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Lilly Ledbetter, Tell Congress: Pass Paycheck Fairness.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Tell Congress: Pass Paycheck Fairness

 

Equal pay for equal work is critical for our economy, our families and our children.

 

It is outrageous that in 2014 – 2014 – a woman can still be paid less than one of her male counterparts for the exact same work.

 

This is about fairness and economic opportunity for all. Pay discrimination is holding families back. Equal pay is not only an ideal, it should be a guarantee. That’s the message we have to send to Republicans in Congress now.

 

We have to fight for this.

 

Add your name today and join the call for basic paycheck fairness immediately.

 

 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Chris Coons
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Kay Hagan
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Joe Manchin
Sen. Bob Menendez
Sen. Mark Pryor
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen
Sen. Mark Udall
Sen. John Walsh
Sen. Mark Warner
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard
Rep. Nita Lowey
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
Rep. Raul Ruiz
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate for Senate
Natalie Tennant, Candidate for Senate
Sean Eldridge, Candidate for Congress

 

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On Tuesday, Alison joined thousands of others in calling on Congress to act and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.



Rather than listen to these voices, Mitch McConnell led the charge to block the legislation that would help close the pay gap between men and women. McConnell even went so far as to say equal pay for equal work “threatens to hurt” women even though, in Kentucky, women make just 76 cents for every dollar earned by a man. 



Someone needs to tell Mitch McConnell it’s 2014 – not 1963. 



Last week’s gridlock from McConnell makes the call for equal pay for equal work more important than ever.



Add your name now and tell Mitch McConnell to end the obstruction and pass paycheck fairness immediately.

 

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As Alison often says, “Equal pay for equal work isn’t just a women’s issue – it’s a family issue.” For countless working families living paycheck-to-paycheck, pay equity isn’t a “threat” or a “special interest vote” – it’s a principle of basic fairness that helps pay the bills and put food on the table. 

McConnell’s opposition to paycheck fairness is yet another example of how out of touch he has become with Kentucky’s working families.

Join us and sign the petition demanding Congressional action on paycheck fairness.

Thanks for standing with Alison and women across the country,

Lilly Ledbetter
Fair pay advocate

 

 

President Obama Speaks on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

President Obama signs Executive Order for Paycheck Fairness.

President Obama signs Executive Order for Paycheck Fairness.

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

Following an introduction by Lilly Ledbetter, President Obama announces two new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women.

 

 

 

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Blocking Medicaid Is UnAmerican. Get The Facts Here For YOUR Medicaid Expansion Coverage.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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We won! A federal judge just ruled that we can keep up our billboard criticizing tea party Governor Bobby Jindal for standing between 242,000 Louisianans and Medicaid.

 

Quick recap: Republican governors and legislators are blocking a shocking 5 million Americans from accessing health care by refusing to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. When we put up billboards in nine states calling out Republicans for standing in the way of health care, the state of Louisiana sued us, demanding we take down one of the billboards. But today, the judge issued a preliminary decision that allows our billboard to stay up and paves the way for the whole lawsuit to end with a victory.

 

But here’s the funny part: When we first put up the billboard, we reserved the space for only a month—and had no idea we’d be facing a lawsuit. 

 

In her decision, the judge wrote: “In this Court’s view, the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard.”

 

But this case was never about a billboard, it was about health care for millions of Americans. Thanks for helping to keep the issue front and center

 

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law.

 

The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).

 

One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.

 

The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.

 

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Is my state expanding Medicaid coverage?

 

Some states are expanding their Medicaid programs. Others haven’t. Your coverage options depend on your state, your income and household size, and other factors.

 

To find out if your state is expanding Medicaid, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the “Get state information” menu.

 

You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year.There’s no limited enrollment period for either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). If you qualify, your coverage can begin immediately.

