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  • Watchdog: Don't wait to cut debt: Front & Center

    Watchdog: Don't wait to cut debt: Front & Center
    There's rough weather ahead for the federal budget and the nation's economy, according to this month's long-term forecast from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO projects the growing national debt will reduce Americans' incomes, raise...
  • Tips for keeping medication costs down

    Tips for keeping medication costs down
    Amanda Greene relies on lidocaine patches to help manage the chronic pain that her Lupus causes. The anesthetic is available as a generic drug, typically sold at a substantially lower price. But this year, the 47-year-old Culver City resident says she's...
  • Congress reaches agreement on VA reforms

    Congress reaches agreement on VA reforms
    With days left before the August break, congressional leaders unveiled a $17-billion bipartisan compromise Monday to fix the tattered Department of Veterans Affairs. The deal includes $10 billion in emergency funds to allow veterans to go to outside...
  • Cynthia M. Allen: Why consensus matters in making social policy

    In dueling federal appeals court decisions last week, judges issued contradictory rulings about the president's signature legislation, arriving at opposite interpretations of the plain language of the Affordable Care Act. The circuit split likely means...
  • Lawmakers' costly plan to fix Veterans Affairs is temporary, or not

    When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it. The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
  • Senate sends $16.3-billion Veterans Affairs reform bill to Obama

    Nearly four months after Veterans Affairs employees were exposed for allegedly falsifying records to cover up long wait times for patients, the Senate on Thursday night overwhelmingly approved a $16.3-billion compromise bill to overhaul the department....
  • Fixing Veterans Affairs

     Fixing Veterans Affairs
    After Doug Chase was diagnosed with a brain tumor, his wife contacted a Veterans Affairs hospital in Bedford, Mass., to have him treated there. That was in 2012. Finally, last month, the VA agreed to make an appointment. But by then Doug, a Vietnam...
  • Medicare finances improve as healthcare inflation slows, trustees say

    Improvements in healthcare costs have extended the life of Medicare's main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare...
  • Congress approves temporary highway funding measure

    Congress approves temporary highway funding measure
    Congress, after a temporary detour, approved a stopgap plan Thursday to fund transportation projects through next May, sending the measure to President Obama. Acting in the final days of its session before lawmakers break for a five-week summer recess,...
  • For many, full-time work at minimum wage isn't enough

    For many, full-time work at minimum wage isn't enough
    Samuel Rivera works full time assembling industrial plumbing parts at a warehouse in Catasauqua. His wife, Sasha, is on maternity leave from the deli of a Bethlehem supermarket, where she worked until three days before her due date. They don't own a...
  • Capitol Hill negotiators unveil deal to fix the VA

    WASHINGTON House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem. The deal ends weeks of sometimes...
  • Good news and warnings in the Social Security and Medicare reports

    The release of the annual trustees reports for Social Security and Medicare customarily give rise to an outburst of disinformation from the enemies of these social insurance programs -- that comes with the territory when you're putting out documents of...