Scavenger Life Episode 526: Are You Pleased? Do You Really feel Trapped?

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Total Items in Store: 7448Items Sold: 28Gross Sales: $1,444.09 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)Net Sales: $983.88 (minus eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)Cost of Items Sold: $43Cost of helpers: $0Highest Price Sold: $75 (Asian silk artwork)Average Price Sold: $40.78Returns: 0Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0Number of items listed this week: 10————(Your numbers can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/sh/performance/sales)
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Scavenger Life Episode 526: Are You Completely happy? Do You Really feel Trapped?

Check out our coffee! ► broadporch.coffeeJoin the conversation in the forum > > Our Store Week August 15-21, 2021
Total Items in Store: 7448Items Sold: 28Gross Sales: $1,444.09 (including eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)Net Sales: $983.88 (minus eBay fees, shipping, and taxes)Cost of Items Sold: $43Cost of helpers: $0Highest Price Sold: $75 (Asian silk artwork)Average Price Sold: $40.78Returns: 0Money Spent on New Inventory This Week: $0Number of items listed this week: 10————(Your numbers can be found here: https://www.ebay.com/sh/performance/sales)
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Prime Newsom Challenger Kevin Paffrath Visits 8 Cities This Weekend

LOS ANGELES,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Leading gubernatorial candidate Kevin Paffrath, a JFK-style Democrat, will be visiting eight cities campaigning this weekend. He is planning multiple, local campaign stops where he will be meeting supports and talking to the media. Mr. Paffrath will be available for interviews at each location.

The locations are as follows:

Friday:

6:30 p.m. Los Angeles Event: Echo Park Lake

Saturday:

10:00 a.m. San Francisco Event: Civic Center Plaza

1:00 p.m. Sacramento Event: North side of State Capital

4:30  p.m. Fresno Event: Woodward Regional Park

7:30 p.m. Bakersfield: City Hall

Sunday:

11:00 a.m. Venice Event: Muscle Beach

2:00 p.m. Newport Event: William R Mason Park (Western Side)

5:30 p.m. San Diego Event: Location NTC Park | Liberty Station

Kevin Paffrath has done many media interviews in the past week with some of the more notable ones being:

Washington Post
KUSI
Fox Business
LA Times
Politico
CNBC

Kevin Paffrath is currently the highest-polling candidate in the recall election at 27%. According to this poll, Paffrath is beating Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, and Caitlyn Jenner.

Media Contact: Staff@MeetKevin.com

Source: Meet Kevin Paffrath For Governor

Will Medicare Cowl My Shingles Vaccine?

NEW YORK,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Original Medicare, Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) do not cover the shingles vaccine. However, the right Medicare Supplement Plans will cover shingles shots and other vaccines.

Medicare Part D, Medicare’s prescription drug plan that you can purchase with Medicare or Medicare Advantage, covers the vaccine, but otherwise you will likely have to pay out of pocket. If you haven’t hit your plan’s deductible for the year, you will pay the full price for the vaccine.

What is shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox before, the virus can remain dormant in your nerve tissue near the brain or spinal cord. After many years, the virus may reactivate as shingles, which causes a rash that can be very painful, but it is not life-threatening. However, shingles can lead to complications.

Symptoms

Shingles usually appear in small areas of the body as red rashes that can itch, tingle, or burn. You might also find blisters, or the area is very sensitive to the touch. Some people also experience fever, headaches, sensitivity to light, and fatigue.

Sometimes shingles can be mistaken for heart, kidney, or liver problems if the pain manifests near those organs.

Treatment

There is no cure for shingles, but there are treatments available that your doctor will be able to recommend. Shingles usually goes away on its own after 2-6 weeks and only manifests once, but it can resurface multiple times.

Complications

One of the most common complications is postherpetic neuralgia, which causes the pain to persist even after the blisters have cleared. Shingles can also cause skin infections if not properly looked after, and in some cases lead to visual complications and neurological damage, depending on what areas of the body are infected.

Are shingles contagious?

Shingles itself is not contagious, as it only manifests in someone who has had chickenpox. However, the virus itself could be spread to anyone who is susceptible to chickenpox if they came into direct contact with an oozing shingles blister.

