Greater Pinellas Point Civic assocation

NEWS FROM AROUND THE POINT AND THE CITY

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  • 10/12/2018 5:15 PM | Anonymous

    https://youtu.be/-cC8uO9JI3c

  • 09/14/2018 12:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Fall 2018 Citizen's Police Academy Application is now OPEN.

    If you live or work in St. Pete join us 6pm to 9pm every Tuesday from September 25th to November 20th to learn from police officers how the department works FROM THE INSIDE!

    • SWAT Demonstration

    • Active Shooter Training

    • K-9 Demonstration

    • Crime Scene Processing

    • Murder Investigations

    • Emergency Communications

    • Officer Scenario Training

    • DUI / Crash Investigations


    Please fill out and EMAIL the attached form to samantha.williams@stpete.org.

    It can also be mailed to:

    St. Petersburg Police Dept.

    Attn: Samantha Williams

    1300 First Ave. N.

    St. Petersburg, FL 33705


    http://police.stpete.org/crime-prevention/docs/citizen-academy-application-fall-2018.pdf

  • 07/15/2018 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Want to keep up with Saint Petersburg news and local happenings?

    Follow this link to sign up for a host of e-newsletters offered by our great city that can help you stay in the loop! City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA

    http://www.stpete.org/news/e-newsletters.php


  • 07/15/2018 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Sharing ~ From our Friends at Beautiful Sunken Gardens

    Horticultural Programs & Events

    Follow this link to see UPCOMING EVENTS at Sunken Gardens July through August 2018! Sunken Gardens

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  • 06/05/2018 1:07 PM | Anonymous

    Don’t forget! It’s time to have a little fun in the sun and support our efforts to bring new life to our Skyway Plaza Shopping Center, Saturday, June 9, Noon to 5 pm!  

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/St-Petersburg-neighborhoods-rally-to-revitalize-Skyway-Plaza-shopping-center_168549008

  • 06/04/2018 6:55 PM | Anonymous


    To Lower Your Medicare Drug Costs, Ask Your

    Pharmacist For The Cash Price

     

    May 29, 2018 · 5:00 AM ET

     

     

    SUSAN JAFFE

     


    A simple question at the pharmacy could unlock savings for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.

     

     

    Under a little-known Medicare rule, they can pay a lower cash price for prescriptions instead of using their insurance and doling out the amount the policy requires. But only if they ask.

     

     

    That is because pharmacists say their contracts with drug plans often contain "gag orders" forbidding them from volunteering this information.

     

     

    As part of President Trump's blueprint to bring down prescription drug costs, Medicare officials warned in a May 17 letter that gag orders are "unacceptable and contrary" to the government's effort to promote price transparency.

     

     

    But the agency stopped short of requiring insurers to lift such restrictions on pharmacists.

     

     

    That doesn't mean people with Medicare drug coverage are destined to overpay for prescriptions. They can get the lower price, when it's available, simply by asking, says Julie Carter, federal policy associate at the Medicare Rights Center, a patient advocacy group.

     

     

    "If they bring it up, then we can inform them of those prices," says Nick Newman, a pharmacist and the manager at Essentra Pharmacy in rural Marengo, Ohio. "It's a moral dilemma for the pharmacist, knowing what would be best for the patient but not being able to help them and hoping they will ask you about the comparison."

     

     

    For consumers inclined to price-shop, details may be hard to find: Medicare's website and annual handbook don't mention it.


    Researchers analyzing 9.5 million Part D prescription claims reported in a research letter to Journal of the American Medical Association in March that a patient's copayment was higher than the cash price for nearly one in four drugs purchased in

    2013. For 12 of the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs, patients overpaid by more than 33 percent.

     

     

    Although the study found that the average overpayment for a single prescription was relatively small, Newman says he has seen consumers pay as much as $30 more than the cash price.

     

     

    And many beneficiaries may not know that if they pay a lower cash price for a covered drug at a pharmacy that participates in their insurance plan and then submit the proper documentation, insurers must count it toward their out-of-pocket expenses. The total of those expenses can trigger the drug coverage gap, commonly called the doughnut hole. (This year, the gap begins after the plan and beneficiary spend $3,750 and ends once the beneficiary has spent a total of $5,000.)

     

     

    Daniel Nam, executive director of federal programs at America's Health Insurance Plans, a trade group, agrees that "patients should have access to the lowest price possible at the pharmacy." But, he says, Medicare's warning takes aim at an increasingly rare occurrence. Gag order clauses are "not something they are incorporating into their contracts," he says.

     

     

    UnitedHealthcare, whose popular prescription drug plans dominate the market, does not include such clauses in any of its Medicare, Medicaid or commercial insurance contracts, says Matt Burns, a company spokesman.

     

     

    Pharmacy benefit managers also say gag orders are not typical. "If it is happening, it is very much an outlier," says Mark Merritt, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association.

     

     

    Some pharmacists disagree. Kala Shankle, policy and regulatory affairs director for the

     

    National Community Pharmacists Association, which represents 22,000 independent


    pharmacies, says insurers have punished pharmacists who violate gag orders by

     

    dropping them from the plan's network.

