Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments In this file photo, Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, watches her shot during her women’s singles match against Wang Yafan of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing. Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder. APTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is back at practice, less than six months after being attacked by a knife-wielding intruder.Kvitova posted a photo on Instagram on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) showing herself swinging a tennis racket .ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption LATEST STORIES Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chot Reyes already fed up with no-show Blatche Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar She included the message: “I hope this picture makes you as happy as it makes me! I am in Monaco and guess what? I’m back on the tennis court, hitting with some proper balls.”Kvitova has missed all season so far while recovering from surgery on her left, racket-holding hand in December. She was injured during an attack at her home in the Czech Republic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnShe said last month that she was signing up for the French Open, which begins May 28, in hopes of competing. But she wasn’t sure whether she would be ready.Kvitova was the Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014. She climbed as high as No. 2 in the WTA rankings.
A selection of health policy stories from New York, Georgia, California, Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina.The Associated Press: N.Y. Awards $462M To Help Hospitals Keep ServicesNew York health officials have awarded $462 million to help 22 hospitals and five large public hospital systems statewide continue key services. The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care (7/9). Georgia Health News: Plan For New Trauma Center Not Welcomed By AllHospital chain HCA’s push to have its Augusta hospital designated as a trauma center has unsettled leaders in the state’s hospital industry. A trauma center is a medical facility that’s specially equipped and staffed to treat seriously injured people. Georgia authorizes four levels of such centers, depending on their capabilities. The critics of the HCA effort point to the trauma center growth in the Florida market. Such centers in the Sunshine State are charging a “response fee” – essentially an entry fee into the hospital – for each trauma case that averages more than $10,000 per patient, according to a Tampa Bay Times investigation in March (Miller, 7/9).The San Francisco Chronicle: San Francisco Health Care Premiums Expected To DropA year ago, dozens of angry city workers packed a City Hall hearing where San Francisco supervisors threatened to reject proposed 2014 health premiums for city employees, saying that Kaiser Permanente had failed to justify a 5.25 percent rate increase and that they were fed up with the provider’s lack of transparency. On Wednesday, in nearly empty chambers, the same budget committee easily approved the city’s proposed rates for 2015 — a package that will slash Kaiser premiums by 2 percent, a rate the insurer has agreed to hold steady through 2016. “It’s quite remarkable that you were able to negotiate these rates,” Supervisor John Avalos – who last year led the opposition to the rates – told Health Service System Director Catherine Dodd (Lagos, 7/9).Los Angeles Times: Anthem Blue Cross Faces Another Suit Over Obamacare Doctor NetworksAmid growing scrutiny statewide, insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross faces another consumer lawsuit over its use of narrow networks in Obamacare coverage. A group of Anthem policyholders sued California’s largest for-profit health insurer Tuesday in state court, accusing the company of misrepresenting the size of its physician networks and the insurance benefits provided (Terhune, 7/9).Des Moines Register: Feds Give Iowa Hospitals $10M To Improve Rural CareTwenty-five small Iowa hospitals will soon join efforts to track and coordinate care of chronically ill patients, thanks to a $10 million federal grant to the Mercy hospital system, hospital leaders said Wednesday. The three-year grant was part of $26 million in new Iowa grants made under the Affordable Care Act (Leys, 7/9).Denver Post: Colorado Food Bank Gets Grant For Staff Helping Clients With MedicaidWhen Arvada Community Food Bank director Sandy Martin wrote a grant proposal seeking U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to expand services, she knew there was a pent-up need for her organization to provide more than just food. What she didn’t anticipate was just how great that need was. The food bank got the three-year grant of $187,500 for Bridges to Opportunity. It’s one of several nationwide pilot programs supporting food bank clients as they move toward self-sufficiency. Instead of just providing food, the Arvada Food Bank has now hired a full-time staff member to help clients tie into assistance programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (Briggs, 7/10).The Associated Press: One Year Later, No New Abortion Rules In NCAbortion rights advocates in North Carolina say they are in the dark about new rules required by a year-old law that they fear could effectively shut down many of the state’s clinics. Broadly speaking, the law requires that clinics be regulated in the same way as outpatient surgical centers. But exactly how those rules will take shape and what the state’s 15 abortion clinics will need to do to comply remain unknown. The state’s health department says it is committed to maintaining access to the procedure and is still drafting the rules. There is no deadline for drafting the rules (Ferral, 7/9). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Fight Over New Ga. Trauma Center; San Francisco Premiums Expected To Drop