It is recommended to keep the infected areas clean and covered, and to wash hands regularly. Anyone with shingles symptoms should avoid contact with pregnant women, newborns, and children who have not yet been vaccinated.

Many Americans have had chickenpox as a child (before CDC-recommended chickenpox vaccines were widely available and distributed as they are today) which is why shingles is so common among people over the age of 50. The risk of shingles increases with age and when a person’s immune system is weakened or compromised.

Should I get a shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccines can help reduce the risk of shingles and complications. The vaccine is not known to cause severe side effects, but the most common are headaches, redness, tenderness, swelling and itching at the injection site. Always consult your doctor about which vaccine(s) you should take. 

Where can I get a shingles vaccine?

You will need a doctor’s prescription for a shingle’s vaccine, and you can get one from most retail pharmacies or at the doctor’s office. If you go to a pharmacy, make sure the store is in the network of your plan. If you get your shingles vaccination at the doctor’s office, see if the doctor can bill your drug plan directly. That way, you will only owe your copayment. Otherwise, you may need to pay the full cost up front and then file a claim for reimbursement from your insurance plan.

Also be sure to check with your doctor about excess fees, which can be 15% more than Medicare’s allowable charge. If you do not have a Medicare Supplement Plan that covers excess fees, you may owe the difference.

Costs of the shingles vaccine can vary, but without insurance coverage the average cost is around $190, according to GoodRx.

If you’re over 50, getting the shingles vaccine is generally recommended so that you can save yourself pain, discomfort, and complications down the road. Always be sure to consult with your doctor before getting any vaccine and ensure that you will have plenty of time to rest and recover from it.

Source: iQuanti, Inc.

Why You Ought to Purchase Medicare Plan F if You Qualify

NEW YORK,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Medicare Supplement Insurance, or Medigap, is sold by private insurance companies and helps fill the “gaps” in Original Medicare. A Medigap policy can help cover some of your out-of-pocket costs such as copays, coinsurance and deductibles. They may also cover some services Medicare doesn’t, such as medical expenses while traveling.

There are several types of Medigap plans, including Medicare Supplement Plan F, which is one of the most popular. This plan covers both Medicare Part A and Part B deductibles, and all copays and coinsurance, so you pay nothing out-of-pocket for those expenses — just your Medigap Plan F premium.

If you’re eligible for Plan F, you may want to enroll due to the significant cost savings over the course of your life. Here’s more information about what Plan F is and why you should consider buying it.

What is Plan F?

If you’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B and became eligible for Medicare prior to January 1, 2020, you may be able to enroll in a Medicare Supplement Plan F. Or, if you already have Plan F, you can keep it.

If you became eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, you’re not eligible to enroll.

Plan F covers:

Medicare Part A coinsurance and hospital costs
Medicare Part B coinsurance and copayments
Blood (first 3 pints)
Part A hospice care coinsurance and copayments
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) coinsurance
Part A deductible
Part B deductible
Part B excess charges
Foreign travel emergency costs (up to plan’s limits)

Plan F also covers medications administered in a hospital or outpatient setting, but it does not cover retail prescriptions like you’d get from a pharmacy. You must have a Part D prescription drug plan for this coverage, and you’ll pay those copays and coinsurance out-of-pocket.

Medigap Plan F also does not cover routine dental, vision or hearing services.

Why should I buy Plan F?

The primary reason to purchase Plan F if you’re eligible is because you have zero out-of-pocket costs associated with Part A or Part B services or supplies. This includes your inpatient and outpatient deductibles, monthly premiums, and the 20% coinsurance Medicare doesn’t cover for services.

After Medicare pays its share of your claims, Plan F pays all of the remainder. This leaves you with $0 out-of-pocket, helping to save you money on medical bills and keep dollars in your wallet.

You can also see any doctor who accepts Medicare, and there are no referrals required to see a specialist. Plus, your coverage is guaranteed renewable, which means it can’t be canceled due to your health conditions or the number of claims you file.

How much does Plan F cost?

While most plans do have a monthly premium, which vary by your location, gender, age and tobacco usage, the cost savings of having a Plan F will likely outweigh the premium you’ll pay.

It’s important to enroll as soon as you’re able because the healthier and younger you are, the more likely you’ll have a lower monthly premium.

