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Kathleen Falk Addresses Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment in Bloomington

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Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointed by the Obama Administration in 2013, serves as the Midwest’s connection to the Affordable Care Act. She stopped through Bloomington today in an event hosted by Nancy Woolery, Health Projects coordinator for the City of Bloomington. Information about the open enrollment period here, in today’s community report.

United Way and City of Bloomington produced open enrollment assistance cards that will be going out to residents to help explain the affordable care act registration process.

The “Cover Monroe Project” host three events to assist residents with health care

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The Affordable Care Act’s “Health Insurance Marketplace” is open for enrollment, and a group called Cover Monroe is hosting a variety of events to help residents enroll or re-enroll in health coverage. The “CoverMonroe Project” will hold three different types of events to increase service to residents: Education and Enrollment Fairs that educate citizens about available options; Health Plan Forums to help support selecting the insurance plan that best meets family needs, and specific “Coverage Navigator” appointments for one-on-one help. WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Cover Monroe project Coordinator David Meyer about the enrollment period, the opportunities for coverage, and the ramifications for not being covered come February 15th in todays community report.

Last year 85 percent of those signing up for personal health insurance through the affordable care act got financial help to get covered. The price that people see when looking at plans online is the full coverage price, not necessarily the price they would pay once their individual finances are taken into account. Joining Anthem and Medwise in the Monore County Marketplace this year are United Health Care, Assurant Health, Care Source, and IU Health.

Decarcerate Monroe County to host a discussion on local jail expansion and other issues

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Members of Decarcerate Monroe County are hosting an event this Thursday, November 20th to discuss recent changes in the Indiana criminal code, the latest expansion proposal by the County Commissioners, and the links between homelessness and incarceration. Interchange host Doug storm invited Micol Seigel in to talk about some of these issues, we hear a portion of their discussion here, for today’s community report.

The full discussion can be heard on Interchange next Tuesday, November 25th at 6pm.

Right to Work Law

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Last week the Indiana Supreme Court delivered a ruling on Indiana’s controversial Right to Work Law, originally passed by state legislature in 2012. The law makes it a class A misdemeanor to require someone to become or remain a member of a labor organization, or pay dues and fees. The ruling stated that this law did not infringe upon the Indiana Constitution, as claimed by union representatives. Correspondent David Murphy spoke with Indiana University Labor Studies Professor Joe Varga about the ruling and what it means for effective unions for today’s community report.

New zoning rules for Monroe County rural areas

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Monroe County appears to be almost finished approving new zoning rules for rural areas. But questions still remain. We bring you that story for today’s WFHB community report.

The November 18th meeting is at 6 p.m in the Nat U Hill Room of the County Courthouse.

Veterans Day Ceremony Hosted At Monroe County Courthouse

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Richard E. Dunbar, Commander, Burton Woolery American Legion Post #18, hosted a Veterans Day ceremony at the Monroe County Courthouse this morning. Excerpts of the gratitude expressed for our nations’ veterans by Master of Ceremonies Colonel Turner Nolan here, for today’s community report.

New initiative vows to end homelessness in Bloomington by 2020

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Last week the Shalom Community center hosted an event titled “off the streets by 2020″ – a plan to end homelessness in Bloomington. WFHB Correspondent William Morris was on hand, and brings us the long-term strategy to address a long term Bloomington issue, for today’s community report.

Election night discussion on political parties and poll results

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WFHB, in partnership with Community Access Television Services, hosted a full night of interviews and updates on election night. IU Professor of Political Science Majorie Hershey was among the guests to come on the show, and she spoke with WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford about her research on political parties and elections. With the votes all tallied, we hear her perspective for today’s community report.

IU School of Education Dean Gonzales to retire after 15 years

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After 15 years as Dean of the IU School of Education, Gerardo Gonzales is leaving the position. The school is one the biggest and most prestigious in the country. During his tenure, Dean Gonzales has seen the implementation of many policies by the state government which have significantly affected the professional credentialing and careers of teachers in Indiana. These regulatory changes have been associated with a significant drop in student enrollment in the school. Both things prompted IU President McRobbie to call in his recent State of the University address for the appointment of what he is calling a blue ribbon panel of experts to look at all aspects of the school’s operation, prior to the appointment of a replacement for the current dean. Recently, Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy spoke to Dean Gonzales about his retirement.

That was correspondent David Murphy speaking with IU School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzales on the occasion of his impending retirement from the position.

Local opposing chairs address press concerning media and election coverage

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Monroe County Republican chair Steve Hogan and democrat chair Trent Deckard spoke together for the first time last week as they addressed the Bloomington press Club regarding local media coverage of the upcoming election. Political reporter Steve Hennifield moderated the talk, here for today’s community report.

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