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World Breastfeeding Week: Legislator Ellen Spiegel helps nursing moms in Nevada

Ellen Spiegel’s bill gives nursing mothers a clean, safe and private place at work to express breast milk and is now in effect.

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The World Breastfeeding Week annually being held on August 1-7 and this is the 25th year that organizations, individuals and government officials have come together as well as other non-government organizations. One of those officials is four-term assemblywoman, Ellen Spiegel, the assemblywoman for Assembly District 20, which includes parts of Henderson and Paradise Township in the state of Nevada. Her AB113 from the 2017 legislature gives nursing mothers a clean, safe and private place at work to express breast milk and is now in effect.

Speigel first established the bill back in 2015. She had served on Maternal and Child Health Advisory Board for four years and learned about the significance of breast feeding.

“It is not just important to families economically but is important for babies’ health and provides constant immunization. As we continue to have issues with health care, nutrition and poverty in this state, it made sense to bring in a bill for statewide help for our families.”

While the bill didn’t pass the on first attempt, Speigel brought the bill back with revisions in 2017 legislative session and it eventually pass. During the hearings, the assembly heard from a women about having a clean place to pump breast milk. Mothers would speak with Spiegel privately about what had happened to them while handling their job and needing to pump breast milk.

“I want everyone to have healthy children to begin life with the advantage of breast feeding,” Speigel said.

World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA’s core partners are the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, International Baby Food Action Network, International Lactation Consultant Association, La Leche League International and Wellstart International. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

#World Breastfeeding Week 2017 will call on advocates and activists, decision-makers and celebrants to build a new and purposeful partnerships.

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Lil Wayne Cancels Las Vegas Gig After Suffering Multiple Seizures

Lil Wayne has been rushed to the hospital who suffers seizures and his show in Las Vegas has been canceled.

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Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., popularly known as Lil Wayne, has been rushed to the hospital who suffers seizures. And his concert in Las Vegas isn’t looking good.

American hip hop recording artist Lil Wayne was rushed to he Northwestern Memorial hospital in Chicago early on Monday, September 3, due to seizures. Wayne was found unconscious in his hotel room at the Westin in Michigan Avenue.

Multiple sources claims that the New Orleans banging rapper had at least one seizure at the Westin hotel and a second once occur when he in arrived in the hospital. By late afternoon, the American rapper’s camp attempted to have him discharged but his physician’s advised against it.

So why the urgency to get Wayne discharge from the hospital? The Grammy Award winner has a one-night only show scheduled at Drais Beachclub in Las Vegas, Nevada by midnight. Lil Wayne, 34, was slated to perform alongside Rae Sremmurd. So, it’s likely that Wayne is still be in medical center as of writing and this would basically compromise the show. Additionally, Wayne has suffered seizures due to frequent flying in the past and the medical practitioner did not want to take the risk in order to get him to his Sin City live performance.

As many know, Lil Wayne is battling with epilepsy and this medical condition has been a lifelong struggle for the rapper. In June last year, Wayne experience a seizure during a flight and refused for an immediate treatment. Then, just a month later after the June seizure episode occur, he experience another one just minutes before he was scheduled to go on the center stage. But the most frightening seizure happened way back in 2013 when he was admitted ICU (intensive care unit) following a multiple seizures. At the time, sources close to the rapper said that Wayne consumed a large amount “Sizzurp,” a codeine and cough syrup-based drink, prior to the incident. Later on, Wayne revealed that the seizures scared him enough to make some massive changes in his lifestyle and others in order to stay safe going forward.

Wayne’s representative says that the international artist is currently resting.

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Losing bidder filed injunction before the district court on Nevada Medicaid dental contract

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Over the objections of the losing bidder, the state Board of Examiners on Tuesday, August 8, approved the $404.5 million contract to provide Medicaid dental services in the state of Nevada.

Medicaid administrator Marta Jensen told the Board of Examiners that the new contract takes dental services under Medicaid in a new management, focusing much more completely on preventive care instead of cure or reactive care to dental dilemmas. Jensen said that the contract with Liberty Dental focuses on preventive care and management of care for the dental patients in Nevada.

Paul Georgeson of McDonald Carano, representing the Delta Dental, urged the Board of Examiners to hold off the approval of the winning bidder’s contract, pointing out that they will be filing a lawsuit in district court to block the contract and will be seeking an injunction.

Georgeson said that his client Delta Dental wasn’t treated justly and fairly during the application and review process of the contract bid; that the original request for proposal was tugged back after Delta Dental was awarded the contract back in January 2017.

The reasons given were that key components changes needed to be made to the proposed contract but Georgeson of Delta told the Board of Examiner that the actual alterations were nominal.

Governor Brian Sandoval, on the other hand, said that he was concerned about the delay that would be caused by waiting until the court battle was resolved. Gov. Sandoval added that it could take two years or more for the legal process to conclude. Sandoval was joined by board member Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske who said she too was worried about the length of time that it would take to resolve the legal battle.

Liberty Dental’s legal representative Matthew Dushoff advised approval for the same reason saying “judicial review will take, conservatively, over two years and this contract is only for two years.”

Medicaid administrator Jensen urged the board of Examiner not to delay approval of the contract.

“The benefit of this program is they manage the care,” Jensen said.

Jensen noted extending the existing contract, “I don’t think is in the best interests of our members.” She said that’s especially true for the nearly 100,000 children covered by Medicaid for whom she said preventive care is critical.

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