As the impact of COVID-19 spreads in the Puget Sound region and northern California, Microsoft has asked its employees who can work from home to do so. As a result, we have a reduced need in these regions for the on-site presence of many of the hourly workers who are vital to our daily operations, such as individuals who work for our vendors and staff our cafes, drive our shuttles and support our on-site tech and audio-visual needs.
We recognize the hardship that lost work can mean for hourly employees. As a result, we’ve decided that Microsoft will continue to pay all our vendor hourly service providers their regular pay during this period of reduced service needs. This is independent of whether their full services are needed. This will ensure that, in Puget Sound for example, the 4,500 hourly employees who work in our facilities will continue to receive their regular wages even if their work hours are reduced.
While the work to protect public health needs to speed up, the economy can’t afford to slow down. We’re committed as a company to making public health our first priority and doing what we can to address the economic and societal impact of COVID-19. We appreciate that what’s affordable for a large employer may not be affordable for a small business, but we believe that large employers who can afford to take this type of step should consider doing so…
I had never thought of the connection between the 2 diseases until now, though I have symptoms of both and use CPAP therapy nightly.
Sleep Apnea and high blood pressure are closely related. As blood oxygen declines during the night, as is common for someone who has untreated Sleep Apnea, it has a side effect of raising blood pressure levels. When blood oxygen content is low, the brain sends signals to the blood vessels to tighten as a way of helping improve the flow of blood oxygen.
Sleep Apnea plays a very important role in causing high blood pressure, but it is not the only cause1. High blood pressure has been linked to many things, including:
I have written and tweeted to stories about this very subject. A non-governmental observation with distinct clarity has proven to me that the most logical solutions are not the one’s that are implemented. Oligarchic influences and “special” interests outside the moneyed class have much to lose if this proposal follows through. Never mind that some of these same entities will benefit with a guaranteed income stream of new business. There are two existing successful models for what California is trying to do. Medicare and the VA. Virtually every other industrialized country has a version of universal healthcare as a right for its citizens. Medicare has issues regarding what they will and won’t pay for, and this is not always communicated properly to medical professionals and especially patients. As a personal example, my physician writes a prescription for Ondansetron, nausea and vomiting inhibitor that actually works, and is recommended for cancer patients all the way down the sickness chain. When it was first prescribed for me, Aetna, the Medicare Rx provider in my area, would pay for it. For what has been cited as cost reasons, they decided not to pay for it without notice to me (not that they are required to tell me…). It is their system, they write and can change the rules of the game without my consent; I get that. Despite this, it’s still better than not having the option at all or having to pay full retail for this, last time I checked, around $5 a pill. Any system has flaws, but they can be fixed if the parties are so inclined. Our job is to force their inclination.
This was a story that I did on the subject of HIPAA, but was never published at the original time. As about a year has passed, the volume of data has increased significantly, which shows no sign of abating. With big data and artificial intelligence being current buzzwords, lest we do not forget the compliance issues that are involved. Both of the main cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (Manager & email@example.com, 2017, p. 5) and Azure (Stevan D. Vidich, 2014, p. 2), are both HIPAA compliant right out of the box. This is not to exclude other providers, but they are the main players in mindshare and marketshare. Amazon is the clear dominant leader (Joe Panettieri, 2017, para. 4), but Microsoft can never be counted out.
Registered nurses and other healthcare advocates are celebrating the California Senate Health Committee’s passage this week of SB 562, the Healthy California Act, would establish an improved Medicare for all type system in California. Full details of the bill may be viewed here http://bit.ly/2ng5hUg
Lots of states have tried this without success, the most recent being Colorado (Mattie Quinn, 2016). Don’t overlook California, they just may have the answer.
The battle over the American Health Care Act has devolved into a question of whether Paul Ryan can save face by passing something out of the House that he knows can’t advance in the Senate.
Since this post is covering California’s attempt to get to Universal Health Care, another perspective is necessary to conceive the way forward. If it were easy, it would have been done. Despite universal health care being the standard throughout the world, we (the US) just has to be different, because. Universal Health Insurance /= Universal Health Care. This point cannot be emphasized enough. This article talks about various and sundry politicians with incremental views, such as the current Lt. Governor to cardinal views on Single Payer, essentially Medicare for all or the VA System.
But it could take years and billions of dollars to achieve coverage for everyone — if it happens at all.
Why wasn’t this available when I was over-the-road? This could have made all of the difference and could have possibly led to me still being a driver, as well as getting help sooner than I ultimately did.
I so want one of these. This new concept in the linked story addresses many issues with CPAP therapy. This is not a real product yet until the FDA says it is, so no insurance of any kind is going to cover it, but they have a plan for that. I have checked out their webpage and am a bit skeptical as they are not as close to a working product as the linked story would have you believe.
There is another system that goes about it differently. It is called the Winx® Sleep Therapy System. It uses a mouthpiece to deliver a system that pulls back the tongue to allow normal air breathing. It requires the ability to breathe through the nose without mouth breathing, which I can’t do; this may explain why this option wasn’t considered during my sleep study process over a year ago. BTW, the cost is $1,595, which is much more than the cost of CPAP machines and not covered by most insurances or Medicare, which is a show stopper for most people I know.
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