Weekly Update: Important Jobs Act Needs YOUR Help.
Republicans Block ‘Bring Jobs Home Act’
Last night, Senator Jeff Merkley spoke with union members in a telephone town hall about why Congress must pass the Bring Jobs Home Act - and thank you to everyone who called in!
The Bring Jobs Home Act is a crucial piece of legislation that will eliminate the tax benefits that corporations receive when they move jobs to other countries. This Act stands up for American ingenuity and supports companies who are sticking with us and keeping jobs here – rather than offshoring to make a quick profit. And it helps companies who want to bring jobs back to the U.S. by making moving costs a little bit more affordable.
Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives are working hard to stop the Act from moving forward. We need to have the support of Oregon’s entire Congressional Delegation to send a clear and strong message to Congress: Oregon’s workers needs jobs. See this week’s Take Action to find out how you can get involved.
In Other News...
Sign-Up for Summer School!
Are you signed-up for Oregon AFL-CIO 2012 Summer School? The University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center will host Summer School from August 10-12 at the UO campus in Eugene. There are just a few weeks left to register!
Click here to register online today.
Click here to see what classes and workshops are offered this year and to get all the details.
What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act:
Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has put together a great list of things you should know when you’re talking about the Affordable Care Act:
1. YOUR KIDS ARE COVERED. If your adult children cannot get health insurance at work, they may be able to stay on your insurance policy until they're 26 years old instead of being dropped once they reach 19 or leave school.
2. YOU CAN'T BE DROPPED. Your health insurance company is no longer allowed to "drop" you (cancel your policy) if you get sick.
3. YOU CAN'T BE DENIED INSURANCE. Your children under age 19 cannot be denied coverage simply because they have a pre-existing condition. Health insurance companies will also be barred from rejecting adults for pre-existing conditions starting in 2014. (Until then, those adults will be able to get subsidized coverage through a new national "high-risk" insurance pool.
4. YOU CAN SPEND WHAT YOU NEED TO. Until now, insurance companies could set limits on the benefits you could receive. If you had an expensive condition, like cancer, or you were in a serious accident, you could run out of coverage. The new law changes that: companies are now barred from instituting lifetime caps on coverage, and annual limits will be restricted until they are eliminated in 2014.
5. YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT. If you haven't been able to get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, you have new coverage options. You can purchase insurance through a "high-risk" pool, which will cap your out-of-pocket expenses for health care.
To read the rest of Working America’s list, please click here.