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September 30, 2014
“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” ― Marianne Williamson I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small group of four twelve year-olds talking about their day. One of them was really on fire after learning about civil engineering, and she was inspired to share her career dreams with the others. I could see her face quickly shift from a state of open excitement and joy to one of embarrassment and...
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Affordable Health Care Would Spare Immigrant Women Crises Like Mine

September 30, 2014
I remember when I first found out I would be unable to have children. My doctor said, “if only” I had only gotten my obviously out-of-the-ordinary menstrual cycle and ovarian pain checked out early, then treatment would have been more effective.
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Texans should support access to care for women of childbearing age

September 29, 2014
We like to say that everything is bigger here in Texas, but that’s not always such a good thing. These days we have a Texas-sized problem with providing health insurance to women of childbearing age, and that means some babies are born less healthy than they could or should be.
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Obamacare Trae a Millones Fuera de las Sombras de los que No Tienen Seguro

September 1, 2014
To read this blog post in English, click here . En unos cuantos días el registro para el seguro de cuidado de salud estará abierto. Las encuestas de opiniones públicas muestran que aún hay mucha confusión sobre cómo funcionará Obamacare. Los oponentes del Congreso de la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio (“Affordable Care Act” o ACA) están utilizando el actual estado de desconcierto para intentar detener el programa de cuidado de salud antes de que tenga la oportunidad de servir a las personas que lo necesitan desesperadamente. Ellos amenazan con mantener cautivos al gobierno federal y a...
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Expanding Medicaid Helps Children Succeed in School

September 23, 2014
See the original blog post at the FamiliesUSA blog by Dee Mahan . *************** Researchers from Cornell and Harvard have found that children who have health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) go further in school than children who are uninsured, according to a recent report . Compared to their uninsured counterparts, children covered by Medicaid or CHIP are more likely to complete high school, as well as attend and complete college. Medicaid or CHIP health coverage helps children perform better academically through adulthood, which can help them...
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Reporting income changes to the health insurance marketplace

September 22, 2014
If you just switched jobs, have a fluctuating income as a small business owner, or work as a contractor—you may need to report income changes if you purchased a health plan on the health insurance marketplace this last enrollment period. More info after the jump...
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5 Reasons I Take Retreats

September 15, 2014
“Are you listening to your life–what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Stephen Cope, MSW, author and director of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living says retreats don’t change our lives as much as they change where we stand in relationship to our lives—and our capacity to see the hidden possibilities there. I grew up watching my parents take personal retreats–mostly meditation retreats–beginning in the early 1970s. I wasn’t really sure what they did or what happened during these periods when they were away, but I do remember how peaceful, grounded and loving they were when...
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Raise your voice: Tell us why CHIP Matters!

September 11, 2014
I serve zucchini at least twice a month in my house. Each time it's the same story: my seven-year-old son tells me he doesn't like it (because it's a vegetable - "Yuck Mom!"). Then I remind him that he does actually like it and ask him to try it anyway because it's good for him. It takes some coaxing, but once he tries it, he remembers that he actually loves zucchini and eats the rest without argument. Sometimes legislators need a reminder too about what policies we like and are good for families. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was funded in 1997 and got strong bipartisan...
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Once again, Medicaid saved the day

September 9, 2014
I have relied on Medicaid for both my daughter and I on and off since she was a toddler. Not long after graduating with my MA in Family Counseling, my daughter and I were left without health insurance, since I was no longer allowed to purchase the university's group health plan. With my first job out of college being part-time and for very little pay, I was forced to get us Medicaid coverage—and I couldn’t have been more thankful. That was the first time Medicaid saved the day. I eventually found full-time work and purchased an individual plan for myself, but my daughter remained on Medicaid...
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Employers of nursing mothers think outside the bathroom stall

September 2, 2014
A provision was added to the Affordable Care Act in 2010 requiring that employers “provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child...and a place, other than a bathroom...which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.” The health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers is widely known. Did you know that employers benefit, too?
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