House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

by Abby Goodenough / NYTimes May 16, 2019 WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine. But Democratic leaders appeared to be focused less on the substance of the measures than on their likely demise in the Republican-controlled Senate. “There’s…

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Why are some Florida medical offices denying American Sign Language interpreters for patients who are deaf?

Disability Rights /Florida News Feed All too often, Disability Rights Florida is involved in individual complaints related to medical offices refusing to provide interpreters for patients who are deaf. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is very clear on the standards for effective communication. It is our hope by publishing information and resources that we can provide an education platform for individuals with deafness to understand their rights and for medical offices to understand their responsibilities. Please visit these documents for better understanding…

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Drugmakers Funnel Millions To Lawmakers; A Few Dozen Get $100,000-Plus

DSA keeping members informed Pharma Cash To Congress / Kaiser Reports Every year, pharmaceutical companies contribute millions of dollars to U.S. senators and representatives as part of a multipronged effort to influence health care lawmaking and spending priorities. Use this tool to explore the sizable role drugmakers play in the campaign finance system, where many industries seek to influence Congress. Discover which lawmakers rake in the most money (or the least) and which pharma companies are the biggest contributors. Or use our…

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Why Your 2018 Tax Refund May Be Smaller

Changes to the tax law also mean filers may get an unexpected IRS bill by Sarah Elizabeth Adler, AARP, February 12, 2019 Tax season is just kicking into gear, but some early filers already have faced an unpleasant surprise: smaller refunds. According to the IRS, the average refund amount as of Feb. 1 is down 8.4 percent, or $170, from last year. For most people, the new tax law explains why. According to IRS spokesperson Eric Smith, updates to the federal tax withholding tables, which…

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