Tag: innovation

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is near

HEALTH CARE
– Yesterday, amid weeks of protests by individuals who will be negatively impacted by recent proposals to cut Medicaid funding and other programs, the Senate voted to begin debating the healthcare bill that will repeal significant parts of the Affordable Care Act. (NYT, 7/25)

Senate Republicans still have no agreement on a repeal bill that they can ultimately pass to uproot the law that has provided health insurance to millions of Americans.

The Senate is now moving ahead with debate, amendments and ultimately a final vote in the coming days on legislation that would have a profound effect on the American health care system — roughly one-sixth of the United States’ economy. But it is entirely possible that by week’s end, the senators will have passed nothing.

– Yanique Redwood, vice chair of WRAG’s board and president and CEO of Consumer Health Foundation, discusses the underlying race-related issues in the healthcare policy debate that few are talking about. (CHF Blog, 7/25)

PHILANTHROPY | Foundations Are Deepening Racism Even as They Seek to Fight It (Chronicle, 7/25 – Subscription needed)

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS | The president announced a ban on transgender people serving in the military on Twitter. (WaPo, 7/26)

PUBLIC SAFETY | A federal appeals court has ruled that the District’s strict concealed-carry gun law violates the Second Amendment and can’t be enforced. (DCist, 7/25)

HOUSING | A promising new coalition in the District looks to rewrite the politics of urban housing (Vox, 7/24)

ENVIRONMENT | Due to efforts to promote less waste in the Greater Washington region, including a ban on Styrofoam, more people are recycling. (WTOP, 7/26)

INNOVATION | The Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland have come together to launch a competition for Maryland residents focused on sparking innovation to address some of Howard County’s social issues. (Baltimore Sun, 7/17)

IMMIGRATION | A judge has ruled against a Justice Department decision that nonprofit legal groups cannot provide “certain legal assistance to immigrants facing deportation unless it undertakes full, formal representation of them in court.” (USNews, 7/24)


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Report finds AHCA could be beneficial in our region, but not in the long term

HEALTH
– A new George Washington University report found that the proposed American Health Care Act, the replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, could cost DC $1.2 billion in the next decade, $2.4 billion in Maryland and $700 million in Virginia. However, in the short-term, the bill could increase jobs in our region. (WBJ, 6/14)

“The way the bill is structured, the first thing it does is repeal some taxes,” Ku [director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the GW University Milken Institute School of Public Health] said. “In fact, the federal government goes into a deficit for a couple of years because it’s giving up some of the taxes that are part of the Affordable Care Act. So, more people in the District retain more money and use that to consume things and create other jobs.”

However, those regional benefits are expected to fade over time, Ku said. “The coverage changes that are part of the plan sort of deepen over time. As things such as the rollback of Medicaid eligibility expansion, which was a big deal for the District, and where they begin to wrap Medicaid up with per-capita caps and start to change the way insurance premium tax credits are used, that accumulates over time.”

– Evergreen Health, a Maryland health insurance co-op, is converting to a for-profit insurance company. (Baltimore Sun, 6/14)

EDUCATION
– Transgender Teachers Talk About Their Experiences At School (WAMU, 6/15)

– This Maryland school hosts book giveaways at the end of the school year to encourage its students to read during the summer. (WaPo, 6/14)

TRANSIT | The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has approved principles for the region to use when creating a region-wide plan to provide funding for Metro. (WTOP, 6/15)

HOUSING | A new report found that Montgomery County, MD residents pay more than 50% of their annual incomes on rent. (Bethesda Beat, 6/14)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Grants from the National Endowments for the Arts have helped many individuals raise funds from other entities. What will happen to the arts community if federal funding is cut? (WaPo, 6/8)

INNOVATION | The American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovators Bootcamps are now open for registration. They are looking for 100 changemakers around the world who are positively transforming communities and revolutionizing healthcare, education, food security and other pressing issues.

NONPROFITS | Despite decline in retail stores, charities saw $441 million raised from checkout counters last year. (Chronicle, 6/14 – Subscription needed)


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– Kendra

Helping returning citizens join the workforce

WORKFORCE | Finding a job within the first two months of release from a correctional facility cuts down recidivism dramatically. The Greater Baltimore Committee has released a new report it hopes will help Maryland returning citizens find work. The report recommends different initiatives for businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. (Baltimore Sun, 12/8)

The coalition proposed the state establish an Office of Re-entry within the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services to coordinate services for inmates before release.

A “peer network” should be set up as well, the report said, staffed by ex-offenders who would help former prisoners find housing, vocational training, child care, jobs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. The report suggested the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation should coordinate with the corrections department to align prison workforce training with employers needs.

-Maryland Governor Hogan has proposed an alternative paid sick leave bill (Bethesda Beat, 12/7)

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | A young mother moves into her new apartment after graduating from Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s transitional housing program (WaPo, 12/8)

EDUCATION | Elementary school children in Maryland may soon be allowed to bring their cell phones to school (WaPo, 12/7)

SAFETY | One Year After Launching Vision Zero, D.C. Sees No Reduction In Traffic Fatalities (WAMU, 12/7)

ENVIRONMENT | ‘Flushable’ wipes might need to meet a new standard for D.C. toilets (WaPo, 12/7)

PHILANTHROPY
-The Annie E. Casey Foundation, with the help of the Foundation Center, has launched an online resource tool featuring data on disconnected youth. The collection includes reports, case studies, and insights focused on the challenges these youth face. (PND, 12/6)

-The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation has launched a newsletter to better inform its partners on its work at the federal level and how that impacts and supports communities across the country. Read the lastest issue here

INNOVATION | OpinionA Year of Big Ideas in Social Change (NYT, 12/6)


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-Kendra