Thanks to a lack of funds, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been forced to close the doors of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., and turn away about 200 potential new patients. That includes at least 30 children, according to NIH Director Francis Collins, the majority of whom were supposed to receive experimental cancer treatments. read more
Marcelas Owens was 11 years old when he first stepped into the spotlight. " missed so much work that she lost her job. And along with her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life," he said in 2010 addressing Democratic Senate leadership at a press conference. "And I wanted to finish her fight for healthcare," he declared.
Later that month a victorious Marcelas watched on as the president signed the Affordable Care Act into law. read more
Tuesday was a big day in the political world: The government officially shut down for the first time in 17 years and Obamacare implementation began with the opening of insurance exchanges. While the bickering continued in Congress, 800,000 government employees were furloughed, nearly 9 million low-income women and children saw their benefits threatened, and Republicans tried to downplay the shutdown's effects. read more
For 770 preschool-aged children in eastern Alabama, school is out indefinitely. Thanks to the government shutdown which began Tuesday morning, Cheaha Regional Head Start (CRHS) has had to close all 16 of its locations, furlough its 240 employees without pay, and tell parents to keep all of the program's students at home.
"There's nothing that we can do, and there's no way to head it off," said CRHS director Dora Jones. "It all depends on them passing this budget." read more