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Valuing Families

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Families need help. That's the message that every parent will tell you, as costs strain family budgets. That includes both financial help and respect for the diversity of families in our nation, including policies to support:

Can't Afford to Get Sick

Paid sick days are just popping up all over the agenda it appears. Writers at The Nation say it is the #2 economic justice issue on the progressive agenda, after raising the minimum wage.

California Passes Universal Health Bill

Yesterday, the California Assembly voted for a bill, SB 840, that would provide health care to all state residents under a government-run universal health insurance system, joining the state Senate which enacted a similar bill last year.  By eliminating the administrative overhead of multiple state, federal and private programs, an analysis by the independent Lewin Group estimated that the state co

Health Care: Why Employer Responsibility is Needed

There a strain of liberal advocacy for national health care that hopes for the system to get worse, in the assumption that only then can serious reform happen. Ezra Klein makes this argument in a post attacking the Chicago Retail Workers bill as a danger since it might actually improve the lives of Wal-Mart workers.

CO: Leaving Children Uninsured Has Serious Consequences

Two Colorado pediatricians have authored a new study finding dire consequences as a result of the low insured status among our nation's children. The consequences are both borne by these children and by society as a whole.

Fair Share Decision: Setback for Maryland, but Not For Other States' Reform

Yesterday, a federal judge overturned Maryland's Fair Share Health Care law, which had required large employers such as Wal-Mart to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health care for employees or pay the equivalent in fees to the state.  The judge in his decision argued that the federal ERISA (Employment Retirement Security Act) law preempted the Maryland law

CA: San Francisco Approves Universal Health Care

Combining proposals from the city's mayor and other advocates, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Monday gave initial and unanimous approval to a plan to extend health care coverage to all uninsured residents in the city. The plan would require businesses and other employers not providing health insurance to their employees to pay $1.06 or $1.60 per hour per worker, depending on the size of the company.

Drug Costs Soar on Medicare Part D

Here's proof that states have been making inroads on controlling prescription drug costs in their Medicaid programs: When poor elderly patients were moved from state-run Medicaid programs to the federal Medicare Part D prescription drug program, drug costs for those patients apparently soared by more than $2 billion as pharmaceutical companies pocketed windfall profits. The difference is that where state programs have been negotiating for lower costs for patients, the Part D law barred the federal government from negot

Drug Costs Soar on Medicare Part D

Here's proof that states have been making inroads on controlling prescription drug costs in their Medicaid programs-- even if the proof is based on the feds screwing up the new Medicare Part D program. When poor elderly patients were moved from state-run Medicaid programs to the federal Medicare Part D prescription drug program, drug costs for those patients apparently soared by more than $2 billion as pharmaceutical companies pocketed windfall profits. The difference is that where state programs have been negotiating