DC Ballot--as required by DC Superior Court
920StaffInvisible Victims: DC Child Deaths under 5 yrs way too high; 'undetermined' causes far over nat'l average
923ViseCMO Barnett Fills Key Health Post --Troutman comes from Fulton Cnty, GA, and Newark NJ--to get $165K
923GoldsteinMental Health Chief Nelson agrees to Cap on Pay--at $224.6K--receiver was on loan from USPHS @$134K
925ViseContract Problem at DES Risked Phase Out of Care for Injured City Workers--issue now resolved
927ViseGA Dr. Troutman Reverses Position, Declines DC Health Post--interim director Marlene Kelley to stay on
929HarrisDC's Hi-Tech Answer to ($84M pa) Food Stamp Abuse--feds order 40K recips to use encoded 'EBT' cards
929FernandezThey're Finally Getting a Resting Place--114 unidentified bodies stored in DC Morgue to be buried/cremated
OCTOBER, 1998
1002GoldsteinDC Medicaid Program Stays on Budget of $852M for FY98--reforms cut $20M for 123,000 recipients
1005LocyDC Balks at Paying Bills of Some at St. Elizabeth's--Hinckley 1 of 200 referred by feds w/o $--can't send home
1009EditorTheFeds Should Pay Up--feds should pay costs of St. Elizabeth's federally-connected patients--like Hinckey
1017BowlesDC to Decide on Marijuana Legalization--Initiative 59 would allow use for medical purposes
1021GoldsteinFinancial Pressures Cripple DC Hospitals--cost of caring for uninsured and 'hardball tactics of HMOs'
1022GoldsteinFed Budget Forbids Money for Needle Exchange--new local group plans to continue project
NOVEMBER, 1998
1111WilliamsCouncil Trims Some Workers' Comp Benefits--1st reading settles for 1/3rd of savings Control Bd urged
1112LooseDC to use Private Orgs to Jump-Start Stalled Welfare Program--replace dysfunctional DHS, DHES
1113StaffProgram to Try to Coordinate Medical Care to Poor--$4.2M grant to DC's Health/Hosp Public Benefit Corp
1119StaffOne Stop Career Center Opens--to provide employment services/training--funded by US Dept of Labor
1120StaffACLU Again Rebuffed on (getting election results revealed on) Marijuana Initiative (for medical use)
1126CottmanInfant Mortality Rate Declines Again to Lowest in City's history--13.1/1000 births v 7.3 nationally
1127HarrisIn Capitol's Shadow, the Homeless Feast--DC Shelter serves annual turkey dinner to 1500!
DECEMBER, 1998
1201EditorReforming Workers' Compensation--weak Council bill will further estrange business/labor communities
1202GoldsteinCity Blocks Needle Exchange Effort--AIDS Official says new program needs DC Council approval
1212LengelA Fresh Start for St. Elizabeth's 80 bldgs--receiver says new hospital cheaper--500 patients v 7000 in '60s
1213StaffHospice Groups in DC and NoVA to Coordinate Services thru affiliation--regional hospice alliance exists
1215TimbergVA Welfare's Next Step: Aiding the Hard to Help--welfare rolls down 50%--83K--since '95--rest tougher
1216GoldsteinCouncil OKs HMO Appeals Process--lobbyists puzzled by last-minute changes letting HMOs ignore panel
1219MontgomeryNeedle Exchange (suspended by Congress) Returns to DC--private firm adopts program
1224ViseReport Questions Spending at DC General--IG sees overspending on pay, perks by chief and top aides

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