Social Worker Response in the Philippines Relief Effort

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It has been five days since one of the strongest recorded storms landed on the Philippines. According to Gwendolyn Pang, General Secretary of the Philippine Red Cross, there is a suspected 20,000 people still missing with a confirmed death toll of at least 2,500 people. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is working overtime in assisting with relief efforts for over 675,000 displaced people, and the agency has been using its twitter feed to help coordinate efforts and disseminate information.

DSWD is also providing daily blog posts on its website and twitter stream documenting relief efforts and aid to victims, and it is using its Facebook Fan page to put out missing person information as well as responding to request for assistance.

The Agency has put on an impressive display of using web technology and social media to remove barriers to communication in providing relief.

According to the Washington Post, one social worker’s family thought she was dead because she continued to work through the storm before remembering to check in with her family.

When Typhoon Haiyan—known locally as Yolanda—slammed into Tacloban, city officials said they feared all of the workers at a city office near the waterline had been killed. Marilou Nacilla, a 56-year-old social worker, was among those feared lost.

On Tuesday, though, Ms. Nacilla was compiling lists of people needing help at a temporary office opposite Tacloban City Hall, helping the relief effort to gain traction despite logistical problems and poor weather.

“My four children thought I was dead. They had no idea that I worked through the storm and moved to the new location,” Ms. Nacilla said. “But on Saturday, I had a moment of intuition and felt I should let my family know everything was OK. Now she is continuing to report to work for as long as she can. while other government officials also try to pick up the slack after the storm claimed the lives of many of their colleagues.  Read Full Article

A global network of social workers have ascended on the Philippines to help care and provide services in the aftermath of this crisis.

In the Philippines today, both volunteer and paid social workers, supported by a network of colleagues around the world, stand ready to help children and families affected Typhoon Haiyan in the months and years ahead. In addition, in times of need and trouble international social workers stand ready to help you, your family, and the people you care about as well. ~Huffington Post

To stay current on relief efforts in the Philippines, you can follow DSWD @dswdserves.

Obamacare Website is Now Prepared For High Traffic Demands

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When Apple releases a new iPhone or iOS version, a consumer can expect long lines, wait times, and some bug fixes in the future. Why should it be different for the product roll out for Obamacare? On October 1st at 12:01 AM, the Affordable Health Care Act went into full implementation where Americans could begin signing up for healthcare plans using the federal exchanges. Massive traffic flocked to Healthcare.gov which could not handle the surge by 7 AM over one million viewers had visited the site. As a result, the uninsured was force to continue in their wait for answers.

According to USA Today,

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said the government expected HealthCare.gov to draw 50,000 to 60,000 simultaneous users, but instead it has drawn as many as 250,000 at a time since it launched Oct. 1.

Park’s comments are the administration’s most detailed explanation for the glitches that have frustrated millions of consumers who have tried to enter the site or complete applications for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“These bugs were functions of volume,” Park said. “Take away the volume and it works.”

The administration built the site’s capacity based partly on the all-time high of 30,000 simultaneous users for Medicare.gov, an existing site where senior citizens can buy or renew prescription-drug plans under Medicare Part D, Park said. Its theoretical maximum capacity hasn’t been disclosed.  Read Full Article

Since the launch, many experts believe the high traffic demands to Healthcare.gov is people seeking information about the new healthcare law as result of misinformation being promoted by those who oppose full implementation. However, there are many sources out there working to provide correct information. The website Addicting Info did a comprehensive article tackling Obamacare myths.

There’s a lot of hype going around about ObamaCare, and by now you are probably getting mixed information about what the law actually is and how it will affect you.  The purpose of this post is to lay out the basic facts in plain English so you know exactly what to expect as this reform takes effect over the next few years.  However, before we get started, allow me to clarify a few very important things about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “ObamaCare.”

  • ObamaCare will not use your tax dollars to fund abortions

  • ObamaCare is not and will not lead to a government takeover of health care

  • ObamaCare will not increase the national debt or deficit

  • ObamaCare does not hurt health insurance companies, but actually increases their business

  • ObamaCare is not unconstitutional

  • ObamaCare is not  socialism

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Healthcare.gov was taken offline over the weekend in order to increase its load capacity as well as improve some design flaws. If you tried last week and was deterred by the inability to sign up, don’t give up and try again.

The Department of Health and Human Services have put together videos, webinars, tool kits, and state by state fact sheets to help you better understand the changes being implemented. View all resources using this link: .

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