SHARE TWEET September 27, 2016 By: Governor Tom Wolf Substance Use Disorder, The Blog, Videos Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Watch the Joint Session Tomorrow on Facebook Live Tomorrow, I will address the House and the Senate in a joint session about taking quick action to combat the opioid and heroin crisis.With 10 people a day dying from drug overdoses in our commonwealth, we cannot afford to stall.Through legislation, we should require prescribers to check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Database every time they prescribe opioids and limit the opioid quantities that emergency rooms patients can be prescribed at one time.We also need laws that require medical professionals to receive updated education about opioids and pain management and should require public school students to be taught about opioid misuse.Legislation is needed to require insurance carriers to make abuse deterrent opioids more affordable and to establish a voluntary directive for patients who don’t want to be prescribed opioids.After consultation with legislative leaders, I believe we can make a profound impact by working together this fall to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in our commonwealth.I hope you can watch my address to the House and Senate tomorrow at 11:30 AM on Facebook Live for more information. Thank you. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Dutch trade unions for government staff have urged social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees to seek a solution against deteriorating prospects for pensions accrual at the civil service scheme ABP.The unions said the annual pensions accrual could decrease by 12% – from the tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to 1.647% – while premiums could rise significantly in 2021.Bert de Haas, trustee at union FNV, attributed the accrual cut to a decrease of the discount rate for future returns.As a consequence of reduced parameters for the various asset classes, the discount rate is to drop from 2.8% to 2.4% next year. In the opinion of the unions, the reduced accrual rate is unacceptable, as civil servants and teachters would no longer be able to accrue a pension of 80% of their average salary within 42 years.The unions also warned the minister against ABP’s intention to increase the scheme’s contribution to a costs-covering level.They argued that the current premium of 24.9% would have to rise to approximately 40% as a consequence.“We want to show that it is all about very far-reaching adjustments, leading to either very high costs or unacceptable target reductions,” said De Haas.ABP said it would publish next year’s contribution level later this month. A spokeswoman said it was too early to provide clarity about the contribution for 2021, as the scheme’s board still had to discuss the matter.During the past three years, ABP’s contribution has gradually risen from 18.8% of the pensionable salary in 2016 to 24.9% in 2018.The increase was largely caused by an earlier reduction of the discount rate for future returns from 3.6% to 2.8%.
Ulster rivals Tyrone and Cavan lock horns in the Division 2 final at 1:30pm.Then at 3:30pm, old rivals Dublin and Kerry meet in the Division 1 decider, in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final.The Dubs have gone more than a year unbeaten between league and championship, winning all seven of their outings in Division One this season.