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  • health insurance Jan 15

    On the Money: Confronting Fresh Health Insurance Deductibles

    The new year often starts harshly for people with high-deductible health insurance, but there are places to find help. Many of those deductibles reset Jan. 1, forcing patients to pay thousands of dollars for care before most coverage starts. Such a financial hit can be brutal, especially for patients with cancer or a chronic condition.

  • health insurance Dec 31, 2019

    3 Years in, No Sign of Trump’s Replacement for Obamacare

    As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance for everybody.” Three years later, Trump still hasn’t managed to repeal and replace his predecessor’s big legislative achievement. Now, as the 2020 campaign heats up, Democrats are intent...

  • Obamacare Dec 16, 2019

    ‘Obamacare’ Sign-Up Deadline Is Extended Following Glitches

    People will get more time to sign up for “Obamacare” health insurance, the Trump administration announced Monday, following a spate of computer glitches over the weekend. The new HealthCare.gov deadline is 3 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a statement. Coverage takes effect Jan. 1.

  • Congress Dec 17, 2019

    Massive Bill Calls for $1.4 Trillion in Federal Spending

    Retired coal miners and longtime opponents of Obama-era taxes on high-cost health plans are eyeing big wins as top congressional leaders and the Trump White House close in on a deal on a government-wide spending bill. The bill would also increase the age nationwide for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.

  • Iowa Dec 14, 2019

    Iowa Democrats Worry ‘Medicare for All’ Hurts Key Industry

    Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system. “What about the little guys that work in the insurance business,...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    US Judge Bars Trump’s Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A U.S. judge in Oregon on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said in a written opinion that the proclamation could not take effect while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the courts....

  • Nov 6, 2019

    High School Football Player Prays With Rival Whose Mom Has Cancer

    A hard-fought Texas high school football game took a backseat to the realities of life when opponents Gage Smith and Ty Jordan came together for an emotional prayer after the final whistle last week. Smith asked Jordan if the two friends could say a prayer together for Jordan’s mother, Tiffany Jordan, 42, who has stage 4 lung and bone cancer....

  • Nov 2, 2019

    Biden Defends His ‘Vision’ Against Warren’s Indirect Attacks

    Bristling at Elizabeth Warren’s suggestions that he’s a milquetoast moderate with small ideas, presidential candidate Joe Biden countered Saturday that he offers a “bold” vision for the country and warned that Democratic primary voters should not get distracted by the party’s increasingly tense battle over ideological labels. It was a departure from Biden’s usual campaign speech and signaled perhaps a...

  • Nov 2, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Trump’s Health Insurance Rule for Immigrants

    A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule...

  • Oct 10, 2019

    CPS, CTU Continue to Negotiate With Potential Strike 1 Week Away

    City leaders and the Chicago Teachers Union will be back at the bargaining table Thursday, exactly one week away from a potential strike. The union says one of the biggest sticking points is smaller class sizes, saying that nearly 25% of Chicago Public Schools classrooms are overcrowded.

  • Oct 8, 2019

    Lawsuits Around US Seek to Block Trump’s Public Charge Rule

    The scene is playing out in courtrooms from coast to coast — federal judges being asked to block a new Trump administration policy scheduled to take effect next week that would deny legal permanent residency to many immigrants over the use of public benefits. Almost a dozen lawsuits have been filed from New York to California with plaintiffs including states,...

  • Oct 7, 2019

    Lightfoot, CTU Point Fingers as Strike Date Nears

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union pointed fingers at one another Monday as the clock continued to tick down to a potential teachers strike later this month.

  • Oct 5, 2019

    Trump Signs Proclamation Restricting Visas for Uninsured

    Immigrants applying for U.S. visas will be denied entry into the country unless they can prove they can afford health care, according to a proclamation signed Friday by President Donald Trump. The new rule applies to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad — not those in the U.S. already. It does not affect lawful permanent residents. It does not apply...

  • Oct 3, 2019

    Lightfoot Reacts to CTU Strike Date, Says Contingency Plans in Place

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she wants to negotiate with the Chicago Teachers Union seven days a week until an agreement is reached as schools across the city brace for a potential strike.

  • Oct 2, 2019

    Chicago Teachers Union Announces Strike Date If Agreement Not Reached

    The Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday teachers will go on strike on Oct. 17 if a deal cannot be reached.

  • Oct 1, 2019

    Negotiations to Resume as Chicago Schools Brace for Teachers Strike

    Negotiations are slated to resume Tuesday as Chicago schools brace for a potential teachers strike.

  • Oct 1, 2019

    Chicago Public Schools Staff, Park District Workers to Deliver Strike Notices to Lightfoot Tuesday

    Chicago Public Schools staff and Chicago Park District workers are expected to delivery strike notices to Mayor Lori Lightfoot Tuesday.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Chicago Teachers Union Strike Developments

    One day after the Chicago Teachers Union declared a strike, both sides were back at the barganing table on Friday. NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern reports. 

  • Sep 27, 2019

    What’s Next After Chicago Teachers Vote to Authorize Strike? Bargaining Sessions begin

    One day after Chicago Teachers Union members anounced they voted to authorize a strike, union leaders began bargaining sessions with the Chicago Board of Education in an effort to keep teachers from walking off their jobs.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Chicago Teachers Union Members Vote to Authorize Strike

    Chicago Teachers Union members have voted to authorize a strike, union leaders announced Thursday night, setting the stage for more than 25,000 teachers and staff to walk off the job in the nation’s third-largest school district. CTU President Jesse Sharkey said the union eclipsed the 75 percent threshold needed to authorize a strike at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Sharkey said...

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