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Senator Cortez Masto Meets with Local Health Care Advocates to Ensure Comprehensive Coverage

Last Friday, May 25th, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto held a roundtable meeting with Health Care Advocates and Organizations to discuss the latest developments surrounding health care policy at the federal level. The topic of the day was “junk plans”, or health insurance plans designed to provide bare-bones coverage at a low rate. Previously, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), such plans were phased out in favor of more robust, comprehensive plans which cover pre-existing conditions, prescription drugs, and maternity…

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2017 in Review, Part 3: Looking Forward to the New Year

2017 is a year that will be incredibly hard to forget. From the nation's bombastic new President to Nevada's groundbreaking legislative session, this year was one of tremendous change. Believe it or not, this may just the beginning. Below, we’ll do a sneak preview of what 2018 will likely bring. Fasten your seatbelts, Nevada, as the new year is certain to give us another wild ride. (more…)

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2017 in Review, Part 2: The Year of Epic Struggles

2017 may have been just one year, but it had more than enough news to span a decade. That certainly proved true in the second half of the year, as Nevadans tried to make sense of Congress’ debate over health care and taxes. Las Vegas then suffered the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and the nation once more had to come to terms with its gun laws. By the end of the year President Donald Trump signed his tax…

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What the Heller? A Conversation with Health Care Activist Laura Packard on the Trump-GOP Tax Plan Means for Nevada

With the House and the Senate narrowly approving the Trump-GOP Tax Plan in the past 36 hours, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk. What did Senator Dean Heller (R) and Rep. Mark Amodei (R-Carson City) just vote to pass? We speak with Las Vegas resident, stage four cancer survivor, and nationally renowned health care activist Laura Packard on what this bill means for her, and for the future of health care in Nevada. (more…)

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Despite Tweaks, Trump Tax Plan Still Poses Major Risks for Nation’s Fiscal Health and Health Care System

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee narrowly approved a revised version of the Trump Tax Plan. Republican leaders made a few changes to win over holdouts in their caucus, but these changes don’t actually change the core of this tax package. It still primarily benefits the wealthiest Americans, it still grows the budget deficit while providing little economic benefit, and it still poses major risk to the nation’s health care system. (more…)

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Much at Stake for Nevada As Federal Budget Deadline Looms

Now that Congress is back from Thanksgiving break, it’s time for them to get back to work. While Republican leaders are pushing to pass some version of the Trump Tax Plan by the end of the year, there are actually far more pressing issues that they’ve thus far left unresolved. Let’s review what these issues are, and why Congress must resolve them in the weeks ahead. (more…)

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“It’s Not Going to Work Now”: Titus Condemns House Passage of Trump Tax Plan

One day after the U.S. House passed its version of the Trump Tax Plan, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Las Vegas) returned to Nevada and appeared at UNLV to explain how the tax bill would affect her constituents. Titus did not hold back in criticizing the House bill, and she pointed out how the Senate bill could cause just as many problems for working class Nevadans. (more…)

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Nevadans Visit Dean Heller’s Las Vegas Office, Demand He Oppose Cuts to Safety Net Programs

On Tuesday, a group of concerned retirees visited Senator Dean Heller’s (R) Las Vegas office to register their opposition to the tax plan President Donald Trump and Congressional Republican leaders have been rallying around. They also demanded Heller oppose any cuts to safety net programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, to fill any budget hole the Trump-GOP Tax Plan will cause if it becomes law. (more…)

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Republicans Continue to Tweak Trump’s Tax Plan. It Still Benefits the Richest Americans the Most.

Yesterday, Senate Republicans began to unveil their version of the tax plan President Donald Trump wants to sign into law by the end of the year. Though they made some changes on top of the changes House Republicans made to the original framework, it still directs the bulk of the benefits to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. Despite Trump’s promises to “cut taxes for the middle class”, some middle class households may still end up paying more in taxes if the…

Sernator Lamar Alexander has joined Senator Patty Murray to propose a bipartisan health care stabilization bill.
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After Trump Moves to Sabotage Health Care Law, U.S. Senate Reopens Door to Bipartisan Health Care Fix

Less than a week ago, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to undermine the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA, or Obamacare) health insurance exchanges. He then followed that up with a decision to end the cost sharing reduction reimbursements that keep insurance costs low on the exchange. Yesterday, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) and Patty Murray (D-Washington) announced a tentative deal to resume cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments. What might this mean for Nevada consumers? We hear from the experts on…