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Shutdown Threatens Loss Of SNAP Benefits For Millions

If the partial government shutdown that began in late December continues as President Trump has suggested it could, millions of low-income households -- including millions of poor children, parents, elderly people, and people with disabilities -- could have their basic food assistance cut back substantially in February and then virtually eliminated altogether starting in March.

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Pre-Medicare Years Spawn Health Insurance Worries For Many

With the dawn of a new year, most Americans have just started a new health insurance coverage period -- whether they receive their coverage through a job, buy it themselves or have a government plan. But a new national poll suggests that many people in their 50s and early 60s harbor serious worries about their health insurance status, now and in the future.

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Map Shows Nutrition Rates, SNAP Participating Households

These first-of-their-kind interactive maps show the share of all households with seniors participating in SNAP nationally, in each state, and among the nation’s 3,142 counties.

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Trump Administration Eyes Placing Stricter Rules On SNAP

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed SNAP participants, many of them older Americans, could lose help putting food on the table as a result.

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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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