 

 

Options depend on your state, your income, and other factors

  • If you live in a state that’s expanding Medicaid, you’ll probably qualify if you make up to $16,105 a year for 1 person ($32,913 for a family of 4).
  • If you live in a state that hasn’t expanded Medicaid you may not qualify for either Medicaid or reduced costs on a private insurance plan. It will depend on where your income falls.
  • Even if your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid coverage, you should still apply. The Medicaid program provides health coverage to millions of lower-income individuals and families today. You may qualify under your state’s existing rules. Use the “Get state information” menu at the bottom of this page to get contact information for your state Medicaid office. The office can tell you if you qualify.
  • States are continuing to make coverage decisions. They could expand Medicaid in the future.

 

 

If your state is expanding Medicaid

The health care law provides states with additional federal funding to expand their Medicaid programs to cover adults under 65 who make up to 133% of the federal poverty level. (Because of the way this is calculated, it’s effectively 138% of the federal poverty level.) Children (18 and under) are eligible up to that income level or higher in all states.

 

If your state is expanding Medicaid, you’ll probably qualify if you make up to $16,105 a year for 1 person ($32,913 for a family of 4). See this chart for income limits for different family sizes.

 

If you make more than this amount, you may be able to buy a private insurance plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. You may be eligible for tax credits that lower the cost of your monthly premiums and for lower out-of-pocket costs. This will depend on your family size and income.

 

When you fill out a Marketplace application, you’ll find out whether you’re eligible for Medicaid or a private insurance plan at the same time.

 

 

If your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid

Some states haven’t expanded their Medicaid programs. If you live in one of these states, you may not have as many options for health coverage. It will depend on where your income falls.

 

  • If your income is more than 100% of the federal poverty level — $11,490 a year as a single person or about $23,550 for a family of 4 — you will be able to buy a private health insurance plan in the Marketplace and mayget lower costs based on your household size and income.
  • If you make less than about $11,490 a year as a single person or about $23,550 for a family of 4, you may not qualify for lower costs for private insurance based on your income. You may be eligible for Medicaid, even without the expansion, based on your state’s existing rules. But if you aren’t, you won’t qualify for either of the affordability options under the health care law.

 

 

Why this coverage gap exists

When the health care law was passed, it required states to provide Medicaid coverage for adults between ages 18 and 65 with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level, regardless of their age, family status, or health.

 

It also provides tax credits for people with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level to buy private insurance plans in the Marketplace.

 

Under the law, the federal government will pay states all of the costs for newly eligible people for the first three years. It will pay no less than 90% of the costs in the future.

 

The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that the Medicaid expansion is voluntary with states. As a result, some states have not expanded their Medicaid programs.

 

Many adults in those states with incomes below 100% of the federal poverty level fall into a gap. Their incomes are too high to get Medicaid under their state’s current rules. But their incomes are too low to qualify for help buying private coverage in the Marketplace.

 

 

Apply for Medicaid, even if your state hasn’t expanded coverage

 

Even if your state hasn’t expanded Medicaid, you should apply for coverage to see if you qualify. Each state has coverage options that could work for you – particularly if you have children, are pregnant, or have a disability.

 

You can apply today by contacting your state Medicaid office. Use the “Get State Information” menu at the bottom this page to get the contact information.

 

You can also apply by filling out an application in the Marketplace online or by contacting the call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Remember, you can apply for Medicaid and CHIP at any time. There’s no limited enrollment period for either program.

 

 

Get State Information

 

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MEDICAID EXPANSION 2014

 

Effective January 1, 2014, Medicaid will be expanded to include individuals between the ages of 19 up to 65 (parents, and adults without dependent children) with incomes up to 138% FPL based on modified adjusted gross income. To get a very broad overview of Medicaid Expansion 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, watch the video to the right.

 

How does the Affordable Care Act affect eligibility for Medicaid?

