Washington Insider: 2014

Health Care Enrollment - Member Experiences and Resources

In January 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report that stated 2.2 million Americans have already enrolled in individual health care insurance through the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. The numbers are encouraging, but the effort is not over; Americans have until March 31, 2014, to choose health care coverage for the upcoming year. … more

Overview of HR 3717: Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013

In December 2013, Representative Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee within the Energy and Commerce Committee, released legislation aimed at addressing the needs of individuals with serious mental illness in America. The bill, Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013, tackles various aspects of the mental health system in America. … more

50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty this Month

Jan. 8, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s famous declaration of “War on Poverty.” In the last 50 years, the American economy has suffered and survived many crippling recessions, including the most recent in 2007-2009. In 1969, five years after the beginning of the War on Poverty, 13.7 percent of Americans were poor. In 2012 the official poverty rate was 15.0 percent. … more

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