In response to a continuing number of concerns and questions about changes to state retiree health insurance, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) is set to hold an informational hearing on the matter in Springfield on October 23.
Organizing for Action (OFA) has reportedly raised $20.8 million in its first three quarters of existence.
The organization was born out of the president's re-election campaign with the intent of "organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues," according to the OFA web site.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to move forward with the three-year phaseout of the city's 55 percent health care subsidy for 30,000 retired city workers and their dependents means retirees will have to pay more out-of-pocket costs in 2014.
House Republicans have unveiled a plan to temporarily hike the debt ceiling for six weeks, while the government would remain closed until a deal is reached with the White House on a long-term budget package.
“It is our hope that the president will look at this as an opportunity and a good-faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he’s demanded in order to have these conversations begin,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) said of the proposal.
Under the plan, the new debt ceiling deadline would be November 22 and Boehner says there is no guarantee that the country would not be back at another impasse on the debt ceiling after the short-term extension is up.
Chicago program that works to provide free mammograms to uninsured
women may be at risk of being privatized or closed following the state's
decision to terminate the city health department's grant funding for
the effort over alleged mismanagement and quality of care
During a Thursday press conference at City Hall, a
number of Chicago's African-American alderwomen, breast health
advocates and unionized workers said it's crucial for the city to invest
in the program in order to keep the program running and operated in-house.
with the Public Health Organization, which has members who are patients and workers of the city’s Breast
Health Program, said the city should continue funding the program while
it invests in correcting the mismanagement and quality of care issues, which prompted the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to pull the $296,000 in Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program funds back in April.
The city's Breast Health Program program serves thousands of women each year, and it is specifically focused on working to reduce
the breast cancer mortality rate among African-American women in
Chicago, a rate that is 62 percent higher than white women in the city. The health
advocates at Thursday's gathering said they are particularly worried that if the Breast Health
Program ends, four mammography sites located in low-income, minority communities would close.
State Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) and officials with the Illinois health insurance marketplace are hosting a free informational event Thursday evening about the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact families, seniors and individuals.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will move forward with his plan to phaseout the city's 55 percent health care subsidy for 30,000 retired city of Chicago employees and their dependents starting in 2014.