Help for HBCUs
Health care bill includes education funding
When President Barack Obama signed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010, not only did he approve a historic change in the way health care will be offered in America, but he also made a commitment that will mean Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black Educational Institutions (PBIs) will get financial resources badly needed to continue their respective missions. This is an aspect of the health care reform bill that often gets lost in the national debate, said Melody Barnes, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council. The money will be available to the nation’s 105 HBCUs that are in good accreditation standing.
Among the most critical changes the legislation puts in place is the award of nearly $1 billion in mandatory funding to HBCUs over the next 10 years. Another $850 million will be awarded to PBIs and $150 million will go to other minority-serving institutions. The money can be used for things including expanded instruction, infrastructure development and for other efforts that will strengthen the universities and colleges. The federal government will begin providing funding to the HBCUs and other minority colleges in October of this year.
The act also invests an additional $40 billion in the Federal Pell Grant program, which will increase the award each student receives as part of an effort to keep up with the increasing cost of a typical college education. This change is slated to begin in 2013.
Furthermore, the additional funding is expected to mean more people who are eligible for the grants will receive them. Another provision of the new law is eliminating the banks and other financial “middlemen” involved in the Guaranteed Student Loan Program so that young people are now applying directly to the Federal government for their school funding. This direct lending begins July 1.
Another provision of the bill will enable students to more easily repay their student loans, according to Barnes. “It also expands the income-based repayment program to make sure that paying back the loan is more manageable,” explained Barnes. “The average student has about $23,000 in college debt, and sometimes the burden can become too heavy.”
This law now caps the repayment amount at 10 percent of a graduate’s discretionary income, and anyone with debt remaining after 10 years, who is working in a public service job, can have the debt forgiven. For others who keep up payments, the debt can be forgiven after 20 years.
Finally, the legislation will provide $2 billion across the next four years to community colleges to enable them to develop, improve upon, and provide education and career training programs.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A group that wants the city of Los Angeles to form its own public health department submitted a petition today with 69,640 signatures in a bid to qualify a ballot measure asking voters if such a department should be formed.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health handles health services for 85 cities, including Los Angeles. Proponents of the ballot initiative said the county is too stretched to adequately respond to public health risks.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave ….”
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is starting to rear its ugly head. Many of us think the concept is dangerous and costly. What is evolving is that it is the worst thing to ever happen to the U.S. economy. Right now this is clear: the federal government has taken over our healthcare industry. It has taken it over without any expertise or clear strategy. Almost daily new horrors are popping up. My brothers and sisters we are about to emulate Sweden and Canada. Socialized medicine is coming to America.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today released his final budget proposal before leaving office, in which he called for solving the city’s projected budget deficit by rescinding scheduled employee pay raises and requiring them to pay 10 percent of their health
The idea of employees paying more into their healthcare benefits “is not a radical notion,” but rather a “sustainable notion,” Villaraigosa said in outlining his proposed 2013-14 budget.
Nathan Cox-Reed has a toothache.
He thinks he needs a root canal, but the full-time student, 22, is uninsured. He can’t afford a trip to the dentist.
“I’m only working 30 hours a week. I wouldn’t have enough money to do something like that,” said Cox-Reed, a film and video student at Columbia College in Chicago.
On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law.
And while the term started out as an insult, even the president seems to have gotten used to ACA being called “Obamacare,” and it’s a central part of his legacy. And a worthy legacy it is, helping millions of Americans who have struggled to pay for healthcare.