  • Creates a new Medicaid group – Newly Eligible Individuals age 19 up to 65 who:
    • Have income below 138% FPL
    • Meet citizenship requirements
    • Are not incarcerated
    • Are not entitled to Medicare

 

  • Changes to income and deductions for existing Medicaid groups:
    • Children
    • Pregnant Women
    • Families (Parents/Caretaker Relatives)

 

 

  • Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)methodology used for income calculation is the IRS
    • Countable income
    • Income deductions

 

 

  • Additional methods for determining income and deductions
    • Household composition – mirrors federal income tax filing rules
    • No asset/resource limits
    • 12 month certification periods

 

 

  • Simplified application and renewal process for:

 

 

  • The following groups will not have any changes in eligibility for Medicaid:
    • Aged, Blind or Disabled individuals
    • Foster Care children
    • SSI cash recipients

 

 

Resources

Check out the Medicaid Expansion 2014 sidebar navigation located on the upper left to get to the additional project web content.

 

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ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion

 

ObamaCare’s Medicaid Could Insure 21.3 Million Americans in the Next Decade. So Why Do Some States Want to Opt-Out Of Expanding Medicaid to the Working Poor?

 

ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion is one of the biggest milestones in health care reform. ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion expands Medicaid to our nations poorest in order cover nearly half of uninsured Americans. The law previously required states to cover their poorest or lose federal funding to Medicaid (federalfunding covers 90-100% of state costs) until the supreme court ruling onObamaCare. State’s can now opt-out of Medicaid Expansion leaving millions of poor working families without coverage.

 

States opting out of the expansion of Medicaid under ObamaCare is projected to drive up insurance costs drastically (check out the facts below), while saving the States relatively small amounts, if anything at all. Join the ObamaCare Facts Mailing List to keep up to date on the Medicaid Expansion vote in your state.

 

The bottom line on Medicaid Expansion: Does the cost of Medicaid to the State outweigh the cost of unpaid hospital bills shifted to those who pay for insurance and the fact that millions of poor working families will go without proper health care creating a less healthy society who will potentially need more expensive unreimbursed care later in life?

 

 

Keep reading to find out more about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act including how to find out if you are eligible for Medicaid under the expansion and how to sign up for Medicaid through your state’s health insurance marketplace.

 

States can now opt-out of Medicaid for it’s poorest without losing any federal funding.

 

 

 

ObamaCare Medicaid Expansion Opt-Out

 

The supreme court decided that states have the right to opt-out of Medicaid for it’s poorest without losing any federal funding. This may seem fair or harmless, but the implications of this are dire. This will leave many of the nations poorest without health insurance come 2014. ObamaCare Medicaid reform was meant to cover 17 million of our poorest through Medicaid and millions of higher income individuals through Medicare and the Online Health Insurance Exchange Marketplace. Now millions of people may go without health insurance.

 

If You Don’t Want Your State To Reject Medicaid Expansion For Your State’s Poorest. Vote For ObamaCare Supporters on A State Level.

 

 

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“The New Yorker” April 14, 2014 Magazine Cover

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The Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity For All Hardworking Americans


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward — built on opportunity for all — and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

 

While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have the opportunity to get ahead, Republicans are advancing the same old top-down approach of cutting taxes for the wealthiest Americans and slashing important investments in education, infrastructure, and research and development.

 

Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hard-Working Americans

April 05, 2014 | 3:03 | Public Domain

 

In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the important differences between the budget he’s put forward – built on opportunity for all – and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class.

 

 

 

VIDEO MENSAJE DE LA CASA BLANCA: El Presupuesto del Presidente –Expandiendo la oportunidad para todos

April 05, 2014 | 3:16 | Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora del Consejo de Política Doméstica de la Casa Blanca Cecilia Muñoz habla sobre el presupuesto del Presidente que ampliará las oportunidades para todos, incluyendo a millones de familias hispanas.

 

 

 

 

While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).

 

One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.

 

The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.

 

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Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on Elections in Afghanistan

 

Weekly Address: The President’s Budget Ensures Opportunity for All Hardworking Americans

 

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Honey Maid “This Is Wholesome” And Honey Maid’s Response To Homophobes & Racist With “Love.”

