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Polls: Hiking estate tax less popular than taxing mega wealth, income

Americans are proving increasingly receptive to raising taxes on the well-to-do, but new polling suggests that idea of increasing inheritance taxes is not as popular as some other proposals.


Bernie Sanders Announces Run For President In 2020

Bernie Sanders still wants to be President of the United States. He announced that he would be challenging Donald Trump, and a basketball team worth of Democrats, for the White House keys in 2020.


The Latest: Booker sees 'lot of pathways' on health care

The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local):. Sen. Cory Booker is among several Democratic presidential contenders who back universal health insurance coverage, but he’s acknowledging that compromise may be necessary to get major health care legislation through the Senate.


Inslee plan for state health subsidies echoes national debate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal for expanded health coverage is bringing a national debate to Washington State. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to broaden state subsidies for private insurance is provoking both concerns over costs and criticisms that it doesn't go far enough.


Klobuchar: 'I am not for free four-year college for all'

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and 2020 Democratic hopeful on Monday dismissed the idea of free college for all at a CNN town hall where the senator faced questions about her policy proposals.


Summa Health among top five percent of U.S. hospitals, according to Healthgrades health care rating service

AKRON, Ohio -- Akron’s Summa Health System announced this week it achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award. The distinction places Summa Health’s clinical performance in the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide as measured by Healthgrades, a Denv


How bold should Democrats be on health care? Here’s one answer.

The most intense policy debate going on in the Democratic Party right now concerns health care, but it’s about more than just what sort of specific reform should be pursued. It’s also about how to approach both policy and politics, about what it means to be a Democrat, and about competing theories o


Facebook says anti-vaccine recommendations may be removed

Facebook says it will look in to removing posts promoting conspiracy theories about vaccines after complaints from a California lawmaker. The company told Bloomberg News on Friday that it is “exploring additional measures to best combat the problem" of fake news and conspiracy theories being promote


Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care

The year ahead will see continued change to health care with congressional and administration focus on the movement to value-based care, refinements to provider payment systems, and improvements in health care system efficiencies. In the Medicare program, reforms have been proposed to drastically ch


What's in the funding deal for health care

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Record health care spending driven by rising prices, not increased services: study

Health care spending for individuals who receive employer-sponsored insurance has reached a record high, according to a study released Tuesday. Average annual spending for people who get their health insurance through work was $5,641 in 2017, up 4.2 percent from $5,416 the previous year, the Health


Murphy’s romance with public workers could spell his doom on budget | Moran

Hundreds of public workers in matching red t-shirts jammed into a packed auditorium in Union County Wednesday night to tell Senate President Steve Sweeney exactly what he can do with his plan to cut their health and pension benefits.


Proposal would let pharmacists refuse to give abortion drugs

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill advancing in the Indiana Legislature would let pharmacists refuse to dispense abortion-inducing drugs to women if they have ethical, moral or religious objections.


In Arkansas, Thousands Of People Have Lost Medicaid Coverage Over New Work Rule

Grisel Sustache Flores takes a seat at a health clinic in Springdale, Ark., for low-income patients. The 46-year old Puerto Rico native says she learned last fall that she qualified for Medicaid, which Arkansas expanded under the Affordable Care Act to cover more adults. It would cost her only $13 a


Medicaid billing rules crimp mental care

Arkansans who rely on Medicaid are struggling to get mental health care because of changes that state officials made to billing and that have forced some providers to turn away patients and offer fewer services.


The Health 202: Detained migrants could now end up with better health care

There’s a bit of good news for detained migrants in the spending package President Trump signed last week, although the plan does little to fix the underlying problem of historically high numbers of people being held in detention.


Dunleavy unveils budget proposal, with deep cuts to education and health care

Alaska’s schools, universities, health care programs and ferry system all would see huge spending cuts under a new budget proposed this morning by Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy.


Court allows House Democrats to join Obamacare's defense

A federal appeals court is allowing House Democrats to defend Obamacare in a lawsuit threatening the future of the health care law. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today granted the House’s petition to intervene in the case challenging Obamacare's constitutionality. The court will review a federal


Scott administration pitches health care reforms

Gov. Phil Scott’s administration is floating several ideas for lowering health care costs, including a scenario in which insurance premiums might be based partly on age in an effort to reduce prices for younger people.


The Latest: Democrats blast Medicaid report as biased

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Medicaid expansion report (all times local):. Democrats and health care advocates are dismissing as unreliable a new report saying Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin would shift $600 million a year to the private insurance market.