October 29, 2013

  • CHN: Government Shutdown Ended; Negotiations Now Trying to Undo Sequester and Avoid More Crises

    On October 16, Congress brought over two weeks of government shutdown to an end, voting to extend the FY 2013 levels of appropriations ($988 billion) through January 15. The legislation also pulled the nation back from the brink of default on its debts, by suspending the statutory limit on federal borrowing until February 7. The shutdown is gone, but not likely to be forgotten. The Council of Economic Advisors estimated the 16-day shutdown cost 120,000 jobs. Read More »

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  • CHN: SNAP Recipients Brace for a Cut in Benefits

    On November 1, all who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see their benefits cut. The cut to the program formerly known as Food Stamps is the result of the end to a temporary boost provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The cut will impact 23 million households, including 22 million children and 9 million who are elderly or have a serious disability. The average monthly cut for a household of four will be $36, further squeezing already tight family budgets. This cut will lower the average benefit to $1.40 per meal per person, not enough to provide healthy food. Read More »

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  • CHN: Major Glitches with HealthCare.Gov Cause Enrollment Woes for Millions of Americans; the Administration Vows to Fix the Problems by the End of November

    Affordable health care has become one of the most important pillars of Barack Obama’s presidency. So when open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act commenced on October 1, 2013, people nationwide rushed to apply for health insurance coverage – but instead of the simple application process they had been promised, millions of people faced technical roadblocks on the website that kept them from enrolling in a plan – or from even creating an account in some cases. Many people received error messages and suffered long site delays, while website glitches also caused problems for health insurance providers. Read More »

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