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Blog: Why Is Extending the Sign-up Time for Health Insurance Causing Such an Outcry?

Mar 27, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

The Obama Administration said on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, that all those who have tried to apply but had difficulty due to a technical problem, special circumstance or a complex case, would be given until mid-April (left relatively vague for now, but dependent on the number of people involved) to enroll in healthcare in the federal marketplace.

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Blog: What Are You Doing to Heed the Message of World Water Day? – March 22, 2014

Mar 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Water is the lifeblood of the planet, vital for reducing the global burden of disease, and critical for socio-economic development, healthy ecosystems and human survival itself. Water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change and is a key factor in managing risks such as famine, migration, epidemics and inequalities. Access to water supply and sanitation, however, is very unequal, whether this is measured between urban and rural areas or between disadvantaged groups and the general population.

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Blog: A Variety of Reactions to President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

Mar 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Blog: A Variety of Reactions to President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal

In order to better understand some of the components of President Obama’s budget proposal – and to assess its chances of congressional approval – I reviewed some of the media coverage and analysis by other organizations. This is what I found:

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Blog: Safer Deportation Practices

Mar 14, 2014 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte, NETWORK Lobbyist

I was so pleased last night when the President announced he has asked for a review of the administration’s enforcement policies for immigration laws to see if it can be done “more humanely within the confines of the law.” The president stated “his deep concern about the pain too many families feel from the separation that comes from our broken immigration system.” Amen.

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Blog: Renewed Hope in the Senate for Unemployed Workers

Mar 13, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

There is a glimmer of hope for the over two million American workers whose unemployment benefits have ended. A deal was announced this afternoon, which will be presented to the Senate for a vote after next week’s recess.  A bipartisan group of ten Senators developed a compromise bill to extend benefits for five months, retroactive until the date in December when federal benefits ended.

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Blog: Bipartisan Invitations to Pope Francis

Mar 13, 2014 | By Laura Peralta-Schulte, NETWORK Lobbyist

I was pleased to read that today, the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s leadership of the Catholic Church, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi invited him to address Congress.  Both are Catholic and grasp the profound call for transformation that Pope Francis has urged. 

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Blog: Women of Faith Call for a Raise in the Minimum Wage

Mar 10, 2014 | By Tom Cordaro, NETWORK Board Member

On March 6, prior to International Women’s Day, seven women religious leaders from Chicago and the Western Suburbs gathering in Naperville, Illinois to call for an increase in the minimum wage.  The event was held in conjunction with press events around the country organized by Interfaith Worker Justice – a leader in the fight for economic and worker justice in the U.S. since 1996.

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El 31 de Marzo es el Dia Final Para Conseguir Seguro de Salud: ¿Tiene Cobertura para si Mismo, su Familia, y sus Amigos?

Mar 10, 2014 | By Shantha Ready Alonso

Ojala que tenga abierta su calendario, porque Usted necesite marcar el 31 de marzo con un gran círculo. Eso es el día final para inscribirse en un plan de seguro de salud en 2014. Bajo la nueva ley, todos los ciudadanos estadounidenses tienen que tener seguro de salud, o pagar una multa.

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Blog: Reduce Poverty among Women by Raising the Minimum Wage

Mar 03, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Millions of workers – mostly women – struggle to make ends meet on minimum wage earnings. Women comprise nearly two-thirds of minimum-wage workers although they are only 49.2% of the employed population. They also comprise 61% of full-time minimum-wage workers (working 35 or more hours each week) and nearly two-thirds of workers in tipped occupations.

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President Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

Mar 03, 2014 | By Sister Marge Clark

On Tuesday, March 4, President Obama will release his budget request for FY15. What do you need to listen and watch for on the news? Compare President Obama's budget to a Faithful Budget.

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Blog: Does the "Clean" Debt Ceiling Vote Augur Well for a More Effective Congress this Year?

Feb 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

On February 11, 2014, many witnessed a rarity in the House – a "clean" debt ceiling bill passed on a vote of 221 to 201. And on February 12, the Senate followed suit on a party-line vote of 55 to 43. These votes lift the U.S. Treasury's borrowing authority until March 2015, postponing the next showdown until after November's midterm elections.

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Blog: Political Firestorm about CBO Report

Feb 06, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Those who oppose the Affordable Care Act may continue to misrepresent this week’s CBO report’s findings so it is important to let people know the truth. The report is clear about individuals being freed up to leave the workforce, look for other work, or start a business while not worrying about healthcare coverage. Many of these choices may be related to qualifying for health insurance subsidies. But employers pass on the costs of doing business – e.g. payroll taxes – to employees all the time.

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