POLITICS 06/29/2018 03:52 pm ET GOP Gov. Matt Bevin has threatened to reverse the expansion of that program if he doesn't get his way. By Jeffrey Young A plan pushed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) to impose work requirements on some of his state’s Medicaid enrollees violates federal law and can’t continue, a U.S. district judge ruled Friday. The first-in-the-nation policy would apply to adults without disabilities, with some exceptions, and would require that Medicaid enrollees be employed, searching for a job, enrolled in school or participating in “community engagement” activities like volunteering in order to qualify for coverage. The Kentucky plan also seeks to impose monthly premiums on some Medicaid beneficiaries. Dubbed Kentucky HEALTH, the program was scheduled to take effect on Sunday. In his decision, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overstepped … [Read more...] about Judge Blocks Work Requirements For Medicaid In Kentucky
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U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human right, Philip Alston has issued a controversial report on the U.S. (AP) A United Nations report on extreme poverty in the U.S., which has sparked strong denunciations from the Trump administration as being “inaccurate, inflammatory, and irresponsible,” is marred by carefully cherry-picked and suppressed data, unsourced negative assumptions about administration policies, and unsupported generalizations about allegedly regressive U.S. social and political policies, according to an examination of its source documents by Fox News. The instantly controversial report was authored by U.N. special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston, an Australia-born international lawyer and co-founder of New York University’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Alston’s report was presented in Geneva on June 22 to the notorious U.N. Human Rights Council, and harshly condemns, among other … [Read more...] about Harsh anti-Trump UN human rights report on US ‘extreme poverty’ cherry-picks data, assumptions, examination shows
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University (THE CONVERSATION) From the start, President Donald Trump’s administration has made dismantling regulations, especially for the oil, gas and coal industries, a top priority. And though his claims of rolling backmore regulations than any other administration are exaggerated, Trump’s team has tried hard to erase many environmental and energy-related rules. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Trump have teamed up with the Republican-led Congress to get federal agencies on the case, by streamlining environmental permitting and attempting other sweeping changes. As an environmental sociologist who has spent hundreds of hours researching communities directly affected by oil and gas production, I find that many people living in these places feel that fossil fuel … [Read more...] about How weakened US fossil fuel regulations threaten environmental justice in Colorado
Nick Leiber, Bloomberg Published 5:21 am, Saturday, May 5, 2018 Marjorie Jones trusted the man who called to tell her she'd won a sweepstakes prize, saying she could collect the winnings once she paid the taxes and fees. After she wired the first payment, he and other callers kept adding conditions to convince her to send more money. As the scheme progressed, Jones, who was legally blind and lived alone in a two-story house in Moss Bluff, Louisiana, depleted her savings, took out a reverse mortgage and cashed in a life insurance policy. She didn't tell her family, not even the sister who lived next door. Scammers often push victims to keep promised winnings a secret, says an investigator who helped unravel the sinister effort to exploit an 82-year-old woman. Her family didn't realize something was wrong until she started asking to borrow money, a first for a woman they admired for her financial independence. But by then it was too late, says Angela Stancik, one of Jones's … [Read more...] about How criminals steal $37 billion a year from America’s elderly
On November 15, 2017, the Institute for Policy Studies issued a report noting that the three richest people in the United States (Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Bill Gates) were wealthier than the 160 million people in the bottom half of the country combined. Two months later, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance in support of mandatory work requirements for some of the 160 million individuals to obtain access to health care. Specifically, the guidance said that based on its authority under Medicaid, CMS would allow states to require that non-elderly, non-pregnant adults (able-bodied adults) work as a condition to their eligibility for Medicaid. CMS asserted that the work requirement would further Medicaid's objectives by promoting better mental, physical, and emotional health and help individuals and families rise out of poverty and attain independence. Although these are admirable goals, the work requirement arguably violates the objectives of … [Read more...] about Medicaid Work Requirements: Are They Illegal and Will They Increase Poverty?