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Biden Quietly Transforms Medicaid Safety Net

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According to this article on KHN, by Noam N. Levey and Phil Galewitz

“The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program.

Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump administration’s moves to scale back the safety-net program.

The moves, some of which were funded by the covid relief bill that passed in March, could further boost Medicaid enrollment — which the pandemic pushed to a record 80.5 million in January, including those served by the related Children’s Health Insurance Program. That’s up from 70 million before the covid crisis began. New mothers, inmates and undocumented immigrants are among those who could gain coverage. At the same time, the Biden administration is opening the door to new Medicaid-funded services such as food and housing that the government insurance plan hasn’t traditionally offered.”

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Judge blocks Biden administration from lifting public health order used to quickly expel migrants

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According to this article on The Texas Tribune, by URIEL J. GARCÍA

“A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that immigration officers have used to quickly expel migrants at the southwest border, including asylum-seekers.

District Judge Robert R. Summerhays, a Trump appointee in Lafayette, ruled that the Biden administration violated administrative law when it announced in April that it planned to halt Title 42, a health order aimed at preventing the spread of communicable diseases in the country, on Monday.

The ruling will most likely spark a monthslong legal battle. The U.S. Department Justice quickly filed an appeal Friday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and said it believes that the Biden administration’s decision to lift 42 was legal.”

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El Paso officials trying to avert humanitarian crisis after migrants dropped Downtown

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According to this article on El Paso Times, by Lauren Villagran

“EL PASO — A text from Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez lit up El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s cell phone at 5:53 a.m. on Sunday.

She delivered the news: Border Patrol’s Central Processing Center in El Paso was massively overcrowded. To relieve the strain, more than 100 asylum seekers were released Downtown, and they were on their own.

It was a relatively small group, given that Border Patrol had been taking in more than 1,000 people a day. There were people from Haiti, Ecuador and Turkey; all had legal documents and U.S. destinations in mind and quickly scattered in taxis and ride-shares.”

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Biden’s approval dips to lowest of presidency: AP-NORC poll

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According to this article on Associated Press, by NICHOLAS RICCARDI

“President Joe Biden’s approval rating dipped to the lowest point of his presidency in May, a new poll shows, with deepening pessimism emerging among members of his own Democratic Party.

Only 39% of U.S. adults approve of Biden’s performance as president, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research, dipping from already negative ratings a month earlier.

Overall, only about 2 in 10 adults say the U.S. is heading in the right direction or the economy is good, both down from about 3 in 10 a month earlier. Those drops were concentrated among Democrats, with just 33% within the president’s party saying the country is headed in the right direction, down from 49% in April.”

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