Monthly Archives: November 2006

The Alaska Health Care Responsibility Report.

There is no Alaska Health Care Responsibility Report, but there should be. This public policy will not solve the nation’s severe problem of lack of access to quality health care for tens of millions of Americans, but it is an important start. The Missouri Health Care Responsibility Report will present information about where recipients of state-funded Medicaid health care are employed. It will list those businesses with at least 50 Missouri employees who receive, or whose dependents receive Medicaid. Read the rest of this entry

State Health Policy Resource

State legislatures across America are responding to a range of crises regarding health care quality, costs, and accessibility since the federal government seems incapable of significant reform in these life-and-death issues. There are few places where the interested legislator or health policy advocate or analyst can find a systematic review of this information, but the State Health Policy section of the Kaiser Family Foundation is one of them. For this reason, it is a valuable resource of Alaskans interested in the complex and far-ranging issues of health care reform for our state. Read the rest of this entry

The New Rules Project

One of my colleagues recommended that I take a look at this site, and it turns out to be an extraordinary public policy resource. The subheading on the home page title nicely summarizes the perspective: “Designing rules as if community matters.” Here is how The New Rules Project describes itself:

Why New Rules? Because the old ones don’t work any longer. They undermine local economies, subvert democracy, weaken our sense of community, and ignore the costs of our decisions on the next generation.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) proposes a set of new rules that builds community by supporting humanly scaled politics and economics. The rules call for: Read the rest of this entry

Election Protection Coalition

With the election around the corner, the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition has in place its national 1-866-OUR VOTE voter assistance hotline – the only national voter assistance hotline staffed by live call center operators trained to provide state specific assistance to all voters. Lawyers, poll monitors and additional volunteers will be mobilized in key states across the nation to assist voters in the days leading up to the election and on Election Day. Led by People For the American Way Foundation, the NAACP, and the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, Election Protection (EP) has operated in every election cycle since 2001, and is the nation’s most far-reaching nonpartisan effort to provide voter assistance and protect voter rights.

Can you afford to Retire?

Can You Afford to Retire?

Long on life expectancy,

but short on income…..

Americans are headed for a shock as they

hit retirement: vanishing pensions and

inadequate 401(k) savings. What can be done?

Watch the rebroadcast of PBS

FRONTLINE’s Can You Afford to Retire?

Airing Tuesday, November 7 at 8 pm on your local

public television station.

Vote first…then watch Can You Afford To Retire?

Tell your younger family members to watch this

important program about developing a healthy

financial life.