Govt officially annuls national health insurance premium hikes in April

first_imgThe government has officially annulled the increase in National Health Insurance (JKN) premiums following last month’s Supreme Court’s ruling that voided Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 75/2019 on health insurance.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Tuesday that the central government had reverted the premiums to the original prices stipulated in the previous version of the Perpres issued in 2018. “We are complying with the court’s ruling. Basically, the government wants to ensure the continuity of the JKN program and that people have access to the health facilities,” Muhadjir said in a statement.Read also: COVID-19 exposes flaws in Indonesia’s health insurance programWith the 2019 regulation, which went into effect in January, the government initially doubled the premium for the first-class service to Rp 160,000 (US$10.4) per month per person, while raising the cost for the second-class service to Rp 110,000 and for the third-class service to Rp 42,000 per month.As of April 1, however, the premiums have returned to their previous levels as stipulated in the 2018 Perpres on health insurance, namely Rp 80,000 for the first-class service, Rp 51,000 for the second-class service and Rp 25,500 for the third-class service per month per person. For participants who had already paid the higher premiums in April, the excess amount would be counted as the payment for the following month, he said.Muhadjir went on to say that the government was currently in the process of preparing a new presidential regulation regarding the matter.The government, however, has yet to come up with a plan to cover the financial deficit suffered by BPJS Kesehatan — which manages JKN — since its establishment in 2014, which primarily had been caused by insufficient premium revenue to cover insurance claims.In January alone, the company owed hospitals Rp 14 trillion (US$959 million).Read also: Can BPJS Kesehatan survive? An assessment after drastic premium hikesFinance Minister Sri Mulyani said in February that BPJS Kesehatan still recorded a deficit of Rp 15.5 trillion, about 51.56 percent lower than the late-2019 projection of Rp 32 trillion.She said the reduced deficit was largely attributed to the government’s Rp 13.5 trillion cash injection for the period of August to December last year.The central government had initially planned to stop providing cash injections to cover the BPJS deficit this year following the doubled premium stipulated in the 2019 Perpres.Topics :last_img read more

Santos’ LNG figures boost third-quarter revenue

first_imgAustralian LNG player Santos, the operator of the GLNG project, reported a 6 percent increase in production for the third quarter of 2018. Production reached 15 mmboe, compared to 14.2 mmboe reported in the second quarter of the year.Sales revenue jumped up 10 percent to $973 million, including record quarterly LNG revenues of $405 million, Santos said in its report.Third quarter sales volumes were higher than the prior quarter primarily due to a full quarter of production from PNG LNG following the impact of the earthquake in the first half and the planned one-month maintenance shutdown of the Bayu Undan/Darwin LNG facilities in May.Sales revenues rise was also boosted by higher commodity prices.This was partially offset by lower crude oil sales volumes due to the cessation of production from the Mutineer Exeter/Fletcher Finucane asset in Western Australia in the second quarter and the completion of the sale of the non-core Asian assets on September 6, 2018.Santos further noted that looking forward, it has narrowed its 2018 sales volumes guidance by lifting the lower end of both ranges, reflecting strong performance by the company’s core assets and despite the sale of the Asian assets completed in early September.Under the updated guidance, Santos expects sales volumes to be between 74-76 mmboe and the production volume guidance to be between 56-58 mmboe.Capital expenditure guidance has been lowered to reflect current internal forecasts and timing of expenditures. There is no change to well guidance for the Cooper Basin and GLNG for 2018, which is maintained at 85-90 and around 300 wells, respectively.last_img read more

