States, counties, municipalities and universities need to install patches and keep antivirus software up to date as the WannaCry ransomware has appeared on public-sector networks, according to experts. "I don't think it's over. There's the chance [hackers] will regroup and do another targeted attack," said Doug Robinson of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
Palm Beach County, Fla., is following a national trend in adopting a Mobile Integrated Healthcare program that pairs licensed social workers with paramedics. The team offers community members, especially the elderly, nonemergency medical help to cut down on 911 calls.
Jane Wiseman and Stephen Goldsmith discuss 10 different ways governments can leverage data to improve urban life for its citizens. Examples include improved 911 response, reduced water main breaks, better commuter times and energy savings.
Horry County in South Carolina plans to open an employee clinic, which will provide basic care free of charge, as a way to reduce costs and help workers get healthier. The clinic will hire a wellness coach to gather risk assessment data on employees, which Public Information Officer Lisa Bourcier said will help the county identify and address health problems.
California's contribution to fund coverage for 4 million new enrollees under its expanded Medicaid program is about $1.3 billion for this year, placing further stress on the already strained state budget. Under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, this is the first year states must supplement federal dollars for Medicaid expansion populations, with states' contribution growing each year until 2020 when it reaches 10%, but those terms could be changed if congressional Republicans succeed in their push to roll back the expansion and restructure Medicaid.
US higher education institutions were mostly unaffected after worldwide WannaCry ransomware attacks, while universities that were hit were able to mitigate and contain damage quickly. Brazosport College in Texas was one of the few colleges reporting an attack, with just two computers breached by the incident.
President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes implementing one income-based student-loan repayment plan that would cost graduate students more and eliminates the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for those in public service. The plan also cuts funds for work-study programs and other initiatives that primarily benefit lower-income students.
People involved in conflict will unconsciously default to one of three mindsets, says Nate Regier: persecutor, victim or rescuer. Those starting points are fine as long as participants actively work to resolve the conflict by being simultaneously compassionate and accountable.
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