Government reports Obamacare coverage gains are starting to retreat

Koam News Now | May 09, 2019

The coverage gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act are starting to erode. The uninsured rate for those ages 45 to 64 jumped to 10.3% in 2018, up from 9.3% a year earlier, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published Thursday. It's the first time a government study has shown an increase in the rate, though polling and research groups had previously found that people had been losing their health insurance since President Donald Trump took office. The increase comes two years into Trump's administration, which has sought to undermine and dismantle the Affordable Care Act as well as add restrictions to Medicaid. Enrollment in both programs has been slipping. The landmark health care law is credited with extending coverage to millions of Americans, prompting the uninsured rate for non-elderly adults to plummet from 22.3% in 2010, the year Obamacare passed, to a low of 12.4% in 2016. Last year, it stood at 13.3%, though the agency noted the difference was not statistically significant.

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Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected by MPs last night, and in no uncertain terms. In what proved to be the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern parliamentary era, the House of Commons threw her plan out by 432 votes to 202. So, what now for Brexit? The answer to that question is multi-faceted and, currently, unknown. More will become clear after today's vote of no confidence result comes in, but looking more long term, what does the British public think the consequence for Brexit will be? As a new survey by YouGov shows, a plurality (35 percent) think the UK is now staring down the barrel of a no deal Brexit. Fittingly, the second most common response was 'don't know' while the third was the daunting prospect of yet another referendum.

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Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected by MPs last night, and in no uncertain terms. In what proved to be the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern parliamentary era, the House of Commons threw her plan out by 432 votes to 202. So, what now for Brexit? The answer to that question is multi-faceted and, currently, unknown. More will become clear after today's vote of no confidence result comes in, but looking more long term, what does the British public think the consequence for Brexit will be? As a new survey by YouGov shows, a plurality (35 percent) think the UK is now staring down the barrel of a no deal Brexit. Fittingly, the second most common response was 'don't know' while the third was the daunting prospect of yet another referendum.

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Relativity | November 10, 2020

Relativity, a worldwide lawful and consistence innovation organization, today reported it has accomplished Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Authority to Operate (ATO) at the Moderate security sway level for its RelativityOne Government administration offering. Relativity accomplished this approval in organization with its supporting office, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), achieving ATO for EPA's committed climate as extended on Sept. 14. FedRAMP is one of the most broad security approvals SaaS organizations can accomplish. It gives a normalized way to deal with security appraisal, approval and persistent observing for cloud items and administrations to guarantee all government information is secure in cloud conditions. Relativity got FedRAMP ATO after a broad survey measure that included a serious appraisal intended to search out security shortcomings. With this assignment, RelativityOne Government is currently a completely consistent stage affirmed for use by national government offices. "Federal government agencies and organizations in highly regulated industries are under immense pressure to pivot efficiently and safely to the cloud, which requires a security protocol that leaves no room for doubt," said Amanda Fennell, Chief Security Officer at Relativity. "Achieving FedRAMP ATO is a true testament to Relativity's commitment to meet these rapidly evolving and rigorous demands placed on federal agencies. FedRAMP authorization is another validation point for the robust security posture that protects all of our customers, and the improvements made to get here will benefit every team entrusting their data to RelativityOne." As Relativity's support, the EPA has just exploited the safe, open stage to fabricate custom applications to handle special difficulties like overseeing high-volume Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands. The EPA depends on Relativity to fabricate a steady arrangement of e-disclosure rehearses over the organization and productively produce data for FOIA demands. "We partnered with Relativity in their pursuit of FedRAMP authorization because of RelativityOne's ability to handle our influx of FOIA requests, its secure e-discovery platform and the collaborative nature of its SaaS solution," said Vaughn Noga, Chief Information Officer and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "EPA issued an ATO in September of 2020 and now that RelativityOne Government is FedRAMP authorized it will allow others in the U.S. Federal Government to utilize this e-discovery platform and tool to assist in handling e-discovery and FOIA needs." Based on Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, RelativityOne Government enables bureaucratic organizations to manage the especially mind boggling and eccentric information that originates from administrative suit, examinations and FOIA demands. With gigantic information volumes and short cutoff times, Relativity's start to finish e-revelation abilities, ground-breaking Relativity examination and Artificial Intelligence, and new Aero UI permit government organizations to discover reality in their information quicker. About Relativity At Relativity, we make software to help users organize data, discover the truth, and act on it. Our platform is used by more than 13,000 organizations around the world to manage large volumes of data and quickly identify key issues during litigation, internal investigations, and compliance operations with SaaS platform RelativityOne and Relativity Trace. Relativity has users in 48+ countries from organizations, including the U.S. Department of Justice, and 199 of the Am Law 200. Relativity has been named one of Chicago's Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune for 10 consecutive years.

