SAA warns on traveling child documentation

first_imgSAA warns on traveling child documentationSouth African Airways has warned many families could be inconvenienced during the coming Christmas holiday period due to non-compliant documentation.On 1 June, 2015, South African Government legislation came into force that requires additional documentation to be provided at check-in when a parent or guardian is traveling with children under 18 or when unaccompanied children travel. The changes impact both parents and guardians traveling with children and unaccompanied minors traveling alone or in groups (such as for school or sporting excursions) to and from South Africa. It does not apply to transit passengers.According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia, the airline has experienced many recent cases when customers departing from Australia to South Africa do not have the correct documentation. As such they have been unable to check-in and board their flight to South Africa.“Despite an ongoing education program and communications through travel agents and the industry, too many incidents are happening when customers do not have the correct documentation when they check in to board their flight,” Tim said.“On one recent flight leaving Perth for Johannesburg, some 13 passengers were unable to leave Australia due to not having the proper documents,” he said.“It is unfortunate some people still do not have the correct documentation. It is simply not enough to have a letter from one parent giving permission to travel when only one parent is travelling with children or from one or both when children travel alone. A legal, signed affidavit must be produced as per the act introduced by the South African Government.”“As well as the inconvenience factor, it means customers face additional costs when they cannot board their booked flights while they source the correct information.”“We are calling on the travel industry in particular to ensure their customers have all the correct information when traveling to South Africa, especially in the forthcoming holiday season of Christmas and New Year. In addition, while travel bookings made since the act came into force might mean compliance, travel agents need to go back through all existing bookings made as far back as 12 months, before the legislation came into force. We have found many examples of people who made bookings through agents earlier this year are simply unaware of the new requirements.”“The legislation has now been in place for almost four months and applies to all airlines flying into South Africa, not just SAA. It means parents traveling into and from South Africa with a child under 18 are required to produce an original or certified copy of a child’s birth certificate detailing both parents. Parents or guardians traveling by themselves with children will also need an affidavit less than three months old that has been sworn by a notary public that gives permission to travel with the child or children.”Source = South African Airwayslast_img read more

State Highlights Okla Gov Looks For Cuts To Cover 60M More In

first_imgA selection of health policy stories from Oklahoma, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Delaware, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Georgia and California.The Associated Press: Fallin Warns Of $60M Spike In Health Care Costs[Oklahoma] Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that state agency heads should be looking for ways to save money in next year’s budget, given reports of lackluster tax collections to Oklahoma’s general revenue fund and the more than $60 million increase in mandatory health care spending the state will bear next year (Murphy, 12, 2).The Associated Press: Bryant Wants To Give Hospitals Funds To Offset Health Care Reform[Mississippi] Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing the state give Mississippi hospitals $4.4 million to offset an expected loss of federal funds due to the Affordable Care Act. Under the federal health care law, over a period of years the reimbursement to hospitals for treating people with no health care coverage will be reduced (12/2).Bloomberg: Wisconsin Tries To Follow Texas In Reviving An Abortion LawOne month after Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won a U.S. appeals court ruling overriding a decision to block abortion restrictions in his state, Wisconsin’s top lawyer is aiming for a similar result. Both states have laws requiring doctors who perform abortions to obtain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 kilometers) of their clinic (Harris, 12/3).The Associated Press/Washington Post: Delaware Mental Health Task Force Continues WorkA task force studying Delaware’s civil mental health laws is finishing up its work in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline for submitting a report with its full findings to the General Assembly and the governor. Among the issues that have been examined by the task force, which meets Tuesday, are immunity provisions regarding involuntary mental health commitments. The immunity provision were the subject of a task force report that was due earlier this year and which was followed with legislation signed by Gov. Jack Markell in March (12/3).The Texas Tribune: In Texas, Uncertainty After Health Plan Cancellation UproarMany Texans in individual health care plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act have been spared cancellation notices. But for the Texans whose plans have been dropped, health care experts are encouraging them to proceed carefully (Zaragovia, 12/3).The Texas Tribune: Despite Changes, Nurses Push For More IndependenceAs an advanced practice nurse specializing in family medicine, Holly Jeffreys operates the only medical clinics in two rural Texas Panhandle counties. The state requires that she have a contract with a physician to supervise both clinics, but she operates the facilities almost independently (Aaronson, 12/2).I-News/Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Delays To Implementing Mental Health Initiative ‘An Embarrassment’Susan Beckman wants you to know that “a lot of sloppy work” — and not a conspiracy — were behind the state’s botched job of finding someone to run a network of walk-in mental health crisis centers. Beckman heads the administrative branch of the Colorado Department of Human Services, the office responsible for the failed solicitation process. The department has been accused of colluding with local actors — that is, local providers of mental health services — to elbow out a newcomer, but Beckman says a slew of mistakes were just human error (Jones, 12/2).WBUR: Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. The nurses’ association says the measures have both gathered more than 100,000 signatures. Secretary of State William Galvin tells us on his website that for the 2014 election, “the initiative petition must be signed by a minimum of 68,911 certified voters. No more than one-quarter of the certified signatures may come from any one county” (Goldberg, 12/2).Georgia Health News: Progress Being Made Against Costly ReadmissionsGeorgia’s nursing homes and hospitals are collaborating more than ever to reduce readmissions, say officials with Georgia’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), a state-based group funded by Medicare to review medical care. A big driver in this change has been the readmission penalties that hospitals now face. These penalties were created by the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Miller, 12/2). California Healthline: Health Information Exchange Taking Root In Northern CaliforniaNorthern California health information organizations are helping lay the groundwork for the next steps in expanding health information exchange throughout the state. Their participation in pilot programs for secure messaging, rural health information exchange and personal health records puts Northern California communities in the forefront of the campaign to increase the use of health information technology. There are 16 community HIOs in California, half of which are operational. A new map shows health technology has reached 35 counties — more than half of California’s 58 counties (Edlin, 12/2). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Highlights: Okla. Gov. Looks For Cuts To Cover $60M More In Health Care Costs; Miss. Gov. Wants To Offer Hospitals Money To Offset Health Lawlast_img read more