Statehood is on the Ballot

If turnout so far is any indication, there’s strong interest in the election here in the District of Columbia. When early voting ended on Friday, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics reported that more than 101,000 D.C. residents had voted, a 77% increase from early voting in the 2012 presidential election. This is good […]

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Survey for Early Childhood Workforce is Online Now!

Do you work in early care and education in DC? Please take our survey! This new initiative builds on the report we issued earlier this year about the high cost of providing high quality care to infants and toddlers. Now we are trying to help District policy makers better understand the strengths and needs of […]

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New Report on Special Education Envisions “A Place for Every Student” in DC

The beginning of a new school year is a time to celebrate growth and promise. Families hope the best for their students – that they will be safe and nurtured at school, that they will flourish and meet new milestones. Unfortunately, the picture has not always been so promising in D.C. schools for students with […]

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A $51 Million Rebate for Area Residents

I have some very good news regarding our longstanding efforts to require CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to spend down its excess surplus. Yesterday, the D.C. Insurance Commissioner ordered the company to rebate $51 million in excess surplus to the more than 200,000 subscribers with D.C.-based CareFirst contracts. This group is primarily D.C. residents, but it includes a significant […]

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A Busy Week: Statehood, CareFirst Reform, Public Safety

It’s been a busy week in the District and at DC Appleseed. We have important updates on three different projects–D.C. Democracy, CareFirst Reform, and Public Safety–and we wanted to let you know about them. Statehood Will Be on the District’s November Ballot On Tuesday, the D.C. Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a statehood […]

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A $56 Million Victory for the Public

I have some really good news about our longstanding efforts to hold CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield accountable to its nonprofit mission. Your probably remember that almost a year-and-a-half ago–December 2014–the D.C. Insurance Commissioner determined that CareFirst had improperly accumulated more than $268 million of excess surplus. And he ordered the company to file a plan no […]

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Redoubling Efforts for D.C. Democracy

As you may know, a House subcommittee is expected to consider a bill repealing the District’s budget autonomy law tomorrow. When that panel held a hearing on the issue last week, it was clear that there were some serious misunderstandings about the law. It also was clear that the District should now redouble its efforts […]

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Toward a Swimmable, Fishable Anacostia River

On Tuesday, DC Appleseed and our partners the Anacostia Riverkeeper and the Anacostia Watershed Society submitted comments on the first step the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is taking to address the toxic sediments in the Anacostia River. This first step is called the remedial investigation (RI). In the RI, DOEE identified and […]

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The D.C. Council Sets a Deadline for Holding CareFirst Accountable

As you know, it’s been more than a year since CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield failed to file a plan for spending $56 million of its excess surplus on community health needs–as required by District law and the order of the D.C. Department Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB). Responding to this delay, yesterday the D.C. Council unanimously […]

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We Won

By now you have probably heard the excellent news: the D.C. Superior Court ruled on Friday that the local budget autonomy referendum overwhelmingly ratified by the voters is valid law. And shortly afterward, the District’s chief financial officer announced that he now has the “definitive ruling” needed to go forward with implementing the law. This […]

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