• Community colleges could help fix America’s looming skills shortage

    By 2020, 65 percent of the nation’s jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. At the rate we are now producing workers with needed credentials, we are looking at a shortfall of 11 million workers, says Tony Carnevale, the center’s director.

  • D.C. Government: OPM Trumps Local Law on Congressional Health Care

    In a motion to dismiss the case, the defendants, including Mila Kofman, executive director of D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, stated, “District of Columbia law limiting the SHOP to ‘small employers,’ thereby excluding the participation of Members of Congress and congressional staff, obviously conflicts with regulations authorizing Members of Congress and designated staff to enroll. Where the local statute is preempted by federal statute or regulation, the local statute must yield to the extent the federal statute or regulation applies.”

  • E.J. Dionne: The conscience of Mario Cuomo

    There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons about racial reconciliation, the role of religion in politics, the purposes of politics itself and — oddly for a politician — humility that will always be fresh.

  • Are you ready for the Affordable Care Act changes this tax season?

    This is the first year individuals are required to tell the IRS about whether they had health coverage. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Director Mila Kofman told me recently she's expecting some confusion around tax time.

  • Can I Keep My Marketplace Insurance If I Enroll In Medicare?

    "Try contacting the local [state health insurance assistance program] for one-on-one counseling," says Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute. You can locate your local program by searching this website.

  • The Schumer prescription for 2016

    It would be useful if supporters of the health-care law called a truce on gratuitous attacks against it. But Schumer is right in identifying the biggest problem facing our country. Restoring broadly shared prosperity is not just a good political issue. It’s the cause on which every other cause depends.

  • Glitch leaves hundreds in limbo seeking insurance through D.C. health exchange

    D.C. Health Exchange Director Mila Kofman said as many as 500 applications were left in limbo at 9 p.m. Monday, the cutoff for selecting coverage that would take effect on Jan. 1.

  • No College Degree? No Problem: Why Education Policy Needs to Focus on Career Planning | Commentary

    The demand for jobs that require no more than a high school education is surprisingly high, and growing. The Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University predicts that by 2020, 55 million jobs will open up in the economy. Breaking these 55 million new openings up by educational requirements, only 35 percent will require at least a bachelor’s degree and only 30 percent will require some college or an associate’s degree, while 36 percent will not require education beyond high school.

  • Report: Uninsured Rate Among Children In Florida, Georgia Remains High

    Florida has managed to decrease the number of uninsured children in the state by more than 200,000 in the past six years. Still, 400,000 thousand kids, or 11 percent, remain uninsured in the state. That’s the highest rate in the South and fifth highest in the nation, according to the Georgetown Health Policy Institute.

  • Our Ferguson divide goes beyond race

    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.