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There is good news for student loan borrowers. I
The Associated Press, citing a federal official, reported that President Joe Biden plans to extend the moratorium on federal student loan payments until August 31. For millions of Americans, student loan limbo will continue for the next three months.
The move will mark the fifth extension since the pause took effect in March 2020. This time, inflation is on the rise and gas prices are rising because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. All the while, the nation’s $1.7 trillion student loan loan portfolio continues to grow, with no concrete direction for the debtor.
For some debtors, pay breaks gave them a little more breathing room To regain their life. How . read more about Borrowers’ lives changed without payments and what the future might look like without student loans.
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Obama and Biden form alliance to promote ACA
President Joe Biden on Tuesday proposed a way to increase the number of dependents who can get subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. What has been called a “family mess”.
Proposal: If a workplace plan for the entire family costs more than 10% of the family’s income, the worker’s spouse and children may be able to purchase a personal plan through the Obamacare Marketplace.
“The Affordable Care Act is stronger than ever,” former President Barack Obama said at a White House event. And today, we’re making it even stronger.
According to the White House, the change, which will take effect early next year, could allow an estimated 200,000 people without insurance to receive coverage. About 1 million people may be able to switch to a more affordable plan.
Impact of COVID on MedicaidFederal aid to states to boost Medicaid rolls during the coronavirus pandemic is set to expire on April 16 – unless another extension is approved.
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Why the Army Has a Suicide Crisis at an Alaska Base
Surrounded by a variety of problems – including home troubles, relationship breakdown, financial problems, substance abuse and suffocating isolation – soldiers seek professional counseling.
Get in line, they’re told.
Suicides in the military are on the rise, from 20.3 per 100,000 soldiers in 2015 to 28.7 per 100,000 in 2020. The problem is most acute in the military. Within the military, nowhere is the crisis more apparent than in Alaska. And in Alaska, Fort Wainwright is the epicenter of the epidemic.
In 2021, 17 soldiers died by suicide in Alaska, more deaths than in the previous two years and far higher than the average of six per year from 2016 to 2020.
Alaska ‘could kill you.’ It’s below freezing in Fairbanks for about half the year, and on its darkest winter day, it sees a few hours of twilight. Winter forces some soldiers to retreat to their barracks rooms, leading to isolation and eventually depression.
Last year in Alaska, suicide was almost a military problem among the armed services. There are also 10,000 Air Force airmen based in Alaska. Many in the same part of the state. According to the Air Force, only one airman died by suicide in 2021.
What is the Pentagon doing on this issue? Preventing suicides among soldiers has attracted the attention of senior Pentagon leadership. Fort Wainwright is one of nine installations to be investigated by an independent commission charged with perpetrating suicide in the military.
The White House will host the wedding of Naomi Biden, granddaughter of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. Check out these photos from White House weddings over the years. — amy