In a ridiculous rant about Oprah Winfrey and the story that we previously reported about Oprah being discriminated against in a purse shop, Rush Limbaugh proceeded to pile on to Ms. Winfrey by calling her fat and continuing to insist that she wears a wig! You can’t make this garbage up.
|Regional Administrator Calvin Goings|
Affordable Care Act, Part 2
America’s 28 million small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs and employing half of America’s workforce. From mom-and-pop stores and restaurants, to high-tech startups and productive manufacturers, small businesses are helping to drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities.
Many small business owners consider their employees to be part of their family, and providing benefits such as health care is one important tool they have to help retain their talented workforce and compete for skilled employees.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is committed to giving small business owners the resources they need to start and grow a business– including access to critical information about how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) works.
Under the Affordable Care Act, small employers will have more options.
First, starting January 1st, 2014, small businesses with generally up to 50 full-time equivalent employees will be able to purchase health insurance through the online health insurance marketplace for small businesses, known as SHOP.
The SHOP Marketplace will offer employers a choice of qualified health plans from different private health insurers and make it easier for employers to make side-by-side comparisons between these plans, based on price and benefits.
SHOP also offers employers and their employees access to health insurance plans that must include a package of “Essential Health Benefits” like coverage for doctor visits, preventive care, hospitalization and prescriptions. Any many small employers may be eligible for tax credits of up to 50% of their premium costs if they choose to purchase coverage through SHOP.
Enrollment starts on October 1st for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.
The Affordable Care Act allows small employers to offer health coverage in a way that makes sense for their business and works for their bottom line. And the SBA is committed to leveraging our resources and federal partnerships to connect you with the facts and resources you need to understand the law.
I hope you have found this information useful. Please feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues. If you have comments or questions for me, please contact Connie Marshall in my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sincerely, Calvin CALVIN W. GOINGS
On Tuesday, President Obama traveled to Phoenix, Arizona where he laid out his plan for strengthening the housing market and ensuring responsible middle class families have access to affordable mortgages and refinancing, as well as his plan for building a more durable and fair system that promotes the American Dream of homeownership.
The President’s address highlighted the elements that we all believe in; however, we all know there is still more to do to help America’s middle-class and those striving to join the middle-class. We need to protect and strengthen the cornerstones of what it really means to be middle class in America:
“A good job with good wages; a home to call your own; a good education; affordable health care that’s there for you when you get sick; a secure retirement even if you’re not rich; the opportunity — the ladders of opportunity for people to earn their way into the middle class, to work their way out of poverty.”
Over the last several weeks President Obama has delivered a series of economic speeches outlining the pillars we believe will continue to build on the economic progress we have made over the last several years. To learn more about President Obama’s plan for our economy click on the links below:
- President Obama Speaks on the Economy from Knox College on July 24, 2013;
- President Obama Speaks on Education and the Economy from University of Central Missouri on July 24, 2013;
- President Obama Speaks on Infrastructure and the Economy from Jacksonville, Florida on July 25, 2013;
- President Obama Speaks on Jumpstarting Job Growth from Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 30, 2013.
In addition to the President’s economic push, he has also been hard at work to ensure that on Enrollment Day (October 1, 2013) every American, in every community, understands the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
This week, the White House is highlighting how women benefit from the Affordable Care Act. Did you know:
- Women with private health insurance are able to get preventive services including mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots, and regular wellness visits, screening for gestational diabetes, domestic violence screening, breastfeeding supplies and contraceptive services.
- 24.7 million women enrolled in Medicare preventive services without cost-sharing including an annual wellness visit, a personalized prevention plan, mammograms, and bone mass measurement for women at risk of osteoporosis.
- 1.1 million women between ages 19 and 25 receive coverage under their parent’s employer-sponsored or individually purchased health insurance plan.
- More than 2 million women enrolled in Medicare saved $1.2 billion in 2011 due to improvements in prescription drug coverage.
- An estimated 8.7 million American women currently purchasing individual insurance will gain coverage for maternity services in 2014.
See the infographic below for more details on how women’s health concerns are being addressed by ACA.
As always, please share with your networks, create a profile on healthcare.gov, and be sure to check out our Get Involved section!
Julie Chávez Rodriguez Associate Director White House | Office of Public Engagement
Mensaje de la Casa Blanca
Cecilia Muñoz Discusses the President’s Economic Vision for the Middle Class August 3, 2013 Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz discussed the President’s vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it as a top priority. This week during a speech in Tennessee, the President laid out new ideas to create American jobs and help the middle class. The President will continue to deliver speeches across the country to talk about the progress we’ve made together on jobs and the economy, the challenges that remain, and the path forward
Six States Awarded Supplemental Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants August 2, 2013 The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a supplemental award from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to improve quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout their states. The total award amount for these supplemental grants is $89,213,863.
