Mila Kofman is the executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Link, the health law marketplace for the District of Columbia that will launch on Oct. 1. On Wednesday, her agency announced that it would not be able to determine some shoppers’ premium prices on launch date. Instead, due to a “high error rate” discovered in testing, that information wouldn’t become available until November.
The U.S. government will need to close for business on Tuesday if Congress cannot pass legislation to fund its operations for the fiscal year that begins that day. So, what would that mean in practice? For some perspective, we talked to Alice Rivlin, who was director of the Office of Management and Budget the last time the government shut down, in 1995.
Five weeks remain until adults can sign up for health plans through online marketplaces, but many parents don’t know that some services mandated through health care reform are already available to children. U.S. News held a Twitter chat with experts from the Urban Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, First Focus and the American Academy of Pediatrics last week to address the broad impact of Obamacare on children’s coverage.
Robert Siegel speaks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru of The National Review magazine. They discuss Congressional wrangling over a continuing resolution to stave off a government shutdown, President Obama's speech at the UN and U.S.-Iranian nuclear negotiations.
“What we need is a public insurance core that can be supplemented with private insurance and family care,” Feder said. “The question is, are we going to meet the needs of a growing population, or are we going to leave them hanging?”
Democrats picked to serve on a special long-term care commission organized by Congress in the aftermath of Obamacare’s discarded CLASS Act mostly rejected the panel’s recommendations — arguing that the commission failed to consider the key question of how to finance long-term care for an aging population.
Few people would dispute the fact that our country has a broken immigration system. More than 11 million people are living in the United States without legal status, millions of people are waiting to be reunited with their families, and employers are not able to recruit the foreign-born workers our economy needs. But the effects of this broken system extend beyond immigrant workers, their families, and employers; all American workers are harmed by the nation’s dysfunctional immigration policies. Specifically, they are harmed because our immigration system undermines the employment protections of immigrants and subsequently erodes the effectiveness of employment laws for all workers.