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How fast can things change when Congress is trying to get away from DC for a month in a midterm election year and big issues are looming like airplanes on the ground.

The law formerly known as “Build Back Better” on Thursday became the “Inflation Reduction Act.” The tough new tax package, help for people who get insurance through the Affordable Healthcare Act and an increase in corporate taxes will come to a Senate vote next week.

A week ago today, I told you that in a few weeks, millions of Americans who get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace will be getting a letter telling them that their health insurance premiums will, in some cases, double. In more places, the fee increases by $100 per month.

That could happen if Congress doesn’t expand the insurance coverage that’s in place now. The grants expire at the end of the year. Until Wednesday evening, it seemed that the support could be a major problem in the election. But Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who last week dropped his support for an extension of the subsidy, now agrees that the state should increase federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, it was first established by the American Rescue Plan for three years. That doesn’t make the money permanent, but that’s another story for another Congress.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of this, even though the stories don’t reveal much about the story. Bloomberg says:

The increase in ACA subsidies comes as the share of Americans who rely on the ACA continues to grow. New report A CDC release this morning shows the share of Americans without health coverage continued to fall in the first quarter to 8%, or 26.4 million people—down from 9.5%, or 30.8 million, in the first quarter of 2021. In April, HHS report that the total number of people enrolled in Medicaid, the expansion of the ACA market, and the Basic Health Program reached more than 35 million people by the beginning of 2022. Sara Hansard says.

The Kaiser Family Foundation provides delve deeper into the matter including possible increases if the amount is not increased (although it appears now that it will be). the hot way. Pay attention.

No doubt, lawmakers who vote for President Joe Biden’s plan will lament that they voted to lower drug prices. If the bill passes and becomes law, it won’t change much for many people for years. A large portion of this information will be combined to save $288 billion through drug price adjustments. The changes include two major measures including allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and capping out-of-pocket costs up to $2,000.

As I said, drug prices will not drop quickly, even under the new plan before the Senate. It is a six-year plan that begins next year, then the cap for drugs that are out of pocket for Medicare begins in 2025. Then, 10 or 15 drugs at a time, Medicare will negotiate with drug companies to get lower prices for drugs. some expensive drugs. The Kaiser Family Foundation describes this period:

(Kaiser Family Foundation)

Manchin now says he will support legislation that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says is “the most pro-climate legislation passed by Congress.” Although the passage has not been confirmed, The New York Times describes some of its implications:

The bill seeks to combat global warming by spending billions of dollars in tax incentives to boost wind, solar, geothermal, battery and other clean energy sources over the next decade.

Companies receive incentives to keep nuclear reactors open that might otherwise have been shut down, or to capture emissions from factories and bury them underground before they warm the planet. Low-income car buyers will receive a $7,500 tax credit for a new electric car and $4,000 for a used one. Americans will receive rebates to install heat pumps and make their homes more energy efficient.

Senate Democrats said the legislation would help the United States cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, putting the country a long way from the climate goals Mr. Biden announced last year.

Two new studies (which haven’t gone through peer review) say so CDC guidance that you must self-isolate for five days after testing positive for COVID-19 is wrong. One of these studies, from Massachusetts General Hospital, says there is no magic in five days of isolation. Some people are contagious eight days after the test.

key, these researchers sayand isolate yourself until you’re found out, like Biden did this week.

NPR explained:

“We have nothing to say whether you are contagious or not,” he says Dr. Emily Landon, an infectious disease specialist at UChicago Medicine. “The best thing we have is this rapid antigen test.”

A learning Co-author Landon followed health workers at the University of Chicago who were infected but were feeling better and getting tested five days later. They found that more than half of them tested positive for antigen after six days.

Unlike the PCR test, which analyzes the genetic material from the virus, the rapid antigen test works by looking at the proteins inside the virus. A positive test is often associated with the presence of an infectious agent. Scientists can find this out by taking samples from an infected person and trying to grow the virus in the lab – known as viral culture.

