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The share of children who are uninsured has reached a historic low of less than 5 percent. That's projected to change if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and the Medicaid expansion reversed.
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Obamacare's enrollment period largely overlaps with the holidays, when potential enrollees' budgets and mental resources are stretched. So why not schedule enrollment season after the holidays, when tax refunds could give low-income consumers an extra nudge?

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La deportación conlleva no solo una carga emocional, sino también la pérdida del sustento, el riesgo de perder la vivienda y la falta de recursos para suplir las necesidades más básicas.

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Deportation creates emotional difficulty, loss of livelihoods, effects of loneliness and the risk of losing housing and resources to meet the most basic needs.

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It’s a Medicare reform idea that seems pretty straightforward, and for proponents on both sides of the political aisle, a fair-minded approach to solving the entitlement program’s funding woes -- make more financially well-heeled Medicare beneficiaries foot more of the bill for their care....

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The Medicare NewsGroup asked its newly formed Medicare Leaders Advisory Board – a group of prominent former leaders of the federal program and political veterans – this question: “What context should journalists have in order to evaluate competing Medicare reform proposals?”...

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Veteran health journalist Trudy Lieberman shares tips for localizing the highly politicized debate over Medicare.

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Stan Dorn is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute. He is an expert on Medicaid, SCHIP, auto enrollment strategies for providing health coverage, Health Coverage Tax Credits and the uninsured. Previously, Mr. Dorn was senior policy analyst at the Economic and Social Research Institute, where he focused on strategies to cover the uninsured.

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Before describing a few stories that have not received much play in the media, I'd like to mention a few publications by my Urban Institute colleagues that provide useful state and local information. One report shows, by Congressional district, the proportion of residents with various types of health coverage (uninsured, privately insured, or covered by Medicaid or other public programs).

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