Author Archives: Patrick Lester

Health Insurance Coverage Expands Under Affordable Care Act

More working-age adults have health insurance after the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, according to a survey conducted by the Commonwealth Fund. For people aged 19-64, the uninsured rate dropped from 20 percent before the open … Continue reading

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Job Training Bill Approved

The House of Representatives passed legislation on July 9 consolidating and updating existing federal jobs training programs. The bill, dubbed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (HR 803), passed by a vote of 415-6. It was previously passed by the … Continue reading

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President Requests $3.7 Billion to Address Border Crisis

On July 8, President Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address a surge of Central American children who have crossed the U.S. southern border. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children and an additional 39,000 women with children … Continue reading

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