• Donald Trump Mar 27, 2019

    US Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Rules in Blow to Trump

    The Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency were dealt a blow Wednesday, when a federal judge ruled that Medicaid work requirements undermined the program’s mission of providing health care for the needy. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., blocked work requirements for low-income people in two states — Arkansas and Kentucky. He found that...

  • Hartford Jan 17, 2019

    Audit Reveals Thousands Spent on People Not Eligible for School Health Plan

    Hundreds of thousands in public dollars were spent on people who shouldn’t be using a school district health insurance plan, according to an audit of Hartford Public Schools, and now the Hartford Police Department is investigating the alleged fraud.

  • Jan 16, 2019

    HPS Spent Thousands On People Ineligible for Health Plan

    Last year Hartford Public Schools discovered an ex-husband of one of its employees ran up health care bills approaching $700,000 over a 15-year stretch.

  • Associated Press Oct 27, 2018

    Medicaid Expansion Becomes Key Issue in GOP-Leaning States

    For nearly a decade, opposition to former President Barack Obama’s health care law has been a winning message for Nebraska Republicans. It’s helped them win every statewide office, control the Legislature and hold all the state’s congressional seats. So it was something of a surprise for Bob Tatum when he set out to ask his fellow Nebraskans if they would...

  • Donald Trump Oct 22, 2018

    ‘Obamacare' Shapes Opioid Grant Spending: Analysis

    With Republicans and Democrats joining forces again in a bipartisan effort to target the U.S. opioid crisis, an Associated Press analysis of the first wave of emergency money from Congress finds that states are taking very different approaches to spending it. To a large extent, the differences depend on whether states participated in one of the most divisive issues in...

  • Hartford Sep 20, 2018

    Hartford Public Schools Provided Healthcare To Those Ineligible

    Hartford Public Schools employees claimed dozens of dependents who weren’t eligible for the district’s health insurance plan, according to a new audit by Secova, a management consulting company.

  • Donald Trump Sep 20, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump's Fuzzy Medicare Math

    President Donald Trump on several occasions has taken credit for making Medicare “stronger.” In one instance, he said, “Medicare will be $700 billion stronger over the next decade thanks to our growth.” In fact, Medicare’s finances have worsened since he took office, and economic growth is not expected to help the program as much as he claims

  • Donald Trump Jan 22, 2018

    Federal Government Shutdown Takes Effect After Senate Talks Fail

    The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind...

  • Donald Trump Jan 22, 2018

    Federal Government Shutdown Takes Effect After Senate Talks Fail

    The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind...

  • Donald Trump Jan 21, 2018

    Democrats, GOP Try to Dodge Blame for Shuttered Government

    Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it. The finger-pointing played out in rare weekend proceedings in both the House and Senate, where lawmakers were eager to show voters they were actively...

  • Donald Trump Jan 21, 2018

    Trump the Dealmaker Comes Up Short Ahead of Shutdown

    He wrote a book on the art of negotiation and was elected to office claiming he alone could end Washington gridlock, but President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to broker a big, bipartisan deal has turned into a big mess. The failure to find consensus on immigration and spending is a blow to Trump’s presidency on the one-year anniversary of his...

  • Donald Trump Jan 20, 2018

    Analysis: Emboldened Democrats Take a Risk on a Shutdown

    Congressional Democrats are taking a page from the playbook of President Donald Trump and hard-line conservatives: Fight for your base and don’t blink. In forcing a showdown over immigration — and triggering a government shutdown — Democrats have embraced a confrontational, rule-breaking strategy they once blasted as irresponsible when practiced by the other party. But the Trump-era appears to come...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Clash With President Trump Casts Spotlight on John Kelly

    President Donald Trump’s very public pushback against his chief of staff’s statement that the president’s views on a border wall have “evolved” is casting a fresh spotlight on the limits of John Kelly’s ability to manage White House tumult, navigate Capitol Hill and keep a demanding, scattershot president on track. Trump fumed at Kelly privately and chided his chief of...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    Clash With President Trump Casts Spotlight on John Kelly

    President Donald Trump’s very public pushback against his chief of staff’s statement that the president’s views on a border wall have “evolved” is casting a fresh spotlight on the limits of John Kelly’s ability to manage White House tumult, navigate Capitol Hill and keep a demanding, scattershot president on track. Trump fumed at Kelly privately and chided his chief of...

  • Donald Trump Jan 19, 2018

    House Votes to Avert Federal Shutdown, Senate Chances Dim

    On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate, where Democrats have vowed to kill the measure. The partisan roadblock in the GOP-controlled Senate left just a day and little hope for negotiators searching for a way to...

  • Donald Trump Jan 13, 2018

    GOP-Leaning States Line Up to Require Work for Medicaid

    Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through Medicaid. Whether that’s a commonsense approach or an added burden that will end up costing many Americans their health insurance will now be debated in states across the country considering...

  • Donald Trump Jan 2, 2018

    Trump Accuses Justice Department of Being Part of ‘Deep State'

    President Donald Trump accused the Justice Department Tuesday of being part of the “deep state” and urged prosecution against a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. He also claimed that U.S. sanctions on North Korea were having a “big impact” and that he was responsible for preventing commercial aviation deaths in...

  • Donald Trump Dec 28, 2017

    Trump, GOP Congressional Leaders to Meet at Camp David

    Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington’s focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to open the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to map out the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said. After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will quickly host Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...

  • Connecticut Dec 22, 2017

    Long-Term Deal for Children's Health Again Eludes Congress

    Congress has again failed to approve long-term funds for a popular program that provides health insurance for nearly 9 million low-income children, leaving each party blaming the other for Christmas-season gridlock and states scrambling to decide how to parcel out dwindling money. Lawmakers scurrying to leave the Capitol for the holidays approved a short-term patch Thursday designed to keep state...

  • Donald Trump Dec 19, 2017

    House GOP Pushing Disaster Relief for Hurricanes, Fires

    House Republicans on Monday unveiled an $81 billion disaster aid package to help hurricane-ravaged communities and states hit by wildfires, almost double the amount requested by President Donald Trump. GOP leaders promised a vote this week on the measure, which would bring the total provided in response to this year’s devastating round of hurricanes to more than $130 billion —...

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