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Now is the Time to Connect Rural America to Broadband

A broadband connection has become an essential lifeline, especially during COVID for our shuttered offices, schools, places of worship, and retail stores. For many, a digital connection has become the safest and most timely way to seek medical attention, continue education, assist customers, and check-in with friends and loved ones. 95% of American homes have…

COVID-19 is unraveling the issue of surprise billing in America

Back in December, Congress failed to reach an agreement on “surprise billing” legislation. A surprise bill is when patients get an out-of-network bill from a provider at an in-network facility. Lawmakers couldn’t decide if an arbitration model — where billing disagreements would be sent to a third-party review board — or if a benchmark model — where…

The EU Goes Fishing for an Antitrust Case Against Apple — But There’s One Problem

On Tuesday, the EU announced it had opened two antitrust investigations into Apple — one concerning the company’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, the other looking into Apple’s conduct in managing its App Store and how it treats third party developers. For some apps, Apple requires developers to use its proprietary in-app purchase system and…

Community Health Centers and COVID-19

Community Health Centers (CHCs) have an important role to play in SARS-CoV-2 response. CHCs are community-based and organizations that provide primary care, mental health care and even dental care to populations with limited access to health care. Both House and Senate members are pushing leadership (Senate, House) to include increased funding for CHCs in the next relief package.…

Scoring a Better Future — Getting Facts on Credit Scores & How They Work

Join Paul Weinstein, Jr., Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., and Joanne Gaskin, Vice President of Scores and Analytics at FICO, for a discussion on the changes FICO has made to its models, and how they may impact credit scores, particularly for millennials and GenZ. Or listen to the full audio here without…

Forget the ‘veepstakes’ — Biden should make history with finance picks

As COVID-19 takes its toll across a divided nation, bad economic news is pouring in from every corner of the country. Vice President Biden has been here before. He campaigned with President Obama in 2008 as the U.S. economy and Wall Street collapsed. This time, however, it’s Biden’s turn to pick a running mate. Should he claim…

COVID-19’s Impact on Communities of Color Sheds Light on Health Care Disparities, Need for Action

This week has been a turning point in the United States. I want to make sure you see PPI President and Founder Will Marshall’s statement on the killing of George Floyd, and the commitment PPI is taking to come up with new ideas to fight systemic racism in the United States. The coronavirus pandemic has had a…

Guest Column: America’s Top Colleges Are Karens

This is a guest column by Ryan Craig. My stepsister is a lovely person, but she has the great misfortune of being named Karen. When she was born back in 1971, Karen was the 15th most popular name for girls. No one’s exactly sure when the name Karen began to go downhill – my guess…

Statement from President Bill Clinton on the death of George Floyd

We couldn't have said it better. A statement we'd like to re-share from President Bill Clinton on the death of George Floyd: "In the days since George Floyd’s death, it is impossible not to feel grief for his family—and anger, revulsion, and frustration that his death is the latest in a long line of tragedy…

Gary Pearce: Protests and Politics Echo 1968

Gary Pearce on Politics and Public Policy in North Carolina 2020 feels like 1968. Peaceful protests erupt into looting and burning. Police battle demonstrators in the streets. Black Americans vent their rage and frustration. In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis lit the fires. This year, it was the death of George Floyd…