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Health & Insurance, Social Services

Analysis: The Trump Health Care Policies That Deserve to Stick Around

March 16, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

President Joe Biden’s goal of providing health care for more Americans advanced this week with his signing of an economic stimulus package that includes subsidies for health insurance premiums and new incentives for states to expand Medicaid, as well as […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Aid Package Includes Relief From High Premiums

March 9, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

As President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief package steams through Congress, Democrats have hitched a ride for a top health care priority: strengthening the Affordable Care Act with some of the most significant changes to insurance affordability in more than a […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Why Biden Has a Chance to Cut Deals With Red State Holdouts on Medicaid

February 17, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

President Joe Biden has an unexpected opening to cut deals with red states to expand Medicaid, raising the prospect that the new administration could extend health protections to millions of uninsured Americans and reach a goal that has eluded Democrats […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

As Drug Prices Keep Rising, State Lawmakers Propose Tough New Bills to Curb Them

February 12, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Fed up with a lack of federal action to lower prescription drug costs, state legislators around the country are pushing bills to penalize drugmakers for unjustified price hikes and to cap payment at much-lower Canadian levels. These bills, sponsored by […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

4 Vital Health Issues — Not Tied to Covid — That Congress Addressed in Massive Spending Bill

January 28, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

Late last month, before President Joe Biden took office and proposed his pandemic relief plan, Congress passed a nearly 5,600-page legislative package that provided some pandemic relief along with its more general allocations to fund the government in 2021. While […]


Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Surprise! Congress Takes Steps to Curb Unexpected Medical Bills

December 22, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Most Americans tell pollsters they’re worried about being able to afford an unexpected medical bill. Late Monday, Congress passed a bill to allay some of those fears. The measure is included in a nearly 5,600-page package providing coronavirus economic relief […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Promises Kept? On Health Care, Trump’s Claims of ‘Monumental Steps’ Don’t Add Up

September 28, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

When it comes to health care, President Donald Trump has promised far more than he has delivered. But that doesn’t mean his administration has had no impact on health issues — including the operation of the Affordable Care Act, prescription […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Politics Slows Flow of US Pandemic Relief Funds to Public Health Agencies

August 17, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

As the coronavirus began to spread through Minneapolis this spring, Health Commissioner Gretchen Musicant tore up her budget to find funds to combat the crisis. Money for test kits. Money to administer tests. Money to hire contact tracers. Yet even […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

July 31, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

Shopping around for the best deal on a medical X-ray or a new knee? The Trump administration has a plan for that. On Monday, it proposed new rules that would provide consumers far more detail about the actual prices hospitals […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Children’s Insurance, Other Health Programs Funded — For Now — In Bill

December 22, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

The bill passed by Congress late Thursday to keep most of the federal government funded for another month also provided a temporary reprieve to a number of health programs in danger of running out of money, most notably the Children’s […]


Health & Insurance, Social Services

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ How Confused Are We?

November 2, 2017

Via: Kaiser Health News

Open enrollment started with more of a whimper than a bang Nov. 1, as the Trump administration continued to talk down the health law it is required to operate. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, lawmakers continue to struggle to reach agreement […]


Public Utilities, Public Water System

AWWA calls for Farm Bill measures that protect drinking water sources, encourage partnerships

October 11, 2017

Via: WaterWorld.com

WASHINGTON, DC, OCT 11, 2017 — With excess nutrients impacting water quality nationwide, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) today urged U.S. Congress to use the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization to help farmers and water utilities work together to protect […]