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  • 02.06.18

    The Next Big Fight

    Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they've created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. As House Speaker Paul Ryan says "We're going to have to get… at entitlement reform, which is how y...

    Fresh off passing massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, Trump and congressional Republicans want to use the deficit they’ve created to justify huge cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    As House Speaker Paul Ryan says “We’re going to have to get… at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.” 

  • 01.11.18

    The Real News Network: Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Punish the Poor

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty....

    In this interview with Aaron Maté of the Real News Network, Michael Lighty, Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute and Director of Public Policy at National Nurses United explains how the new work requirements for Medicaid recipients is a punishment for people already living in poverty. 

  • 11.19.17

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Speaks at Kuleana Academy, Recognizes Hawaii Student Participants at Model United Nations, Highlights Ongoing Challenges Facing Puerto Rico

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) met with participants of the Kuleana Academy, a four-month leadership development and non-partisan candidate training program designed to educate and train grassroots leaders who have a desire to serve in public office, or as community organizers. The congresswoman answered quest...

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) met with participants of the Kuleana Academy, a four-month leadership development and non-partisan candidate training program designed to educate and train grassroots leaders who have a desire to serve in public office, or as community organizers. The congresswoman answered questions from the group on getting involved in politics, working with local advocacy groups, working in a bipartisan way to deliver results, and more.

  • 11.14.17

    New Medicaid Work Requirements Will Deny More Care

    Having failed to repeal the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration wants to open the door for states to dismantle this essential safety net program by allowing them new ways to deny care....

    Having failed to repeal the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the Trump Administration wants to open the door for states to dismantle this essential safety net program by allowing them new ways to deny care.

  • 08.01.17

    Medicaid, Explained: Why It's Worse To Be Sick In Some States Than Others

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. The video states "The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medic...

    This video from Vox looks at the Medicaid system through the eyes of an individual on Medicaid, Matthew, who has Crohn's Disease. He is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who get their healthcare paid for by Medicaid. 

    The video states “The thing about Matthew is, if he lived in a different state, he might not have Medicaid.” It explains the history of healthcare in the United States, the attempts of certain presidents (FDR, Truman, and LBJ) to create a national healthcare system, the reason behind the emergence of a private healthcare market, and the ultimate expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    Due to the Supreme Court decision that made this expansion voluntary by state, the video explains that the specific states get to decide who gets covered and what service gets covered. Some individuals are consistently covered across the board, like children and Pregnant women; However, coverage of other groups like individual who make below a certain amount per year are only covered in certain states. 

    The video goes on to describe the rising costs of Medicaid, due to the rising costs of health care in the United States, and ways that Republicans have proposed to change Medicaid.

  • 06.13.17

    Next Steps for CHIP: What is at Stake for Children?

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes abov...

    This article from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks at the specific benefits from the CHIP program. First, it describes how the CHIP program was formed and what it entails: "The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is an important complement to Medicaid, covering 8.9 million children with family incomes above Medicaid eligibility limits who often lack access to affordable private coverage."

    It covers 5 benefits and facts about the program:

    1. Expansions of Medicaid and CHIP have helped reduce the children’s uninsured rate to a record low of 5%.

    2. All states have expanded eligibility for children through Medicaid and CHIP above federal minimum levels.

    3. Medicaid and CHIP are major sources of coverage for our nation’s children.

    4. Medicaid and CHIP cover over half of children of color.

    5. Medicaid and CHIP provide children access to needed care.

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  • 04.06.17

    USAID's Syria Complex Emergency Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet lists all of the humanitarian aid that the United States is involved with in Syria. It describes the current situation in Syria specifically looking at the individuals who are in need of humanitarian aid. Looking specifically at the time period between February and March of this year, official orga...

    This fact sheet lists all of the humanitarian aid that the United States is involved with in Syria.

    It describes the current situation in Syria specifically looking at the individuals who are in need of humanitarian aid. Looking specifically at the time period between February and March of this year, official organizations have "recorded nearly 687,000 displacements, including approximately 44,000 new displacements, from conflict-affected areas in northern and southern Syria."

    The report also looks at the humanitarian access that these individuals have, and how the UN and others give humanitarian aid: "Between February 1 and 31, three UN humanitarian convoys delivered food assistance for approximately 64,000 people and relief commodities for more than 30,000 people."

    These actions, however, are not enough. The fact sheet goes on to describe the areas where assistance is not covering all the need that exists:

    Food security and nutrition: "An estimated 9 million people across Syria are in need of emergency food assistance, agriculture support, and livelihoods interventions, according to the UN."

    Health: "The ongoing conflict, including attacks on health infrastructure and personnel, continues to diminish health care capacity throughout Syria."

    Water: Approximately 51 percent of Syria’s population lacks sustained access to the public water network, according to the UN."

    Refugee Assistance: "As of March 24, UNHCR had registered nearly 5 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries."

    Other Humanitarian Assistance: "In mid-March, the UN released the 2017 HRP, requesting $3.4 billion to address the critical needs of conflict-affected people in Syria."

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