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Phil McCausland

Phil McCausland is an NBC News reporter focused on health care and the social safety net.

Phil McCausland is an NBC News reporter focused on health care and the social safety net.

Latest from Phil McCausland

5d ago

Army tuition aid stalled by monthslong tech glitch puts soldiers' futures on hold

“We feel like our leadership is just totally disconnected from the hardship that’s falling on us,” one soldier said.

Democratic lawmakers aim to make Biden's summer food program for kids permanent

“Hunger doesn’t take time off when school buildings are closed, so neither can we," said Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

'A sea change': Subsidies and White House push leads to surge in Obamacare sign-ups

“It’s like a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m blown away,” said a woman who was able to afford health insurance for the first time in 12 years.

Missouri governor won't fund Medicaid expansion, flouting state Constitution and voters

"The governor lied. He said he represented all of Missouri and that he would uphold the Constitution, but he's not," one Democratic state lawmaker said.
39d ago

Trump signed off on last-minute Medicaid changes. Now Biden faces the legal challenges

A Medicaid lawsuit in Tennessee and similar ones in other states have Biden walking a legal tightrope to undo Trump’s Medicaid policies at a fraught time.
49d ago

Biden administration to launch largest summer food program in US history

The plan will provide up to 34 million kids about $375 each to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer.
49d ago

Biden administration to launch largest summer food program in U.S. history

The plan will provide up to 34 million kids about $375 each to buy food for the roughly 10 weeks they are out of school in the summer.
53d ago

Medical debt is engulfing more people as pandemic takes its toll

"I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about it. I just can't believe it's come to this," said one woman with long-term Covid symptoms.
75d ago

Biden administration invests $50 million in HealthCare.gov ad campaign

The ads aim to highlight the cheaper plans that people in the United States can now purchase on the federal health insurance exchange website.
76d ago

Missouri voters passed Medicaid expansion. Now state Republicans may not pay for it.

The state will still have to provide an additional 230,000 Missourians with Medicaid coverage, but it may have it do it without any additional funding.

'Changed hearts and minds': Biden's funding offer shifts Medicaid expansion debate

“It’s the stimulus funds that are really the motivation. I think it has really changed some hearts and minds in the Legislature," one Wyoming lawmaker said.