D.C. Mayor Bowser says repealing ACA will cost the city $600 million a year

HEALTH | In a response to an inquiry by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy asking state leaders to share their ideas for reforming the nation’s health care system, D.C. Mayor Bowser said that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cost the city more than $600 million dollars per year. (WaPo, 1/6)

Many District residents have benefited from Obamacare — especially its option that allowed jurisdictions to expand Medicaid coverage. By the 2018 fiscal year, about 90,000 people in the nation’s capital would have health insurance because of the expansion, Bowser wrote in her letter, at an annual cost of $623 million, most of it picked up by the federal government.

The mayor said that many are also are taking advantage of another key component of the law — online clearinghouses, or “marketplaces,” where individuals and businesses can browse plans from competing insurance providers. Depending on income, individual customers can also qualify for government subsidies to help pay their insurance premiums.

– Gail Christopher, Senior Advisor at W.K. Kellogg Foundation, discusses the racial divide in America and why their new initiative, the National Day of Racial Healing on January 17th, is necessary. (PND Blog, 1/6)

– Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation, recounts America’s tumultuous history with justice and dignity as he reaffirms the Foundation’s commitment to both for all. (Ford Foundation Blog, 1/4)

– New transitional housing center for homeless LGBTQ youth in D.C. opened this weekend. (WTOP, 1/8)

– Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order that bans state contracts with firms that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (WaPo, 1/5)

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PHILANTHROPY | The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region is accepting nominations for the 2017 Montgomery County Philanthropist of the Year. Learn more here

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– The “American Dream” may have never worked the way we believe it does but we still must discover why the dream failed for so many. (Nonprofit Quarterly, 12/29)

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