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Voters Refuse to Tie Their Hands on State Revenues

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Nicholas Johnson

Other efforts to raise new revenue fell short, such as proposed sales tax increases in Arizona and South Dakota. But on the whole, voters showed this week some important appreciation for the public services that their states provide.

Jeffrey Young

Health Care System Bends But Doesn't Break | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.31.2012 | Business

The health care system seems to have withstood the worst of Hurricane Sandy despite some high-profile breakdowns, including the evacuation of several ...

"Choosing Wisely": Physicians Step to the Front in Health Care Reform

Donald M. Berwick, MD | Posted 06.08.2012 | Politics
Donald M. Berwick, MD

Blunt, unfeeling cuts in health care benefits, coverage, or payments are one way to bring health care costs under control, but they are not the right way. Far better is to identify the many ways in which health care wastes money doing things that do not help patients and, too often, hurt them.

Recession Pushes Many Americans To Cut Back On Vital Service

Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

The recession pushed many Americans to cut back on a vital service, one that could have cost some their lives. Americans between the ages of 50 to ...

Austerity Measures at the Expense of Our Health?

John Horton | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
John Horton

The combination of austere budgets and slashed reimbursement rates appear to be throwing the issue of whether Medicaid's equal access provisions will survive, and if so, in what form, to the courts.

Clock Ticking For Congress To Avoid Draconian Cuts

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal bu...

Super Collusion: Will Obama and Capitol Dems Betray the Middle Class, Seniors and the Poor?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a terrible mistake to ask the Americans who were wounded most by deficit-causing behavior to carry so much of the cost of fixing it. And to propose cuts to Medicare and Medicaid simply to preserve low tax rates for the wealthy is nothing less than a moral obscenity.

No Longer Just a Safety Net, But a Stronghold for Our Health Care System

Jin Y. Kwon | Posted 11.19.2011 | San Francisco
Jin Y. Kwon

In times of high unemployment, community health centers take on an even larger role. That's why it was so disheartening that, earlier this year, Congress reduced funding to health centers by $600 million.

Surprising New Study Offer Clues On How Health Reform Might Affect Key Group

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Signing up for Medicaid could improve your overall health and financial security, says a surprising new study that offers clues on ...

Why America Needs Seniors to Remain Healthy and in Their Homes

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

With many forecasting the end of Medicare for those under 55, several Washington insiders speculate that serious Medicare reform will remain a third rail of American politics.

Strong Medicaid System is Key to Supporting Nation's Children, Poor and Adults with Disabilities

William Daroff | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
William Daroff

To preserve the health and long-term care to millions of vulnerable Americans who we know need our help more than ever, we stand ready to work with Congress and the Obama administration on practical solutions that will achieve long-term savings without harming the neediest in our nation.

GOP Would Cut Health Insurance for 1.7 Million Kids

Sen. Harry Reid | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Sen. Harry Reid

I remember when my brother Larry fell off his bike and broke his leg. There was no money for a doctor, and his leg eventually healed crooked. There are a lot of people today just like him, who cope with unnecessary pain because they lack money.

Republicans Planning Politically Explosive Health Care Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans will "lead with our chin" and offer politically explosive cost curbs this spring on programs like Medicare, Medic...

States, Cities Set To Cut Retiree Health Benefits | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Governors and mayors facing large deficits have set their sights on a relatively new target -- the soaring expense of health benefits for millions of ...

For Governors, Medicaid Looks Ripe For Slashing

The New York Times | Kevin Sack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Hamstrung by federal prohibitions against lowering Medicaid eligibility, governors from both parties are exercising their remaining options in proposi...

Arizona Budget Cuts Kill Money For Organ Transplants

The Huffington Post | Ryan McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For some Arizona residents, the massive fiscal crisis gripping their state and others has put their lives at risk, NPR reports. Thanks to a $1.5-bill...

$2.5 Billion Budget Cuts: Paterson To Slash Health, Education | Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Get ready for more pain. Gov. Paterson will propose $2.5 billion in budget cuts today - primarily in health and education - to close a mushrooming def...