The Challenge of Building the Workforce Government Needs

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The Challenge of Building the Workforce Government Needs
As one North Carolina local-government manager told me, "It takes a lot of time to fill senior positions — sometimes we have to go through the recruitment process three times. … Although employees in many state and local governments saw no pay …
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EPA win streak the lone bright spot in a tough term for Obama
The administration even prevailed when it took an anti-environmental stance in a case involving a North Carolina hazardous waste site. Those wins came as the … Hobby Lobby sided with challengers to Obama's health care overhaul law that claimed it …
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Millions won't have health care in states without Medicaid

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Millions won't have health care in states without Medicaid
Among the states expanding Medicaid are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York. The open enrollment period to sign up for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) began last October with the now-infamous …
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US healthcare profit outlook brightens on Obamacare, drug prices
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. healthcare companies are winning higher profit forecasts, bucking a wider trend on Wall Street, as pricey new biotech drugs hit the market and insurance enrollment rises under the Affordable Care Act. Analysts' profit …
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CVS Continues To Expand Its MinuteClinic Footprint
… Urgent Care and Patient First. Most other walk-in clinics in York County are staffed by physicians, office staff and nurses, but Minuteclinic only has a single nurse practitioner which it believes will keep costs down while still meeting the need …
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Franchini: high ACA rates in NM largely due to one insurer

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Franchini: high ACA rates in NM largely due to one insurer
So why are New Mexicans paying some of the highest Affordable Care Act insurance rates in the U.S.? New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini thinks he has the answer. One of the state's four health insurers that sell policies on the …
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Perrigo gets US FDA approval for store brand equivalent to Advil congestion
Perrigo's chairman, president and chief executive officer, Joseph C. Papa stated, "This approval further strengthens our leading store brand position and highlights our commitment to bringing new affordable products to the market." … Perrigo's …
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1300 migrants avoid harm as Mexico train derails
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in southern Mexico say a cargo train derailed without causing any injuries to about 1,300 Central American migrants who had jammed onto the freight cars on their way north toward the United States. Oaxaca state civil …
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Capital Journal Daybreak: Health Law's Coverage Gaps | Why the Mideast

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Capital Journal Daybreak: Health Law's Coverage Gaps | Why the Mideast
COVERAGE GAPS UNDER THE HEALTH LAW: Months after the sign-up deadline, thousands of Americans who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act still don't have coverage due to problems in enrollment systems. In states including California …
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Senate Democrats: Obamacare? What's that?
For Republicans, it's all about tying Democrats to Obama — especially to a health care law that remains unpopular with many Americans. And for Democrats, the election is about just about anything else, especially if they can steer attention away from …
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Nevada Dems: LG Primary Day Cheat Sheet
Unfortunately for Mark Hutchison , he can't hide from his record of trying to dilute minority representation in politics, his attempts to take away Nevadans' access to affordable healthcare, his praising the TEA Party and his donations to far-right …
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Democrats' Hobby Lobby Response Would Curtail Religious Freedom Law

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Democrats' Hobby Lobby Response Would Curtail Religious Freedom Law
09.07.14 | 02:02 Uhr | 2 mal gelesen | So gefunden auf rollcall.com If Sen. Patty Murray and fellow Democrats get their way, employers wouldn't be able to use a 1990s-era law to avoid Obamacare health coverage mandates for contraception. weiterlesen .
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Restrictive ACA Networks Will Become More Prevalent, Witness Tells House Panel

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Restrictive ACA Networks Will Become More Prevalent, Witness Tells House Panel
Studies show that compared with typical employer-sponsored plans, ACA marketplace plans in the “bronze” tier, which cover 60 percent of claims for a typical population, and in the “silver” tier, which cover 70 percent of claims, include far fewer …
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Discrimination Is Healthy And Normal—Sex Confusion Is Not
In Billings, Montana, “Brokeback Mountain” isn't a Hollywood fantasy anymore. It's real-life … Clergy, mothers, fathers, and citizens have packed the Billings town council meetings for several weeks now, pleaded for it to reject an ordinance that, in …
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E.J. DIONNE JR.: After Hobby Lobby

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E.J. DIONNE JR.: After Hobby Lobby
In a religious freedom case related to birth control, the majority focused on the liberties of the company's owners, not of those who work for them. More than that, the justices continued to press their campaign to create an entirely new legal regime …
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Seifert stops at Albert Lea's Alliance Benefit Group
Former House Minority Leader Marty Seifert praised Albert Lea-based Alliance Benefit Group on Tuesday during a tour around southern Minnesota. Seifert, of Marshall, stopped … On the advisory side, it provides retirement advice on over $ 2.5 billion in …
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Warm Sun – Slight Severe Storm Risk Up North (June was Wettest Month in
NOAA SPC has much of northwest and north central Minnesota in a slight risk; the main threat being hail and damaging straight-line winds later today. In the metro area the … Governor of NC says the beaches are open for business. Repairs are underway …
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Health Care Update

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Health Care Update
Contention over ACA at House E&C: In a letter to the Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) charged Upton with releasing “false or misleading information about the ACA.” CBO/JCT …
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AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT | The Republic
… the sharpest contraction since the depths of the recession. Yet employers have shrugged off that setback. … minute during the 25-minute display over the East River. Other major fireworks shows include those in Chicago on Lake Michigan and in San …
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FairPoint and workers union exchange barbs over contract terms

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FairPoint and workers union exchange barbs over contract terms
“FairPoint, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2011, seeks concessions to bring the contracts into the mainstream,” wrote FairPoint spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry, noting that the company pays all health care premiums and provisions in the current …
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Paul LePage toes hard line on drug crisis
LEWISTON, Maine — When Massachusetts' governor invited his New England counterparts to a meeting last month on the surge in opioid overdoses, the only no-show was Governor Paul LePage of Maine. Governor Deval Patrick urged reporters after the …
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Lawsuit alleges more than 250 labor violations during Maine blueberry harvest
Eighteen migrant workers who came to Maine for the blueberry harvest have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against a farm labor recruiter, two blueberry businesses and several housing providers, saying they were not paid for much of their work …
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Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes; West Virginia one of only 7

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Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes; West Virginia one of only 7
Two months ago, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill that will shutter one of the state's two tracks by 2016. Florida, which in 1931 was the first state to legalize wagering on greyhound racing, opted against a measure in its most recent legislative …
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Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs
People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were …
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Kent Corporation Selects Benefitfocus HR InTouch Marketplace
Payroll data along with health coverage and other benefits unique to Kent Corporation's total compensation package can be accessed through a point in time report within HR INTOUCH MARKETPLACE. "Benefitfocus Technology offered the advanced … Operating …
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