 

The White House Weekend™: The Weekly Address. Miriam Carey. White House Easter Egg Roll Social. America’s PrepareAthon!

 

From The Sanders Firm: THE MIRIAM CAREY FAMILY REACTS TO THE AUTOPSY REPORT. What If Miriam Carey Had Been White?

 

April 4th, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King, Jr., Assassinated.

 

My April Fools Joke, 3 Days Late; Charles Koch: “I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society.”

 

 

It’s up to us to make history on "NO"vember 4th, 2014.

It’s up to us to make history on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.

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The White House Blog Updates™: West Wing Week. Medicaid Enrollment Continues. The March Jobs Numbers.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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West Wing Week: 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

 

 

West Wing Week 4/4/14 or, “The Rosies”

April 03, 2014 | 5:18 | Public Domain

 

 

 

This week, the President wrapped up a six day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, spoke on the success of the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, traveled to Michigan to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage, and honored both the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, and the 2014 US Olympic and Paralympic teams. That’s March 28th to April 3rd or, “The Rosies.”

 

 

Obama, Biden Honor WW II Working Women – Lone Wolf

 

Published on Apr 1, 2014

Five women who worked in U.S. factories during the war get a surprise visit at Washington event. – Lone Wolf

 

 

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While Marketplace Enrollment Ended, Medicaid Enrollment Continues

 

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already provided coverage to millions of Americans. More than 7.1 million Americans signed up for coverage through the Marketplaces, 3 million additional young adults were covered under their parents’ insurance and millions more will have access through Medicaid. A new report shows that more people are gaining coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as a result of the health law. The analysis, produced by the Health and Human Services Department shows enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP in February was at least 3 million people higher than it was, on average, between July and September. That does not include March, which saw an enormous spike in Marketplace enrollment and traffic to HealthCare.gov.

 

While this is great progress, states where governors or legislatures refuse to implement the Medicaid expansion provisions of the law will leave 5.7 million Americans uninsured. States that have expanded Medicaid, such as Kentucky and New York, have seen particularly dramatic declines in their uninsured populations. Just take Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky has seen a 40 percent drop in its rate of uninsured since October 1.

 

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Medicaid Enrollment Continues Year Round

While open enrollment for the Marketplaces closed on March 31st, Medicaid coverage enrollment continues year round. That means we are going to continue, working with partners, to sign people up for Medicaid. We have made improvements to our systems and we are ramping up the tactics and tools that are working to reach uninsured Americans. We have learned that Medicaid expansion had a positive impact in getting people covered, as enrollment growth in states that expanded Medicaid was over 5 times higher than in other states (8.3 percent versus 1.6 percent).

 

One effective strategy for reaching people to get them signed up is through creative partnerships with hospitals and other service providers. For example, in many places hospitals make preliminary eligibility determinations and use a single, streamlined application for coverage. One other effective effort underway in five states uses supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) income data information to identify individuals who are likely eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.

 

As of the end of February, almost half a million individuals have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP as a result of this targeted effort, and more States are exploring similar strategies. Finally, all States are working to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act which will make it much simpler and easier for individuals to apply for Medicaid coverage than prior to the law’s passage.

 

 

More States are Expanding Medicaid

Twenty-six States and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs to cover low-income adults, providing access to millions of Americans who previously had no source of affordable health insurance. Earlier this week, on April 1, Michigan began enrolling individuals, expanding Medicaid eligibility to 470,000 people. The week before that, New Hampshire signed the Medicaid expansion into law, providing 50,000 people access to Medicaid coverage starting this July.