Michael, Huff earn weekly MPSF honors

first_imgAfter a strong 2-0 weekend for USC women’s lacrosse, the MPSF awarded senior attacker Michaela Michael and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff Player of the Week honors on Monday.Michael earned her eighth career Offensive Player of the Week nod, while Huff received her first Rookie of the Week honor. Michael, a 2014 Rookie of the Week recipient, earned Offensive Player of the Week honors this week for her offensive explosions in the Trojans’ wins over Fresno State and Cal this past weekend. USC outscored the two teams by a combined score of 42-9 en route to raising its record to 9-3 on the season.This week’s award marks Michael’s third straight week being named the Offensive Player of the Week after winning the honor four times in 2016. Michael netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover to help the Trojans maintain an undefeated 5-0 record at home in 2017.Against Cal, Michael took fewer than 20 minutes to score six goals, while against Fresno State, Michael took just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance. Her 33rd and 34th career three-goal games moved Michael into third place in MPSF history with 196 career goals, and she currently sits in fifth all-time with 258 career points. As for first-year midfielder Huff, her Rookie of the Week honor means she joins fellow freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller as the only USC freshmen to earn the award. In her first year out ofEastport-South Manor High School, the two-time High School Academic All-American exploded with afive-goal performance, which included three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win. Thanks to her five goals against the Bulldogs, Huff now ranks eighth on the team in points (14) and sixth in goals (13).Since USC debuted its varsity women’s lacrosse program in 2013, the Trojans have won 30 MPSF weekly honors (12 offensive, 10 defensive and eight rookie).USC also boasts numerous players vying for recognition in annual awards. After winning in 2015, Michael is making a strong case for yet another MSPF Player of the Year title with her team-leading 40 goals, 52 points and 76 draws controlled. Miller, a potential MPSF Rookie of the Year candidate, is giving Huff a run for her money with 29 points, 22 goals, 26 ground balls, 19 caused turnovers and 19 draws controlled.But with five games left in the regular season, USC still has a long way until postseason awards are doled out. Next up, theninth-ranked Trojans (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) will travel to Oregon to battle the Ducks (7-5, 3-1) on Friday. Then they will head down to San Diego State to take on the Lady Aztecs (8-3, 2-1) on Saturday.last_img read more

NHL playoff odds 2020: Avalanche, Lightning keep Stanley Cup favorite status after qualifying rounds

first_imgAs it stands, the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning open as equal favorites for Lord Stanley’s Cup, building off of successful regular seasons and somewhat surprisingly finishing with higher odds than the Golden Knights and Flyers, who both went undefeated during qualifying round play.MORE: Get the latest NHL odds & betting advice from Sports InsiderJon Cooper and the Lightning have flirted with that elusive second Stanley Cup over the last decade, coming closest in 2014-15, being ousted in six games by the Blackhawks in the Final. This season could present the opportunity for Cooper and Tampa Bay to finally break through, with the red-hot Nikita Kucherov leading the way for a volatile Lightning offensive attack. In the Western Conference, the Avalanche are looking to build on last year’s moderate playoff success after being ousted by the Sharks in seven games. Colorado allowed the third fewest goals in the league this year (191), making for one of the best goal differentials in all of the NHL in 2019-20. With Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon reaching 93 points — 43 points more than the Cole Makar, a defenseman — the Avs attack is going to need more from all areas to march on into the late summer. Still, they’re just as formidable as any other team — at least according to Vegas. (Oddsmakers, not the Golden Knights.)But as we know with the NHL playoffs, the only thing that we know for sure is that nothing is for sure. Below are the odds for the Cup — believe them if you dare.Stanley Cup odds 2020Courtesy of SportsInsider, here are the 2020 Stanley Cup Final odds for all 16 remaining teams in the NHL playoff bubbles:TeamOddsColorado Avalanche+550Tampa Bay Lightning+550Vegas Golden Knights+700Boston Bruins+800Philadelphia Flyers+800St. Louis Blues+1200Washington Capitals+1600Carolina Hurricanes+1800Dallas Stars+1800Calgary Flames+2500Chicago Blackhawks+3000Pittsburgh Penguins+3000New York Islanders+3300Arizona Coyotes+3500Vancouver Canucks+4000Montreal Canadiens+4000Columbus Blue Jackets+4000Edmonton Oilers+4000Nashville Predators+6600Toronto Maple Leafs+6600Minnesota Wild+8000Florida Panthers+12500 The (official) Stanley Cup playoffs are here.After an eight-day frenzy of play-in series and seeding games, the entrants for the chase for the Cup are set, and the Stanley Cup playoffs as we know and love them are upon us. And according to Vegas, there’s a surprise at the top.last_img read more