“You’re not going to let Uncle Sam put his finger up your butt, are you, dude?” We’re at a bustling town fair, a few weeks from now. Kids climb on the firetruck. Community groups sell cupcakes and give out flyers. At the “Enroll America” booth, people are on healthcare.gov signing up for the health insurance marketplace.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one of the great pleasures of my life – reading the New York Times – is also bad for my health.
Navah Paskowitz knows that her 4-year-old son, Edwin, is long overdue for a dental checkup, but she’s terrified to take him for one.
To those Jews planning to vote for Obama: Are you prepared to explain to your children not the principles upon which your vote is cast, but its probable effects upon them?
During February, Jewish communities across North America observe Jewish Disability Awareness Month. It is an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the needs, strengths, opportunities and challenges of individuals with disabilities in our communities, and to ensure we are building more inclusive communities that celebrate all of our neighbors.
Susie Tiffany of Beverly Hills suffers from a rare blood disorder and needs monthly infusions of blood components, which her insurance company ultimately declined to cover. She hoped the government's new prescription drug benefit would help her out because, despite her ZIP code, she's a low-income senior. But the possibilities, were baffling: an array of private insurance plans that covered different things, explanations on the Internet that included terms she never had to know before, additional complexities depending on a person's income and a confusing interplay of state and federal agencies. However, Tiffany was able to find assistance in her case from Jewish Family Service. A social worker helped get Tiffany's treatment covered by new state funds intended to help seniors with the transition to the new federal system.
For the past 12 years, the Elite Academy has drawn 9,000 students from Latin America and the former Soviet Union to Israel's top high schools. This year, the free program, which provides students with a stipend and health insurance, expanded to 32 countries -- including the United States and Canada -- after a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.