 

The arc of progress takes time. Since Medicaid was created in 1965, Medicaid has served a critical role in providing health coverage to certain low-income Americans. The ACA has moved beyond helping women and children, people with disabilities, and seniors, to expanding eligibility to all low-income people so that hard-working Americans who don’t have access to health care from their jobs don’t have to live in fear of getting sick. In the days and weeks to come, we will make sure we explain to the public the consequences of refusing to expand Medicaid and we will translate our learnings from the best practices of Medicaid enrollment to our year round effort to help more Americans access health care everyday.

 

 

Obamacare helps add 3 million people to Medicaid

 

From The Associated Press:

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law.

 

Many were newly eligible because of the law’s Medicaid expansion.

 

The number is significantly lower than how many people the administration previously said were, quote, “determined eligible” for Medicaid under the law. But the new number sifts out duplicate applications to arrive at a solid figure.

 

The total is incomplete because a handful of states didn’t report their numbers, and it doesn’t include March sign-ups.

 

About half the states have accepted a Medicaid expansion in the health law.

 

Thank you The Associated Press.

 

 

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Paul Ryan just proposed a federal budget that ends Medicare as we know it, gives America’s richest few a break on their taxes while shifting the burden to the middle class, and repeals the historic health care law we both worked so hard to pass.

 

Tell Paul Ryan to take his racist pro-wealthy dumbfuckery and shove it up his rectum.

 

We can’t just be exasperated — we have to fight back with everything we’ve got to elect more Democrats to the House. Click here to show Paul Ryan you won’t let Republicans get away with this budget.

 

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Jobs Report for March: Jobs Up Adding 192,000 new jobs. Unemployment Rate Unchanged at 6.7%. That odd sound you hear are GOPukes the nation over having another stroke.

 

The Employment Situation in March

 

 

The economy continued to add jobs in March at a pace consistent with job growth over the past year. Additionally, the unemployment rate was steady while the labor force participation rate edged up. While today’s data indicates that the recovery is continuing to unfold, the President still believes further steps must be taken to strengthen growth and boost job creation. In this regard, the Senate’s decision yesterday to move forward with the consideration of a bill to reinstate extended unemployment insurance was an important step in the right direction. In addition to encouraging this and other action in Congress, such as raising the minimum wage and passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, the President will continue to act on his own executive authority wherever possible to expand economic opportunity for American families.    

 

 

 FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

 

1. The private sector has added 8.9 million jobs over 49 straight months of job growthToday we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in March, entirely due to an increase in private employment, while government employment was unchanged on net. Job growth in January and February was revised up, so that that over the past twelve months, private employment has risen by 2.3 million, or an average of 189,000 a month. This is slightly faster than the pace of job gains over the preceding twelve-month period (175,000 a month).

 

 

2. Revisions to jobs numbers tend to be cyclical (negative in a recession, positive in a recovery); consistent with this pattern, the initial estimate of job growth has been revised up in 18 of the last 19 months, and in 40 of the 56 months since the end of the recession in June 2009. One of the main reasons that jobs numbers are subject to revision is that, at the time of the first report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is missing data from firms that have not responded to the survey, as well as data on business start-ups and closures. BLS uses a model to estimate missing data, but these model-based estimates are backward-looking so that they understate both the declines in a recession and the gains in a recovery. Over time, the BLS is able to replace initial survey reports and model-based estimates with more comprehensive data drawn from administrative records. With today’s report, job growth in January and February has been revised up by a combined 53,000 relative to their respective first reports. Since June 2009, the latest data are an average of 31,000 a month higher than the first report, indicating that the recovery has been stronger than initially estimated. However, during the recession from December 2007 to June 2009, first reports of monthly job growth were revised down by an average of 115,000 a month, meaning that the recession was deeper than originally estimated.

 

 

3. In thinking about how to address the persistent challenge of long-term unemployment, it is important to recognize that the long-term unemployed are a demographically diverse group and broadly similar to the shorter-term unemployed. As shown below, long-term unemployment does not appear to be overly concentrated in a single occupation. This suggests that steps to support the long-term unemployed in their job search activities and ensure they are given a fair look by employers still have a critical role to play in helping to address this pressing issue.

