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Employer Health Coverage in U.S. on 10-Year Decline

The share of Americans who get health benefits through work dropped to 60 percent in 2011, continuing a decade-long slide that highlights the …

Vatican Defends Pope Francis' Washing Of Women's Feet

<b>By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service</b><p>VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Friday (March 29) dismissed criticism of Pope Francis' decision to wash the feet of two women during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a Rome youth prison.<p>The move has come under fire from Catholic traditionalists who say that …

Three Years On, States Still Struggle With Health Care Law Messaging

It is hard to imagine that after three years of acrimony and debate we could still be so confused about President Obama's Affordable Care Act.<p>Is it actually possible Americans know less about Obamacare now than they did three years ago? Apparently that is the case, and the news comes just as the …

Church Traditionalists Livid at Pope Foot-Wash

In the short time since Pope Francis became leader of the Catholic Church, his every move has been scrutinized for signs of what his plans could be …

Hæc Nox Est....

(Translation.)<p><b>* * *</b><p><b>HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS <br>THE EASTER VIGIL IN THE HOLY NIGHT<br>ST PETER'S BASILICA<br>30 MARCH 2013</b><p>Dear Brothers and Sisters,<p>1. In the …

Pope washes feet of young Muslim woman prisoner in unprecedented twist on Maundy Thursday

Pope Francis continued his gleeful abandonment of tradition by washing the feet of a young Muslim woman prisoner in an unprecedented twist on the Holy Thursday tradition.<p>While popes have for centuries washed the feet of the faithful on the day before Good Friday, never before had a pontiff washed …

Still Art Conveys a Stilling Remembrance of Holy Week

This week is Holy Week, the group of days that constitute the last week of Lent and the week preceding Easter in most Christian traditions. Observers commemorate the transition of Jesus' life as a mortal, human being on earth to an other-worldly presence after his resurrection. Since the dawn of …

Pope washes feet of two girls, two Muslims at youth prison

Christians are in the middle of Holy Week ceremonies leading up to Easter Sunday.<p>Christians are in the middle of Holy Week ceremonies leading up to Easter Sunday.<p>VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Thursday (March 28) washed the feet of 12 young inmates, including two girls and two Muslims, during a …

Financial and Administrative Alignment Demonstrations for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Compared: States with Memoranda of Understanding Approved by CMS

Using authority in the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched demonstrations that seek to improve …

Health Care

Why Is American Health Care So Ridiculously Expensive?

It would be nice to say that high prices are a bug of our medical system. But they're a feature. They're part of a choice we've made.<p>The U.S. medical system is absurdly expensive. You knew that already. But you probably didn't realize just how absurdly expensive it is compared to other …

Pope app tops iTunes charts

Denver, Colo., Mar 26, 2013 / 02:09 am (CNA).- A Vatican-sponsored news application for smart phones known as “The Pope App” has risen to the top of …

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Restaurant Chains Cut Estimates for Health-Law Costs

Restaurant owners have been fierce critics of the health-care overhaul law, fearing that its mandate for employers to offer insurance more broadly will drive up costs and deter hiring.<p>Now, some operators say the law may not be that costly after all. They say many employees won't qualify for …

Health Care

White House on defense after Sebelius remark on health law

Earnest said he had not read Sebelius’s remarks, but pointed to a blog post from Alan Krueger, the chairman of the president's Council of Economic …

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Local News<p>The effects from the last week of heavy and consistent rains are widespread through the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ranging from a fallen …

On Scripture: How Long Does Darkness Last?

There is a pall over this morning. As this story begins in John’s Gospel, “it is still dark.”<p>It is still dark where we wake up today. Beautiful, …

Percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born : 13 Percentage that was foreign-born in 1913 : 15 Change in the number of undocumented immigrants living in the United States since 2007 : –900,000 Portion of Republicans who supported a “path to citizenship” in a February Washington Post poll : 3/5 Who supported the same policy when President Obama’s name was included in the question : 2/5 Amount the Obama Administration spent on immigration enforcement last year : $18,000,000,000 Amount the Justice Department spent on all law enforcement : $12,400,000,000 Percentage of U.S. Hispanics who “strongly disagree” with the statement that racism is “by and large a thing of the past” : 32 Of U.S. whites …

Percentage of the U.S. population that is foreign-born <b>:</b> 13<p>Percentage that was foreign-born in 1913 <b>:</b> 15<p>Change in the number of undocumented immigrants …

Commonweal Magazine

Traditional Disobedience<p>Renewing the Legacy of Catholic Activism<p>By John Gehring<p>Go to<p>A Gift We Don’t Deserve<p>People before Profits<p>After the Iran …

Texts for Via Crucis in the Colosseum (Part 2) - ZENIT - English

In the days leading up to Good Friday, ZENIT is republishing the texts for the Via Crucis that Pope Francis will lead in the Colosseum.<p>The texts this …

How Fortune 500 companies plan to cut health costs: Act like Medicare

<i>Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the latest</i> …

AHA Data Products | AHA

Data Analysis and Research<p>AHA Annual Survey Database™: A comprehensive census providing access to an unparalleled resource for hospital market …

The Center For Medicare And Medicaid Innovation’s Blueprint For Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Of New Care And Payment Models

• 1. William Shrank ( William.Shrank@cms.hhs.gov ) is the director of the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Group at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid …

Men and Boys Behaving Badly: Where Are Their Fathers?

It’s a constant story line involving powerful men in politics, sports, business, and even religion: they behave with utter disregard for the dignity …