NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House on Monday advanced legislation prohibiting the state from funding health care facilities that offer abortions with state tax dollars based on the argument that support for abortion is tied to secular humanism. GOP Rep. John Ragan, the bill's sponsor, says the U.S. Supreme Court has previously recognized secular humanism as a religion. Ragan said the belief that abortion is not immoral and not homicide are key tenets of secular humanism. Because of that, he said, states that fund organizations providing abortions would be favoring one religion over another, which state and federal law don't allow them to do. The bill also states the measure can only be implemented if the federal government allows a state agency to deny family planning funds to an organization that performs abortions. It's a caveat that was quietly added to the measure as new federal rules backed by the Trump administration are expected to be implemented later this year … [Read more...] about Tennessee House advances ‘secular humanism’ bill to prevent state from funding health care facilities that perform abortions
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Henry Goldman, Bloomberg Published 9:49 am PST, Tuesday, January 8, 2019 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21, 2018. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jonathan Levinson. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jonathan Levinson. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21, 2018. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference near the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on June 21, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Jonathan … [Read more...] about New York City to fund health care for all, including the undocumented, mayor says
WASHINGTON — Colorado’s U.S. senators are demanding that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs take action to reduce wait times at the agency’s health care facilities in the state after Congress held a hearing on medical treatment for veterans.Senators Cory Gardner, a Republican, and Michael Bennet, a Democrat, asked in a letter for a report on how the VA will more quickly assist veterans at the agency’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) facilities, which includes the new Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center in Aurora.“The troubling November 2018 [wait time] numbers demonstrate that the VA needs to prioritize solutions for Colorado veterans,” the senators wrote to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie.Wilkie spent part of the afternoon Wednesday being grilled by a joint committee of the House and Senate veterans affairs committees.The lawmakers wanted an update on his progress in implementing the MISSION Act, which is a … [Read more...] about Colorado senators pressure VA to improve veteran health care
By The Associated Press | PUBLISHED: January 21, 2018 at 6:01 pm | UPDATED: January 21, 2018 at 9:56 pm By KELLI KENNEDY MIAMI — The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country. Trump based his campaign on promises to stop illegal immigration and deport any immigrants in the country illegally, but many legal residents and U.S. citizens are losing their health care as a result, advocates say. After Trump became president a year ago, “every single day families canceled” their Medicaid plans and “people really didn’t access any of our programs,” said Daniel Bouton, a director at the Community Council, a Dallas nonprofit that … [Read more...] about Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — Single-payer health care is hot right now among Democrats, but Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., got there early — first as an activist and then as a legislator. She's a co-chair of the Medicare For All Caucus, which has over 70 members. Now she's trying to give single-payer backers more electoral clout by founding the Medicare For All PAC, an organization devoted to backing like-minded candidates. The organization arrives at a critical time for single-payer advocates. While Medicare For All has made huge strides within the Democratic Party, there are internal debates about its viability and the issue is likely to play a big role in the 2020 presidential contest. Republicans are already attacking single-payer in midterm races around the country, providing an early test for supporters. Jayapal spoke with NBC News' Benjy … [Read more...] about Need answers on progressive plans for health care? This lawmaker’s a good place to start.