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Boulder Crest Foundation’s ‘Struggle Well’ mantra helps veterans, first responders with mental health

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On First Responders Day, Boulder Crest Foundation is pushing the mantra ‘Struggle Well’ in order to help and support all those who serve in uniform and take on the crisis of suicide and stress the community suffers.

For over a decade, Boulder Crest has been working to help our first responders and military overcome and work their way into post traumatic growth. A staggering 90% of our first responders do not utilize agency provided resources
because they are afraid of the stigma, and the potential of losing their job and being seen as unfit to serve.

That’s why non-profits like Boulder Crest matter so much, because it shows our first responders and military a path to an alternative, effective way of managing their stress and experiences.

The organization teaches, among other techniques, self regulation, not self medication, which is an ongoing crisis among these men and women.

When we are in trouble we dial 911, and magically a super hero arrives to protect and save us, but who is there for those first responders when they need help? Boulder Crest has a waiting list of individuals who need to be in these programs now, but they can’t do it without your help.

Boulder Crest is looking to raise awareness and funds to put 1500 heroes, currently on their list, through the program. Donate now, $10 bucks a month, less than a Netflix account, to help our first responders and veterans ‘struggle well’.

 

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Biden Administration Expands Obamacare Coverage for ‘Dreamers’

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Friday morning the Biden administration announced it is expanding health-care access for “Dreamers”, a select group of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Illegal immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be granted access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House. Beginning in November, DACA members will be able to apply for healthcare coverage on healthcare.gov and state level insurance marketplaces.

“I’m proud of the contributions of Dreamers to our country and committed to providing Dreamers the support they need to succeed,” President Joe Biden said in a prepared statement. “And that’s why today we are taking this historic step to ensure that DACA recipients have the same access to health care through the Affordable Care Act as their neighbors.”

National Review notes Biden was vice president when then-president Barack Obama created DACA through executive order over a decade ago. The program gives deportation protections and work visas to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. An estimated 580,000 people are enrolled in the program. Former president Donald Trump failed to put an end to DACA during his term and the program continues to be fought in court.

Over 100,000 DACA beneficiaries will purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace and Basic Health Program created by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates. Access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program will not be incorporated into the White House’s new rule after Biden proposed doing so last year, according to National Review.

“Now as Vice President, I have worked alongside President Biden to take steps to preserve and fortify DACA. Today, we are building on this progress by ensuring DACA recipients also have access to affordable health care, which will improve the health of all communities,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a prepared statement. “This announcement will bring relief to more than 100,000 people and help them thrive while working to achieve their aspirations.”

The White House did not share a cost estimate for the expansion of Obamacare to DACA recipients. They will be eligible for financial assistance to help them afford the health insurance DACA enrollees are now eligible to purchase.

Biden called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to give Dreamers permanent citizenship. It’s unlikely that Congress will grant Biden’s wishes, given the failure of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration package earlier this year. Conservatives widely rejected the Senate’s proposal for not being tough enough on the southern border at a time when record levels of illegal immigrants are entering the country.

Immigration is a top issue for voters in the 2024 election because of the surge in border crossings under Biden’s watch. Polls indicate that Americans believe that Trump is better suited to handle the crisis at the southern border with his hardline approach.

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