Government Local Congresswoman Joins Other Legislators, Announces Plans to Reintroduce the Women’s Health Protection Act Legislation would guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere by safeguarding against anti-abortion laws like Mississippi’s 15-week ban Published on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 | 1:10 pm Subscribe Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 35 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff After the Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in a case that directly threatens fifty years of precedent protecting access to abortion, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Veronica Escobar (D-TX) announced that they would be reintroducing the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), bicameral federal legislation to guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere.“This week’s news out of the Supreme Court was an urgent call to action: reproductive rights are under direct, imminent attack. Our bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, would protect against unconstitutional laws like Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban – laws that attack people’s freedom to make decisions about their own bodies and which directly contradict decades of Supreme Court precedent,” said the Members. “Our legislation reaffirms what the Supreme Court established fifty years ago: access to abortion is a fundamental right. We look forward to formally reintroducing our legislation with the support of our colleagues in the coming weeks.”WHPA guarantees a pregnant person’s right to access an abortion—and the right of an abortion provider to deliver these abortion services—free from medically unnecessary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual choice or the provider-patient relationship. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes
December 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Ten former NFL players charged by DOJ in alleged health care fraud scheme Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailrobertcicchetti/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Justice announced charges Thursday against 10 former NFL players over an alleged scheme to defraud millions of dollars from the league’s health care benefits program.Prosecutors allege that the players submitted false and fraudulent claims for high-cost medical equipment to the league’s Gene Upshaw Health Reimbursement Account Plan for retired players between June of 2017 and December of 2018.In a press release, the Justice Department said the charges range from health care fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy — involving over $3.9 million in false health care claims.Among those charged include former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, 38, former San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers, 38, and former Houston Texans safety Ceandris Brown, 36. The government has also filed a notice that it intends to charge former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Horn, 47, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.An attorney for Portis, Mark Dycio, told ABC News Thursday the charges came as a “shock” to his client and that Portis maintains his innocence.“Mr. Portis had no knowledge that his participation in what he believed to be an NFL sanctioned medical reimbursement program was illegal,” Dycio said.According to the Justice Department, the former players allegedly offered to submit claims for medical equipment including hyperbaric oxygen chambers, cryotherapy machines and ultrasound machines in exchange for “kickbacks and bribes that range from a few thousand dollars to $10,000 or more per claim submitted.” The players are alleged to have fabricated documents like prescriptions and invoices in order to secure payouts for their claims.“The defendants are alleged to have developed and executed a fraudulent scheme to undermine a health care benefit plan established by the NFL — one established to help their former teammates and colleagues pay for legitimate medical expenses,” said U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr., for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “The defendants allegedly submitted false claims to the plan and obtained money for expensive medical equipment that was never purchased or received, depriving that plan of valuable resources to help others meet their medical needs.”He added, “We have prioritized the investigation and prosecution of health care fraud in our office, and we appreciate the partnership we share with the Criminal Division and the FBI in pursuing these important matters.”In a briefing with reporters, Justice Department officials said they were alerted to the scheme by the health care company Cigna after it detected anomalies in the types of claims being filed by the players. They noted the investigation remains ongoing, leaving open the possibility others may be charged.Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski said there’s currently no evidence of doctors being aware of or participating in the players’ alleged fraud.Robert McCune, 36, John Eubanks, 36, Rogers and Brown were all arrested, according to a department official, while six others named in the indictments surrendered voluntarily.The maximum sentence for the charges range from 10 to 20 years, and DOJ noted that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.ABC News was not immediately able to reach attorneys for all of the players named in the indictments. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Up-and-coming pop star Bridgit Mendler packed The Paramount in Huntington last week with screaming fans of danceable hit songs off of her debut album and teased tracks from her upcoming sophomore effort.The fresh-faced, squeaky-clean California girl, who dismisses being compared to Miley Cyrus—both have starred in Disney channel shows aside from their musical success—played fan favorites, including “Ready or Not,” “Forgot to Laugh” and “Top of the World,” which were all singles off her breakout album, Hello My Name Is…“This is my band and we’re so excited to play some music,” Mendler, 21, excitedly told throngs of teenage fans that came to see her Oct. 29 performance in the second leg of her Summer Tour.Mendler was slated to play her first concerts beyond North America this month, with performances in Argentina, Chile and Peru being among the about 50 shows she’s given since June.Although she reportedly suffered a setback last year when her laptop broke, losing all the songs she had begun writing for her second album, she has been performing tracks off that to-be-named album, including “Fly to You” and “Deeper Shade of Us.”The singer, whose style has been termed as pop/reggae fusion with elements of R&B, soul, funk and hip hop, cites her biggest influences as folk legend Bob Dylan, as well as the likes of everyone from Fugees to Van Morrison, Beyoncé and others.When she’s not singing her heart out, Mendler can be seen portraying Teddy Duncan in the Disney sitcom Good Luck Charlie and a slew of films, starring alongside LI’s own Lindsay Lohan in Labor Pains.And beyond her music and acting career, Mendler also supports a laundry list of charitable causes, from pro-literacy initiatives, better school programs and anti-cyberbullying campaigns.Opening the show was Nick Tangorra Band, who returns to The Pararmount on Nov. 13 along with Meghan Trainor, who’s “All About That Bass!”Bridgit Mendler greets fans at The Paramount in Huntington on Oct. 29, 2014 (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)