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Average Starting Salary For New College Grads Up 5.3%

The average starting salary for new college graduates earning bachelor’s degrees has increased 5.3% from last year, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). NACE’s April 2013 Salary Survey — the first look at starting salaries for the Class of 2013 — found that the average starting salary […]

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Consumer Groups: Patients May Face Big Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs

 By JULIE APPLEBY, KHN Staff Writer— Some consumers may continue to face out-of-pocket health care expenses of $12,500 or more next year – double the amount allowed by the health law – because the Obama administration won’t enforce that provision for some plans for another year. “This is a very important consumer protection that is being […]

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HHS Seeks $1.5B For Federal Health Insurance Exchanges

By MARY AGNES CAREY, KHN Staff Writer— The Obama administration, rebuffed earlier this year by Republicans, is trying once again to convince Congress to provide more funding for the health law’s health insurance exchanges, which are set to begin enrollment this fall. According to figures released in the fiscal 2014 budget request Wednesday, the administration estimates that the federal […]

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Financial Co-Operatives: Safe Bet In A Banking Crisis

ILO News– Financial co-operatives out-performed traditional investor-owned banks during the global financial crisis on almost every rating level, according to a new International Labour Organization  study. The study, titled Resilience in a downturn: The power of financial co-operatives, says customer-owned banks were much more stable and more efficient than the big traditional banks. “Financial co-operative” is […]

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Party On Class Of 2013: Real World Offers Dim Job Prospects, Low Wages

Bummer job prospects and deflating wages await most of the graduating class of 2013, a new report finds. The Great Recession and its aftermath have decimated job prospects and earnings for young workers, a new Economic Policy Institute  (EPI) report shows. In The Class of 2013: Young Graduates Still Face Dim Job Prospects, EPI researchers Heidi […]

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Insurers Battle For Federal Employees Health Care Coverage

By PHIL GALEWITZ, KHN Staff Writer— Two of the nation’s leading forces in health insurance — UnitedHealthcare and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association – faced off Thursday before Congress in a battle for control of the $47 billion program that covers 8 million federal employees, retirees and their families. UnitedHealthcare wants to change a […]

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Walgreens 1st US Retailer To Diagnose, Treat Chronic Health Conditions

By JULIE APPLEBY, KHN Staff Writer– It’s not just sore throats and flu shots anymore. Walgreens on April 4, 2013, became the first retail store chain to expand its health care services to include diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and high cholesterol. The move is the retail industry’s boldest push […]

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Same-Sex Spouses Face Barriers Under Federal Health Care Law

By MICHELLE ANDREWS— Mike Bosia and Steven Obranovich, of Hardwick, Vt., were married three years ago after Vermont legalized same-sex marriage. As Bosia’s spouse, Obranovich is entitled to health insurance through Bosia’s employer, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester. But that coverage comes at a cost. The couple estimates that they have had to pay $4,500 in additional federal […]

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Equal Pay Day

When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today’s jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial wellbeing of their families, they […]

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Equal Pay Day: Association Publishes Latest Analysis Of The Gender Pay Gap

A must-read for Equal Pay Day, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has  published its annual pay gap analysis, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, complete with charts on the gender pay gap broken down by state, race/ethnicity, education, and age. The analysis shows that one of the widest pay gap disparities is […]

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