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QuSecure’s QuProtect Receives Top Govies Government Security Award for Cyber Defense

QuSecure | May 26, 2022

QuSecure, Inc., an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity, (PQC) announced that its quantum orchestration platform, QuProtect, the industry’s first end-to-end post-quantum cybersecurity software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels, has been honored in The Govies Government Security Awards competition by Security Today magazine. QuSecure won the highest honor, the Platinum Award, in the Cyber Defense Solutions awards category. 1105 Media launched its government security awards program in 2009 to honor outstanding government security products in a variety of categories. An independent panel of judges from the security industry selected the top 2022 entries and named winners using criteria including Features, Innovation, User Friendliness, Interoperability, Quality, Design, Market Opportunity, Impact in the Security Industry, Technical Advances, and Scalability. Participation in the program was greater than ever this year as government security continues to be an ongoing and growing concern. At QuSecure we are very concerned with National Security and therefore Government is a significant sector for us. It is rewarding for QuProtect to be recognized with this award, particularly from an independent panel of security industry experts. Our QuProtect solution will enable government organizations to remain in compliance with the major government security initiatives we have seen coming, as the industry accelerates toward a quantum future. QuProtect uniquely combines QuSecure’s broad-based quantum and post-quantum technologies providing secure, interoperable cybersecurity to protect government organizations’ networks from quantum threats today and into the future.” Skip Sanzeri, QuSecure Founder and COO QuProtect provides quantum-resilient cryptography, anytime, anywhere and on any device. QuProtect uses an end-to-end quantum security as a service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used. QuProtect is the industry’s most advanced PQC solution providing quantum-resilience for many of today’s critical use cases, including satellite, network, and IoT communications. QuProtect can be hosted on-premise or via the cloud delivering the most compatible solution to the post-quantum problem, solving today’s most complex compliance challenges, such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and work-from-home policies. An organization can implement PQC across all devices on the network with minimal disruption to existing systems, protecting against current classical and future quantum attacks which could irreparably disrupt industries and infrastructures across government and commercial sectors. “The pandemic has wreaked havoc worldwide, but security manufacturers continued to work hard designing new security solutions for the government sector,” said Ralph C. Jensen, editor in chief, Security Today magazine and securitytoday.com. “This is truly a testament of dedication and vision to ensure the best products are available for government use. Manufacturers should be proud of their employees for providing the best solutions in these challenging times. We appreciate the opportunity to enhance the marketplace by honoring these award winners.” About 1105 Media’s Infrastructure Solutions Group 1105 Media’s Infrastructure Solutions Group includes several leading industry media brands that provide new product and technology solutions for security professionals: The brands’ print, digital, custom media and research products integrate physical and IT security coverage and provide the smartest, most cost-effective solutions for reaching security decision makers. About QuSecure QuSecure is an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley.

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Ventech Solutions Recognized in 2022 FedHealthIT Innovation Awards

Ventech Solutions | May 25, 2022

Ventech Solutions, Inc. has been recognized in the 2022 FedHealthIT Innovation Awards for its support of the 1135 Waiver/Flexibility Request and Public Health Emergency Inquiry Helpdesk Tool for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). Nominated and selected by a panel of current and former federal and industry leaders from across the federal IT sector, these programs are chosen for driving technology innovation and results within the federal health IT space. To be recognized for delivering an innovative technology solution that better serves our medical community and government in times of an emergency is quite an honor. We're thrilled to be able to partner with our client and deliver a successful outcome and tool that solves a vital need to the public, and we congratulate CMS-CCSQ on the award." Tonia Bleecher, Chief Executive Officer for Ventech Solutions Using the ServiceNow platform and as a ServiceNow Premier level partner in sales, services and the public sector, Ventech Solutions developed a new publicly accessible web-based portal for submissions of 1135 waivers of the Social Security Act that are used in a disaster or emergency by hospitals, medical providers and state agencies. Ventech Solutions also supports CMS by operating and maintaining CCSQ's QualityNet website, which provides healthcare quality improvement news, resources and data reporting tools and applications used by healthcare providers, through the Health Care Quality Information Systems (HCQIS) Infrastructure and Data Center Support (HIDS) contract. CCSQ's mission is to improve healthcare outcomes, beneficiary experience of care and population health, while reducing healthcare costs. Ventech Solutions leads design and development teams for ServiceNow, cloud computing, infrastructure automation and DevSecOps delivery. The QualityNet infrastructure and network support major application environments to collect clinical data and measure quality of care for CMS beneficiaries. Ventech Solutions will join the awardees at the 8th Annual FedHealthIT Innovation Awards on June 7, 2022, in Washington, D.C. About Ventech Solutions Ventech Solutions is a technology and healthcare solutions provider that leverages emerging technologies to deliver a wide range of enterprise services including cloud modernization, infrastructure, data, security and service integration support. Ventech Solutions leads and manages some of the most critical technology transformation initiatives for the public sector that empower government agencies to achieve their missions.

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