It’s not just the estimated 40,000 furloughed federal employees in Oklahoma who are feeling the effects of the shutdown, but also non-profit organizations, businesses and the growing number of citizens that rely on government-funded programs. Bob Sands of public station OETA reports on the impact being felt across the state. Continue reading
There are at least 2.2 million working artists in America, 300,000 of whom don’t have health insurance, according to federal statistics. Some are self-employed and can’t afford individual plans. Some work for non-profits or part-time jobs that don’t offer insurance plans.
Eleanor Josaitis co-founded the Detroit program Focus: Hope more than three decades ago to provide job training and other opportunities to the city’s residents. With the U.S. mired in a recession and the auto industry future uncertain, her group is reinventing itself. Continue reading