Hundreds of gay couples sign up for expanded health insurance coverage in

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica to reach population of 5 million by 2018 Taboo on LGBT blood donation lingers, according to survey Costa Rica to extend same-sex couples equal rights for public health insurance, care access Costa Rican police join human rights group to launch campaign against LGBT discrimination Hundreds of same-sex couples have successfully applied to insure their partners after the Costa Rican Social Security System board of directors votedto expand health care benefits, a policy that went into effect a year ago Tuesday.From Nov. 10, 2014 to September 2015, the Social Security System, also known as the Caja, accepted 221 applications to cover same-sex partners. Some of the highest acceptance rates occurred in rural parts of Costa Rica, according to data obtained by The Tico Times.In addition to access to insurance, the Caja board also voted to cover reforms that allowed same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples in public health care matters, including visitation rights and the ability to make medical decisions, among other benefits. Those health care benefits can be accessed at public hospitals and community clinics, known as Ebais.“I saw gay patients dying in hospitals alone or not getting access to medicine they needed because they didn’t have health insurance,” said Geovanny Delgado, an LGBT activist and Caja employee who was involved in the fight to recognize same-sex partners in the public insurance system. “People don’t understand what a change that was for gay couples, for the dignity of the patient in the institution.”San José is the site of Costa Rica’s annual gay pride parade and other LGBT activism, but rural parts of the country saw the greatest interest in the new coverage in the last year. Guácimo – a Caribbean canton better known for banana fields than LGBT issues – had the single largest number of inscriptions at 32. The northern canton of La Fortuna followed closely with 30. Delgado said that the agrarian parts of the country would have fewer opportunities for formal employment that would offer insurance benefits, increasing the need for these benefits in places like Guácimo. Geovanny Delgado, a Caja employee and member of the Diversity Movement, speaks at a vigil in front of the Costa Rican Supreme Court in May 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesDelgado said that the Costa Rican government’s move to recognize a same-sex relationship for insurance purposes is a major step forward. A legislative bill to recognize same-sex civil unions has been bogged down by amendments from conservative lawmakers, but President Luis Guillermo Solís has taken a more aggressive stance on LGBT issues. In May, Vice President Ana Helena Chacón announced an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public institutions overseen by the executive branch.Delgado said that the next battle for gay and lesbian couples in the Caja would be advocating for the right to pass on pensions to surviving partners.“Think about how many people have been able to insure their partner, to stay by their side at the hospital during the most trying moments of their life,” Delgado said. “That wasn’t possible before.”How do you register?The process for ensuring that an unmarried partner of either sex enjoys equal benefits is as follows:Visit an Ebais or Caja clinic or hospital and register at the Registro de Parejas de Convivencia (Registry of Cohabitant Couples).Present identification for both parties.Fill out a “Beneficio Familiar” (Family Benefits) form.Present proof that you have lived together for at least three years (this can include sworn testimony by third parties, or documentation that you are co-owners of real estate).The Caja will interview and prepare a socioeconomic study to establish your financial codependency.The process should take no more than 10 days.Related: Costa Rica files criminal complaint against same-sex couple who married due to clerical error Facebook Commentslast_img read more

September 2 2003 CENTURY PLANT This cluster of C

first_imgSeptember 2, 2003CENTURY PLANT: This cluster of Century Plants [Agave Americanan] grows behind the Ceramics Apse. One of the plants has begun to grow its flower stalk. This first photo was taken on 5/1 of this year. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> There is a remarkable difference in size on 5/6. >>right>> This photo was taken on 5/12. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> 5/22 We did not measure the size but the push of this plants effort is amazing. >>right>> On 5/28 little branches have sprouted at the top portion of the stalk. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> On 6/9 buds have grown on the branches and >>right>> on 6/27 the beautiful flowers are visited by busy bees. [Photo & text: sa] The stalk of this plant turns into a very light, hollow wood, with solid branches and large seedpods on those branches. It has been observed that this kind of stalk can be used for a version of the aborigin instrument digereedoo. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

