Head of Vermont Health Connect scolded for security breach testimony to Legislature

first_imgGovernor Shumlin issued the following statement Monday morning in response to Vermont Health Connect Commissioner Mark Larson’s letter to the House Health Care Committee. Larson had suggested to legislators that the Exchange’s online system was secure, though that turned out to be incorrect. A security breach occurred in October. On November 5, Larson offered the incorrect testimony to legislators. Larson apologized in a letter sent to legislators Sunday. House Speaker Shap Smith also issued a blistering response to Larson’s previous testimony.At a House Health Care Committee meeting November 5, Representative Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington, directly asked Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) Commissioner Larson if there had been any security breaches with Vermont Health Connect.Larson told her there hadn’t been, failing to disclose the October 17 incident in which one user was able to access another user’s social security information.Governor Shumlin stated: ‘I take this incident extremely seriously. It is unacceptable to be anything less than fully cooperative and transparent with Vermonters and their elected representatives in the Legislature. I am tremendously disappointed in Commissioner Larson’s lapse of judgment in this matter. The legislators in Montpelier represent the Vermonters we are all elected to serve, and they have a right to have their questions answered fully. That did not happen in this case, and I have made clear to Mark and other members of my administration that it must never happen again.’ Governor Shumlin, left, with Mark Larson in October. vtdigger.org photo‘I know that Mark, as a former legislator and House Health Care Committee chair, values and appreciates the importance of being forthcoming with legislators. I take him at his word that his comments were not meant to deceive. As the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, Mark has worked extremely hard over the past months under incredibly difficult circumstances; this incident is not reflective of his many years of admirable public service. I am confident he will take the steps to remedy this situation and work to regain the trust of the legislature.’ ‘I was unaware of Commissioner Larson’s specific testimony in question until Saturday. Regarding the privacy incident itself, my staff briefed me on it shortly after it occurred. I received updates as the incident was investigated, and I was relieved to learn that it was isolated, involved two individuals, and was not caused by any malicious or intentional breach of the site’s security. I learned that the situation was promptly remedied, that the two individuals involved had been contacted, that the incident was reported as required, and that CMS considered it closed.’ “I take the security of Vermonters’ information incredibly seriously. This isolated incident, while of course concerning in its own right, did not at the time, and does not currently, cause me to have broader concerns about the security of Vermont Health Connect.’  This incident was promptly identified and resolved, and I was disappointed to learn that Commissioner Larson did not adequately disclose the circumstances of it when asked about this topic in committee earlier this month.’ “In Vermont, the trust between the different branches of government is stronger than in many states or in Washington. We often point to our tradition of cooperation and sensible discourse as a model for the nation and a mark of pride for Vermonters.’  I sincerely hope this situation will be seen for the mistake it was and will not adversely affect that tradition.”Speaker Smith said: ‘Vermonters have an expectation that those testifying in front of the legislature, particularly public officials, will do so accurately and in a forthright manner.’  Commissioner Larson did not meet those expectations when he testified in the House Health Care Committee on November 5th.’  This failure is particularly troubling coming from a friend, former legislative colleague and Chair of the committee.’ “Incidents such as this erode the public’s confidence in their officials.’  I have spoken with Commissioner Larson and Governor Shumlin and have shared with them my view that this incident is unacceptable.’  I have also expressed my view that a breach such as this will undermine Commissioner Larson’s ability to be an effective representative for the administration in the Legislature.’  It is now incumbent on Commissioner Larson to work to rebuild the trust he once had with his legislative colleagues.’vtdigger.org contributed to this report.last_img read more

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One New Case Of COVID-19 Reported In Anchorage

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported one new positive COVID-19 cases during their Tuesday update. That makes the total positive case count in the state 371. The total number of recovered patients, as of Tuesday’s update, stands at 277 out of the 371 total positive cases that have been reported. The new case was reported out of Anchorage. The number of active cases in the state, which takes the total positive case count and subtracts recoveries and fatalities, is 85. The active case-count has not been at 100 or higher since April 23.center_img These cases are reported using the state’s timetable of reporting counts: 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on May 4. The cumulative number of hospitalizations is 38. No new deaths were reported, leaving that total at nine.last_img read more

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Cricket Covid 19 Rules: The spitting application of cricket is banned;…

first_imgHighlight:ICC bans cricket ball spittingIn case of conidial symptoms, the player can be substituted for the testIndigenous umpires may be replaced by foreign umpires in the testNew Delhi: Kovid in the context ICC announces temporary crackdown on cricket law The ban on spitting balls is important for the health of the players. The ICC said it would issue substitutes in the test and appoint indigenous umpires in international matches.The ICC Cricket Committee, headed by former Indian captain Anil Kumble, is behind the new rules. The law will go into effect in a series between England and the West Indies in July. Other substances are being tested for spitting. The ball is warned twice by spitting balls and repeatedly fined five runs.Also Read: Akhtar Announces 10 Greatest Indo-Pak Players of All Time Dhoni, Ganguly out of troubleDuring the Test matches, players are allowed to drop substitutes in case of Covid symptoms. The substitute will be issued with the approval of the match referee. Meanwhile, it is not allowed in ODIs and T20s. It has also been decided to give priority to indigenous umpires instead of to umpires from abroad. Earlier, it was only allowed one-day matches.There will be more relaxation in DRS. Three DRSs will be allowed in the test. Two will be allotted in one day. The number of DRSs has also increased due to the lack of experienced umpires. Players were also given a brand logo on the chest of the jersey. This is the first time such a test has been sanctioned. Previously, it was allowed only in One Day Internationals and T20s. Such a decision is a remedy for the Kovid-era financial loss. The ICC’s latest changes are for one year. No matches have been held since March due to fears of Kovid.last_img read more

