Monthly Archives: October 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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  • CHN: Government Shutdown Followed by Economic Meltdown? A Way Out Remains Elusive

    The federal government has been shut down for almost a week. The public does not like it. The drivers of the shutdown strategy are starting to acknowledge it has failed to stop or delay the new health care law. The House has begun to enact funding measures for popular programs such as the national parks, veterans’ services, and WIC. The Senate has rejected this piecemeal approach. Divisions among Republicans attempting to extricate themselves from a bad spot are increasingly public Read More »

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  • CHN: The Affordable Care Act – Enrollment Begins

    Enrollment in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” got off to a robust start on October 1 when 2.8 million people went to the www.HealthCare.gov website and millions more visited state-specific websites to explore their options. The latest census data indicates that in 2012 nearly 48 million Americans, or 15.4 percent, were uninsured. Read More »

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  • CHN: House Democrats Introduce Immigration Bill

    On October 2, House Democratic leaders introduced a bill To Provide for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and for Other Purposes (H.R. 15). Lead sponsor Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) and the 120 co-sponsors hope that the bill will help build momentum for a bipartisan effort in the House to enact comprehensive immigration reform this fall. Read More »

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  • CHN: Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act to be Introduced Soon; Advocates Continue to Build Support for This National Program to Help Working Families

    Most people will need to take time away from their job to deal with an illness or care for a family member at some point in their career – and yet only eleven percent of workers in the United States receive employer-paid family and medical leave. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), new legislation sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), would provide all eligible employees with as much as twelve weeks of paid leave Read More »

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