That nun from Dubuque has a message on health care

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June 26, 2017

Editor’s note: The following op-ed was published Sunday in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. I recently ran into Senator Charles Grassley in the U.S. Capitol. Senator Grassley and I have known each other for years. He refers to me as “that nun from Dubuque.” Senator Grassley and I have always had a cordial relationship, but on Read More »

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Meanwhile, 1012 miles away…

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June 23, 2017

While the health care debate was front and center in the U.S. Senate this week, the potentially far-reaching effects of health care legislation were the center of attention 1,012 miles away – in front of a federal building in Des Moines, Iowa. A number of Iowa groups, including Main Street Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Citizen Read More »

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Senators, Please: Represent your people and protect their future

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June 22, 2017

Editor’s note: The following statement was issued by CHN Executive Director Deborah Weinstein Thursday in response to the proposed Senate health care legislation. The Senate’s long-awaited health care repeal bill has surfaced.  It is a shameful abandonment of millions of people who need health coverage.  After years of promising to lower insurance costs, the bill Read More »

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How Medicaid caps would impact seniors

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June 22, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece was written by Joe Caldwell, PhD, the Director of Long-Term Services and Supports Policy at National Council on Aging. It was originally published on NCOA’s blog on June 19.  The health care debate is full of buzzwords and technical jargon that can make it hard to understand exactly how proposals would impact Read More »

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The Next Two Weeks in the Senate are Crucial

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June 20, 2017

Editor’s note: This piece was written by Jane Sheehan, Government Affairs Associate at Families USA, and was originally posted on Families USA’s blog on Thursday, June 15. Today, Tuesday, June 20 is a national call-in day to urge senators to reject their super-secret bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid. Please call Read More »

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The Secret Senate and the Threat to Medicaid

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June 16, 2017

Did you think that the House-passed health care repeal bill was going nowhere in the Senate? Think again. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was of the opinion in late May that “80 percent of what the House did we’re likely to do.” But the Senate leadership absolutely does not want you to see any details on Read More »

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Resources from around the coalition: The health care edition

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June 16, 2017

Editor’s note: The following blog post is authored by CHN intern Raquel Douglas. 3 million children without insurance. Medicaid cut by almost 50 percent. $1.2 billion in cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 23 million people at risk of losing access to affordable health care coverage. Systematic discrimination against the elderly, sick, Read More »

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‘This is our problem. This is our plague.’

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June 16, 2017

When it comes to describing her state’s opioid crisis, Dr. Cathleen London of Milbridge, Maine does not mince words. “It’s an epidemic because it’s now killing more people than HIV. And more people than the Vietnam War,” she says. “This is an epidemic on par with the plague.” Dr. London’s words are timely because if Read More »

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Human Needs Report: Senate health care bill moves, FY18 budget and spending work, $15 minimum wage bill and more

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June 12, 2017

CHN just released our latest edition of the Human Needs Report. Read on for articles on the Senate health care bill, budget and spending work in progress, House efforts to gut financial regulations, and a $15 minimum wage bill. Click here for the full PDF of the Human Needs Report. Senate GOP Push Their Health Care Bill this Month A group Read More »

Categories: Budget and Appropriations, Economy, Health Care Reform, Home Energy Assistance, Job Training and Education, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Medicaid, Military Spending, Minimum Wage, Poverty and Income, Social Security, Tax Policy

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Budget brings an avalanche of pain

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June 9, 2017

You may remember Tianna Gaines-Turner from previous blog posts. Last year, we reported on a new documentary making the rounds at Sundance and other venues throughout the country. A Hug from Paul Ryan followed the story of Tianna who, despite working two jobs just like her husband, struggles with poverty in their hometown of Philadelphia. Then in April, Gaines-Turner recounted Read More »

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