Also note that benefits for Plan F are the same from company to company. This means you can compare Plan F costs and how those rates may change over time, and consider enrolling in the cheapest plan in your area. However, be sure to get quotes from these plans prior to enrolling because due to medical underwriting typically required when switching plans, you may have to pay a higher premium.

Source: iQuanti, Inc.

Boston Household Regulation Lawyer Marcia J. Mavrides Acknowledged within the 2022 Version of the Finest Legal professionals in America

BOSTON,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

For more than 35 years, Marcia J. Mavrides has been a recognized leader in the divorce and family law community throughout the city of Boston and Massachusetts. Attorney Mavrides’s accomplishments include being listed in the top 5% of lawyers, holding an AV preeminent rating, being designated among the Top Women Lawyers in Family Law, is a Founding Member of the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, and is consistently named to Massachusetts and New England Superlawyers. 

Recognition in Best Lawyers is widely considered by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer by members of their profession. For over three decades, Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the legal profession, as well as the media and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals.

Source: Mavrides Law

Bidi Vapor Proclaims Defensive Technique for Dynamic ENDS Market

MELBOURNE, Fla.,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Bidi Vapor, LLC (“Bidi Vapor”), the maker of the BIDI® Stick disposable electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS), announced today that the company will deploy a multi-prong strategy to combat the flood of illegal and subpar ENDS products that have entered the market.

Among the strategies Bidi Vapor publicly disclosed include injunctions and lawsuits over false advertising and intellectual property violations, as well as an appeal to local and federal law enforcement, including sharing data from the Bidi Vapor’s own investigative efforts.

“Bad actors are flooding the market with products that fail to meet FDA standards, mislabel their formulations and use candy and fruity flavored names that entice kids,” says Niraj (“Raj”) Patel, President and CEO of Bidi Vapor, Melbourne, Fla. “For companies like ours that live by the rules, it’s an uneven playing field.”

Bidi Vapor said it has spent the past several months actively pursuing litigation and conducting targeted outreach to state attorney generals and federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

For his part, Patel has focused on building an ENDS company that not only provides a real-world option for adult smokers 21 and over but also avoids practices that generate interest and use among minors and non-vapers.

Since entering the ENDS industry in 2014, Patel has focused on the needs and wants of a mature demographic. That meant not only developing and designing a device for adult smokers but to build upon the lessons learned from the mistakes of others. Patel chose to focus on solid, age-restrictive policies and to market only to the adult-smoking population age 21 and over.

Click here for Kaival Brands [and Bidi Vapor] Issues Statement Prioritizing Compliance with the Tobacco Control Act and the PACT Act.

Patel’s strategy of integrity and introducing a premium product into the disposable category helped make BIDI® Stick the No. 1 disposable in the United States in recent months, according to Nielsen statistics.

Beyond legal remedies, Patel said his company has also made additional competitive decisions tied to their go-to-market strategies, which he declined to elaborate on as they are in varying stages of execution. “Until the rules start to mean something on the street, we are not going to take this abuse lying down,” Patel said. “Adult smokers deserve a viable option to combustible cigarettes that deliver on their brand message. They deserve products made with quality and backed by integrity.”

For a detailed podcast on the problem-facing compliant ENDS products, click here.

Bidi Vapor’s founding mission is to provide recreational, non-combusted alternatives to adult cigarette smokers. The company is vehemently opposed to all illegal, underage tobacco use, including ENDS use, by minors. We are committed to preventing youth use of ENDS, responsibly marketing to adult tobacco users 21 and over, working with law-abiding retailers and distributors, and complying with all federal and state laws and taxes applicable to the distribution of the Bidi®️ Stick and the BIDI®️ Pouch including, but not limited to, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA), the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), and the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act. We are further committed to developing science to support the continued marketing of our products as appropriate for the protection of the public health and engaging with state and federal authorities to promote enforcement and the removal of counterfeit, non-compliant and youth-targeting ENDS products from the market.

Patel, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, owns and controls Bidi Vapor.

For more information regarding this press release, please contact Angel Abcede, press manager, QRX Digital for Bidi Vapor at angel@qrxdigital.com.

