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Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

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Immigration Bill Would Give Half Of New U.S. IT Jobs To Guest Workers

Never mind is the issue of asylum for workers who are in the U.S. illegally. What the proposed immigration reform bill also does is allow outsourcers and large corporations to bring thousands more low-paid but highly skilled technical workers to the U.S. The so-called Senate “Gang of Eight”, S. 744, introduced the proposed comprehensive immigration […]

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

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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

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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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U.S. Department Of Labor Sequestration Information

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U.S. Department Of Labor Sequestration Information

For anyone wondering about the reality of sequestration for major government agencies, here are the U.S. Department of Labor’s online resources for its employees who are facing the blunt end of sequestration. U.S. Department Of Labor Sequestration Information The following information is provided to assist DOL employees who may be impacted by budget reductions required by sequestration.  […]

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Insurers Battle For Federal Employees Health Care Coverage

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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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Americans See Best Quality Job Market In U.S. In Five Years

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Americans See Best Quality Job Market In U.S. In Five Years

By Dennis Jacobe, Gallup Chief Economist– Twenty-six percent of Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job — the highest since March 2008. This is also up from 22% in March and from 21% a year ago, but not much different than the 25% who said the same in January. At the […]

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Global Trade Has Lowered Wages US Workers Without College Degrees

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Global Trade Has Lowered Wages US Workers Without College Degrees

Global trade has lowered wages for non-college educated American workers while increasing the wage premium earned by college-educated workers, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute While the impact of global trade on the American economy is a frequent topic in Washington, much of the debate centers on the macroeconomic effects of the trade deficit on […]

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ILO Meeting: Employment Crisis Tests Europe’s Social Model

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ILO Meeting: Employment Crisis Tests Europe’s Social Model

ILO News, OSLO – The 9th European Regional Meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) opened in Oslo with an urgent call for effective employment and social policies that can achieve growth and competitiveness with good jobs. “The crisis in Europe is dramatic. A financial crisis has turned into a jobs crisis,” said. “In some countries there […]

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Same-Sex Spouses Face Barriers Under Federal Health Care Law

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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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Unemployment Crisis In Europe, Ten Million More Jobless Than In 2008

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Unemployment Crisis In Europe, Ten Million More Jobless Than In 2008

ILO News– There are more than 10 million more jobless people in Europe now than at the start of the financial crisis, according to a snapshot of the European labor market released by the International Labour Organization (ILO). “While fiscal and competitiveness goals are important, it is crucial not to tackle them through austerity measures […]

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