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Larger Share Of Worker Income Now Going For Health Care

Workers and their families are spending a bigger share of their income on health care than ever before – and that’s especially true in the South, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. The authors of the report found that average employee premium contributions for single and family plans amounted to nearly 7% of U.S. median income in 2017, up from 5% in 2008.

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How The New Congress Will Affect Older Americans

As a result of the mid-term elections, Democrats will pick up as many as 40 new seats in the House, establishing an anticipated 234-201 margin, taking control of that chamber. This means House Democrats can lose only 16 votes within their party to pass legislation. So, the 20-25 conservative Democrats, a.k.a. “Blue Dogs,” could represent swing votes and will probably have increased influence in the lower chamber.

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What The Midterms Mean For Healthcare: GOP, Dem Experts

The Nov. 6 election was an indication of where things are headed in terms of how the American public views healthcare.

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TANF Model Shows Work Requirements Could Harm Millions

Holding up the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program as a model, some state and federal policymakers are considering — or have already imposed — policies that would take away SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits, Medicaid coverage, or housing assistance from people who don’t work or engage in work-related activities for a specified number of hours each month.

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41% of Americans Don’t Know About Healthcare Open Enrollment

With the start of healthcare open enrollment for 2019 coverage just weeks away, insuranceQuotes.com today released the results of its 2019 State of Healthcare and Politics Report. Survey data unveils Americans’ knowledge, views and predictions surrounding the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s impact on the law, and the state of healthcare between now and 2020.

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Senate, Gubernatorial Candidates Highlight Disability Issues

As voters head to the polls, candidates for U.S. Senate and governor have outlined their views on ensuring equal employment opportunities for the one-in-five Americans with a disability by responding to a questionnaire by the disabilities advocacy group RespectAbility.

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What Are Voters Age 50+ Thinking In The Mid-Terrms?

Americans over the age of 50 consistently show up more often to vote compared to younger voters. Given the influence this powerful voting bloc will likely have on the 2018 mid-term elections, AARP surveyed voters age 50 and older in 20 states between August and September 2018, to assess what would be on their minds when they cast their ballots this fall and which candidates they would be backing.

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Will Kavanaugh's Ascension To SCOTUS Affect Health Policy?

The Oct. 6 swearing in of Brett Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as an effort by the Trump Administration to move the Supreme Court in a markedly more conservative direction. Make no mistake: Kavanaugh is decidedly more conservative than his predecessor and viewed by many to be more partisan in his approach to the law.

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GOP’s New Tax Plan Favors The Wealthiest Americans -- Again

According to a new analysis, the latest GOP-backed tax bill would double down on the 2017 tax law’s flaws by once again delivering substantially more to high-income households than to those with low and moderate incomes, adding considerably to the nation’s long-term fiscal challenges, and creating opportunities for tax avoidance by wealthy filers.

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How Will Kavanuagh Treat Medicare And The ACA? Here’s A Hint

In two Affordable Care Act (ACA) cases, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dissented from the majority opinion that had rejected a challenge to the ACA. In both, however, he objected only to the reasoning of the court; he agreed with the majority that the complaint against the ACA should have been rejected.

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