 

 

4. The average workweek in the manufacturing sector rebounded to 42.0 hours in March, tied for the highest since July 1945. Average weekly hours for manufacturing production and nonsupervisory workers also hit 42.0 hours in November 2013, before edging down in December, January, and February. Some of the decline in those months was likely due to unusually severe winter weather, including the major snowstorm that hit during the survey week in February. Consistent with the unwinding of weather effects, the average workweek in manufacturing jumped in March and returned to its 68-year high.

 

 

5. Employment gains in most industries in March were consistent with their range of monthly changes over the last several years. The construction sector had an above-average month, adding 19,000 jobs for a total of 88,000 over the last three months. In addition, state and local government performed relatively well, adding 9,000 jobs in March. Manufacturing employment was little changed, but with upward revisions to previous months, this sector has risen by 97,000 on net since last July.

 

 

As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.

 

 

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President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States District Courts

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

 

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Honey Maid: Love

 

Published on Apr 3, 2014

We made a commercial about what makes families, family. And we received a lot of comments. See what we did with them.

 

 

 

 

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Published on Apr 3, 2014

Millions of Americans now have health insurance—and peace of mind—but it couldn’t have happened without people like you.

Add your name to the permanent record of people who helped change the course of history. http://www.barackobama.com/history

 

 

 

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A candlelight vigil will be held Friday night to mark the 46th anniversary of the assassination of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to speak at the vigil.

 

King was shot and killed at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. in 1968.

 

King was in Memphis to support black sanitary workers who had been on strike. The day before he was killed, King delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” address in which he said, “I have seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy, tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

 

He was standing on the balcony at about 6 p.m. April 4, when James Earl Ray fatally shot him with a high-powered rifle. Some of the more famous photos of that day show people on the balcony pointing toward where they heard the shots fired from across the street and one of King after being felled by the bullet.

 

Friday’s ceremony will end with a wreath laying at the monument’s Stone of Hope.

 

 

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated, is now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum. The wreath marks the approximate place Dr. King was standing at the time.

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It’s up to us to make history on "NO"vember 4th, 2014.

It’s up to us to make history on “NO”vember 4th, 2014.

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Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America: Sign The Petition. Tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…No Gun Sales To Children On Facebook.


 

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Kentucky teen illegally bought 9mm handgun on @Facebook. Help #EndFacebookGunShows now:

 

Thanks! Now spread the word.

 

 

Would you want your child — or a classmate — to be able to buy a gun on Facebook?

 

That’s exactly what happened in Kentucky. A teenager bought a 9mm handgun from a stranger on Facebook and brought it to his Greenup County High School homecoming game.

 

Thankfully, no one was hurt and the seller is facing criminal charges this month.

 

But Facebook continues to let strangers buy and trade guns with no oversight, allowing guns to fall into the wrong hands.

 

This Thursday, Moms Demand Action volunteers plan to deliver more than 100,000 petition signatures calling on Facebook to prohibit all gun sales. Add your name now to make your signature part of the delivery.

 

Click here to automatically add your name to the petition to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

 

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As a mother of five, my heart aches at the thought that any one of my kids can easily log into Facebook and find someone willing to illegally sell them a gun.

 

Facebook can prevent this nightmare from coming true again. Other companies, including Craigslist, Google+ and eBay, already prohibit gun sales. That’s what we’ve been telling them in our recent meetings, and that’s what we’ll remind them when we deliver our petition with your signature.

 

We’re delivering the petitions in just three days. And we need as many signatures as possible to show Facebook that we mean business. Your name will make a difference.

 

Sign the petition automatically by clicking here:

 

http://act.demandaction.org/sign/Facebook-Gun

 

I’ll keep you up to date on our negotiations with Facebook. Our hope is they do the right thing and end this social media gun show for good. But until then, we need to keep the pressure on.

 

Thanks for speaking out,

 

Shannon Watts
Founder, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

 

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