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Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B primarily pays for care provided by doctors and other health care professionals, outpatient services, durable medical equipment, home health, and some preventive services. Medicare Part B began in 1965 under the same legislation that enacted Medicare Part A and the Medicaid program.... Read More

Medicare Part A

Medicare Part A pays primarily for inpatient hospital stays, care in skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and hospice care. Medicare Part A began in 1965 and was enacted at the same time as Part B and Medicaid.... Read More

Hastert Rule

An informal governing principle used by Republican Speakers of the House of Representatives since the 1990s to only allow bills to come up for a vote on the House floor that have support from the “the majority of the majority” of Members of Congress.... Read More

Boehner Rule

The “Boehner Rule” is not a formal rule of the House of Representatives, but rather a procedural technique used by the Speaker of the House to bring legislation to the floor for a vote. Once the bill is passed by the Senate, Speaker Boehner calls the bill up for a vote in the House.... Read More


During a federal government shutdown, all “nonessential” workers are furloughed. These workers are essentially on unpaid leave for the duration of the shutdown. While on furlough, federal employees are not able to “volunteer” to work for the government and even checking their work e-mail is a violation of federal law.... Read More