“I hope that the foundation that was laid for these girls over the past four years will be built on by the incoming freshman class,” Van Heerden said. “I think there’s an incredible group here that does so well and I think they’ll step up and be amazing leaders. The Bears walked out with their heads held high as they defied the odds and made it to their first ever NCAA Tournament in program history. Along with that, the Bears finished with 20 wins and earned a hard-fought SLC Tournament Championship for the first time in Bear history. The Bears pushed the Cowgirls the best they could in doubles play and were on the brink of winning Court No. 1 before the Cowgirls took the 2 and 3 courts. The senior pairing of Rada Manataweewat and Ma fell 6-1 at No. 2 to begin the match. Vasupongchai and Nonoyama were handed their first loss of the season in doubles play as they fell 6-4 at the No. 3 to conclude doubles play. Xin and Van Heerden faced the #23 ranked doubles team in the nation at the No. 1 and were moments away from winning as play was halted at 5-4. We know who we are, but others need to know it too.” HEAR FROM MARLI VAN HEERDEN: Freshman Chunxi Xin faced #26 ranked Katarina Stresnakova at the No. 1 and showed zero fear playing the talented senior. She took three points in set one and had two in the second before the match concluded. Stresnakova was named to the All-Big 12 First Team before NCAA Tournament play and had 22 wins entering the match. From late nights in hotels, dancing in restaurants, listening to crazy music — those are the moments that will be treasured.” I’m super proud of my seniors and how well we fought for this. I wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anybody else. For us, it wasn’t just about tennis, it was about making the memories and showing the rest of the world who UCA is. “We didn’t know what to expect,” Wharton said. “Playing in it is different in a really good way. I think the travel, the warmups, the practices – everything about being here has been a great experience. Van Heerden talked highly about the underclassmen on the team and thinks they will be able to build off of the success they enjoyed this year. To me, it was as positive a loss as I could have imagined having.” Playing the match, I thought we played as good as we could have under the circumstances we faced. We got a little excited on the big points and maybe needed to be a little more focused. I wish we could’ve played the big points a little better because I think the match was closer than the score showed. STILLWATER, Okla. – The Central Arkansas tennis team saw its season end on Friday night as they fell to the #15 Oklahoma State Cowgirls in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bears had to battle the Cowgirls in front of a sold-out Oklahoma State crowd at the indoor Greenwood Tennis Center. The match was moved to the indoor facility as heavy rain took over Stillwater all afternoon. The Bears finished the year with a combined singles record of 95-56 and doubles record of 49-21. They will say goodbye to three seniors, including Van Heerden, as they begin to look ahead to next year. When asked to describe the last four years, Van Heerden was very proud of all that they accomplished and will miss making unforgettable memories with her teammates. “Going from a team that lost every year to a team with winning records and being able to be a part of setting those records both individually and as a team has been very sweet,” Van Heerden said. “I’m going to miss the team chemistry the most. We’re going to forget about the tennis we played, the results and how we felt during matches but we’re never going to forget the fun times we had. Although the score shows a clean sweep by the Cowgirls, the Bears showed the Oklahoma State crowd why they made it out of the SLC with duels at the No. 1, 3 and 6 courts. Senior QiLi Ma held a 5-3 set one lead before falling 7-5 on court No. 6. Senior Marli Van Heerden dropped a heartbreaker set one 7-6 as Marina Guinart won the tiebreaker 8-6 to reach 7. Guinart led the Cowgirls in wins with 25 and never lost in Big 12 play. HEAR FROM HEAD COACH CASEY WHARTON: COWGIRLS 4, UCA 0 The Bears entered singles play in an unfamiliar position as they trailed 1-0 for the first time since April 6. The Cowgirls started singles play with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 as #94 ranked Bunyawi Thamchaiwat defeated Yada Vasupongchai to go up 2-0. Sophomore Mei Ishimura took the court at No. 5 for the first time since April 5 and fell to Cowgirls Tennis Female Athlete of the Year Sofia Blanco 6-2, 6-3. Down 3-0, the Bears were battling to hang on but ultimately fell at the No. 2 court 6-1, 6-4 to drop the match 4-0. Wharton was pleased with the way his team performed in the spotlight and was thankful for the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Missing Paperwork Puts At Risk Coverage For Tens Of Thousands According to the Obama administration, as many as 115,000 people could lose the new insurance they obtained under the health law because they did not prove they were legal immigrants or U.S. citizens who were eligible for that coverage. Another 363,000 people must submit documentation to verify their incomes by Sept. 30 or lose their subsidies. These two numbers combined represent about 10 percent of the people who signed up through the online insurance marketplaces. The New York Times: U.S. To End Coverage Under Health Care Law For Tens Of ThousandsThe Obama administration said on Monday that it planned to terminate health insurance for 115,000 people on Oct. 1 because