State by State Healthcare Report August 1, 2013 The Affordable Care Act is already making a huge difference and improving healthcare across the country. Visit the state-by-state map to find out the coverage details in each state.
Health Care Changes: A New Tool for Small Business Owners August 1, 2013 Depending on the size of your business, different provisions of the Affordable Care Act may apply. This is why it’s so important that small business owners know the facts about the law and use them to make any business decisions. Today, we’re excited to announce a new, streamlined health care tool for businesses — Business.USA.gov– to help you find out exactly what you and your employees need to know about the Affordable Care Act.
Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Student Loan Compromise July 31, 2013 “I applaud the bipartisan compromise reached by President Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, offering relief to millions of students and families across the country. The law will cut rates on nearly all new federal student loans and save undergraduates an average of more than $1,500 on loans taken out this year. It is an encouraging step forward in our effort to keep college affordable… Education is a cornerstone of a strong middle-class, and keeping student interest rates low is just part of our commitment to making a college education accessible to every single American willing to work for it.” – Sec. Duncan
Medicare drug premiums remain stable four years in a row July 30, 2013 The Department of Health and Human Services announced that more than 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on prescription drugs as a result of the Affordable Care Act, an average of $1,061 per beneficiary. The Affordable Care Act closes the donut hole over time.
How the Health Care Law Benefits You July 29, 2013 As the law’s implementation continues, we’re ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable, quality health coverage that leads to better value, better health, and better choices. For example, insurance companies can no longer rescind your coverage because you get sick or because you made a mistake on an application. And they can no longer limit lifetime coverage to a fixed dollar amount. Visit HHS.gov/Healthcare for more information on your benefits. Available en español
L&M Construction to pay nearly $113,000 to settle major sexual harassment case with US Labor Department July 29, 2013 OFCCP and L&M Construction have reached a settlement in a case involving allegations of sexual harassment, retaliation and interference with a federal investigation. The Maryland-based construction firm will pay $113,000 to seven men and seven women – all Hispanic – who were fired by the company. L&M has also pledged to rehire the affected workers as job opportunities become available. Please see the attached press release, which is available online in both English and Spanish.
Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Access to Preventive Services for Women July 28, 2013 Through the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care services – such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, and other services – are already covered with no cost sharing under some health plans. The Affordable Care Act also makes certain recommended preventive services free for people on Medicare. On August 1, 2011, HHS adopted new Guidelines for Women’s Preventive Services including well-woman visits, contraception, and domestic violence screening and counseling.
Lleve la delantera: Los Giants de San Francisco inculcan hábitos saludables en la edad temprana Algunos atletas de los Giants de San Francisco se tomaron un momento para hablar con Let’s Move! sobre la importancia de cultivar hábitos saludables en los niños. Los jugadores Marco Scutaro y Gregor Blanco trataron el rol que desempeñan los padres en asegurarse de que sus hijos estén haciendo elecciones saludables.
Promoting the American Dream of Homeownership It’s time to turn the page on an era of housing bubbles and taxpayer bailouts, and build a new housing finance system that will provide secure homeownership for responsible middle class families. Available en español
Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention This September, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate local change-agents, whose exemplary leadership is helping to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities in our communities. The event will bring together and honor extraordinary individuals who are taking innovative approaches to support longer, healthier lives in communities across the country. We are asking you to help us identify these standout local leaders by nominating a Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention by midnight on Friday, August 9th. Nominate a Prevention and Pubic Health Leader as a Champion of Change.
Health Insurance Marketplace Stakeholder Engagement Open Door Forum: State-by-State calls The next round of Stakeholder Engagement state-by-state calls with Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin next week. Individuals and organizations that will interact with and utilize the Marketplace are encouraged to join these calls. The final schedule for upcoming state-by-state calls can be found here.
Become a Champion for Coverage Become a Champion for Coverage and help us make sure all Americans can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. We need help from the public and private sectors to let people know about these new benefits and get them enrolled. Starting in October 2013, Americans who don’t have insurance can choose from quality, affordable health insurance plans in the Marketplace for coverage that begins in 2014. Visit Champion for Coverage for more information on how you and your organization can get involved.
Become a Certified Application Counselor Organization If your organization is a community health center or other health care provider, hospital, a non-federal governmental or non-profit social service agency in a state with a Federally-facilitated Marketplace or a State Partnership Marketplace, and your organization would like to help by training your staff to assist people applying for coverage through the Marketplace, you can apply to be a Certified application counselor (CAC) organization.