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Williamson County commissioners exploring idea of a health clinic for county …


Williamson County commissioners are considering whether it’s time for the county to offer its own health clinic to its employees, retirees and their families. At Tuesday’s regular meeting they will vote on whether to request proposals to run the clinic.

“We are looking for an outside contractor,” said Commissioner Lisa Birkman, who favors the proposal.

She said the clinic will help save the county money by allowing employees to avoid costly trips to the emergency room. Half of the people on the county’s health insurance plan don’t have a primary care physician, she said.

“A lot of people have chronic issues such as diabetes and other things like this that could be seen by this clinic,” Birkman said. The clinic could also be open during some evening and weekend hours, making it convenient, she said.

Birkman said she asked county department heads in February to check with employees to see if there was any interest in a health care clinic.

Source: Austin American-Statesman

Bachmann’s “Dream” Government @ AFP Summit


Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann gave the last speech at the Americans For Prosperity Summit in New Hampshire Friday evening.

Referencing her notes, Bachmann asked the audience and those watching to dream of a land where the government would undertake the following steps:

Her government would cut 25% of federal discretionary spending and cancel the distribution and use of outstanding funds from Obama’s “failed” stimulus program. Then they would return the TARP funds and reinstate the Welfare Reform Act created in the mid 1990′s. A balanced budget would be proposed and passed within the year, with no increased spending beyond population growth plus inflation. The government would refuse to bail-out public pension plans, Bachmann credited Wisconisin Republican Governor Scott Walker for inspiring the fight against labor unions. Her government would then auction FreddieMac and FannieMae for a “minimum bid of 50cents”. Speaking faster now, Bachmann said this new government would end mortgage subsidies, and sell the governments shares in AIG, Bank of America, and GM, all industries “bailed out” by the previous administrations. It would also legalize private student lending.

Source: U.S. Election News

Call center company bringing 1200 jobs


A Florida company that provides call center services for the health care industry is bringing 1,200 jobs to the Charlotte area, the region’s largest employment announcement in recent memory.

Connextions has begun hiring 800 agents and managers for a new facility in Charlotte and will add 400 workers to its existing location in Concord.

The privately held firm employs 600 in the region and 4,000 nationwide. It plans to complete local hiring by October.

The jobs are welcome news in a region where thousands remain out of work. The unemployment rate was 10.7 percent in the region in February, down from a 12.9 percent peak but still more than double the typical pre-recession level. Nearly 91,000 people remain out of work in the region.

Connextions jobs will pay $35,000 to $45,000, President Steven Auerbach said. The company is providing free training for qualified applicants to get state insurance licenses. Connextions also will reimburse state exam fees and give each applicant it hires a $400 signing bonus.

Source: Charlotte Observer

Scott & White Clinic opening for tours | Bryan/College Station …

Eagle Staff Report

Scott & White Clinic is hosting an open house July 7.

The clinic at the corner of Arrington Road and Texas 40 will host the event from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to showcase its newest location in College Station.

Physicians will be on hand to talk to and guests can tour the facility, view the pharmacy, which will be opening soon, and partake in light refreshments.

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