Cuts in federal housing help would hurt people’s health, research suggests

This article originally appeared on Kaiser Health News. Does investing in public housing keep people healthier? New research explores this question, which appears timely, especially as the Trump administration proposes to cut $7.4 billion — about 15 percent — from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s budget, and HUD Secretary Ben Carson argues that too much government assistance fosters dependency and perpetuates cycles of poverty. The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that receiving housing assistance from the federal government — through vouchers, public housing and…

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An Obamacare Repeal Could Hurt You Even If You Get Insurance Through Work. Here’s How

If you get your health insurance at work, you may have brushed off the fight over Obamacare as someone else’s problem. What you may not realize, though, is that the law added new benefits and protections to employer-based health insurance that you may have come to rely on. President Trump and congressional Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare, and both have made moves to begin unraveling significant parts of the law. The path forward is far from clear, but the GOP-controlled Congress is expected to go about dismantling portions of…

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