A Mom’s Perspective on Affordable Healthcare

A Mom’s Perspective on Affordable Healthcare

Commentary, Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Opinion
Thrive Editor Sarah Schroeder is a 32-year-old mother, wife, and writer.  She writes the blog “Twinkle Toes and Ninja Boy,” a chronicle of her life as she parents her children in a Unitarian Universalist household in partnership with her husband and the love of her life, David Schroeder. She has agreed to have Thrive republish blog posts that we believe will strike a chord with our readers. To read more please visit her blog, www.twinkletoesandninjaboy.com I am about to dust off my soapbox, the one I try to keep away from this blog in favor of stories about the ultimate truth as seen by my children. A government shutdown was waged, a shutdown that hurt families, over an issue that shakes me to my core. It is shameful that in…
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Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Opinion
The Affordable Care Act, colloquially (and sometimes derisively) known as Obama Care, is about so much more than fairness and equality.  The day our Supreme Court reached a verdict of constitutionality, millions of lives changed.  I wrote the following message on a social networking site the day after the historic news was announced: Having lived the last five years making all my career and housing decisions based on where I could find affordable health care for my family, having two members of my family be deemed uninsurable by private insurance (I tried to pay for it and enroll them) when the premiums through my job ($2,200 a month plus around $550 in out-of-pocket costs for treatments that weren't covered!) were too hard to pay, teetering close to bankruptcy because of…
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Healthy America: A Series on Health Care Reform Part 1- Small Employer Tax Credits

Health and Wellness, Opinion
Since its approval by Congress on March 23, 2010, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already been phased into our health care system.  To better inform Detroit citizens about this health care law and its implications, we will dissect a different component of the act in upcoming issues of Thrive Detroit. Small businesses account for a significant share of both existing jobs and new hiring in the United States economy.  Small businesses and start-ups have traditionally avoided the expense of employer-provided health insurance.  On January 1, 2010, the Small Employer Tax Credit provision became law.  This provision helps small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations provide health insurance coverage to their employees. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees qualify for a tax credit of up to 35% to offset…
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Puzzle Piece Theatre Receives Inaugural Kiva Zip Loan

Puzzle Piece Theatre Receives Inaugural Kiva Zip Loan

Arts & Culture, Business, Enterprise, Events, Life & Community
  In September, nonprofit organization Kiva announced the launch of Kiva Zip, an extension of the Kiva micro-loan platform that will enable any citizen to nominate a local entrepreneur for support and contribute directly to a crowd-funded, interest-free loan through PayPal. This innovative new loan product will allow entrepreneurs in Detroit and around the country to access start-up capital with far fewer barriers than with traditional lending sources. Kiva Detroit began 14 months ago and has funded 20% of the projects that applied to them for funding, dispensing about $50,000 in loans. Puzzle Piece Theatre, based in the North End neighborhood of Detroit, received the inaugural Kiva Zip loan.  Puzzle Piece Founder and Producing Artistic Director DB Schroeder is a critically acclaimed producer, director, and actor with theatre credits in St. Louis…
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Healthy America: Healthcare Reform Up Close

Health and Wellness, Life & Community
Part 1 of a series- Small Employer Tax Credits Since its approval by Congress on March 23, 2010, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already been phased into our health care system.  To better inform Detroit citizens about this health care law and its implications, we will dissect a different component of the act in upcoming issues of Thrive Detroit. Small businesses account for a significant share of both existing jobs and new hiring in the United States economy.  Small businesses and startups have traditionally avoided the expense of employer-provided health insurance.  On January 1, 2010, the Small Employer Tax Credit provision became law. This provision helps small businesses and small tax-exempt organizations provide health insurance coverage to their employees. Businesses with 25 or fewer employees qualify for…
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