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Ravens must endure “hard truth” until back on January stage

first_imgA few Ravens players described it as a nightmare, hoping to wake up Saturday morning with a mulligan.Matthew Judon compared it to a car crash.Lamar Jackson said the offense got “too excited” and out of its element “a little too fast” after falling behind early.There was much blame to go around and plenty of theories why top-seeded Baltimore suffered a stunning 28-12 loss to Tennessee in the divisional round, but Marlon Humphrey’s words stung most for a team that had gone an NFL-best 14-2, won 12 straight games, and rewritten both the franchise and league record books during a magical regular season.“We’ve been here two years in a row, and we’ve lost,” said Humphrey, citing last January’s wild-card home defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers. “I think you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror, and I think this team right now, its identity is to get in the playoffs and choke. It is what it is. That’s just the hard truth.”The “choke” word is harsh, but it comes from someone who won a national championship and finished as runner-up in his other collegiate season at Alabama, where the standard is college football’s highest. When you dominate the NFL for three months before seeing your Super Bowl aspirations crumble in three hours against a 9-7 team in your home stadium, there are few scenarios in the sporting realm where the term is more appropriate. Setting numerous records and finishing with the NFL’s highest point differential (plus-249) since 16-0 New England in 2007, the Ravens indeed fell short of the expectations they’d created for themselves, let alone what media or fans anticipated going into the playoffs.No matter how disappointing Saturday night was in Baltimore, the future remains as bright for the Ravens as any team in football. Jackson was far from his best — as you could say about virtually every other Raven against the Titans — but the dynamic 23-year-old will be the NFL MVP and leads a young, innovative, and record-setting offense with virtually everyone under contract for 2020. Barring something completely unforeseen, coordinators Greg Roman and Wink Martindale will both return after failing to land head coaching jobs elsewhere. And thanks to having a franchise quarterback entering the third season of his rookie contract, general manager Eric DeCosta begins the offseason with over $30 million in salary cap space before any potential maneuvering to clear more room.But there are no guarantees, which makes laying the divisional-round egg that much more difficult to accept. Despite how easy the Ravens made it look all season, so much has to go remarkably well to go 14-2 and secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, some of it out of a team’s control. That’s not to say such a sterling record or the top seed is a requisite for a championship — the 2000 and 2012 teams send their regards — but luck plays a bigger part in a Super Bowl run than most want to admit. A first-round bye and playing at home is like being able to hedge your bets, much like John Harbaugh did by wisely not risking injury to Jackson and the handful of other key starters in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.Optimists will frame this as part of Baltimore’s journey to its next Super Bowl title, recalling the heartbreak of the 2011 AFC Championship game and how the 2012 Ravens would go on to finish the job despite not achieving the same level of regular-season success. On the other hand, the 2006 Ravens lost at home to Indianapolis in the divisional round and regressed from a then-franchise-best 13-3 record to a 5-11 injury-plagued disaster in 2007.Of the previous five NFL teams to secure a No. 1 seed and lose in the divisional round, two got to the Super Bowl the next year and lost, one fell in the divisional round again, another lost a wild-card playoff game, and the most recent — the 2016 Dallas Cowboys — failed to even reach the postseason the following year. The Denver Broncos (2012) would wait three years to win a Super Bowl while the Patriots (2010) wouldn’t win their next NFL championship for four more years after losing in the divisional round as No. 1 seeds. Those other three are still waiting for that redemptive Super Bowl title years later.The Ravens indeed let a massive opportunity slip through their fingers, no matter how promising the future looks on paper.The next 12 months will be a grind, for everyone from DeCosta and Harbaugh to Jackson and every other returning Raven who left the field in disappointment Saturday night. There are probably parallels you can draw with the infamous Super Bowl loser hangover except there being no January success from which Baltimore can draw after so much regular-season success.Compartmentalizing and not giving into any thoughts of complacency or obsession about the postseason will be an unspoken challenge in the coming days, weeks, and months. As Harbaugh likes to say, you’re either getting better or you’re getting worse, a message he’ll surely convey over and over to his players from the moment they return to the team facility for the start of the offseason training program in April.Fair or not, every shred of success next season will be met by a detractor saying, “That’s great, but what about January?” And there’s little the Ravens will really be able to say or do about that until next postseason — if all goes according to plan, of course.Saturday’s defeat shouldn’t ruin what was the best regular season in franchise history. But much like the 2006 team that previously held that distinction and was much fun in its own right, these Ravens disappointed mightily in the postseason, the time when legacies are defined and feelings entrenched.That’s just the hard truth.last_img read more

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