Archive for February, 2012

DOJ Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit Involving U.S. Veteran

The Department of Justice announced a $20,000 consent decree which resolves a lawsuit alleging that a Park City Utah condo association and its management company violated The Fair Housing Act.  The DOJ alleges that they refused to grant a resident’s request for reasonable accommodation. The lawsuit alleges that the Fox Point at Redstone Association, Property […]

HUD Charges Bank Of America With Discriminating Against Disabled Borrowers

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Bank of America with discrimination against home-buyers who have disabilities, alleging Bank of America imposed unnecessary and burdensome requirements on borrowers who relied on disability income for home loan qualification. In some cases, Bank of America even required borrowers to get physician statements before qualifying them […]

NY Department Of Financial Services Audits Health Insurance Carriers

The New York Department of Financial Services has begun an in-depth investigation into the accuracy of the data used by insurance carriers and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) which they rely upon to request health insurance rate increases. “At a time when spiraling health insurance costs are an incredible burden for working people, it is essential […]

President Obama Unveils $140.3 Billion Budget For The VA

President Obama has proposed a $140.3 billion budget for the Veterans’ Administration to accommodate the over one million active-duty men and women who will be veterans in the next fire years. Says the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, “As our newest Veterans return home, we must give them the care, the benefits, the […]

NY Attorney General Launches Site To Help Prevent Doctor Shopping, Forged Prescriptions For Commonly Abused Narcotics

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a new website, “Share Your I-STOP Story,” which does just that – shares stories from New Yorkers who have been personally affected by the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Mr. Schneiderman is hoping the site will persuade NY legislators to take some action. He has proposed the I-Stop bill, […]

The AFGE Says: Explain It To Me, GOP

In response to the campaign of House Republicans seeking to expand the federal pay freeze, The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will be rolling out a new ad campaign of its own this weekend entitled, “Explain It To Me, GOP.” The ads will feature real, live federal employees who ask the question: how will […]

HR 3813 – The SAFE Act

In a press release, Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL),chairman Oversight Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service & Labor Policy, commended the committee passage of his bill, HR 3813, the Securing Annuities for Federal Employees (SAFE) Act, claiming it “is a step in the right direction toward regaining our credibility with the American people.” The SAFE […]

Federal Employees To Download Health Records With Blue Button

Soon, millions of federal employees, retirees as well as their families will be able to use Blue Button® to download their personal health data from their health plans’ websites, making it easier to share their information with physicians, family and for emergency treatment. On December 19, 2011, OPM requested that all health insurance carriers within […]