• District’s online insurance exchange offers extended call center aid ahead of deadline

    DC Health Link’s call center will be open Sunday between 8 a.m. and midnight, said Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, the quasi-governmental entity that operates the online marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Week In Politics: Another Looming Debt Fight, Possible NSA Changes

    Melissa Block speaks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times for the latest in political news. They'll talk about another looming debt ceiling fight in early 2014, new changes to the Affordable Care Act, and a White House panel's review of NSA surveillance programs.

  • Weighing Health Plans: The Devilish Details

    “Are you at risk of going out of network?” said Professor Lucia. “If you are, realize there is this potential to be balance-billed,” he added, referring to a practice when out-of-network providers charge consumers for the balance of the bill that the insurer did not pay. Those charges are not capped by the new law’s out-of-pocket maximum, which says expenses provided by in-network providers cannot exceed $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for a family of two or more in 2014. This is true for all plans bought on the exchange and for many individual plans.

  • Public Education, Workforce Development Related

    “By 2020, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce projects that 62 percent of the jobs in South Carolina will require postsecondary education,” the report reads. “Postsecondary includes an associate’s degree or some postsecondary vocational certificate."

  • The GOP's fight has just begun

    The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks. It’s a battle between two different conservative establishments, complicated by philosophical struggles across many other fronts. Its resolution will determine whether we are a governable country.

  • Treasury and IRS rules on nonprofits’ political activity miss the mark

    Ultimately, the proposed Treasury-IRS rules would further chill nonprofit civic engagement and send a message to funders and groups that even long-standing and widely accepted nonpartisan behavior is “political.”

  • A Bit of Nuance on the Minimum Wage

    This thought came to me this week when a number of people asked me to comment on two pieces written by perceived critics - economists David Neumark and Harry Holzer - of the increase in the minimum wage, a policy of which I've been vocally supportive.

  • The inadequate, necessary budget deal

    It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

  • The innovation of Dave Brubeck

    Brubeck, who died last week one day short of his 92nd birthday, wasn’t my first love in jazz, yet I have come to see him as a genius whose music gets more interesting as it’s heard again and again.

  • Use caution in raising the minimum wage

    As localities and states consider appropriate minimum-wage increases and where to apply them, they should try to avoid increases that might make it even harder for the youngest or least-educated among us to find work.