ABOUT BIDI VAPOR

Based in Melbourne, Florida, Bidi Vapor maintains a commitment to responsible marketing, supporting age-verification standards and sustainability through its BIDI® Cares recycling program. The Company’s premiere device, the BIDI® Stick, is a premium product made with medical-grade components, a UL-certified battery, and technology designed to deliver a consistent vaping experience for adults 21 and over. Bidi Vapor is also adamant about strict compliance with all federal, state, and local guidelines and regulations. At Bidi Vapor, innovation is key to our mission, with the BIDI® Stick promoting environmental sustainability, while providing a unique vaping experience to adult smokers.

For more information, visit www.bidivapor.com.

Source: Bidi Vapor LLC

1DigitalⓇ Company web optimization Campaigns Produce Nice Outcomes

PHILADELPHIA,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Digital marketing is challenging, and one of the most effective ways to market any online store is through search engine optimization or SEO. When it comes to finding an agency to manage an SEO campaign, experience is everything. 1DigitalⓇ Agency has specialized in SEO for eCommerce since day one. Their team of eCommerce SEO experts understands that no two websites are the same, which is why they craft tailor-made campaigns for every client. 
The SEO process takes time and is designed to help eCommerce sites climb the search engine rankings in order to increase organic traffic to their landing pages. While it might take some time for a site to reach the first page of the search results, the resulting increase in traffic and conversion rates is what makes working with an eCommerce SEO agency one of the most cost-effective, long-term marketing solutions. 
One of the reasons that this process takes time is because search algorithms are constantly being updated to produce the best results. This means that just throwing together some targeted keywords and plastering them all over an eCommerce website is no longer enough. It takes thorough keyword research and strategy to build trust with algorithms and that trust is not earned overnight. 
What really makes SEO work is quality content. Search engines want to offer their users the best and most relevant options based on their search inquiries. One of the ways that search engines algorithms achieve this is by looking at content associated with a website to determine its authority for certain keywords. This includes content on the website itself as well as content on other websites that link back to the site in question. 
The content writers at 1DigitalⓇ know how to craft the kind of content that search engines love to see. They then post this content on client blogs and a number of high domain authority sites in order to help their clients build trust search algorithms. In addition to crafting the content that search engines love to see, the 1DigitalⓇ team also looks at a variety of different factors that can affect a site’s SEO. Improving factors such as site speed, page optimization, and site structure can all have a positive impact on a site’s SEO. 
Working with 1DigitalⓇ for SEO also means working with a dedicated project manager. These managers send regular updates and hop on meetings with clients so they can understand exactly what is happening along every step of the SEO process. Their team also includes web design and development experts who can tackle any other projects a client might need.
Owners of eCommerce store interested in working with an expert eCommerce SEO company should reach out to 1DigitalⓇ for a free SEO audit. Just give them a call at 888.982.8269 or send an email to info@1digitalagency.com to get in touch with a member of their team.

Source: 1DigitalⓇ Agency

CMS Hospital Healthcare Pricing Transparency Compliance

FORT MYERS, Fla.,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

Since the CMS mandated pricing transparency on 1/01/2021, a multitude of vendors rushed to the market to help providers meet the new compliance requirements. Without meeting the compliance, hospital providers face penalties of $300 per day, per facility, that CMS plans to increase. These penalties will soon range from $109,500 to $2,007,500 per year, per facility and can go back retroactive to January first. With this rush to market, many vendors offered a product that publishes pricing based upon averages and aggregated or historical reimbursement for “negotiated” charges, which are not in compliance with the new final rules just published by CMS on August 11, 2021. This rule published on slide 22 brought clarity for the correct calculation methodology to be in compliance. Pricing cannot be averaged from historical claim data or reimbursement data, as it is not relative to the patient and their current insurance plan. To meet this mandate requires calculating that patient’s payer contract down to the plan for an accurate price for that prospective patient. Dena Bates, President of Revenue Masters issued a response to the CMS ruling: “We have been telling hospitals for a while that many and maybe a vast majority of the pricing transparency vendors are not in compliance, including some big names, because they calculate from past averages for pricing to post. We know many large recognizable companies that are doing this. The only way to comply is to use a true contract management company that can model each contract down to the plan to post the correct compliant pricing. It takes more work, but that’s what is necessary to meet the requirement.”

