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>Hospitals, nursing homes spared loss of federal aid

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals and nursing homes across the state were spared a loss of federal aid of up to $750 million a year when Congress passed a catch-all tax and trade bill in the final hours of the session Saturday morning.

President Bush's 2007 budget had included a proposal to cut the maximum allowable provider assessment in half, slashing the state's ability to recoup Medicaid payments for hospitals and nursing homes.

A clause in the bill blocked the administration from putting the new Medicaid regulations in force.

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>School of Social Work to offer 4 workshops

Workshops on fundraising, grant writing, managerial accounting and program evaluation will be offered in January at the University at Buffalo.

The UB School of Social Work's Office of Continuing Education will offer the workshops, and the Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation will offer scholarships for employees of nonprofit human service agencies.

Organizations in Erie and Niagara counties that serve disadvantaged children through the eighth grade are eligible. Those who serve primarily children and families affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse also are eligible.

The Financial Management Certificate Program will begin in January with the four workshops. To register for a scholarship, call the university, 829-3939, Ext. 162, or go online to cogilvie@buffalo.edu.

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>Hispanics United elects Cabrera new president

Cesar A. Cabrera, assistant administrative director of the Workforce Development Consortium, has been elected president of Hispanics United of Buffalo, the largest bilingual human service agency in Western New York.

David Caban, retired assistant superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools, has been elected vice president; Edwin Martinez, former chief of staff to the chairman of the state Division of Parole, is the new board treasurer; and Geno Russi, regional director of the Division of Parole, is the new board secretary.

Hispanics United, formed in 1989 through the merger of three Hispanic agencies, provides services in domestic violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS education, pregnancy prevention, education and career development, bilingual court advocacy and housing, as well as services for youth and senior citizens. It is located at 254 Virginia St.

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>Ford's $5,000 supports Penn Dixie programs

Ford Motor Co. has awarded $5,000 to help support the Hamburg Natural History Society's programs at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center.

The educational programs will reach thousands of students, families and visitors from the area as well as several states and countries, according to Jerold C. Bastedo, executive director.

Information on upcoming programs is available by calling 627-4560 or visiting the Web site at www.penndixie.org.

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