Monthly Archives: September 2007

US Lags Behind in Parental Leave, Paid Sick Days, and More

This list is courtesy of McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, summarizing some of the ways in which the US lags in leave, sick days and other worker protections . . .

  • Out of 173 countries studied, 168 guarantee paid maternal leave, with 98 of these countries offering 14 or more weeks of paid leave. The U.S. provides no paid leave for mothers. Lesotho, Liberia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea are the only other countries studied that do not guarantee leave with income to mothers.
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Certificate of Need: History of Controversy

The Certificate of Need program is about to be back into the spotlight. Starting on September 18, the House and Senate Health, Education, and Social Services committees will hold joint hearings on the program.

Certificate of need is a program administered by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). It monitors the development of health care facilities and was established to prevent excessive, unnecessary, or duplicative development of such structures. It also provides for public scrutiny of projects. Generally speaking, any proposed health care facility, proposed increase to the number of beds in an existing facility, or addition to the number of health care services provided requires a certificate of need if the total expenditures will exceed $1 million. Only a few exemptions exist. Read the rest of this entry

New Policy Guide: Housing and Homelessness

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has published a Policy Guide to help policymakers and advocates understand federal programs and policies regarding housing and homelessness. The 63-page guide includes information about relevant federal programs and proposals, including homelessness funding, proposals to reauthorize HUD’s McKinney-Vento homeless assistance programs, and information about funding levels of mainstream housing and services programs. The guide also includes several additional features, including: Read the rest of this entry

The Alaska Nonprofit Economy: $3.5 Billion

In 2004, Alaska’s nonprofit economy brought in about $3.5 in Revenue. The nonprofits in Alaska play a key role in public policy in the state in terms of influencing public policy, and in terms of implementing the programs created by public policy. A fascinating report detailing the nonprofit economy was commissioned by Foraker and Researched by The Institute of Social and Economic Research in Anchorage. It was released a few months ago. Part of the executive summary follows. Read the rest of this entry