Changes in Medicare law …

by Vincent Polisi on January 16, 2010

Changes in the Medicare law will mean more beneficiaries can receive help with their prescription drugs under the Extra Help program.  Before this change many individuals were disqualified from the Extra Help program because their resources were too high.  Life insurance policies are no longer considered a resource, which may pave the way for many beneficiaries to now qualify.  Also any assistance you receive in paying your bill will no longer be considered as income.

Anyone with limited income and on the Medicare drug program and not on SSI should apply to see if he or she can qualify.  It could save you a lot of money on your drug bills.

Everyone To Get ‘Extra Help’ Rx Benefit | Sweetness & Light

About 32 million seniors are enrolled in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. About 30 percent of them are enrolled in the extra help program, also known as the low-income subsidy. So now everybody will get “extra help. …

Extra Help for Medicare: Social Security Announces a New “Twist …

Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, and Chubby.

Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for Extra Help with Medicare …

Chubby Checker and Social Security Commissioner Astrue Announce a New “Twist” in the Law Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, and Chubby Checker, Grammy Award winner and rock and roll legend, today launched a new campaign …

1million more Seniors will have access to drugs …the program is …

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited income and resources are eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs–monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription …

It Is Now Easier To Qualify For Extra Help With Medicare …

The extra help program currently provides assistance to more than nine million senior and disabled Americans — saving them an average of almost $4000 a year on their Medicare prescription drug plan costs.

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Update from Washington State: SustainableWorks secures Recovery grant.

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In May of 2009, we reported on a major legislative victory for clean-energy jobs in Washington, thanks to deep community involvement and champions in the state legislature. Now, the application process for those funds is complete, and a great organization called SustainableWorks won a Recovery grant.

Update from Washington State: SustainableWorks secures Recovery grant.

We have an exciting update from Washington State!

A few months back, we reported on a major legislative victory for clean-energy jobs in Washington, thanks to deep community involvement and champions in the state legislature. 

The Washington State legislation (Senate Bill 5649) paved the way to create thousands of good, green-collar jobs, by designating that funds from the Recovery Act support energy-efficiency retrofit programs.

This ground breaking legislation was passed because of the hard work of leaders in the SoundSpokane Alliance. Green For All worked with community advocates and members of the legislature to ensure that the bill benefited community members and included job quality standards. and

Now, the application process for those funds is complete, and a great organization called SustainableWorks won a Recovery grant. Thanks to SB 5649 and Recovery Act funding, SustainableWorks will expand its work to facilitate energy-efficiency retrofits in moderate-income neighborhood.

SustainableWorks already has experience pioneering retrofit projects in small commercial and residential buildings in Spokane, WA. It has proven that a highly trained workforce, paid family wages, can provide cost effective energy retrofit services. SustainableWorks is now a statewide non-profit pioneering neighborhood-based, large-scale energy efficiency projects.

In addition to this experience, SustainableWorks is a good pick for Recovery funds because it is committed to providing quality jobs and opportunities for new workers to enter the workforce. The program requires that all contractors pay Washington State prevailing wages with benefits to all employees.  It also requires that all contractors use at least 20% apprentices on its projects and that 25% of these apprentices must be new first-year apprentices.  With the support of Electrical Workers, Plumbers and Pipefitters, Laborers, Sheet Metal Workers Unions and others, SustainableWorks has agreements to place individuals from underserved communities directly into apprentice programs that usually require a long waiting period.  These unions have demonstrated their commitment to making the building trades accessible to all.

SustainableWorks will require contracted employees to receive extensive training so that its workforce can perform energy retrofit work more efficiently than past models. This, combined with simplifying the process for consumers, will result in a program that can be sustainable for the long haul.

The energy retrofit work SustainableWorks will do with Recovery funds is part of a continuum of programs to help low-income Washington residents reduce their energy costs through energy saving home retrofits. The Washington State Low Income Weatherization program performs free energy retrofits in low-income households.  SustainableWorks will provide retrofits in moderate-income homes that don’t qualify for the low-income program.  It will combine utility incentives and Recovery funding to make certain that the costs for the retrofits are covered up-front with low interest loans, and fully paid for over time with energy savings.  

SustainableWorks is also grounded in a community organizing model that is critical to reaching homeowners who are either unaware of energy savings opportunities or are not pursuing them because of the costs involved.  SustainableWorks can reach these households and help them save energy, organizing one moderate-income neighborhood at a time.

It is very exciting to see the next step in the process, as landmark legislation on the federal and state levels (the Recovery Act and SB 5649) begins to turn into jobs, opportunity, and environmental sustainability for people and communities in Washington State.

For more stories of how the green economy is growing across the United States, see our new Green Economy Roadmap.

Dems United in Solidarity for Barack Obama ….sign your name

Tell President Obama we support him … we will still push for change we all voted for and believe in …

Clean Energy initiative … introduced 1/8/2010 by President Obama

As we move into 2010 the percentage of jobs lost has not subsided and the stimulus package has not produced as many jobs as the Obama Administration had hoped,  the percentage, still in the double digits, 10%.  This slow turn around has the Obama Administration taking steps to increase job creation of 17thousand if not more jobs by injecting money and giving tax credits to green businesses. Tax credits were awarded to 183 projects in 43 states, which, hopefully will boost the economy.

As the President introduced the Clean Energy initiative, he promised that these green jobs will not be outsourced, he also reminded the nation that America started out being the number one in Energy Innovation and manufacturing. These jobs and others primarily held by Americans  have since been sent overseas, in my opinion because material and labor was and still is very cheap.

Today,  China is one if not the biggest manufacturer of solar panels, wind and other clean energy technology products; it’s obvious America needs to improve upon our status and production of green jobs, green products and innovation.

The Clean Energy initiative is a package of 2.3billion dollars to forge a future for Americans by starting  to manufacture solar, wind  and hopefully infrastructure projects, these projects must be in service by 2014, but approximately 30 percent of them will be completed by 2010, the administration estimated.  The money used will be coming from the stimulus package as well as an additional 5billion of private capital provided to the manufacturing sector to create thousands of additional jobs.

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