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Dennis Ross: Responsible solutions to repaying student loans

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report stating that federally issued Direct Student Loans placed in Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plans will cost the government $74 billion, which is higher than previously estimated. According to the GAO, as of June of this year, 5.3 million student loan borrowers are repaying their loans in IDR plans. This means 5.3 million borrowers are repaying their loans with smaller monthly payments, thereby extending the time in which they will actually repay the…

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Kathy Castor votes no to SAFE Act, prefers “appropriate” resettlement of refugees

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The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill calling for a halt to accepting Syrian refugees until more stringent safeguards are in place, and Florida Democrats Gwen Graham and Patrick Murphy joined House Republicans in supporting the bill. The American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act proposed by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Republican of Texas, would require “comprehensive background checks” of every refugee from Iraq or Syria, as well as certification from the nation’s top security officials.…

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GAO report calls for more transparency with Medicaid 1115 waivers

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The Department of Health and Human Services needs to be more transparent when it comes to approving sweeping Medicaid 1115  Demonstration waivers, a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts. The 69-page GAO report recommends increased transparency in the management of billions dollars spent on health care. It says the Department of Health and Human Services should put in writing its  criteria for assessing whether Medicaid 1115 waivers are likely to promote the objectives of the  Medicaid program. The…

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