Congress is pursuing a Medicare dental benefit: Here's what to know

A significant amount of activity is underway in the U.S. Congress focused on adding dental, vision and hearing benefits to the Medicare program, and the proposals are moving quickly. This communication from CDA supplements what the ADA, media and other sources have shared to give members background and context for the current activity and clarify some common misunderstandings, including:
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Ricketts: Splitting Omaha voters a good thing

While Nebraska lawmakers look for a compromise when it comes to redistricting and breaking up voters in Omaha, Governor Pete Ricketts is making his choice clear. According to Ricketts, the so-called Republican map—State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan's map—which has gone nowhere, is still a great plan. "I think the Congressional...

Demings, Colleagues Urge DHS to Halt Deportations to Haiti, Support Diaspora Following Earthquake

ORLANDO, FL – Today, U.S. Rep. Val Demings (FL-10), Co-Chair of the House Haiti Caucus, joined 55 of her colleagues to call on the Biden Administration to immediately halt deportations to Haiti and take urgent action to address the concerns of the Haitian Diaspora after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti last month. The lawmakers’ letter follows the Administration’s resumption of deportation flights to Haiti and as thousands of Haitian migrants continue to await an opportunity to make an asylum claim at the border.
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Senate official's decision disappoints TPS holder in Osceola

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The hopes of millions of immigrants wanting a pathway to citizenship were dealt a huge blow after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against Democrats in their attempt to include immigration reform in the $3.7 trillion reconciliation bill. In her guidance, MacDonough said it didn’t meet the...

With Application Deadline Approaching, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications For U.S. Military Service Academies

SPRINGFIELD – The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2026 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close nearly two weeks from today, on Saturday, October 2. Duckworth’s office has been accepting applications from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to one of the four Military Service Academies through her website since March . Each year Duckworth, with the assistance of Continue Reading

Texas Lawmakers Debating Redistricting As Third Special Session Begins At State Capitol

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas lawmakers are back at the Capitol for the start of the third special session. One of the major items on the agenda is redistricting, the redrawing of political maps for Congressional, State House and Senate districts every ten years after results of the census are released. The Republican majority in the House and Senate will oversee the process, but members of both parties acknowledge the maps will end up in court. So far, Republicans have released the proposed map of the state’s 31 Senate districts. One district already under the political microscope is Senate District 10 in Tarrant...

AMHC Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic in Aroostook County

Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC) has been awarded $2.5 million to support and expand their Medication Assisted Treatment services, Maine's Congressional delegation announced on Monday. ?getty Images. “For nearly six decades, Aroostook Mental Health Center has been committed to improving the health of rural and underserved communities,” said Senators Susan...

Indiana House Committee Makes Small Changes To Redistricting Maps

A panel of lawmakers made minor changes to state House and Congressional redistricting maps Monday. The House Elections Committee then voted to send the maps to the full House. Committee Chair Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) said the changes were based in part on feedback from Hoosiers in last week’s public...

Activists Urge Calls to Manchin On Voting Rights, Minimum Wage, Filibuster Action

Speakers from West Virginia gathered to demand action from U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, joining a Monday press conference in Charleston sponsored by the national Poor People's Campaign. Their grassroots effort built on a series of full-page newspaper ads taken out in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, The Parkersburg...

How Congress is literally going to the birds!

It’s 8:00am on the National Mall in Washington, DC and Tykee James is peering through his binoculars at the tips of tree branches, scanning for the slightest movement. “I do a lot of my birdwatching in cities,” he says. “People don’t think about cities as ecosystems, unfortunately. Cities have green spaces that may not rival the geographic scale of a national park, but the stories that can come from city parks are big.”