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Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers & Calling on Congress to Finish the Job for All Workers by Passing the Harkin-Miller Bill

Today, continuing to fulfill his promise to make 2014 a year of action, the President will sign an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.

The Executive Order the President will sign today will benefit hundreds of thousands of people working under contracts with the federal government who are making less than $10.10 an hour. It will also improve the value that taxpayers are getting from the federal government’s investment. Studies show that boosting low wages will reduce turnover and absenteeism, while also boosting morale and improving the incentives for workers, leading to higher productivity overall. These gains improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama pledged to both take executive action wherever he can and work with Congress to increase opportunity for all Americans. Consistent with that pledge, the President will continue to work with Congress to finish the job to raise the minimum wage for all Americans and pass the Harkin-Miller bill so that all workers can be paid at least a $10.10 minimum wage.

Click HERE for >> Details of the Executive Order

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The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force is excited to announce that the finalized document—A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives—is now available for download online. You can access it by visiting
The Agenda outlines 30 research pathways that could help decrease the number of both suicide attempts and deaths in the United States. In addition to input from a Stakeholder Survey, the Agenda also was developed based on a literature review, portfolio analysis, mapping of the burden of suicide, and input from over 70 researchers in the field who examined what research areas show the most promise in reducing the suicide rates in the U.S.
The goal is for this Agenda to be used by funding organizations to help guide them in their funding decisions, as well as the researchers themselves regarding the types of research they conduct in the future. And we encourage family members, policymakers, and other interested individuals to use the Agenda to help advocate for the field of suicide prevention research.
We hope that this Agenda will help to move the suicide prevention research field forward and to save lives!
Research Prioritization Task Force
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.” 

Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain a minimum level of health insurance, known as “minimum essential coverage” (MEC), for themselves and their dependents. Individuals who fail to have MEC may be required to pay a penalty (called a “shared responsibility payment”) when they file their tax returns.

If you are a service member, retiree, family member, or survivor covered by TRICARE, you have MEC. There is no need to purchase additional health insurance. If you are using any of the following health plan options, you have the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act:

  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Prime Remote
  • TRICARE Prime Overseas
  • TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas
  • TRICARE Standard and Extra
  • TRICARE Standard Overseas
  • TRICARE For Life
  • US FamilyHealth Plan
    • Martin’s Point Health Care
    • Brighton Marine Health Center
    • Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York
    • Johns Hopkins Medicine
    • Christus Health

You also meet the coverage requirement if you purchase one of the following plans. Unlike the TRICARE plans listed above, these plans require you to pay a monthly premium to obtain coverage. If you have purchased one of the plans listed below and are paying the monthly premium, you have MEC:

  • TRICARE Reserve Select
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve
  • TRICARE Young Adult


Finally, you have MEC if you have TRICARE through either of these transitional health plans after you leave military service:

  • Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP): premium free, 180 days
  • Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP): if purchased, 18-36 months

Keep your DEERS information up to date. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will use information from the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to verify your TRICARE coverage. It is important for sponsors to ensure that all of their dependents’ social security numbers are accurate in DEERS. You can do this by contacting the DEERS office online or at 1.800.538.9552.

For additional information on TRICARE and the Affordable Care Act, please visit the TRICARE website.


**Dear Aging and Disability Services Division community partner,

I am very excited to share with you our continuing efforts to create a lifespan service system that promotes community living for Nevadans ages 60 and older and those living with a disability. Our efforts include developing strategies to ensure necessary services and supports are available when needed, are responsive and effective and are easy to access. We are committed to building a service system which values individuals and their families, is consumer friendly and pays special attention to creating a seamless system of care throughout the lifespan.

As you know, the staff and providers of ADSD services are critical to the success of the ADSD integration. As such, we would like to solicit your input on the draft critical issues and goals prior to drafting the strategic plan.

In July- September, a series of focus groups took place all across the state with individuals and their families to identify critical issues that must be to achieve the vision that, “Nevadans will enjoy self-sufficiency, independence, and safety with opportunities for a meaningful life that respects the person’s dignity and right to self-determination”.

In addition, key informants from across the state provided input on critical issues, potential goals and strategies that should be included in the integration plan. Now, we need the feedback of the people who make services possible every day. Please forward this survey to all staff and providers of ADSD. Their input is critical.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this link:

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on this links:

-English Survey:

-Spanish Survey:

We would like all surveys completed by November 8, 2013.

The surveys are available for download below and can be printed and completed as a hard copy of faxed or emailed back to or 775-324-4941. If you need copies made and sent to you to distribute, please email and indicated how many you need in English and/or Spanish. Thank you so much for your help. CLICK TO VIEW DOWNLOADS...


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Approximately one out of every four Americans is a caregiver for a parents, child, spouse or relative who has a disability, is elderly or is chronically ill. Family caregivers are the backbone of military families and their work is especially important druing times of deployment.... Continue reading here


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Starting October 1, 2013, Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own health insurance will have a new way to shop for insurance: the Health Insurance Marketplace

Sign Up for Health Care Coverage HERE

White House briefing: Enrollment in affordable health insurance options through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, created under the Affordable Care Act, begins on October 1st. Stakeholders from a cross section of organizations attended to hear about the ways the health care law will provide more affordable, better quality health insurance for children and their families. The participants learned about the enrollment process and how ACA expands access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits and what community based organizations can do to help others enroll beginning October 1st. .Affordable Care Act Briefing for the Mental Health Community.