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Trump's threat to cut Obamacare funding could cause Iowa premiums to spike even more

by Tony Leys

07.31.17   Iowans who buy their own health insurance could face even bigger premium increases next year if President Donald Trump follows through with a threat to cut off a major stream of Obamacare assistance, the state's sole remaining carrier said Monday. Iowa's health-insurance market is already teetering, with just one carrier planning to sell individual policies here next year. That carrier, Medica, has proposed raising Iowa premiums by 43 percent in order to keep up with fast-rising costs of caring… Continue Reading


‘Millennial Bill’ Could Help At-Risk Youth Secure Jobs

by Donna Owens

07.29.17   WASHINGTON - Taj Jackson dreamed of college after graduating from a Maryland high school in 2014, but didn't think his family-headed by a single mother who worked multiple jobs-could afford it. Then they both learned about a national nonprofit called `Year Up.' It provides young adults in urban communities with skills training, work experience, educational opportunities and mentoring, aimed at helping them achieve professional careers within a year. "We learned soft skills like email etiquette… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans Don't Know What Health Care Bill They're About To Vote For. That's Nuts.

by Jeffrey Young

07.24.17   The long, halting slog toward Obamacare repeal is set to reach a significant milestone Tuesday, when the Senate is scheduled to vote on ... something. No, not "something terrific," as President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. Just ... something. The American public will find out what that something is at about the same time as the Republican senators who Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to amble down to the well of the Senate, raise their index fingers and say, "Ye… Continue Reading


Dublin 6-year-old weighs in on DC’s health care battle

by Jessica Wehrman

07.17.17   Lobbyists for the health care bill are everywhere on Capitol Hill these days. On Wednesday, one of the littlest lobbyists - 6-year-old Noble Lett of Dublin - had his say. 00:19 / 00:36 Dispatch - Daily Highlights Noble, a first-grader at Olde Sawmill Elementary School, was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can cause a host of medical and developmental issues. But bec… Continue Reading


Iowa family fights for Medicaid for daughter

by Vanessa Miller

07.16.17   On the same day U.S. senators plan to release a revised version of their proposed health care bill, one Iowa family and physician will make their case to lawmakers - through the eyes of a little girl - for threatened Medicaid funding. Center Point residents Kevin and Heidi Schmidt, along with their nine-year-old, Ellie, on Thursday are scheduled to meet with Iowa Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley and U.S. Rep. Rod Blum as part of a national push to address pediatric health care needs through … Continue Reading


Medicaid cuts are a matter of life or death for people with disabilities

by Asim Dietrich

07.13.17   Like thousands of Arizonans, I am a person with a disability. I was born with muscular dystrophy, I use a power wheelchair for mobility, and a ventilator to breathe. I am dependent on caregivers. Even with such a severe disability, I live a full life. I am an attorney who works on behalf of others with disabilities, I am a board member at a local disability advocacy organization called Ability 360, and I have an active social life. The only reason I am able to have such a full life is Medic… Continue Reading


GF man with cerebral palsy: 'I would have nothing' without ACA insurance

by Andrew Haffner

07.13.17   Anthony Arnold, 40, has a UND Fighting Sioux tattoo and a power wheelchair that costs more than some cars. Arnold has cerebral palsy, a condition he was born with and which has greatly limited his physical development. He speaks with the help of a communication device attached to his chair and, on Thursday evening, used his keyboard to read a speech he'd written for a rally against the ongoing GOP campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a move Arnold and the others gathered … Continue Reading


11-year-old from South Carolina lobbies for Medicaid on Capitol Hill

by Caitlin Byrd

07.13.17   Tymia McCullough showed up on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning wearing her Miss South Carolina pre-teen tiara and sash. The crown gives her superpowers, she said. Having her mom speak first, though, gives her courage. The 11-year-old from Georgetown went to Washington this week to do what many people far older than her have done: Lobby Congress. Between meetings with South Carolina lawmakers, Tymia turned to her mother. "Mom," she asked, "if I keep talking to all these cong… Continue Reading


Newton teen has beaten odds thanks to help GOP may end

by Lindsay Kalter

07.13.17   Newton teen Tom Geraci was born four months premature, weighing in at 1 lb., 5 oz. with legs the size of his mother's pinky fingers. Yesterday - 14 years later - Tom met with lawmakers in D.C. to try to save the Medicaid coverage that helped hold his fragile body together, coverage that could be threatened if the GOP health care bill passes. "I'm hoping to make America great again for kids," Tom said. "We want to make America's kids have great health care again." Tom, who is legally blind an… Continue Reading


Trump supporter: Republican health plan 'terrifies me'

by Eric Barlow

07.12.17   I am a Republican, and I voted for President Trump. I voted for leaders who, I thought, would make a serious, bipartisan effort to fix the problems with Obamacare. Instead, senators have been cutting deals in secret and refusing to hear testimony from doctors and other experts. Those of us whose lives will be affected are being kept in the dark. In May the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the American Health Care Act, a bill which will repeal Obamacare and change the way Medicaid … Continue Reading