they had failed to prove that they were United States citizens or legal immigrants eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It also told 363,000 people that they could lose financial aid because their incomes could not be verified (Pear, 9/15).Los Angeles Times: Many May Lose Obamacare Coverage Because Of Missing PaperworkSome 115,000 people are poised to be cut from insurance rolls at the end of the month because they haven’t verified their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people haven’t sent in the necessary forms proving their income, a key requirement for calculating the size of government subsidies some consumers are eligible to receive under the law. Together, that represents about 10% of those who signed up for coverage on new federal marketplaces created by the law (Levey, 9/15).The Wall Street Journal: Tens Of Thousands Likely To Lose Health Insurance At End Of SeptemberThe government is now set to inform insurers to terminate at the end of the month the coverage those people bought through HealthCare.gov. A provision in the Affordable Care Act bars people living in the U.S. without authorization from obtaining coverage through the site. Federal officials also said they would send notices to about 279,000 people whose income can’t be verified, giving them until Sept. 30 to submit further documentation. Those people won’t lose their coverage if they don’t respond, but the tax credits that offset the cost of their premiums could be suspended (Radnofsky, 9/15).The Washington Post: 115,000 Immigrants To Lose Health Coverage By Sept. 30 Because Of Lack Of Status DataThose individuals can still send in the needed information to the federal exchange and if they are found eligible, they will be able to regain coverage, officials said. They will be considered under a special category reserved for people who have experienced a major life change, such as having a baby or getting divorced or losing a job with health insurance. Separately, about 363,000 consumers who have coverage could lose financial subsidies for their insurance premiums unless they clear up information about their incomes that differs from that on federal tax records. If those individuals don’t provide updated income information by Sept. 30, federal health officials will adjust their premiums to “reflect what we have in our records,” said Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which manages HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange (Sun, 9/15).Reuters: U.S. Says 115,000 Could Lose Obamacare Insurance Over ImmigrationThe Obama administration on Monday said 115,000 people in 36 states could lose their private health insurance under Obamacare after Sept. 30, because of unresolved data problems involving their citizenship or immigration status. Another 363,000 people could see their insurance costs change, due to problems involving income data that is used to determine whether enrollees qualify for federal subsidies to help pay premiums on health plans obtained through the federal insurance marketplace, according to the administration. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which operates the federal marketplace for consumers in 36 states, said the number of people with data problems is down from June when 966,000 had citizenship or immigration discrepancies and 1.6 million people had problem data involving income (9/15). USA Today: Feds Give Immigrants More Time On Health CareAbout 115,000 of 966,000 people who bought plans on HealthCare.gov and owed more information about their immigration status have unresolved issues, Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said. These people were given a deadline of Sept. 5 to submit information — they now have until Sept. 30 to provide proof of their citizenship, or they will lose coverage. After that date, those people can reapply if they can prove citizenship even though the open enrollment period is closed. The other 851,000 people either have had their cases resolved, or the cases are in the process of being resolved. Slavitt would not comment on how the resolved cases were decided. “The good news is they have been able to resolve one way or another most of the problem applications where federal databases could not verify income or legal status,” says health care consultant Kip Piper, a former state and federal Medicare official (O’Donnell, 9/15).McClatchy: Feds Offer Lifeline To 115,000 Facing Loss Of Health CoverageAfter failing to respond to multiple outreach attempts, more than 100,000 people could lose their federal marketplace health coverage on Sept. 30, while more than three times that many could see their premiums increase, if they fail to verify their income, U.S. residency or immigration status as required by the Obama administration. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the deadline on Monday when it began sending out cancellation warnings to 115,000 people in 36 states who haven’t yet provided the proper citizenship and immigration documents with their applications for coverage (Pugh, 9/15).The Fiscal Times: Thousands Of Obamacare Enrollees To Lose CoverageSome 115,000 people who signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace this year will lose their coverage at the end of the month for failing to provide the government with proof of citizenship or immigration status. Officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said they sent out notices to 300,000 enrollees last month, asking them to verify their citizenship, which is required to receive health coverage under Obamacare (Ehley, 9/15).