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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

USA Today - Unemployed workers flock to COBRA for health coverage
… the economic stimulus package signed into law in February subsidizes 65% of COBRA premiums for some recipients -- workers laid off between Sept. 1, 2008, and the end of this year. That means the average family can continue COBRA coverage for $377 a month, vs. more than $1,000 a month without the government subsidies, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The result has been a doubling of enrollments, according to an analysis by Hewitt Associates, a human resources consulting firm…

In the past, the vast majority of laid-off workers were unable to afford COBRA, says Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a health care advocacy group. Without the subsidy, the average COBRA family premium consumes 84% of the average jobless worker's unemployment benefits, according to Families USA. [Read More]

WNYC-Radio (New York) - NYC Gets Federal Stimulus Funds for Housing
Three developments in Harlem, and a fourth in East New York, will use $60 million in federal funds to create more than 700 units of affordable housing.

According to John Rhea, the head of the New York City Housing Authority, the projects will generate more than 2,800 construction jobs over the next two years. [Read More]

Omaha World-Herald (Nebraska) - Stimulus provides 177 Lincoln jobs
A federal stimulus jobs program has provided employment for 177 young people in the Capital City this summer, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler announced Monday.

 [SummerWorks Program] provided jobs for low-income youth, ages 14 to 24, at 81 sites in Lincoln as well as Lancaster and Saunders counties. Participants earn $7.25 an hour working at public and private non-profit organizations. [Read More]

WPRI-TV (Rhode Island) - Stimulus money puts residents to work
The Providence Housing Authority is using the 5.2 million dollars to fund ten capital city housing projects. The ongoing work which includes landscaping, fencing, and painting will create or retain more than 120 full time jobs. Some of the jobs will be performed by tenants of the Providence Housing Authority. [Read More]

KSBW-TV (California) - Fort Ord Gets $6.4M Grant For Redevelopment
A $6.4 million grant is going to the Fort Ord Reuse Authority in Marina to help construct road improvements at the former Army base.

The project, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is expected to create more jobs and private investment in the area.

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, said redevelopment at the former Fort Ord had picked up speed but that the economic slump put a quick stop to development.

'This Recovery Act grant is arriving in the nick of time and will put our redevelopment plans back on track. It's one of a series of vital injections of capital the Recovery Act is sending our way, funds that our Central Coast economy urgently needs,” Farr said. [Read More]

The Peoria Journal Star (Illinois) - Canton receives $1.6 million to build medical device factory
The U.S. Commerce Department announced Monday the money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will help spur the development along.

'This grant is tremendous news for Canton and the surrounding region,' U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Rock Island, said in a news release issued by the Commerce Department. 'Building a bio-medical manufacturing and business park will create up to 300 jobs and provide a much-needed boost to the local economy,' he said. [Read More]

The Herald (Pennsylvania) - Stimulus Cash Helps Health Centers
Looking for concrete evidence that the $780 billion stimulus package is doing something here? Look at improvements to Primary Health Network at several of its offices in the region.

They're the result of $3.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie, D-3rd District, touted in a stop Thursday at Primary Health Network's Jamestown Health Center.

It means improved care for PHN patients and more jobs for health care professionals in the area. PHN employs about 380 people and because of the ARRA money will have 440 by January 2010, [PHN Chief Executive Officer Jack] Laeng said. [Read More]

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