Healthy Moms Act Supported by Watson Coleman and Local Groups

“Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was joined by organizational stakeholders when she expressed her commitment to the Healthy Moms Act (Healthy Maternity and Obstetrics Act) yesterday at the office of gynecologist Dr. Brad Cohen. The Healthy Moms Act proposes a change to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that would include pregnancy as a “life-changing event,” allowing pregnant women to enroll in the program and receive pre-natal care and be insured throughout their pregnancies.” Read more at Tap Into Cranford by clicking here.

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‘The other 4-year degree’: Why everyone’s talking about apprenticeships

“Apprenticeships are having a moment. Youth employment rates are still abysmally low in the U.S. (for 16- to 19-year-olds, the unemployment rate is 17.9%, nearly three times the national rate) and college has never been pricier. Apprenticeships, which some have dubbed “the other four-year degree,” offer a low-cost way for young people to get jobs and an education without incurring loads of debt.” Read more at Yahoo! Finance by clicking here.

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Gainful-Employment Rule Survives For-Profit Group’s Court Challenge

“The U.S. Education Department’s gainful-employment rule is one step closer to taking effect. A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a serious legal challenge, brought by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, to the controversial rule. The lobbying group’s lawsuit was the highest hurdle remaining for the proposed rule, which will judge career-oriented programs on their graduates’ ability to repay their student loans. The rule is slated to take effect on July 1.” Read more at the Chronicle of Higher Education by clicking here.

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Debt-free college ‘plans’ keep popping up. But a closer look reveals they are mostly detail-free

“IHE examined the proposals and lines stated by presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Martin O’Malley, as well as ideas from Elizabeth Warren and Congressional Democrats, Demos and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Young Invincibles.

Each one promised a lofty ideal, but with the exception of the Young Invincibles and Sanders, all of them were ‘unclear’ on how they would actually pay for this plan, according to the publication.” Read more at Red Alert Politics by clicking here.

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Debt Free College? If You Get a Blow, it Won’t Be From the Federal Government

“Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who has famously declared herself a non-candidate for the Democratic presidential nominationhas embraced Debt Free College and spelled out her own plan, which focuses on the debt load at public colleges and universities. Hillary Clinton, who needs to shore up her bona fides with Millennial voters, has hinted that she may throw her hat into the debt-free college ring, going so far as to say that college should be as ‘debt-free as possible.’ A Higher Education Promise for the 21st Century, a manifesto from non-profit The Young Invincibles, homes in on the borrower’s monthly payments and wants to ‘cut existing debt payments by as much as 70% for the typical current borrower.’” Read more at The Street by clicking here.

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The Economy’s on the Upswing, so why are Millennials Struggling to Land Jobs?

“Six years out of the Great Recession, national headlines say our economy’s recovering (hundreds of thousands of jobs were added last past month). Yet my generation of Millennials — the most diverse of any age group — faces a far different economic landscape. Last month, the national unemployment rate was 5.5 percent for adults overall and nearly forty percent higher for 18 to 34 year-olds. It’s even worse for young adults of color. Young black adults face an unemployment rate that’s roughly twice as high as their white peers.  This gap is upsetting, and the voices of so many young adults who are struggling need to be heard for lawmakers to take action.” Read more at emPower Magazine by clicking here.

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Hillary Clinton Set to Unveil New Plan to Tackle Youth Unemployment

“At a forum Wednesday in South Carolina, Hillary Clinton will introduce a proposal that would offer businesses a $1,500 tax credit for every worker hired to a government-rated earn-and-learn apprenticeship. The program, meant to target stubbornly high unemployment rates among young Americans, would require apprentices to be registered with state or federal regulators, and make qualifying apprenticeship programs subject to standards and outcome measures, according to a senior campaign aide.” Read more at Policy Mic by clicking here.

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California, New York bills would make pregnancy a qualifying event

“Moves like the one in California could influence federal policy on the issue, suggests Christina Postolowski, health policy manager at Young Invincibles.” Read more at Healthcare Dive by clicking here.

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Elizabeth Warren’s new plan for debt-free college, explained

Young Invincibles, an advocacy group representing Americans under 35, has suggested seven strategies that together could reduce debt. The biggest is tying the maximum Pell Grant to the average in-state tuition cost — nearly doubling the need-based federal aid at a cost of $21 billion.” Read more at Vox by clicking here.

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Happy ‘health care birthday!’ It’s time to buy insurance

“Under the Affordable Care Act, young people can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 26. At that point, they must either get insurance through their employer or purchase it through the insurance marketplace. In April, KPCC’s  photojournalist Maya Sugarman reached this milestone, which she dubbed her ‘health care birthday.’” Read more at 89.3 KPCC by clicking here.

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