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HHS Announces Coverage to Care Inititative at White House Briefing

The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships held an Affordable Care Act Briefing for Faith and other Community-based Organizations. The White House and HHS thanked community leaders from across the United States for their efforts to educate and enroll people in the Health Insurance Marketplace, as giving information on funding opportunities and announcing a new initiative from HHS called “Coverage To Care”.

LSA Responds to Congressman Ryan's "Expanding Opportunity in America" Discussion Draft

Lutheran Services in America issued the following statement in response to Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) release of his "Expanding Opportunity in America" discussion draft: Lutheran Services in America (LSA) welcomes the contribution made by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) to our national dialogue about poverty and opportunity with the recent release of the “Expanding Opportunity in America” discussion draft.

LSS of South Dakota Testifies Before Senate Committee on Consumer Financial Protections

A representative from LSA's member Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Sheri Ekdom, testified at a hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on Sept 18, 2014, on the topic of consumer financial services protection. Sarah Meek, the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for LSA's Disability Network (LSA-DN) also attended the hearing and provided us with photos.

LSA Urges Congressional Appropriators to Pass a Full Year FY15 Housing Spending Bill

In late October, LSA sent letters to key House and Senate appropriators, urging them to pass a full Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) appropriations bill with funding levels sufficient for states, communities, and providers to maintain and expand affordable housing options that serve the most vulnerable, and to stimulate community revitalization.

LSA Welcomes Valparaiso University CAPS Fellows Program Interns: Nathan King and Caleb Rollins

LSA is excited to welcome Nathan King and Caleb Rollins to the LSA team for the 2014 CAPS Fellows Program internship. Nathan and Caleb join us from Valparaiso University, a Lutheran institution founded in 1859 and located about an hour outside of Chicago in Indiana. Nathan is currently pursuing a major in Digital Media with a Theology minor and will provide advocacy support to Bob Francis, Director of Advocacy and Policy for LSA. As an International Service major and Philanthropic Leadership and Service minor, Caleb will work with Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO of LSA, on fund development.

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