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“Auditor: Louisiana school voucher program needs better oversight”

Jan 7, 2014 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Via Nola.com/The Times-Picayune: "Louisiana's controversial school voucherprogram doesn't have enough safeguards to ensure participating private schools spend public money properly and educate the students they admit, legislative auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report Monday. The Louisiana Scholarship Program lets some low-income students attend private school at taxpayer expense. Gov. Bobby Jindal spent the fall defending it nationally after the U.S. Justice ...

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Affordable Care Act Signups Total 6 Million for 2013

Dec 30, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

After a rocky start, the Affordable Care Act has powered through December, passing over one million signups through the Federal website, HealthCare.Gov, alone. State websites also signed up over a million Americans, for a total of two million newly enrolled in private insurance. Over 6 million Americans have gained health insurance, cutting the ranks of national uninsured by 10% ...

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#GetCovered – Buy Insurance Before 12/23/13 To Have Insurance on 1/1/14

Dec 18, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Now that Heathcare.Gov is working well, it's time to #getcovered before the end of the year! If you sign up by December 23rd, you'll have insurance that starts on New Years! Of course, you can continue to shop and search for insurance throughout the spring in order to meet the ACA's requirements, but getting insurance sooner means you'll ...

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Louisianians Getting Bullied By Jindal’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

I recently penned an Op-Ed discussing the Governor's claim that he was being "bullied" about accepting the expansion of Medicaid health insurance for thousands of Louisianians during the President's recent visit to New Orleans. In the piece, I ask a simple question, "Since when is it "bullying" to plead for elected officials to do the right ...

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Louisiana Cancer Research Center Now Open

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) officially opened its new 10-story, 180,000-square-foot building at 1700 Tulane Avenue in District 5 this month. According to the LCRC, "the state-of-the-art research facility represents Louisiana’s commitment to eradicating cancer among its citizens." It is seated in the burgeoning biomedical corridor inside of New Orleans' BioDistrict.  The LCRC is a ...

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Obama In NOLA: Invest in Infrastructure To Grow Economy

Nov 10, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

While our economy continues its steady recovery, we must take advantage of opportunities to invest for our future. To create jobs and grow our economy, our focus must be on rebuilding and expanding infrastructure to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  On Friday 11/8/13, President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans to drive home this ...

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NextCity: NOLA a “Resilient City”

Nov 9, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

From NextCity: With Few Official Resources, a Community Builds Its Resilience From the Ground Up "Resilience is not solely a function of the community’s resources (though those of course help), nor defined solely by the strength of their formal institutions (ditto).Instead we found resilient communities frequently relied as much on informal networks, rooted in deep trust, to ...

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Women Underrepresented on LA Corporate Boards

Oct 27, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

A report prepared by the Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University and National Association of Women Business Owners reveals a stark truth about Louisiana's corporate leadership. Among the 50 largest publicly-traded firms in Louisiana, only 7.2% of the total board positions are occupied by women. Moreover, Women serve as 13.6% of the total number of executive officers. Of the 287 executive officer positions ...

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Answering Your Questions on Health Care Reform

Oct 22, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Friends, You've no doubt read a lot of opinion columns on the Affordable Care Act and the politics involved in its passage and implementation. Too little has been written, however, on how the ACA helps families get affordable health care and live healthier lives. With so many substantive questions out there, it's important that you take advantage of an incredible ...

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No Medicaid Expansion = 240k Louisianians Without Health Coverage

Oct 16, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

A new report indicates that the Governor's decision to deny Louisianians the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion has cost more than 240k access to health insurance. From the Kaiser Family Foundation: In states that do not expand Medicaid, over five million poor uninsured adults have incomes above Medicaid eligibility levels but below poverty and may fall into ...

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