In general, most infected people still do not have an antigen test 10 days after the onset of symptoms.

“If you have enough virus in your body to reverse one of these tests, then your body probably hasn’t cleared the infection,” says Hay.

Check out this map of the writings nyanipox cases and may remind you of the CDC’s COVID-19 maps, where the United States leads the world in new cases. The US has more than 4,600 monkey cases, while Spain has 3,700. No one else is around.

(CDC)

Last month, the US had 244 cases. We have had a 1,900% month-on-month increase in cases.

The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared more than 786,000 doses of the monkey vaccine for distribution nationwide through health departments and more are on the way.

It wasn’t long ago that businessmen thought of a way to circumvent state laws that prohibit casino gambling. They put casinos on boats and call them boats and declare that they are outside of state, or sometimes, federal jurisdiction. Now a doctor has an idea for a floating abortion clinic in the Gulf of Mexico. Yahoo News has more.

There already is a Dutch organization called Women on Waves which goes to countries where abortion is illegal. The group also uses what it calls abortion drones transporting abortion pills to countries where the drug is prohibited.

The latest Pulse survey from the US Census shows that week after week, Americans are starting to pay off their mortgages and pay down the mortgage.

Here is a comparison of the two research periods:

(Bloomberg from US Census survey)

You can download the latest tables here.

Table 1. Difficulty Paying Household Expenses in the Last 7 Days, by Selective Characteristics.[<1.0 MB]

Table 2. Strategies Used to Satisfy User Needs in the Last 7 Days, and Select Characteristics

The second table is very interesting because it tells us how people find ways to pay their bills from borrowing from friends and family to using credit cards to withdrawing money.

You can go to any region to see how your movements compare. Look for the government tabs at the bottom of the page. They can be hidden a bit if you don’t need them.

You can see how different people and age groups gravitate towards different things. The largest group of credit card users are between the ages of 25 to 54 and the largest group that borrows from family or friends is the 25 to 39 age group.

The worldwide shortage of computer hardware is a big problem for the companies that make the plastic cards you use like bank and credit cards. They, of course, use computer chips. The issue of lack is that in Ukraine there are two companies that produce half of the world’s neon and it is necessary for chip production.

Trade website paysdive.com was reported:

Chipmakers use neon to control the special lasers they use to make semiconductors. Neon prices have skyrocketed since the invasion of Ukraine. According to South China Morning Post, the average price of ordinary neon in China has jumped nearly sixfold since the attack began.

In the wake of the baby milk shortage that drew attention, families were reminded that even though some websites had formula, the government does not allow it WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Mothers, Infants and Children) benefits for online shopping, even when online prices are lower than in-store, or even online is the only place people can find the items they need. – as a formula.

A few states including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Washington, South Dakota and Nevada are part of new driver software which will allow WIC families to shop online. The programs will begin next year.

CNN explained What is driving online marketing:

Federal law requires WIC recipients to sign their name or enter a PIN number when picking up groceries. For e-commerce, the government should leave this to the states.

The technology hangups are very difficult. Families on WIC get their benefits through smart cards that look like a credit card, but don’t work the same way. Debit cards deduct the cost of the purchase from a bank account; WIC cards actually keep track of items purchased. A card may allow a person to buy three cans of baby formula per month, for example. WIC meals must meet nutritional requirements, so the cards also limit the type of items that can be purchased.

To move smart cards online, stores need to develop new systems to do so. The work is underway, but it will take time. Even after these pilot projects begin, WIC consumers will be able to purchase food online at one store.

“There is no quick way to order online right now,” said Geraldine Henchy, director of Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs at the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, DC. “They can’t do it. It’s very difficult, and it’s a security risk. So, they can’t just go and order online for WIC,” Henchy said in an interview.

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Al Tompkins is a principal at Poynter. He can be reached at atompkins@poynter.org or on Twitter, @atompkins.