Affordable Healthcare Act News
Starting October 1, 2013, you can enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace allows you to compare your options and find the one that best fits your needs and budget.
Learn 4 steps to getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
If you have specific questions about the Affordable Care Act or want to learn about the new Health Insurance Marketplace and other types of health coverage, please visit www.healthcare.gov, the official Affordable Care Act website, for more information.
Beginning October 1, 2013, you can fill out an application for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. You’ll be able to compare your options side-by-side and enroll in a plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. Coverage takes effect as early as January 1, 2014.
USA.gov’s Health Insurance page includes:
- A brief overview on health insurance and the Affordable Care Act.
- Key dates for enrollment and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Publications to help you prepare for enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Information about Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and COBRA.
“Winging it” Is NOT an Emergency Plan
Emergencies can occur with no warning. Do you have a supplies kit and a plan of action?
September is National Preparedness Month. Visit Ready.gov for guidance on what to before, during, and after different kinds of natural disasters and other emergencies.
Another action you can take is to join the National Preparedness Community. It’s free and open to all. As a member, you’ll have access to special preparedness resources and can collaborate with others in your community.
New Books to Consider:
Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and themaking of the Modern World, 1945-1965, by Michael Burleigh.
The Cold War reigns in popular imagination as a period of tension between the two post-World War II superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, without direct conflict. Drawing from new archival research, prize-winning historian Michael Burleigh gives new meaning to the decades of 1945 to 1965 by examining the many (and largely forgotten), “hot” wars fought around the world. As Western colonial empires collapsed, counter-insurgencies campaigns raged in the Philippines, the Congo, Iran, and other faraway places. Dozens of new nations struggled into existence, the legacies of which are still felt today. Placing these struggles alongside the period-defining United States and Soviet standoffs in Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba, Burleigh swerves from Algeria to Kenya, to Vietnam and Kashmir, interspersing top-level diplomatic negotiations with portraits of the charismatic local leaders. The result is a work of history, a searing analysis of the legacy of imperialism and a reminder of just how the United States became the world’s great enforcer.
Thinking in New Boxes: A New Paradigm for Business Creativity, by Luc de Brabandere and Alan Iny.
Are you tired of being exhorted to ‘think outside the box’?
What, exactly, is this ‘box’ out of which one is supposed to think? de Brabandere and Iny postulate that the box is actually a mental model we have and embedded inside us for all manner of assumptions, opinions, conjectures and beliefs. In other words, thinking is contextual. We think in a context and this is shaped by our life experience and the conditionings we have been subject to.
Since the context is the box and we think in contexts the way to be creative is to Think in New Boxes and hence the title of the book. It is difficult to think outside the box and virtually impossible to do so on command. The authors show different ways of creating new boxes. There are several techniques and examples of how you can gain useful insights from your customers.
What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House, by Tevi Troy.
The cultural influences on our American presidents are powerful and plentiful. Thomas Jefferson famously said “I cannot live without books,” and his library backed up the claim, later becoming the backbone of the new Library of Congress. Jimmy Carter watched hundreds of movies in his White House, while Ronald Reagan starred in a few in his own time. Lincoln was a theater-goer, while Obama kicked back at home to a few episodes of HBO’s “The Wire.” Alongside classic works of philosophy and ethics, however, our presidents have been influenced by the books, movies, TV shows, viral videos, and social media sensations of their day. In What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culturen in the White House presidential scholar and former White House aide Tevi Troy combines research with witty observation to tell the story of how our presidents have been shaped by popular culture.
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