Health Care

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Oct 27, 2016

Poll: Clinton Leads Trump 53 Points Among Latinos

new national poll gauging registered Latino voters' views on the economy, health care and the 2016 election shows the demographic group overwhelmingly views Republican Donald Trump negatively.

Trump's net favorability rating among registered Latino voters is negative 57 percent, according to the poll released by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization.

The Republican presidential candidate's favorable and unfavorable ratings are 18 percent and 75 percent, respectively. Trump has alienated Latino voters for, among many other things, promising to build a wall between the United States and Mexico and calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Oct 3, 2016

Illinoisans Decry Proposed Overtime Ban For In-Home Caregivers At State Hearing

The Rauner administration's proposed overtime policy for in-home health care workers was the subject of a state hearing Monday afternoon. Illinois home care workers and people with disabilities testified at the hearing, demanding that the administration rescind its "disastrous" proposal. 

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Sep 13, 2016

Census Bureau: Poverty, Household Income & Health Insurance Coverage Improved Last Year

Progress Illinois breaks down new Census Bureau figures, which showed "superb" income growth and significant drops in the poverty and uninsured rates.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 12, 2016

Report: Paid Sick Time Beneficial To Workers And Businesses

As paid sick leave laws continue to gain traction across the United States, a recent report finds such policies to be a win-win for workers and their employers.

For its report, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) examined over a dozen scholarly and policy research articles covering the health, economic and social benefits of paid sick time.

"Seeing the research brought together, from a range of disciplines, makes a striking case for universal access to paid sick days as a low-cost strategy for improving health and economic well-being," IWPR Vice President and Executive Director Barbara Gault said in a statement.

The think tank's analysis came shortly Chicago passed legislation mandating earned paid sick time and as commissioners in Cook County are set to vote on similar policy on October 5. Chicago was the 34th jurisdiction in the United States to guarantee paid sick days.