Hospitals should check to ensure their pricing transparency is in compliance by asking their vendor whether the pricing they are posting was based on average aggregates or if they provided all of the payer contract to calculate compliant pricing.

Revenue Masters is one of the compliant firms utilizing contract modeling and offers full pricing transparency and contract management solutions.

Media Contact:  Rick Bengson – rick@revenuemasters.com 

Source: Revenue Masters

VeriBlock Basis Companions With Titan.io to Enhance Blockchain Ecosystem Safety Whereas Making Bitcoin Extra Inexperienced

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands,
August 20, 2021 (Newswire.com) –

The VeriBlock Foundation, a Cayman Islands nonprofit dedicated to promoting the development and adoption of VeriBlock®’s Proof-of-Proof® (PoP®) security technology, has partnered with Titan.io, investing in their powerful software and services designed to optimize and decentralize PoW mining at scale.
As part of the partnership agreement, Titan has endorsed VeriBlock’s Proof-of-Proof protocol, guaranteeing that they will include at least one PoP transaction whenever their pool mines a Bitcoin block. This significantly increases the security VeriBlock provides to blockchains that rely on it for Decentralized, Trustless, Transparent, and Permissionless (“DTTP®”) security backed by Bitcoin. 
“We’re excited to partner with Titan.io to further increase the security and robustness of the VeriBlock ecosystem and look forward to the altchain PoP mining optimizations this partnership can provide,” commented Justin Fisher, CEO and Co-Founder of VeriBlock. “It’s wonderful to work with partners like Titan who understand the benefits PoP adoption provides to the Bitcoin mining industry.”
The guarantee of mining pools like Titan.io to always include PoP transactions further solidifies VeriBlock as a leader in the blockchain security ecosystem.
“The Titan team has worked hard to develop North America’s first enterprise-grade Bitcoin mining pool,” said Ryan Condron, CEO and Co-Founder of Titan.io. “We’re excited to enhance our Bitcoin mining services with PoP, not only to make Bitcoin greener but also to increase Bitcoin miner revenue in a mutually beneficial way. We also look forward to exploring future use cases with the VeriBlock community as we develop our upcoming protocol, a decentralized peer-to-peer platform for building trustless hashpower tokens, DEXs, and other hashpower DeFi products.”
The Titan Mining Pool offers a powerful North American alternative and pathway for Bitcoin/PoW miners to achieve the efficiency and scale miners enjoy in other regions around the globe while introducing a new protocol for provable hashpower. The result is a new platform that gives miners better access to larger markets for their crypto compute power, allows others to invest and buy/sell this new commodity at reduced risk, and provides additional opportunities for the entire mining industry through financial derivatives/futures as well as services for lending, custody, OTC, and trading.
“Early on, we recognized the benefits VeriBlock provides both to Bitcoin miners and the world’s altchain ecosystem,” explained Matthew Roszak, Strategic Investor and Advisor in VeriBlock and Co-Founder of Titan.io. “We’re all excited to see Titan lead the charge in Bitcoin mining pools officially endorsing this technology, helping to harden the cement of the entire ecosystem while providing additional value to Titan miners.”
About the VeriBlock Foundation
The VeriBlock Foundation is a Cayman Islands nonprofit committed to increasing awareness and adoption of the VeriBlock Blockchain and its Proof-of-Proof (PoP™) security protocol. VeriBlock inherits security from Bitcoin in a completely Decentralized, Trustless, Transparent, and Permissionless (“DTTP®”) manner, following the same attributes that made Bitcoin great and allows any other blockchain to reinforce their existing security with the full Proof-of-Work power of Bitcoin in the same manner. To learn more, you can join the project’s Discord or follow them on Twitter.
About Titan.io
Titan is a pioneer in developing software, services, and the commoditization of hashpower driven by smart contracts to support large-scale Bitcoin mining. Titan’s cutting-edge mining protocol software, combined with North America’s first enterprise-grade mining pool opens up new markets and makes mining more profitable and scalable. Titan was formed and founded in September 2018 by Ryan Condron, Jeff Garzik, and Matthew Roszak. For more information, please visit Titan.io or follow the company on Twitter @Titan_Mining and Telegram.
Media Contact
Savannah Muirsavannah@newswire.com

Source: VeriBlock Foundation