White House Women’s Update: Check Out the New and Improved HealthCare.gov
Monday, June 24, 2013
White House Women's Update: Check Out the New
and Improved HealthCare.gov
Today, the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services is kicking off the Health Insurance Marketplace
education effort with a new, consumer-focused website HealthCare.gov, and a 24-hour-a-day consumer
call center. Wondering how the new health care law protects you? Click here to learn more.
Yesterday marked the 41st
anniversary of Title IX. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized the
anniversary with remarks acknowledging the work that still lies
ahead to ensure that America’s girls have a fair shot at success.
On June 17th, NASA announcedits 2013 astronaut class. The
class consists of candidates from diverse backgrounds and for the first time
ever is composed of 50% women.
In case you missed it, on June
12th, the Presidentannouncedhis intent to appoint Betsey
Stevenson, an economist at the University of Michigan, to the Council of
This July, the White House will
host a "Champions of Change” event on Tech Inclusion. This event will celebrate
local change-agents who are making moments of wonder and discovery happen for
kids – specifically kids from communities underrepresented in technology, like
girls and minorities. You can nominate a Champion of Change for Tech Inclusion here before July 1st.
And finally, also on June 18th,
the Congressional Budget Office estimated that, if passed, the Senate
immigration bill would reduce the deficit by almost $1 trillion over
the next two decades.
Thank you for all that you do!
White House Council on Women
The New HealthCare.gov
Today, the Administration is
kicking off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new,
consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day
consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and
ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help
Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits
their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins
On the new HealthCare.gov site,
Americans may now access new educational information and learn what they can do
to begin to get ready for open enrollment this fall.The website will add
functionality over the summer so that, by October, consumers will be able to
create accounts, complete an online application, and shop for qualified health
plans. For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov will also be updated to
match HealthCare.gov’s new consumer focus.
To view the new look and new
focus of the website, visit www.HealthCare.gov.
To find resources for your
organization, technical marketplace information, or press materials-- visit
these sites respectively:
41st Anniversary of Title IX
To recognize yesterday’s 41st
anniversary of Title IX, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan remarked,
"Forty-one years ago, with the enactment of Title IX, Congress took an
important step forward on the march toward equality. Since its inception in
1972, Title IX has helped ensure equal opportunity for girls and boys, and
women and men, in every aspect of their education.”
"Thanks to Title IX, we’ve made
great progress in creating pathways to success, but we must reaffirm our
commitment to uphold its important principles. The Department of Education will
continue to work hard to ensure equal access for students of both sexes to
schools and programs that will prepare them for college and career,
particularly in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math; to
athletic opportunities, and all the benefits that flow from them; and to safe
learning environments, free from sexual harassment and sexual violence. The
Department will also continue to protect the rights of pregnant and parenting
Read Secretary Duncan’s full
NASA’s Announces its 21st Astronaut Class
From a near-record number of
applicants, more than 6,100, NASA selected an extremely qualified class that
represents a high degree of achievement and dedication to our nation's future.
There are two Ph.D.'s represented, an M.D., and several naval aviators. They've
served in the military, government and academia. They have the experience and
physical and operational skills to help advance our nation's space program. The
new astronaut class represents the full tapestry of our nation. They are
African American, Native American, and, for the first time, representative of
the population in terms of gender as 50% of them are women.
This is the highest percentage of
women ever in a class of astronaut candidates, and will set a new standard for
women in the science technology, engineering and mathematics fields. They will
join the 43 American women who have already flown to space and the 12 women
currently in NASA's astronaut corps. The announcement is especially meaningful
as June 18th marked the 30th anniversary of Sally Ride's historic launch as the
first American woman to space aboard the space shuttle.
Learn more about NASA’s announcement.
President Obama Nominates Betsey Stevenson to
Council of Economic Advisers
On June 10th, President Obama
announced his intent to appoint Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the
University of Michigan focusing on labor, women, and families, to the Council
of Economic Advisers. While she has written prolifically on a number of
subjects, Dr. Stevenson is perhaps best known for her work on the impact of
public policy on labor markets, marriage and divorce, women and families, and
happiness and well-being.
For example, Dr. Stevenson has
researched the impact of Title IX on young girls and found that "Greater
opportunities to play sports lead to greater female participation in previously
male-dominated occupations, particularly high-skill occupations.” She concluded
that, "the experiment designed by Title IX proves that extracurricular
activities like sports play an important role in creating the skills that make
us so productive.”
Dr. Stevenson is currently an
Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public
Policy at the University of Michigan. She has held professorships at Princeton
and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and also worked for
the Federal Reserve, among other positions. Dr. Stevenson received a B.A. from
Wellesley College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Read more about Dr. Stevenson here.
Nominate a White House Champion of Change for
President Obama has set a goal to
increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math
(STEM) by one million within the next ten years. Underrepresented minorities,
women, and girls represent a valuable talent pool the country must tap into to
meet the President’s goal. However, in order to expand the Nation’s tech talent
pool, it will take all of us working together to knock down any barriers that
stand in the way.
The Administration’s tech inclusion effortsaim to connect
everyone to tech skills and opportunity, and ensure that we are all working
together so the next generation of innovators is enriched by, and reflects the
full diversity of, America. If you know someone who is making strides towards
these goals and fits thesecriteria, nominate them hereby July 1st.
Congressional Budget Office Estimates that
Senate Immigration Bill Would Reduce Deficit by Nearly $1 Trillion
The Congressional Budget Office,
the nonpartisan experts who analyze the financial impact of legislation,
believes that the Senate immigration bill would reduce the deficit by almost $1
trillion over the next two decades, if passed.
How does that work? Immigration
reform means that undocumented immigrants can come out of the shadows and start
paying taxes for things like education and Social Security. It means that
everyone plays by the same set of rules -- which makes the economy fairer for
middle class families.
Read more about their findings here.