Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:41
California will become the first state to offer voter registration through its health insurance marketplace later this year. Millions of Californians will get the chance to register at the same time they are buying insurance.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:40
The United States House of Representatives Agriculture Committee has approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The panel approved the bill 46-10 late Wednesday after rebuffing Democratic efforts to keep the food stamp program whole.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:39
The Colorado Department of Corrections and Denver Health Medical Center are launching a telemedicine pilot program in June for incarcerated patients that need consultations in the areas of rheumatology, infectious disease, orthopedics and general surgery. Instead of office visits, inmates and doctors will meet using high-definition video conferencing.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:38
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed five bills to improve Colorado's child welfare system into law. The bills address a number of issues within the child welfare system, including expanding the number of case-specific child fatality reviews and creating a statewide hotline for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:38
When millions of Americans around the country sign up for insurance under President Obama’s sweeping health care law in October, the system they encounter will lack some of the key protections and cost controls that Massachusetts consumers receive. Massachusetts, in an effort to ensure that consumers get the best deals, conducts competitive bidding to promote cost-efficient plans in its exchange - the state’s online insurance marketplace - and standardizes the benefit packages to make it easier for consumers to compare plans.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:37
A federal judge rejects a challenge to Governor Jan Brewer's denial of driver's licenses to youths who qualify for them under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The American Civil Liberties Union called the decision an important ruling, stating that it would continue to fight.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:35
Hawaii's Department of Education is scaling back a move to provide extra learning time for struggling schools. Last year's approval of extended learning time for low-performing schools was heralded as a stride toward progress on school reforms that won Hawaii a $75 million federal Race to the Top grant.
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:34
A bipartisan bill to stiffen Washington state’s DUI penalties cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday, while a safety board in the other Washington sought to kick off a national conversation about changing the very definition of drunken driving.