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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Wednesday, June 17, 2015.  (This Story Interview Starts At 3:14 Mark On PODCAST Media Player) It’s the biggest accomplishment of Gov. Mike Pence’s tenure as Governor.  The agreement he struck with President Barack Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services to expand Medicaid in Indiana under the Affordable Care Act.  Gov. Pence convinced the Obama Administration to accept Indiana’s Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) as the backbone of Medicaid expansion.  Hip 2.0 as its called covers low income and working class individuals and households and families with coverage. The program, which involves participants paying a monthly premium, also provides wellness incentives for participants.  The State is now embarked on a marketing campaign for Hip 2.0 to get more Hoosiers to enroll.  On Afternoons with Amos, Joe Moser, the Director of Medicaid in the Department of Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) along with FSSA’s Spokesman Jim Gavin appeared to explain HIP 2.0, its benefits, and why listeners and the community should enroll.  Moser and Gavin also took questions and concerns about HIP 2.0 along with the other Medicaid programs from listeners during the extended hour long interview. For more information or to sign-up for the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 you can call 1-877-GETHIP9 (438-4479) or Click This Link:   HIP 2.0 WEBSITE  (Interview Starts At 56:50 Mark On PODCAST Media Player) With all the talk about the role and status of Black women because of the Rachel Dolezal controversy, Afternoons with Amos wanted listeners and the community to know about a positive program for young Black girls aged 10 to 14 this summer. It’s called Girl’s Gift. It’s a weeklong program of seminars for 5th through 8th grade girls that educates and inspires Black girls about opportunities as Entrepreneurs and Business Women. Girls Gift runs July 19 – July 26 and the seminars take place at the Eiteljorg Museum downtown in White River State Park. DeShong Perry-Smitherman and author/entrepreneur Tamara Winfrey-Harris appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the program and its benefits. To register a young Black girl, ages 10 to 14 for Girls Gift, you can call 317-863-1330 or go on line by Clicking the Link:   A GIRLS GIFT WEBSITE    Also, in the interview, Afternoons with Amos talked briefly with Tamara Winfrey-Harris and Indiana native (Gary) who has become a prolific author. Her new book The Sisters Are Alright, Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America is moving up the best seller lists. And in the wake of the Rachel Dolezal controversy, Tamara Winfrey-Harris’ op-ed in the June 17 edition of the New York Times has garnered thousands of comments.

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(Story/Interview Starts At 1:08:45 Mark On PODCAST Media Player) Many don ‘t realize that the the third largest industry in Indianapolis/Marion County and in the eleven county Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metropolitan Area isn’t manufacturing or government or transportation. But its Retail. One-in-Nine workers living in the city/county or the metro are employed in Retail.  And its the fastest growing industry in the area.  But wages are low, hours irregular, and benefits and rights for retail employees is shaky.  Now a coalition of workers, politicians and community leaders are starting to work to change that.  The goal? A Bill of Rights for Retail Workers. Tika Campbell of the effort talked with Afternoons with Amos about the problems retail workers in the area face everyday. You can read the draft of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights By Clicking Here:  RETAIL WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS WEBSITE   The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST for Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Runs 93 Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Audio Begins After Brief Video Ad.