White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Update
Welcome to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs state update. In this week's update, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) puts forward the first-ever plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the availability of $300 million in Affordable Care Act funds to expand services at community health centers, and the President's My Brother's Keeper Task Force issues its report on the progress made in the first 90 days of the initiative.
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The Environmental Protection Agency Puts Forward the First-Ever Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Power Plants
Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency set the first-ever national carbon emissions limits for our country's existing power plants. Modernizing our power plants will help Americans live healthier lives, while reducing carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.
Power plants currently churn out about 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the air we breathe, and contribute to hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and thousands of heart attacks. And even though we limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants put in our air and water, there are no national limits on the carbon pollution they can release. As President Obama said in last week's weekly address, "It's not smart, it's not safe, and it doesn't make sense."
These state-by-state fact sheets help to detail the progress that has already been led by hundreds of state and local leaders throughout our nation. The President's Climate Action Plan builds on this great progress, and today's announcement to reduce carbon pollution from power plants is a step toward a cleaner and healthier United States of America.
HHS announces the Availability of $300 Million in Affordable Care Act Funds to Expand Services at Community Health Centers
Earlier this week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of up to $300 million under the Affordable Care Act to help the national's community health centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services.
Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. The health center program is administered by HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Health center grantees requesting expanded services funds must demonstrate how these funds will be used to expand primary care medical capacity and services to underserved populations in their communities. Read HHS' full press release and learn more about this funding opportunity.
My Brother's Keeper: 90 Days In
President Barack Obama holds a My Brother's Keeper Task Force Cabinet meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, May 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Three months ago, President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative -- aimed at expanding opportunities for America's boys and young men of color, and ensuring all young people can reach their full potential.
Through the initiative, the Administration is joining with states, cities, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.
As a part of the launch, the President established the My Brother's Keeper Task Force to develop "a coordinated federal effort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color... and their contributions to U.S. prosperity." Last Friday, he met with the task force to receive a report on the progress made in the first 90 days of the initiative, as well as an initial set of recommendations.
In developing its recommendations, the Task Force identified key milestones in the path to adulthood that are especially predictive of later success, and where interventions can have the greatest impact:
- Getting a healthy start and entering school ready to learn
- Reading at grade level by third grade
- Graduating from high school ready for college and career
- Completing post-secondary education or training
- Successfully entering the workforce
- Keeping kids on track and giving them second chances
Learn more about the My Brother's Keeper Task Force's report -- and find out how you can make a difference in your community.
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