The Gift of Health Comes at an Affordable Price for Many in 2018

Open enrollment ends on December 15. To allow yourself enough time to understand and carefully select the best plan to meet your health care and budget needs, don’t delay and sign up today!

By Shelby Gonzales, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

As 2017 winds down, consumers are preparing for the start of a new health plan coverage year.  Despite insurance prices rising, 8 in 10 people who purchase health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace can enroll in a plan that costs less than $75 per month after accounting for the federal premium tax credits that help those who qualify pay their premiums.  And, 4.5 million people can sign up for health plans at no monthly cost.

2018 Open Enrollment

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CASA at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

 By Jennifer Archer, CASA Instructor, Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

The Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School (MORCS) family kicked off our work with CASA with a trip to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC). Students in the Youth Advisory Board were discussing the lack of services for homeless people in Los Angeles, and wanted to see what they could do to help.


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Send Money Abroad With More Confidence

This is a guest blog post by Zixta Q. Martinez, Associate Director, External Relations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Zixta Martinez, Associate Director, External Affaris, CFPB

Do you send money to family, friends or others outside the United States? Now it’s easier to get clear information about costs and exchange rates before you pay, and get answers if something goes wrong.

Consumers send tens of billions of dollars from the United States to foreign countries each year. Not surprisingly, a large share is sent to Latin America and many of the senders are of Hispanic origin. In fact, remittances and other transfers from abroad are so prevalent to Latin America, it is estimated they make up a significant share of the GDP in a number of Latin American countries. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recognizes the importance of the growing Latino population and is committed to addressing concerns unique to the Hispanic community.  Continue reading

Baby, It’s You

Today we feature a guest blog by Jeff Valdez, President, Max360 Entertainment. 

Greetings from Hollywould’vecould’veshould’ve. I was driving down Sunset Boulevard recently and I noticed the new billboard of a Fortune 500 company that is in the child clothing business. Their billboard featured two adorable white babies in white clothes, on a white blanket with white letters shaped like white clouds. It was a beautiful billboard set amongst a cacophony of other messages. However, something struck me odd about this particular billboard from a marketing point of view especially considering their other billboard campaigns looked more like the town in which they do business. Continue reading