The Purple Buzz – July 25, 2013


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Quick Quiz

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will be largely implemented by next year, but many provisions are already law. Below are four provisions of the law. Which one hasn’t taken effect yet?

A: Require insurance companies to allow children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26
B: Create insurance pools so small businesses can take advantage of large group pricing benefits
C: Insurance companies no longer allowed to drop coverage when someone gets sick
D: Insurance companies must refund money if they don’t spend 80% of premiums providing care

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Medinas in Salinas, June 2013Salinas to Bakersfield: Fight for immigration reform

SEIU Local 521 members have been fighting hard to stand up for the rights of all workers. Now that the Senate has passed its immigration reform bill, all eyes are on Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield to see if he can wrangle the members of the Republican Caucus to do the right thing.

Hundreds of people from all over California came to an immigration-focused town hall meeting July 20 in Bakersfield.

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Monterey County workers rally - July 19Monterey County workers rally for a fair contract

Over a hundred Monterey County workers rallied on July 19 to demand a fair contract.

The Monterey County budget is balanced, yet the county is asking its employees to increase its contribution to PERS, which literally means a net decrease in pay.

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Unity Break Julian 7-18 (2)What we can do together

For four straight days last week, hundreds of Santa Clara County workers from five major worksites took turns hosting a “Mega” Unity Break to call on county leaders to invest in frontline workers and frontline services.

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COPE-news-jul2013-APILocal Launches API Voter Project in Fresno

Hot off the success of our Vietnamese voter project, where we helped to register 10,000 new Vietnamese-American voters, we now have a project in Fresno to join forces with the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community to double the percentage of API voters in Fresno County.

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Quick Quiz

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will be largely implemented by next year, but many provisions are already law. Below are four provisions of the law. Which one hasn’t taken effect yet?

The correct answer is B.
In 2014, healthcare exchanges will go live and provide a way for small businesses and the uninsured to pool their resources and get better pricing on healthcare insurance. The other three provisions are already law.


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