The Health News USA – July 6 2017

Overview

  • In an exclusive interview, Sanders answered questions about the health care bill, a federal investigation into the now-defunct Burlington College and President Trump’s attacks on the news media. Sanders called the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “a disaster for working families,” and said he has delayed his own single-payer health care legislation to focus on stopping the bill.
  • The Better Care Reconciliation act, which the Congressional Budget Office says would leave an additional twenty two million people without healthcare, is currently stuck in the Senate without enough votes to pass. Senator Ted Cruz’s amendment would allow insurance companies to sell plans that do not include the Affordable Care Act mandated “essential health benefits”, in a move he claims would reduce costs.
  • The U.S. Agriculture Department is requiring districts to adopt policies this month for addressing meal debts and to inform parents at the start of the academic year. Free and reduced-price meals funded by the Agriculture Department’s National School Lunch Program shield the nation’s poorest children from so-called lunch shaming. Kids can eat for free if a family of four earns less than about thirty two thousand dollars a year or at a discount if earnings are under forty five thousand dollars.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 6th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News USA

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/04/bernie-sanders-slams-gop-health-care-bill-calls-trump-media-attacks-an-outrage/449289001/

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has delayed his single-payer health care bill in order to leverage his national platform against the Republican health care proposal.

In an exclusive interview, Sanders answered questions about the health care bill, a federal investigation into the now-defunct Burlington College and President Trump’s attacks on the news media.

Sanders called the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “a disaster for working families,” and said he has delayed his own single-payer health care legislation to focus on stopping the bill.

The Senate Republican health care proposal would leave an additional twenty two million people uninsured by twenty twenty six, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and defund Planned Parenthood and cut Medicaid.

Sanders said the reductions would harm families of nursing home patients who rely on Medicaid.

“This legislation is the most dangerous and harmful piece of legislation I have seen since I have been in the United States Congress,” Sanders said. “It is a disaster for working families, and we have got to do everything we can to see that it’s defeated.”

Sanders recently traveled to Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to rally opposition to the bill, and he said he hopes to take another trip next weekend.

Sanders has promised since at least March to introduce a single-payer health care bill, which he calls “Medicare for all.”

The bill has no chance of passage in a Republican-controlled Congress, Sanders acknowledged — but the senator said the bill is written and gaining momentum.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/pat-toomey-ted-cruz-healthcare-bill-protest

At a town hall in Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, Republican senator Pat Toomey faced an angry protest over his role in the GOP healthcare bill, while Ted Cruz was heckled over his suggested amendment to the legislation at an event in Texas.

Audience questions for Cruz at the event in McKinney, north of Dallas, had been screened in advance by the Concerned Veterans for America, but two audience members went rogue to quiz and interrupt the Texas senator over his proposed tweak to the Senate bill.

The Better Care Reconciliation act, which the Congressional Budget Office says would leave an additional twenty two million people without healthcare, is currently stuck in the Senate without enough votes to pass. Cruz’s amendment would allow insurance companies to sell plans that do not include the Affordable Care Act mandated “essential health benefits”, in a move he claims would reduce costs.

The majority of Senate Republicans have so far ducked interactions with the public during recess week – supposedly a time for elected officials to return to their districts and meet with constituents.

The Washington Post reported that just four GOP senators planned to attend Fourth of July parades, while only three – Cruz, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana and Jerry Moran from Kansas – are scheduled to hold public town halls.

Cruz and Moran are openly opposed to the Senate bill while Cassidy has said he is “concerned” and has put forward an alternative to the plan.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/schools-rethink-lunch-policies-humiliate-kids-n779706

The U.S. Agriculture Department is requiring districts to adopt policies this month for addressing meal debts and to inform parents at the start of the academic year.

The agency is not specifically barring most of the embarrassing tactics, such as serving cheap sandwiches in place of hot meals or sending students home with conspicuous debt reminders, such as hand stamps. But it is encouraging schools to work more closely with parents to address delinquent accounts and ensure children don’t go hungry.

“Rather than a hand stamp on a kid to say, ‘I need lunch money,’ send an email or a text message to the parent,” said Tina Namian, who oversees the federal agency’s school meals policy branch.

Meanwhile, some states are taking matters into their own hands, with New Mexico this year becoming the first to outlaw school meal shaming and several others weighing similar laws.

Free and reduced-price meals funded by the Agriculture Department’s National School Lunch Program shield the nation’s poorest children from so-called lunch shaming. Kids can eat for free if a family of four earns less than about thirty two thousand dollars a year or at a discount if earnings are under forty five thousand dollars.

Children often bear the brunt of unpaid meal accounts. A two thousand and fourteen federal report found thirty nine percent of districts nationwide hand out cheap alternative meals with no nutritional requirements and up to six percent refuse to serve students with no money.

Spurred by Appleseed and others, New Mexico in April passed its anti-meal-shaming law, which directs schools to work directly with parents to address payments and requires that children get a healthy, balanced meal regardless of whether debts are paid on time.

Elsewhere, the California Senate in May unanimously approved a bill that prevents schools from denying lunch if a parent or guardian has not paid.

Texas recently adopted a temporary grace period for students to keep eating cafeteria food while debt payments are negotiated with parents.

At the federal level, language has been proposed for next year’s House appropriations bill that would set minimum standards to protect children from public embarrassment and leave them out of payment discussions.

 

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