Daily Archives: Aug. 31, 2010

Soldier seen in WikiLeaks.org video to speak tonight

Wikileaks videoEthan McCord, a soldier from Wichita, was one of first troops to arrive on the scene of a deadly air strike in Baghdad in 2007. The attack by two Apache helicopters killed 12 people, including a Reuters photographer and his driver. Video of the attack, released by WikiLeaks.org, has been viewed more than 7 million times.

McCord will be at Wichita’s Central Library at 7 p.m. tonight to take questions after a viewing of a 20-minute video presentation including the WikiLeaks.org’s “Collateral Murder” video and McCord’s public response. Wichita’s Peace and Social Justice Center organized the presentation.

Koch Industries is among 22 Kansas employers and unions to accept health care money to cover early retirees

healthcareTOPEKA – Twenty-two Kansas employers and unions, including Koch Industries, have accepted money from the health care reform act to cover early retirees.

The $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program is intended to help maintain health coverage for retirees 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare. The program is part of the federal health care reform act and will expire Jan. 1, 2014 when the new state health insurance exchanges are established.

“Many Americans who retire before they are eligible for Medicare see their life savings disappear because of medical bills and exorbitant rates in the individual health insurance market,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a written statement.

The money cover the costs of reimbursement unions and businesses accepted into the program for medical claims for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents. Read More »