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March 5, 2013
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Your Voice matters

The SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center will host its next “Your Voice Matters” anti-stigma campaign to end discrimination against people with mental health challenges in Nevada County from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday. The campaign aims to reduce the stigma of mental illness through the sharing personal stories about mental health challenges.

The community is invited to learn how to share stories effectively or just come listen. The SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center is located at 276 Gates Place in Grass Valley. For information, call Scottie Hart 530-272-5022.

— Submitted to The Union

Impact of sequester on health care

Automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday are expected to touch a vast range of government services. In health care, hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers will see a 2 percent cut in government reimbursements because once cutback takes effect, Medicare will reimburse them at 98 cents on the dollar.

But they aren’t complaining because the pain could be a lot worse if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans actually did reach a sweeping agreement to reduce federal deficits.

Automatic cuts taking effect Friday would reduce Medicare spending by about $100 billion over a decade. But Obama had put on the table $400 billion in health care cuts, mainly from Medicare. And Republicans wanted more.

— Associated Press

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The Union Updated Mar 5, 2013 01:00AM Published Mar 5, 2013 01:00AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.