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Trump Halts Payments to Insurers, Threatens Disruption, Critics Say

Trump Halts Payments to Insurers, Threatens Disruption, Critics Say

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike Oct. 13, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”  Defiant Democrats, convinced they have important leverage, […]

Opinion: Deportations Also Hurt Refugees, Elders and Caregivers

Opinion: Deportations Also Hurt Refugees, Elders and Caregivers

Aggressive deportation policies, like those that have been enacted since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, tear families apart — including elders and the family caregivers they depend upon.  Since 1980, the share of households headed by an immigrant has doubled (from 7 percent to 14 percent in 2012). In 2009, 16 percent of households headed by an immigrant were multi-generational, compared with […]

Trump Ties DACA to Border Wall and Green Cards

Trump Ties DACA to Border Wall and Green Cards

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told congressional leaders that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.  Trump’s list of demands included overhauling the country’s green-card system, a crackdown […]

Latest in Trump’s America: Health Care, Kids and Census 2020

Latest in Trump’s America: Health Care, Kids and Census 2020

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News tracks the latest from the Trump administration, whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, and how families and grassroots organizations are working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest: Health Care Fight Continues, Now for Millions of Kids Congress continues to stumble over health care this […]

CFPB Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

CFPB Clamps Down on Payday Lending Industry

NEW YORK (AP) — Payday and auto title lenders will have to adhere to stricter rules that could significantly curtail their business under rules finalized Thursday by a federal regulator. But the first nationwide regulation of the industry is still likely to face resistance from Congress.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rules largely reflect what […]

U.S. Senate Will Skip Obamacare Repeal Vote for Now

U.S. Senate Will Skip Obamacare Repeal Vote for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing assured defeat, Republican leaders decided Tuesday not to even hold a vote on the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Obama health care law, surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise.  “The bill is dead as a door nail,” said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., leaving […]

The Latest in Trump’s America: Repeal and Replace and DACA

The Latest in Trump’s America: Repeal and Replace and DACA

Every other Thursday, Equal Voice News tracks the latest from the Trump administration, whether its policies are creating poverty or prosperity, and how families and grassroots organizations are working on those issues around the country. Here’s our latest: It’s Back! Congress Considers a New Push to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act. This month, […]

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

U.S. Poverty Rate Falls. But Poor Push for More Progress.

The number of people living in poverty fell again last year, reaching the lowest level since the Great Recession began in 2007, with 12.7 percent of Americans living below the federal poverty line, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Sept. 12. Census 2020: A Bigger Issue Looms Tuesday’s release of the 2016 national poverty data […]

More Women’s Colleges Open Doors to Transgender Students

More Women’s Colleges Open Doors to Transgender Students

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Until last year, Ninotska Love would have been barred from attending Wellesley College. She’s an accomplished student who has persevered through hardship, but under longstanding rules, the college would have rejected her.  Now, the rules have changed. This week, Love will become one of the first transgender women to attend Wellesley […]

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