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Applying for Health Insurance Just Got Easier

On October 1, millions of Americans will have a simple new way to get affordable health coverage: the Health Insurance Marketplace.  

With one application, you'll be able to compare all your coverage options side-by-side, learn if you can get lower costs based on your income, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

In fact, the new application is so simple, it's 17 pages shorter than the current application you'd fill out to enroll in coverage in the individual market. 

Visit HealthCare.gov now and learn how to sign up starting on October 1.

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Guest column: 10 things I learned as a presidential innovation fellow

Ben Balter

Ben Balter, government evangelist at GitHub.

Ben Balter, a government evangelist at GitHub, is a former presidential innovation fellow and a FedScoop contributor.

Looking back on serving in the inaugural class of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, almost one year to the day we started, it’s clear now that going in, many rightfully assumed the challenges we’d face would be largely technical challenges.

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Agencies still weak in FISMA requirements, GAO says

In a world of increasing cyber-attacks, the Government Accountability Office found federal agencies still come up short in securing their information, and security-related incidents around federal information systems increased by 782 percent over the past six years.

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Review: The Seldoms' 'Monument' triumphs over trash

Carrie Hanson's "Monument" is a big, noisy children's game with a deadly serious intent. Heedless, the six Seldoms performers make faces and toss themselves and others around like toys built to last. But this is no game: Hanson's subject is our full-tilt destruction of the environment.

Weekly Address: Averting a Government Shutdown and Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare

In this week’s address, President Obama says that on October 1st, a big part of the Affordable Care Act will go live and give uninsured Americans the chance to buy the same quality, affordable health care as everyone else. It is also the day when some Republicans in Congress might shut down the government just because they don’t like the law. The President urged Congress to both pass a budget by Monday and raise the nation’s debt ceiling so that we can keep growing the economy. He also said that those without health insurance and those who buy it on the individual market should visit HealthCare.gov to find out how to get covered on Tuesday.

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Weekly Wrap Up: “No one should go broke just because they get sick”

Talking Healthcare: While in New York on Tuesday, President Obama joined former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting to discuss health care reform in America. “What we’re saying to people is, look, just go to the website yourself,” the President said. “Go to healthcare.gov; take a look at whether this is a good deal or not and make your own decision about whether this is good for you.

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Inclusive Competitiveness: America’s 21st Century Economic Vision

Inclusive Competitiveness is a national economic imperative that policymakers nationwide should consider as their highest investment priority and America's 21st Century Economic Vision. Johnathan Holifield, Esq. is the "Father of Inclusive Competitiveness," which is an economic philosophy and framework rapidly gaining traction as the nation's premier economic vision for the 21st century. Holifield's Inclusive Competitiveness vision is based upon a naked eye observation backed by solid research data: See slideshare and video.
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