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Back on the Job: Employee Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

October 24, 2014
The story is all too common. After months of fighting, it looks like you have finally overcome your breast cancer diagnosis. All that is left is for some follow-up treatments and to return to work. To your surprise, after having fought off breast cancer, you now find yourself in a fight with your employer over the nature of your return.
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¡Pídale al Congreso que continúe el financiamiento para CHIP!

October 24, 2014
¡Siempre se siente muy bien cuando una inversión ha valido la pena! Y este es el caso con respecto al Programa del Seguro Médico para Niños "CHIP". Fue aprobado en el 1997 con apoyo bipartidista de los Republicanos y Demócratas y junto con el programa Medicaid, ha ayudado a reducir el número de niños sin seguro a la mitad, de 14% a 7%. Esto es realmente grande. Es menos probable que los niños que tienen un seguro de salud se enfermen y más probable que obtengan cuidados preventivos (incluyendo inmunizaciones y cuidados odontológicos) para que se mantengan saludables. También asegura que ellos...
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Holding it together is overrated

October 14, 2014
I’m known as the oldest of seven, the product of overachievers, a hyper-competent “woman who always has answers and knows where she’s going,” the go-to girl–the one who always seems have it together. And as I move deeper into the second half of my life, I’m questioning how this affects me–what is the price I pay for stepping into this personae? As a life balance evangelist, I’ve come a long way: I’ve let a lot of perfectionist tendencies drop, am less controlling than before and am a big advocate for the “good is good enough” message–but what would it look like for me to be MORE vulnerable?...
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Current Policy Choices Aid Abusers

October 23, 2014
This post originally appeared on . We cannot separate support for domestic violence survivors from support for a robust safety net. is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Since the passage of the Violence Against Women Act twenty years ago, opinions among the public and politicians have shifted remarkably from viewing domestic violence as a private family matter to expressing overwhelming support for survivors...
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This may not be Yelp, but these Obamacare reviews are worth reading

October 23, 2014
When I need to buy something, be that my bed sheets or a new phone, I comb through online customer reviews to help me determine what I want to buy. So why not do the same with health coverage?
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From Cuddling to Canvassing

October 14, 2014
Lately, our idea of a hot date is to fling ourselves onto the couch. Then my husband casts me a knowing glance. I nod. And the big turn on begins. With the touch of Casanova, he fondles not just one, but five remotes, as we settle in to enjoy the PBS series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Sexy? Not even I am that clinical . But there is something satisfying about watching this series with the man I love. Together, we learn tidbits of history that help us make sense of our world. We gasp at a sepia image of shacks dotting an urban waterfront. Could that be Seattle? These...
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11 Great Reasons to Vote

October 14, 2014
We’re just a few weeks away from an incredibly important election. The votes people cast Nov. 4 will shape our future and our children’s. I’m sure you are planning to vote, but maybe you know people who are on the fence—who think elections in non-presidential years just aren’t that important. Not true! Here are 11 great reasons you can share with them to get them to the polls: 11. Bad politicians aren’t just elected by people who vote for them. They’re also elected by people who don’t vote at all. Don’t help elect politicians who work against your interests. 10. You can elect leaders who will...
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Member voices are being heard on CHIP!

October 13, 2014
We recently sent out a request to our members to send a letter to the editor of their local paper in support of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - and their voices are being heard!
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Six Ways To Get Health Coverage Before Open Enrollment – In English Or Spanish!

October 13, 2014
Signing up for health insurance can be a difficult process to navigate, especially if English is not your first language. My parents had a very hard time with this , and I want to make sure no one else does. My parents migrated to the U.S. 26 years ago. Spanish is their first language, and they – like so many other people who migrate here -- have a very limited vocabulary in English. I am their translator but so many migrants like them do not have translators, particularly young adults who lack the financial means to afford one. That’s a significant portion of the population that potentially...
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No Community Is Immune from Bullying

October 9, 2014
In the daily whir of parenting, of dinners that need to be cooked, laundry that needs to be folded, homework that needs to be checked, bills that need to be paid, it is easy to overlook the signs of bullying. Your child’s stomachache, his refusal to take the bus to school or lack of appetite due to stress may be signs that he is being bullied -- or is the bully himself! But as every ridiculously busy parent knows, it is hard to parse out the signs. That is why I am grateful for the growing anti-bullying movement. October is officially National Bullying Prevention Month and the U.S. Substance...
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