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Affordable Care Act Renewal Time and the Puzzles for Workers

New Orleans      The window has now opened for new signups under the Affordable Care Act.  This time around there won’t be any do-overs or make-ups, I’ll bet.  The Administration is already soft selling the numbers and predicting less than 10 million enrollees by the end of 2015, dampening expectations, either tactically or determinedly.

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Small Employers and Nonprofits Caught in Healthcare Bind

New Orleans    Talking to small employers about the health care exchange has been a slog, and it doesn’t look like it will get that much easier soon.

The numbers are also somewhat daunting in the aggregate. Businesses with fewer than 50 workers don’t have to provide coverage under the mandate. They employee 34 million people though [...]

More Healthcare Hustles as Companies Try to Scam Workers and Government

New Orleans   We are on a countdown to the open window for enrollment and renewals under the Affordable Care Act, so now the employer hustles and scams are getting more and more scary and sketchy.   The Wall Street Journal dryly reported the other day in an article about companies scrambling to avoid penalties that [...]

Eggs Widening Class Gap in Health Care Insurance

Egg Storage for IVF

Houston      Here’s the very good news for women. Apple and Google, the mega-billion dollar worldwide tech conglomerates have announced that they are now going to pay up to $20,000 to allow their female employees to freeze and store a couple of their eggs so that they can postpone having children until [...]

Walmart Dropping Part-timers Maybe a Win for 30,000 Workers

New Orleans    I stand second to no one as a critic of Walmart’s employee and labor relations policies, but it’s hard for me to join the boo-bird chorus about the company’s latest Scrooge-like action in dropping part-time workers averaging less than 30 hours per week.  The company just may have done most of them a favor [...]

Are Peoples’ Services a Prelude to Peoples’ Empowerment for the Poor?

Managua         The Organizer’s Forum in Nicaragua will start with a bang on its first full day with a meeting with the head of the informal workers’ union followed by a visit with a representative of the Nicaraguan cooperative movement. Waking up early it was still sprinkling after more than a dozen hours of intermittently hard [...]