Skip to main content

California Chinese Forums Provide Straight Talk on Obamacare

November 14, 2013
Cross posted with permission from New American Media. New America Media , Question & Answer, Summer Chiang , Posted: Nov 03, 2013 Photo: Chinese Americans listened and asked questions at one of two Sing Tao Daily expert forums on the Affordable Care Act in California. The Chinese-language Sing Tao Daily newspaper drew more than 325 people to two free seminars on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, on Oct. 26 and 27. Each session focused on what the options are for health coverage under the new federal reform law both for small businesses and as families or individuals. They were...
New American Media's picture

Alive because of the Affordable Care Act

November 1, 2013
As a young, healthy man in my 20’s I just wasn’t worried about health insurance, but that changed unexpectedly, and I found myself in the position of wondering if I would have to choose between my home or my own health. As a musician, I've always felt lucky to have enough work to support myself while doing what I love. Working three jobs, I've earned good money, but none of my employers offered health insurance. But when I was diagnosed with HIV in 2007, I knew I wouldn’t get insurance because I now had a pre-existing condition. My employers tried to do everything they could for me, but even...
Shawn McDonald's picture

When Government Is Too Small

October 23, 2013
Every American should have been in the streets when our elected officials labeled cancer care for children as "nonessential." On a damp Friday morning, 11 days into the government shutdown, a few dozen truckers took to the Capital Beltway to tell lawmakers they were angry. They were protesting big government. Yet opinion polls showed that Americans opposed the government shutdown and were hurting because of it. At that moment, according to polls, nearly one in three Americans already felt personally affected not by too much government, but by too little — by the sudden freeze in critical...
Jo Comerford's picture

LATISM '13 (Video and Pics Included!)

October 23, 2013
Photo below from left to right: me; Sylvia Aguilera, director of government relations for McDonald's Corporation; Jes Sofia Valle, CEO of the Bloggers of Health network; Ana Roca Castro, founder of LATISM, education tech developer and CEO of Plaza Familia ; and Laurita Tellado, the force behind the Holdin' Out for a Hero and Expresso con Leche communities. New York, NY -- As I mentioned in two previous blog posts here and here , I was gone three of four weekends in September for conferences. Last stop? The Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) annual conference at the Waldorf...
Elisa Batista's picture

Hispana Leadership Summit 2013 (Pics Included!)

October 17, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Let's call September 2013 the month of the conference, shall we? I traveled three of four weekends for blogging, social media and networking conferences. Two of those conferences, including the Hispana Leadership Summit , took place in my childhood home state of Florida. I felt incredibly honored to be among two of my MomsRising (Latina) colleagues as well as strong Hispanic women from all professional backgrounds. We were inspired by motivational speakers, sessions on how to balance work and life, and of course, many opportunities to network with one another. Our opening...
Elisa Batista's picture

BB Found Her Voice and is Telling Her Story. #StopTheStigma

October 9, 2013
BB's brought you the story of advocacy , the story of global responsibility , and now it's Babushka's story that you will read. Queeee??? JU SO FONII!!! Of course I wrote the other stories and shared them through my eyes, but this one My Beautifuls is a very real and personal tale that affected BB and her family directly, and unfortunately it's not so fonii. On the final day of the Further with Ford Conference I needed to change my arrival flight from Tallahassee to South Florida; my daughter was in the hospital, and I needed to sign the admittance papers. On June 28 my daughter was admitted...

Amamantar puede ser más fácil con Obamacare

October 9, 2013
La cultura latina promueve el saludable hábito de amamantar a los bebés generalmente hasta su primer año, pero al llegar a los Estados Unidos las latinas encontramos más retador el mantener esta costumbre que tanto impacta nuestra salud, pero sobre todo la de nuestros hijos. Las razones de este cambio de comportamiento varían en cada caso. Van desde la barrera idiomática que le puede impedir a la madre trabajar junto a la enfermera el proceso para adaptarse a la succión del bebé en el corto tiempo que éste puede resistir sin ser alimentado, hasta los limitados permisos post parto en las...
Ruth Vasquez's picture

This Is The Face… #StoptheStigma

October 8, 2013
This is the face of depression. And this: Pretty hard to believe, right? Not really. People expect depression to look a certain way, to sound a certain way. And it doesn’t. It’s taken me a LONG time to write this. I have known it was necessary but I have been hesitant. Because I did not know where to begin. And I was afraid of the stigma. When Sonia aka Bohemian Babushka told me about her experience with her daughter’s diagnosis of stressed related severe depression and she wanted to bring awareness to the subject, especially in the Latino community, I felt compelled to finally open up. Some...
SiliRecio's picture

Kids Before Corporations: Why Tax Reform Matters for Moms

September 25, 2013
Last week Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) introduced the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, S. 1533. It might not seem obvious, but Sen. Levin’s bill, which would close corporate tax loopholes and eliminate incentives for shipping jobs and profits overseas, would be a HUGE help for families and children in America. You might be asking yourself: What do tax havens have to do with motherhood and raising a family? Fair question. When corporations hide their profits offshore and avoid paying their fair share of taxes struggling families have to pick up the bill. On top of buying school supplies, groceries and gas...
Margarida Jorge's picture

Operation Secret Loopholes

September 19, 2013
The federal budget expresses our nation’s values and priorities in numbers. It’s a blueprint for how our elected officials plan to make money and how they plan to spend it. What happens in Washington, D.C. has a profound local impact. About 80 percent of all federal tax revenue comes from the paychecks of regular Americans, and every single person and every community in the nation is affected by federal spending priorities. That means overhauling the tax code should be done in the open. A rewrite of the complex and arcane U.S. Tax Code — all 18 pounds of it in its paperback form — has begun...
Jo Comerford's picture

Pages