As the U.S. faces unprecedented challenges with the economy, climate change, health care and a $15 trillion national debt, how do we best move forward? Vermonters were invited to come and share their thoughts and ideas with Senator Sanders and local leaders.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, held a hearing on Feb. 28 to examine the dental crisis in the United States.
More than 47 million people live in places where it is difficult to access dental care. More than 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance. About 17 million low-income children do not see a dentist each year. One quarter of U.S. adults ages 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Only 45 percent of Americans age 2 and older saw a dental provider in the past 12 months.
At a time when the U.S. Postal Service is considering deep cuts in services and jobs, an internal watchdog told Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday that a big funding cushion already has been built into the mail service's retirement and health benefit funds. Billions of dollars owed to the funds have been cited by Postal Service managers as a main reason that it must cut 220,000 jobs and close 3,700 post offices and 252 mail processing plants - half of all the current sorting centers.