Nanuku Auberge Resort has revealed its new Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: an exclusive, immersive three- or five-day rugby training program for its guests.Utilising nearby training facilities, participants of the new program will be given a personal coach to take them through training regimes akin to those of the Fiji 7s, Fiji’s 2016 Olympic Gold Medal winning team in Rio de Janeiro. The regimes will include aerobic exercises, gym sessions, sports massages, beach runs and daily scrimmages against local island teams for a real-world playing experience.Nanuku Auberge Resort General Manager, Sascha Hemmann says, “From schoolchildren in villages running around in afternoon pickup games to organised local tournaments, Rugby is a second religion here in Fiji.”Sascha continues, “At Nanuku we make authentic connections between our guests and our culture, and the introduction of this program focuses on taking visitors off resort grounds and out of their comfort zones to learn, sweat and create a soulful discovery of their own.”With groups no larger than four, the Nanuku Raka Rugby Program begins each day by taking participants to the Pacific Harbour grounds located a few minutes away from the resort, setting the stage for several training sessions, followed by beach boot camps and intensive hikes through the destination’s indigenous jungle terrain. Daily training concludes with a playful scrimmage against a local village or Nanuku’s own resort rugby squad.Upon returning to the resort, guests will enjoy a rejuvenating 60-minute spa massage at the intimate Lomana Spa to address any tension or soreness and prepare for the next day’s training.Pricing: Three-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$480 (AU$648 NZ$709) per person including three-to-four hours of personalised training per day and a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Training takes place along Nanuku’s three-kilometre-long private beach.Five-Day Nanuku Raka Rugby Program: US$1,450 (AU$1,958 NZ$2,141) per person including four-to-five hours of personalised training per day, travelling to stunning Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park (as used by the actual Fiji 7s champion rugby squad) plus a 60-minute massage treatment per day. Includes drone video footage captured during the picturesque Sigatoka Sand Dunes training and a personalised Fiji rugby shirt for each participant to take home as a timeless memento.Bookings can be made directly with Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji.
States And The Health Law: Action On Insurance Exchanges, Medicaid Expansion This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press and other news outlets report on state action on the health law’s insurance exchanges as well as the Medicaid expansion. The Associated Press: New Health Insurance Market Opens In Washington State In OctoberAnother aspect of President Barack Obama’s health care law will go from concept to reality this fall as Washington state residents who don’t have health insurance will become eligible for Medicaid or gain access to a new insurance exchange. Some questions and answers on where the health care law stands in Washington state (Blankinship, 1/29).MPR News: MN Insurance Exchange Info Website LaunchesThe state budget office has launched a website about how a health insurance exchange will work in Minnesota. Officials project at least 1 million Minnesotans will use the exchange to comparison shop for health insurance policies or enroll in Medicaid starting in October. Until now it’s been difficult to find complete information about this key part of the federal health care law. State Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter said the site is a work in progress. “What it does right now is give people a simple take on what the exchange can do for them; what some of the costs might be with the calculator; a nice little video to help explain what the exchange does; and ultimately, add ability for people to get insurance come next October,” Schowalter said (Stawicki, 1/29).The Associated Press: Q&A: Taking Look At Georgia’s New Health Care FundamentalsThe 2010 federal health insurance overhaul, commonly called the Affordable Care Act, expands access to health insurance in two major ways. The first is through insurance exchanges where individuals can shop for policies from private insurance firms. Secondly, the law gives states the option to expand the Medicaid insurance program that provides coverage to low-income Americans (Barrow, 1/30).The Associated Press: Uninsured Children Expected To Grow Medicaid RollsThe analyst hired by the state to estimate the impact of the federal health care law told Indiana lawmakers Tuesday that an unintended consequence could unearth tens of thousands of children who qualify for Medicaid but are not enrolled. Rob Damler, an actuary for Milliman Inc. in Indianapolis, told members of the House Ways and Means Committee that residents are expected to grow the state’s rolls in the coming years as the individual mandate forces low-income residents into federal coverage (LoBianco, 1/29). Health News Florida: Sen. Garcia Now Open To Medicaid ExpansionWhen Florida sued to overturn the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers targeted a piece of the law that would have forced Florida to make Medicaid available to more than a million uninsured Floridians. The U. S. Supreme Court upheld most of the act, but it made Medicaid expansion optional (Mack, 1/29).The Miami Herald: Study: Medicaid Expansion May Save State MoneyFlorida would save money over the next decade — not lose billions as Gov. Rick Scott has argued — by accepting Medicaid expansion under federal healthcare reforms, according to a detailed economic study. Miami-Dade legislators and healthcare industry leaders, getting together on Monday, heard about the report by Georgetown University — the most positive yet on a highly debated provision of what is often called Obamacare (Dorschner, 1/29).The Associated Press: Democratic Lawmakers Seek To Increase Iowa MedicaidA push that Democratic lawmakers initiated Tuesday to expand Medicaid in Iowa would likely translate into new or improved health benefits for thousands of the state’s low-income residents. Broadening the program could mean that people like Terri White, a 51-year-old widow from Fort Dodge, would for the first time have comprehensive health insurance (Lucey, 1/30). The Associated Press: Medicaid Could Boost Mississippi Health JobsRepublican Gov. Phil Bryant wants to create more health care jobs in Mississippi, one of the poorest and most medically under-served states in the nation. He also opposes putting more Mississippi residents on Medicaid under the federal health care law that Democratic President Barack Obama signed in 2010, even with the federal government paying most of the cost (Pettus, 1/29).