Medicare for all legislation has thorny issues

ABC News | March 25, 2019

The "Medicare for All" legislation that's become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with a similar measure in the House, lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes longstanding restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. Embracing the changes will give Democratic candidates a boost with the party's liberal base in a wide-open primary fight. But such divisive issues could complicate things for an eventual nominee seeking voters in the middle. President Donald Trump has denounced Medicare for All as "socialism," and immigration and abortion are issues that energize Trump's political base .

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Polk's From Poverty to Promise: A Simulation event on February 24, 2016, was designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by people living in a limited resource situation. This experience may not always reflect the lives of these families nor is it comprehensive, but a glimpse into some of the real life issues faced. The goal of this one-day event is to understand poverty in Polk County and stimulate a cohesive and unified approach to alleviate poverty-related issues; for example, connecting city planners to healthcare professionals, or social service agencies with businesses. The planning group for this event consists of members from the United Way of Central Florida, Polk Vision, Florida Department of Health in Polk County, Board of County Commissioners Indigent Health Care Division, Board of County Commissioners Social Services Division, Heartland for Children, Healthy Start Coalition, Central Florida Health Care, and UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.

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Polk's From Poverty to Promise: A Simulation event on February 24, 2016, was designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by people living in a limited resource situation. This experience may not always reflect the lives of these families nor is it comprehensive, but a glimpse into some of the real life issues faced. The goal of this one-day event is to understand poverty in Polk County and stimulate a cohesive and unified approach to alleviate poverty-related issues; for example, connecting city planners to healthcare professionals, or social service agencies with businesses. The planning group for this event consists of members from the United Way of Central Florida, Polk Vision, Florida Department of Health in Polk County, Board of County Commissioners Indigent Health Care Division, Board of County Commissioners Social Services Division, Heartland for Children, Healthy Start Coalition, Central Florida Health Care, and UF/IFAS Extension Polk County.

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StrikeForce Technologies, Inc. | May 05, 2022

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Exabeam Next-gen SIEM and Advanced Cybersecurity Analytics Now Available Through Carahsoft’s NASPO Cloud Solutions Contract

Exabeam | June 23, 2022

Exabeam, the leader in Next-gen SIEM and XDR, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider announced that the advanced cybersecurity solutions by Exabeam have been added to Carahsoft’s National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Contract. As the Master Government Aggregator® for Exabeam, Carahsoft provides the Exabeam cloud-delivered Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and advanced cyber analytics solutions to participating States, Local Governments, and Educational (SLED) institutions. We are excited to be added to Carahsoft’s NASPO contract to help SLED cyber leaders readily access the technology needed to modernize their SIEM and fiercely defend their agencies and institutions against known and unknown threats. Exabeam analytics and automation solutions help security analysts gain efficiencies with Threat Detection, Investigation and Response (TDIR) workflows, enabling them to identify and resolve threats faster. Working with Carahsoft and their reseller partners, we aim to arm as many security teams as possible against the tactics of persistent adversaries who often bypass traditional prevention solutions or are already inside.” Chris Cesio, Chief Revenue Officer at Exabeam The NASPO contract makes the procurement process frictionless for SLED organizations. It will help them get faster access to Exabeam Fusion SIEM and Exabeam Fusion XDR products through the NASPO Cloud Solutions Portfolio. “SLED organizations are constantly under siege from sophisticated cyber adversaries. 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Nearmap | May 19, 2022

Nearmap, a leading aerial imagery and location intelligence company, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted IT Solutions Provider, announced a partnership that will make it easier for Government customers to obtain geospatial data. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as a distributor of Nearmap products to U.S. government customers, making Nearmap aerial imagery and geospatial data available to the public sector through Carahsoft's network of reseller partners, NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), and OMNIA Partners contracts. Through Carahsoft, government agencies in the U.S. will more easily and efficiently be able to purchase geospatial content and location data from leading location intelligence company Nearmap with access to preferred government customer pricing. These contract vehicles will also provide U.S. Federal Government customers with streamlined access to some of the world's most current, accurate and scalable location data and tools. Applications for this powerful location data include national security, military and civil asset management, infrastructure management, environmental studies, and natural disaster response, resilience response and recovery missions. Our successful track record with U.S. government agencies, including the Army National Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and United States Army Corps of Engineers, drove our decision to pursue these contracts. The stamp of approval Nearmap has received validates our world-leading capabilities and cost-effective solutions. This ensures Nearmap can continue to deliver high-quality aerial imagery and location data to support the myriad of critical services that government agencies provide for their citizens." Tony Agresta, Executive Vice President and General Manager of North America at Nearmap Nearmap is widely recognized as a top location intelligence provider for State and Local Government organizations wishing to improve their workflows and save taxpayer resources. Most notably, Nearmap technology and content is now used in 42 of the 50 U.S. states for a variety of use cases. The announcement of Nearmap's new U.S. government distribution channels further demonstrates the growth and importance Nearmap places on supporting government agencies in the U.S. "Nearmap's offerings allow agencies to streamline workflows, make better informed decisions through reliable intelligence and strengthen their digital transformation strategy," said Lacey Wean, Director for Geospatial Solutions at Carahsoft. "We are pleased to leverage our expertise in the government realm and that of our reseller partners to include Nearmap's solutions in our growing geospatial solutions portfolio and to make them available to the public sector." About Nearmap Nearmap provides easy, instant access to high resolution aerial imagery, city-scale 3D content, AI data sets, and geospatial tools. Using its own patented camera systems and processing software, Nearmap captures wide-scale urban areas in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand several times each year, making current content instantly available in the cloud via web app or API integration. Every day, Nearmap helps thousands of users conduct virtual site visits for deep, data-driven insights—enabling informed decisions, streamlined operations and better financial performance. Founded in Australia in 2007, Nearmap is one of the largest aerial survey companies in the world and is publicly listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Open Source, Customer Experience and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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