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Senate Bill Still Cuts Tax Credits, Increases Premiums and Deductibles for Marketplace Consumers
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- The Center on Budget & Policy Priorities issued the following news release:

The House-passed health care bill (the American Health Care Act) slashed subsidies that help people afford individual market coverage, increasing out-of-pocket costs by thousands of dollars for people who get their coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces.

While the Senate bill's cuts to tax credits are structured differently and are somewhat smaller on average, their broad consequences would essentially be the same: coverage and care would become much less affordable for ... Show Full Article

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray Is Elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association
BOSTON, June 25 -- The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations issued the following news release:

The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has been elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at the Association's General Assembly in New Orleans. Frederick-Gray is the first woman elected to serve as the UUA's president.

Frederick-Gray, 41, has been serving as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. She begins her six-year term on Sunday, June 25.

"I am honored that Unitarian Universalists elected me as our next president. ... Show Full Article

National Voting Rights Leader Highlights Need to Keep Up Fight Against GOP Efforts to Rig Elections
MADISON, Wis., June 25 -- One Wisconsin Now, a liberal issue advocacy organization that focuses on advancing progressive leadership and values, issued the following news release:

With bills passed to impose a voter ID requirement, limit hours of early voting, make casting a ballot more complicated for seniors and students and rig legislative district lines, Wisconsin under Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature is a prime example of how politicians trying to manipulate the rules on voting to give themselves an unfair advantage. At a press conference in Madison today, national ... Show Full Article

Church of England Announces Contactless Payment Trial to Be Launched This Summer
LONDON, June 25 -- The Church of England issued the following news release:

The Church of England has announced plans to trial "tap and go" contactless payment systems for donations.

Starting this summer, around 40 churches will be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments - up to the value of GBP30 - with a view to offering the system to every diocese next year. The trial aims to encompass a variety of churches - urban, rural, large and small - to make sure that the needs of different parishes are considered when the scheme is offered nationally.

John Preston, National ... Show Full Article

Study: Tobacco Companies are Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in Latin America; Countries Must Act to Protect Kids
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following news release:

Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products, like menthol, mint and fruit, that appeal to kids throughout Latin America. In many cases they are selling them near schools, according to a new study released today by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While total cigarette sales are declining in Latin America, sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational tobacco companies ... Show Full Article

New U.S. Survey Shows Broad Declines in Youth Tobacco Use, Including E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following news release:

The government's 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey released today provides good news across the board about the nation's fight to protect kids from tobacco use - the leading cause of preventable death. It shows that cigarette smoking among high school students fell to a record-low 8 percent in 2016, youth use of electronic cigarettes declined for the first time after skyrocketing in recent years, and the percentage of high school students using any tobacco product dropped from 25.3 percent in 2015 to ... Show Full Article

India Dramatically Reduces Tobacco Use, Showing Strong Public Health Laws Save Lives
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids issued the following news release:

India has reduced tobacco use among adults by 17 percent since 2010. As a result there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in the Indian population, according to new data released last week by the Indian government. The percentage of adults using tobacco in India fell from 34.6 percent in 2009-10 to 28.6 percent in 2016-17. The dramatic decline in tobacco use is highlighted in India's second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) and confirms ... Show Full Article