     

     

    In Ohio, one of several states that have banned gag orders in insurance contracts, including some Medicare drug plans, officials responded to complaints about the problem.

     

     

    "The Department has received inquiries related to entities withholding cost-saving information from consumers, which sometimes results in an insured paying more for pharmacy benefits than the actual cost of such pharmacy benefits," the Ohio Department of Insurance wrote last month.

     

     

    Illinois and Ohio state legislators are considering bills making these restrictions illegal, and similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

     

    "If we didn't have these gag clauses, there would not be a need for the legislation and policy changes movement that's going on in the country," says Garth Reynolds, executive director of the Illinois Pharmacists Association.

     

     

     

     

    Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service and editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. You'll find Susan Jaffe on Twitter: @SusanJaffe

     




  • 04/07/2018 5:51 PM | Anonymous

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    Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association the Loop...

    Consider Joining The GPPCA Board of Directors

    GPPCA will hold its annual election of directors and officers at our May meeting (May 22, 2018), along with bingo and other fun and games. 


    Now is the time for anyone who is interested in becoming more active in our community to put in their own name, or the name of a neighbor, to become a Board Member. GPPCA Board membership is a great opportunity to contribute to our community and develop your own ideas for improving our neighborhood and its operation.  In just one evening a month, you could become a part of the solution.                 

    Interested? See any Board member or send us an email at greaterpinellaspoint@gmail.com with BOD in the subject line. All we need is your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and EMAIL. Each candidate must be a current GPPCA member. You will be contacted by a member of the Nominating Committee.


  • 04/05/2018 5:17 PM | Anonymous

    Matching Grant to Replace Identity Signs APPROVED! 

    Hello, members, friends and neighbors!

    In the March 27, 2018 General Meeting, members were briefed that on March 13, 2018, GPPCA President Barbara Ellis signed our approved matching grant application! Grant author and GPPCA Director Danny White accompanied Ms. Ellis to the 'signing ceremony' at City Hall, Community Services Office. The signing culminates research and discovery work that began in April 2016. 

    With this grant comes the duty to match the $14,400.00 that will be used to pay for the design, removal of the old and installation of the new signs, and the permitting associated with the five signs (Dr. MLK St at 54th Ave S; 4th St at Hillside Dr S; and Pinellas Point Drive at Roy Hanna).

    This is where YOU come in! Along with your Board of Directors, and committed members, we can repay the grant through civic volunteer activities that take place from today through March 13, 2019. Qualified volunteer work is paid at $24.00 per hour... a very fair wage!   

    To get us started toward paying our debt, here are three imminent volunteer opportunities that we can leverage and report in our matching grant accounting. To report your time AFTER you complete the work , please send an email to greaterpinellaspoint@gmail.com. We will continue to send you qualified volunteer opportunities as they become available. 

    Your support is GREATLY needed and appreciated! 

    • Mainsail Arts Festival, April 21 - 22, 2018. Multiple opportunities to staff varied positions. Sign up at https://www.mainsailart.org

    • St. Pete Green Thumb Arbor Day Festival, April 28 - 29. Earn a T-shirt by showing your support of the earth! Check it out and sign up at http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb/

    • Skyway Marina District May Day Race, May 6, 2018. You do not have to be a runner to participate! Find out the details at http://skywaymarinadistrict.org/event/3rd-annual-may-day-race/




  • 01/28/2018 5:49 PM | Anonymous

    LED Streetlighting in St. Pete

    On Thursday, January 4, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Duke Energy Florida state president Harry Sideris announced the citywide installation of new, energy-efficient LED street lights.

    Prior to the announcement, Mayor Kriseman said, "We are happy to move forward with Duke Energy on this important upgrade. More efficient lighting moves us closer to our goal of reducing our city's carbon footprint, saves money, and will help to make our neighborhoods even safer."

    https://youtu.be/s5afaD5F-4A


  • 01/28/2018 5:46 PM | Anonymous

    SPPD Chief of Police Anthony Holloway presents $1,000.00 check to GPPCA Board of Directors/Grant Author Danny White

    For the second year in a row, the Greater Pinellas Point Civic Association has merited grant funding from the SPPD's Forfeiture Grant Program.

    In a ceremony held Jan 12 at the Sunshine Center, GPPCA Director and grant author Danny White accepted a check for $1,000.00 from SPPD Chief Anthony Holloway which will be used to fund the Association's annual Youth Summit. GPPCA President Barbara Ellis and Director/Co-Project Lead Sandra Robinson also attended the cermony.

    The GPPCA Youth Summit is focused on engaging neighborhood youth to encourage them to avoid negative behaviors and actions. The Summit is a full day of activities and interactive lectures by professional leaders and is held in July just prior to the start of the school year. Stay tuned to this Facebook page for more details about the 2018 Summit. Inquiries can also be sent to the Association at greaterpinellaspoint@gmail.com.

    Information about the SPPD Forfeiture Grant Program can be found at
    http://police.stpete.org/get-involved/forfeiture-grant.html


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