This boy’s care costs up to $15,000 a month. Will the GOP’s health plan cover it?

by Barbara Anderson

07.12.17   James McLelland sits at the kitchen counter, a pile of plastic dinosaur bones spread in front of him, and chooses a saber tooth tiger - missing a tooth - to dip in a gooey substance. It's messy, but a good activity to keep James, 6, busy while his mother, Jenny McLelland of Clovis, talks about the Senate health care bill that she worries could upend a system that helps keep her son alive. James has a rare form of dwarfism that is identified by three multisyllable medical words. The genetic dis… Continue Reading


Denmark family puts face on Medicaid debate

by Shelby Le Duc

07.12.17   Watching 6-year-old Steve Warpinski play T-ball, you'd never guess that just three years ago he was heading into an operating room for his third open heart surgery. He was born in September 2010 with five congenital heart defects. Doctors discovered the life-threatening conditions 20 weeks into his mother Molly Warpinski's pregnancy and immediately referred her to specialists at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. "Our biggest concern was the fear of the unknown," she said. "We ne… Continue Reading


'It's frightening': the parents of a child with disabilities describe their fear of Medicaid cuts

by Eulimar Núñez

07.11.17   Jason Stein has a bruise on his forehead that won't go away. A severe intellectual disorder causes him to hit himself for no apparent reason, with his hand, or against the floor or the wall. He has to wear a helmet when he goes out on the street: leaving his comfort zone causes even more stress. His parents take turns being with him at all times. At nine-years-old and weighing 70 pounds, Jason cannot fend for himself. He can barely walk a few consecutive steps, and uses a wheelchair when out of… Continue Reading


The Senate Health Care Charade

by The Editorial Board

07.10.17   It is tempting to think that the Republican health care proposal, which would do so much damage to so many Americans, will collapse in the Senate, since conservatives and centrists alike have come out against it. But that would be premature. After all, House leaders managed to cobble together a narrow majority for their bill after similar protests in that chamber. At least some of the Senate opposition to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's opening bid in the health care wars is mere political th… Continue Reading


Senator hears from families who need Medicaid to survive

by John Latimer

07.10.17   Gwen Wenger doesn't know how she and her family would survive without the Medicaid benefits that cover tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses each year for her severely mentally and physically disabled daughter. Emma, 14, has a rare seizure disorder and has been confined to a wheelchair. She was in a crib to sleep at night until she was 10, and then was able to get a special bed through Medicaid. "It has left Emma globally delayed," said Wenger. "She doesn't walk or talk and she has … Continue Reading


Maine Family Will Visit D.C. To Fight For Medicaid

by Ashley Bailey, Asma Khalid

07.10.17   Congress has returned from its July recess and continues to debate health care. It is uncertain if Senate Republicans will have the support they need to pass their health care bill. Some senators think it goes too far, while others think it doesn't go far enough to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The current bill could deeply impact Medicaid, a government health insurance program for the poor and disabled, cutting $772 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional … Continue Reading


Fighting for daughter, NC pastor walking to DC

by Heather Waliga

07.10.17   A North Carolina pastor is walking hundreds of miles to the nation's capital to keep his seriously ill daughter alive. James Brigman is protesting cuts to Medicaid as lawmakers debate how to repeal and replace Obamacare.He began his journey Friday morning from Rockingham and arrived in downtown Raleigh on Monday afternoon to a cheering crowd. His 9-year-old daughter, Lauren Faith, and his wife arrived right behind him. "She can't stand up, she can't speak. All she can do is inspire peop… Continue Reading


It's Betsy DeVos' job to protect students from predatory for-profit colleges. She should do it

by The Times Editorial Board

07.10.17   Given Donald Trump's frequent campaign promises to wipe out "job killing" regulations on Day One, no one should be surprised that the Trump administration is going after federal safeguards that protect consumers at the expense of corporate profits. And it's no secret that new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shares the president's wish for fewer rules, and more freedom and money for the private sector. But surely there's some limit to that. Even the leaders of a wholly dysfunctional administrati… Continue Reading


Senate GOP effort to shield disabled from Medicaid changes would leave many kids on the outside

by Jordan Rau

07.09.17   Aidan Long is a 13-year-old in Kalispell, Mont., who has suffered seizures nearly every day for a decade. These episodes defy medical cure, and some of them continue for weeks, requiring Aidan to be airlifted to children's hospitals in Denver or Seattle. The medical bills, covered in large part by Medicaid, have been enormous. "I kept track of these until about 2 million bucks," recalls his father, Ben Long, "and then I said I can't spend any more time worrying about it." But Senate Republican… Continue Reading


Senate’s Healthcare Bill Could Be Catastrophic

by Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24)

07.07.17   In 1961, the Republican Party's standard bearer Ronald Reagan said that no one should go without healthcare for lack of funds. Fast forward to 2017 and his self-described acolytes are threatening the health and well-being of millions of Americans. If Reagan were alive today, I daresay he would agree with the not-so Grand Old Party's new leader, President Donald J. Trump, that much like the House's American Health Care Act, the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act is both mean and lacks hear… Continue Reading

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