HR Headline Roundup for October 21-25, 2019

ACA Plan Prices Falling as Competition Increases, Axios

The top line numbers from a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review are “The average premium for a 27-year-old, for a middle-of-the-road plan, will be 4 percent lower in 2020 than it was this year” and “There will be 20 more insurers selling plans through HealthCare.gov.”

 

Percentage of Americans Citing Government as Top U.S. Problem Jumps, The Hill

A Gallup poll of a representative sample of 1,526 U.S. adults during the first half of October 2019 revealed that 34 percent “listed the government, poor leadership or politicians as the most important problem” facing the country. The source of disappointment varied by political affiliation, with Republicans downgrading the performance of Congress and Democrats disapproving of the president.

 

NYPD to Offer Officers Free Mental Health Care, NBC News

The department is partnering with New York-Presbyterian Hospital on a program dubbed Finest Care to provide no-cost counseling sessions, psychiatric evaluations and prescriptions medications. The plan was announced a few days after the NYPD reported its 10th suicide this year.

 

IG: Office Meant to Protect Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers Actually Helped Retaliate Against Them, Government Executive

A lengthy inspector general report highlights how the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection did worse than fail to meet is mission when it improperly assigned investigations to the subjects of complaints, botched many of the investigations it did conduct and exposed whistleblowers to retaliation without holding managers accountable for retaliating against employees.

 

Ten Ways to Protect Your City From Cyberattacks, National League of Cities

Several of these best practices will look familiar. An important, and often overlooked point, raised here is that protecting data held by local governments requires educating “the local workforce, elected leaders and residents about cybersecurity.”

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