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  • Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic

    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic | site |


    USDA Says SNAP Benefits Are Inadequate for Most Participants and Begins Process to Extend Emergency Allotments to States and Update Thrifty Food Plan Formula


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021) Washington, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures. Separately, in response to this national emergency, USDA is looking at ways to increase...
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  • FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
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  • NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19

    NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19

    National Institutes of Health says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19 | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    A National Institutes of Health clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has formally concluded that the drug provides no clinical benefit to hospitalized patients. Though found not to cause harm, early findings in June when the trial was stopped indicated that the drug was not improving outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Final data and analyses of
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  • Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Premiums and New Insulin Benefit as Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

    Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Premiums and New Insulin Benefit as Medicare Open Enrollment Begins | site |



    Medicare Parts A & B


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment is officially open and will run through December 7, 2020. More than 60 million people with Medicare can review health and drug plans, and make changes to their healthcare coverage for next year, based on their financial and medical needs, from the comfort of their homes. With Medicare Advantage (or private Medicare health plans) and Part D prescription drug plan premiums at historic lows – and hundreds of healthcare plans now offering $35 monthly co-pays for insulin – there are plenty of reasons to compare coverage options. As part of this year’s open enro...
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021

    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in a...
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  • Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020

    Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020

    Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020 | site |

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    (October 10, 2019) - - Today (October 10, 2019), the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2019. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the incre...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor says it Restored Over 2.5 Billion Dollars To Employee Benefit Plans and Participants

    U.S. Department of Labor says it Restored Over $2.5 Billion To Employee Benefit Plans and Participants | site |



    (November 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information: WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) today released its program results for Fiscal Year 2019. EBSA’s enforcement and benefit advisor programs recovered over $2.5 billion in payments to plans, participants and beneficiaries. EBSA’s enforcement program reported over $2 billion in recoveries from its investigations. Under its Terminated Vested Participant Project, EBSA helped participants collect nearly $1.5 billion in retirement benefits owed to them in the form of lump sum payments, present value of lifetime annuity payments and interest. EBSA’s criminal investigations led to the indictment of 76 individuals – including plan officials, corporate officers, and service providers – f
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  • Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

    Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

    Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019



    (October 11, 2018) - - Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of e...
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  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year

    Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issues Proposed Additional Rule to Address Risk Adjustment Program for the 2018 Benefit Year



    Proposed rule seeks to provide certainty and sustain consumer choices and affordability


    (August 8, 2018) - - Today’s notice of proposed rulemaking, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Methodology for the HHS-operated Permanent Risk Adjustment Program for 2018 Proposed Rule,” proposes to adopt the risk adjustment methodology that HHS previously established for the 2018 benefit year which uses the statewide average premium in the payment transfer formula. “Today’s proposed rule continues our effort to help stabilize the individual and small group markets,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Our goal has been, and will continue to be, to stabilize the market and provide American consumers with more affordable health cove
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  • More Than 350 Households and Small Businesses in New York to Benefit from Sullivan County's 2.7 Megawatt Solar Array

    More Than 350 Households and Small Businesses in New York to Benefit from Sullivan County's 2.7 Megawatt Solar Array






    Project Supports Governor Cuomo's Mandate of 50 Percent of Electricity to Come from Renewable Energy by 2030


    March 14, 2018


    New York - - (March 13, 2018) - - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the state's largest community solar project which will result in reduced energy bills for more than 350 households and small businesses. The 2.7-megawatt solar array, located in Sullivan County, is critical to supporting Governor Cuomo's mandate for half of all electricity consumed to come from renewable energy sources by 2030. "An investment in renewable energy is an investment in the future and sustainability of New York's environment, and the overall health of this state," Governor Cuomo said.
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  • Big Banks Benefit from Tax Bill - - Aggressively Offshore American Jobs

    Big Banks Benefit from Tax Bill, Aggressively Offshore American Jobs



    New Communications Workers of America Report Details Bank Offshoring Practices; Senator Sherrod Brown Offers Solutions on Press Call with Affected Workers




    March 9, 2018


    Washington, DC - - (March 6, 2018) - - The banking industry is among the biggest beneficiaries from the Republican tax bill passed in December 2017. Yet many U.S. banks have been aggressively offshoring U.S. jobs, especially in the call center and customer service industry, to low-wage countries. Despite these offshoring practices, and their financial windfall from the tax bill, there is no movement from the big banks to return jobs from overseas. In fact, leading analysts believe that the tax bill will encourage the additional offshoring of American jobs. On a press call held today, Senator Sherrod Bro
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    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic
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    Biden Administration Expands P-EBT to Benefit Millions of Low-Income and Food Insecure Children During Pandemic | site |


    USDA Says SNAP Benefits Are Inadequate for Most Participants and Begins Process to Extend Emergency Allotments to States and Update Thrifty Food Plan Formula


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: January 22, 2021) Washington, Jan. 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several efforts today to expand nutrition assistance to hard-hit families across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. In support of President Biden’s call to action on hunger and with authorities provided by Congress, USDA is increasing the Pandemic-EBT benefit by approximately 15%, providing more money for low-income families and millions of children missing meals due to school closures. Separately, in response to this national emergency, USDA is looking at ways to increase...
    01-23-2021, 03:05 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    FCC seeks Public Input on New 3.2 Billion Dollars Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Federal Communications Commission seeks Public Input on New $3.2 Billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program | site |


    Initiative to Connect Low-Income Households Funded Through Recent Congressional Appropriation Responds to FCC’s Call to Keep Americans Connected


    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press releasd dated: January 4, 2021) Washington, January 4, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau today issued a request for comment on how best to administer a new $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program created by Congress to help low-income consumers access the Internet. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 directed the Commission to create the program, which would reimburse participating companies for providing discounted broadband service and connected devices to eligible households during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re excited to get to work on thi...
    01-06-2021, 06:33 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    NIH says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19
    by Staff Reporter 1
    National Institutes of Health says Hydroxychloroquine does not benefit Adults Hospitalized with COVID-19 | site |



    (November 9, 2020) - - Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    A National Institutes of Health clinical trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of adults with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has formally concluded that the drug provides no clinical benefit to hospitalized patients. Though found not to cause harm, early findings in June when the trial was stopped indicated that the drug was not improving outcomes in COVID-19 patients. Final data and analyses of
    ...
    11-09-2020, 09:58 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Premiums and New Insulin Benefit as Medicare Open Enrollment Begins
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Trump Administration Announces Historically Low Premiums and New Insulin Benefit as Medicare Open Enrollment Begins | site |



    Medicare Parts A & B


    (October 15, 2020) - - Today, October 15, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the following information: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 2021 Medicare Open Enrollment is officially open and will run through December 7, 2020. More than 60 million people with Medicare can review health and drug plans, and make changes to their healthcare coverage for next year, based on their financial and medical needs, from the comfort of their homes. With Medicare Advantage (or private Medicare health plans) and Part D prescription drug plan premiums at historic lows – and hundreds of healthcare plans now offering $35 monthly co-pays for insulin – there are plenty of reasons to compare coverage options. As part of this year’s open enro...
    10-20-2020, 07:40 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Social Security Administration Announces 1.3 Percent Benefit Increase for 2021 | site |


    (October 13, 2020) - - Today, October 13, 2020, the U.S. Social Security Administration published the following information: Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 1.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2021. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2020. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in a...
    10-15-2020, 06:04 AM

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