November 5 2008 The Sept 28 workshop partici

first_imgNovember 5, 2008 The Sept. 28. workshop participants graduated last Friday, October 31. 2008. Congratulations to: [from left] Amy Bunker, Asako Kitazawa, Hortense Sestito, Elvire Callaghan, Giorgio Bologna, Alyssa Blumstein and Aarthi Janakiraman. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitol

first_img 13-year-old Charles Williams, Jr. attends meetings, session with lawmakerTecumseh resident Charles Williams, Jr. today joined state Rep. Nancy Jenkins in Lansing to job shadow the lawmaker.“Charles is very interested in politics and how things work at the Capitol, and I was excited to have him join me,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “It’s always great when young people are interested in what goes on in Lansing, and I hope that Charles learned a lot today.”Williams met with Jenkins and other state representatives to learn more about the state budget, sat in on meetings with Jenkins and was recognized on the House floor.“I am grateful for this opportunity,” Williams said. “Not many kids get the chance to experience something like this. I know it’s a hard job, but I’d like to be a representative someday. It would be tough but worth it.”### Categories: News 31Jan Tecumseh resident joins Jenkins at Capitollast_img read more

SESs latest satellite SES5 has arrived at the

first_imgSES’s latest satellite, SES-5, has arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be processed for launch, scheduled for June 19.SES-5’s 36 active Ku-band transponders and up to 24 active C-band transponders will be located at 5° East. It will feature two Ku-band beams, one serving customers in the Nordic and Baltic countries and the other one serving sub-Saharan Africa as well as two C-band beams, one with global coverage and one with hemispheric coverage over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The satellite provides Ka-band uplink capability, allowing for operations between Europe and Africa.last_img read more

The BBCs flagship channel BBC One can sometime

first_imgThe BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, can “sometimes feel too predictable” and “plays it too safe in parts of its peak-time schedule,” according to the acting chairman of the BBC Trust, Diane Coyle.Delivering a lecture called ‘A 21st Century BBC’ at the London School of Economics last night, Coyle admitted that the BBC faced some big challenges and detailed specific areas for improvement before the corporation’s next charter review in two years.However, she also used the speech to call for independence from government pressure, warning that the BBC is “less independent than it used to be and than it needs to be,” and defended the role of the BBC Trust in terms of the corporation’s wider management structure.Referring to a year-long Trust review into the BBC’s four main TV channels, the results of which are due to be published next month, Coyle said that there are “some big challenges, one of which is how to extend the range of new and innovative ideas at the heart of the peak schedule on BBC One.”“The channel has a particular responsibility to get the best possible programmes to the widest possible range of people. At present, though, and despite its achievements, our research shows an audience concern that BBC One plays it too safe in parts of its peak-time schedule.  This covers factual and entertainment programmes, not just drama. The industry experts we’ve spoken to echo that view,” said Coyle.She also said that a recent Trust review of the BBC’s network news services showed up a “significant concern that BBC News could sometimes feel ‘distant’ from people’s everyday lives,” and should have a broader agenda and tone, making use of more regional reporters.Four key ”immediate priorities” that were set out for the BBC were: the need to improve the quality and variety of new drama on BBC One; to keep a “firm control” over headcount and continue to reduce the numbers of senior managers; to better reflect the diversity of the UK population, including increasing the number of women on air; and to make more partnerships with other cultural and creative organisations in the UK.Referring to the BBC’s public funding, Coyle argued that the principle of ‘top slicing’ funds from the licence fee “must not be baked into the next licence fee settlement before the process even starts,” and said that public support for the licence fee had risen in the past 10 years and was higher than support for advertising or subscription-based alternatives.“We will also want to put forward some ideas about how to incorporate on-demand viewing to the iPlayer into any future licence fee system,” she said.last_img read more