Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $1,477,139 in grant awards to 17 Montana health centers operating 89 sites to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, the awardees expect to hire 27 additional workers, who will assist 14,341 Montanans with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage. Across the nation, 1,159 health centers will receive $150 million in grant awards.
In Montana, health centers served 98,730 patients last year, 50 percent of whom were uninsured.
Approximately 70 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Montana will soon find a permanent place to call home with new funding from the federal government.
Montana will received $325,181 to assist homeless veterans in Billings and Helena.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is announcing the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative, a commitment by its top national, regional and community lenders to collectively increase their lending activity to veterans by five percent per year for the next five years.
The U.S. Census Bureau announced Asians were the nation's fastest-growing race or ethnic group in 2012. Their population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates. More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian population came from international migration.
By comparison, the Hispanic population grew by 2.2 percent, or more than 1.1 million, to just over 53 million in 2012. The Hispanic population growth was fueled primarily by natural increase (births minus deaths), which accounted for 76 percent of Hispanic population change. Hispanics remain our nation's second largest race or ethnic group (behind non-Hispanic whites), representing about 17 percent of the total population.
As the recently appointed Region VIII Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), I am proud to recognize a milestone close to my heart: this year marks the 25th anniversary of enactment of the Women's Business Ownership Act of 1988. This landmark legislation laid the foundation for increased federal support of women-owned businesses, now one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the nation's economy. This milestone is also significant for me because my wife happens to be among the 8.1 million women business owners in the United States.
Ten Thousand Commandments is an annual report by CEI Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews on the growing compliance costs of federal regulations.
The report states that the federal government primarily funds its programs in three ways. The first is to raise taxes to pay for new programs. The second is to borrow money to pay for them.
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