Republican Backed Healthcare Bill Hits Senate Floor

Republican senators have backed another revision of the American Health Care Act, drastically overhauling previous legislation.

 

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After Democrat introduced their own healthcare reform to the Senate floor earlier last week, Republicans came with their own revision of the house-passed American Health Care Act.

Entitled the Better Care and Reconciliation Act, it retains certain appeals of eliminating penalties for individual employee mandates as well as raising the amount of cash flow allotted to the program over a seven year period.

Bigger changes include riding of imposing new penalties for lapsed coverage under the caveat of state imposed decisions. Additionally, it ends Medicaid expansion as soon as 2020.

Backed by four Republican senators, the revision keeps the “Cadillac” tax in place on large-benefits plans, but gives states their own options to accept of decline ACA changes.

The bill has garnered significant support on the right, and is awaiting further discussion at hearings later in the month.

Information from this article was found on the PBS News Hour Website, available here

 

 

Medicare For All: The Bernie Sanders Plan

Medicare once again takes center stage in Congressional debates and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders aims to tackle the issue head on.

 

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Senator Sanders speaks to Congress Regarding his Medicare for All Bill – Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Through trials and tribulations, the issue of health care on Capitol Hill has seen a great deal of back and forth in the last few months.

Both the Left and Right have been in discussions pertaining to the best choice for American citizens, and as of September 14th, yet another option has made its way to the floor.

The “Medicare for All” bill presented by Vermont Senator  Bernie Sanders, is a single payer health care program designed to move the cost of care from the individual to the government.

In reality, the bill is a medicare overhaul that would expand the amount of coverage allotted to citizens, and would phase out insurance companies.

The plan is suggested to be phased in over time to eventually cover everyone who wishes to sign up, but includes hefty tax increases in order to pay for the expanded coverage.

A great amount of specifics on the plan have yet to be fleshed out, from out of pocket spending to the cost of healthcare in general.

 

Some information from this post was found on an article posted by NPR you can find here

 

 

 

Uber Partners with Laguna Municipality to Offer Safe Rides for Seniors

Uber is working with local government officials in an effort to make transportation more accessible for seniors.

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In a recent move to encourage the growing senior population to get out and about with more frequency, the local government of Laguna Beach has partnered with ride-sharing tech giant Uber to secure rides to an from popular locations within city limits.

The agreement, brought to the table and funded in part by local non-profit Sally”s Fund, will allow seniors an easy form of transportation to and from institutions popular among the over 65 crowd such as the local community center as well as shopping centers that include grocery stores among other outlets.

The foundation, founded in 1982, strives to make the community more accessible for senior citizens through various means of transportation as well as programs specifically designed for interaction and outreach throughout the township.

Established as a 501 (c) (3) non profit, the group aims to have the transportation alternative up and running for community members by the first part of 2018.

 

Information used in this article was provided, in part, by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle