Suppose we were to raise the pay of all of the nation’s CNAs by $10,000/year, or $5/hour for a full-time worker. This would have a total cost of $20 billion per year— which is less than one percent of the amount we have spent in six weeks to fight COVID. And the benefits will be enormous. Studies suggest that nursing homes with higher-paid CNAs have more staff, lower turnover, and better quality. … [Read more...] about Why do we only care about long-term care in a crisis?
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For example, Smith has directed a number of the companies owned by his firm, Vista Equity Partners, to help. One company, Finastra, helped digitize a national network of CDFIs and Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), and many of them are taking new loan applicants. Another company, Quick Base, built a tool to help people determine their loan eligibility and find a lender. … [Read more...] about Van Jones: Black businesses can still get government help. But they need to act fast
Most of the costs are taken from your loan proceeds, so you don’t pay them out of pocket, but it’s still an expensive way to borrow. HECM loans require a 2% upfront mortgage insurance payment, plus an additional 0.5% annual charge, on top of origination costs and lenders’ fees. Any amount you borrow, including these fees and insurance, accrues interest, which means your debt grows over time. … [Read more...] about Liz Weston: Should seniors consider a reverse mortgage now?
Some of you have asked me specifically about this, and here is my response: I have no desire to file claims against Planned Parenthood for defamation, retaliation, or discrimination. I have no desire to harm the organization—in fact, I want more than anything to move on and continue my life’s work in public health, to support Planned Parenthood as a partner in the movement, and to spend time with my growing family (the happy news in this email is that we’re expecting and look forward to Eli having a brother or sister by the end of March!). My service to Planned Parenthood has left my family with upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal fees, relocation costs, and even expenses to remove the security equipment that PPFA installed in my house. Not to mention health insurance benefits—which my entire family depends on—that are now being held as a bargaining chip, in direct violation of PPFA’s contractual obligations. … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood ex-CEO writes letter to board amid severance dispute
His experience highlights the challenges for caregivers and patients as the pandemic strains the nation's mental health care system. Even before COVID-19, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people who have insurance. Now experts fear the virus will make the situation worse, putting the patients most in need at risk of falling through the cracks and inflicting on countless others newfound grief, anxiety and depression. … [Read more...] about Pandemic threatens to deepen crisis in mental health care