Friday, November 29, 2013

Where Have I Heard This Before?

From Paul Ryan's original health care proposal, which established him in some eyes as tough-minded health policy intellectual with bold and innovative solutions. Such as these:

Provides a refundable tax credit – $2,300 for individuals and $5,700 for families – to purchase coverage in any State, and keep it with them if they move or change jobs.

Provides transparency in health care price and quality data, making this critical information readily available before someone needs health services.

Creates state-based health care exchanges, so individuals and families have a one-stop marketplace to purchase affordable health insurance without being discriminated against based on pre-existing conditions.

Equips states with tools like auto-enrollment programs and high-risk pools, so affordable health coverage can be accessed by all.

Addresses health care’s growing strain on small businesses, by allowing them to pool together nationally to offer coverage to their employees.

Encourages the adoption of health information technology and assists states in establishing solutions to medical malpractice litigation.

Seems like I've heard a lot of this before...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanks and Thanksgiving at SAGE

Thanksgiving -- a time to give thanks.  As we reflect on the year, SAGE has much to be thankful for during this season.  In no particular order, here are some things we give thanks for at SAGE.

Carrie:
volunteer extraordinaire!
1) Our Amazing Volunteers (and Interns)!!!:  We couldn't grow 3 - 4 tons of food without the help of  the 500 - 600 community members who contribute their time and hard work each year.

2) Our Community Sponsors and Donors: Thanks Samaritan Health Services for supporting financially supporting the education programs out at SAGE.  Thank you to all the individuals who have contributed to the work we do at SAGE, every bit makes a difference and is appreciated!

Sam Health and CH2MHill
employees during Day of Caring
3) Our In-Kind Donors: Nectar Bee Supply provides bee hives, care and expertise, Republic Services provides yards and yards of compost to the garden, Dunn & Co. Tree Service graciously donates wood chips all year long, Gathering Together Farm, Persephone Farm and Peoria Gardens all donate plant starts, Shonnard's Nursery provides seeds,  and the Benton County Habitat for Humanity ReStore provides deep discounts on reused building material.

Stone Soup Sue
4) Our Donation Sites: There are volunteers at hunger relief agencies across our community who help distribute SAGE produce.  We're so glad to have such willing and caring partners as we work to help those in need in our community.  A special thanks to Sue at Stone Soup for transforming our produce into meals every week and to the South Corvallis Food Bank for working to educate their clients when we bring in more unique items like purple mustard greens and bok choy.

5) Our Host: The Corvallis Parks and Recreation Department partners with the Corvallis Environmental Center to let us use the growing space at SAGE.  Thanks city staff for being open to a more alternative way to use park space.


6) Our Community:  This really is a community project.  Thank you to our community.

Note: There are many more things to be thankful for than I could list.  That fact alone makes me thankful and so appreciative of every size, shape and form of community contribution SAGE receives.

With much gratitude, we give thanks!

Cheers,
SAGE Staff