Physicians to receive guides about domestic violence

first_imgVERMONT PHYSICIANS TO RECEIVE GUIDES ABOUTDOMESTIC VIOLENCEBerlin, VT – A physician guide about domestic violence will be distributed to all Vermont primary care providers, emergency room providers and OB/GYNs as part of a New England-wide project, organizers have announced.The cost of intimate partner violence exceeds $5.8 billion each year, 4.1 billion of which is for direct medical and mental health care services, according to a 2003 study by the CDC. The health effects of domestic violence are staggering. In addition to the immediate trauma and injuries caused by abuse, domestic violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems and can interfere with the management of other illnesses.This puts health care providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. This year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has joined forces with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans from across New England.To address this community need, a “physicians guide” will be distributed to all primary care providers (internists, family practitioners, and pediatricians) as well as Emergency Room providers and OB/GYNs in New England on October 14th in honor of Health Cares About Domestic Violence. 10,000 practitioners will receive guides and “victim safety cards” that outline safety tips for victims leaving a violent situation and the numbers to call for help. The guide is a joint production of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New England states along with the individual state domestic violence support organizations.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

BLOG: Catch up on Governor Wolf’s Budget Message with This 47-second Animated Explainer

first_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf Budget News,  The Blog,  Videos Governor Tom Wolf just wrapped up his 2016-2017 Budget Address, but you can catch up on his message to Pennsylvanians in just 47 seconds with this animated explainer video:The gist is this: Pennsylvania is in crisis — a crisis that threatens our future — and there are two paths we can take.Choice 1: Take the path to a brighter futureInvest in educationEliminate the deficitMeet critical human service needsPut Pennsylvania back on trackChoice 2: Remain on the status quo pathHigher property taxesMassive education cutsReduced services for seniorsFiscal disasterSo, Pennsylvania legislators have a choice. They can choose the brighter future path with schools that teach, jobs that pay, and government that works. Or, they can choose the failed status quo and let Pennsylvania fall off a financial cliff.Despite the overwhelming challenges we now face, Governor Wolf still believes in Pennsylvania and our potential. His 2016-2017 budget message is clear: It is time to fund our schools. It is time to face financial reality. It is time to give Pennsylvania the bright future it deserves. February 09, 2016 BLOG: Catch up on Governor Wolf’s Budget Message with This 47-second Animated Explainercenter_img You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter all this week.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more