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Nursing Home Disaster Plans Often Faulted As ‘Paper Tigers’

It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes. Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection...


Government

Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: 5 Things You Need To Know

Republican efforts in Congress to “repeal and replace” the federal Affordable Care Act are back from the dead. Again. While the chances for this last-ditch measure appear iffy, many GOP senators are rallying around a proposal by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), along with...


Government

In Stark Contrast To ACA Plans, Premiums For Job-Based Coverage Show Modest Rise

Family health insurance premiums rose an average 3 percent this year for people getting coverage through the workplace, the sixth consecutive year of small increases, according to a study released Tuesday. The average total cost of family premiums was $18,764 for 2017, according to a survey of...


Business

Before the breach, Equifax sought to limit exposure to lawsuits

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Before Equifax discovered a massive computer breach that exposed sensitive information about millions of Americans, the company lobbied Congress on legislation to limit how much it could be forced to pay if sued by consumers, and it pressed lawmakers to roll back the...


Business

Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence

Toys R Us

NEW YORK (AP) — In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world. The toy chain, hobbled by $5 billion in debt and more intense competition,...


Business

Before the breach, Equifax sought to limit exposure to lawsuits

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Before Equifax discovered a massive computer breach that exposed sensitive information about millions of Americans, the company lobbied Congress on legislation to limit how much it could be forced to pay if sued by consumers, and it pressed lawmakers to roll back the...


State

Utah school nurse shortage leave nurses with heavy workloads

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s school nursing shortage slightly worsened over the past year, leaving school nurses with six times the recommended students under their care, according to a new state report. Utah’s school enrollment continues to grow every year, but school nursing levels have not kept...


Business

Trump's lawyer to publicly testify in Senate next month

Trump Russia Probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s lawyer will return to Capitol Hill for a public hearing next month after the Senate intelligence committee abruptly canceled a closed-door staff interview Tuesday morning. Committee leaders said they called off the interview after Michael Cohen sent a...


Government

One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

Congress Health Overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care....


Business

Investors have gotten a boost from the Fed for 9 years; that ends Wednesday

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. The nine-year-and-counting bull market in stocks could come to a screeching halt on Wednesday when the Federal Reserve delivers a highly anticipated and climactic announcement that its eight-year experiment in easy money is over. Or not. Many think the Fed’s historic...


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