health care

What are the states trying to pass this week? 8/4/11

This week brings lots of environmental legislation and lots of reproductive rights legislation. It just goes to show that states are like lemmings; where one goes, others will soon follow.

State level is where it's at! State legislation round-up 7/28/11

It seems that everywhere you turn this week, all you hear about is the federal debt ceiling debate. If I hear "Gang of 6", "default", or "Boehner" one more time, I might explode. Take a break from the looming national crisis and brush up on the legislation that's being talked about in the states!

This week in State Legislation

Read up on what's been happening in state legislatures around the country this week. We give you all the news; the good and the bad, the happy and the sad... as well as the just plain puzzling.

NCSL tracks state legislation

Wondering what your local state legislators are up to? The National Conference of State Legislatures has an enourmous searchable database of state bills. Actually, they have several databases, so it can get confusing trying to get to them all.

For those of you policy wonks who want to get deep into the reeds, here's a list of all their legislation databases:

Labor and Employment Legislation

Medical: Scope of Practice Legislation

HuffPo: Preexisting Conditions Afflict Up To Half Of Americans Under 65

That's right, half of us have a pre-existing condition that keeps many of us from getting health care coverage. This is according to a government study released today. 

I would attribute this to the very broad definition of "pre-existing condition" by insurance companies which can range from cancer and pregnancy to asthma and high blood pressure. 

NYT Article: Opposition to Health Law Is Steeped in Tradition

David Leonhardt's piece yesterday in the New York Times on health care is spot on. The debate over "expanding the social safety net" has raged since the Great Depression, Leonhardt says. But every step we take in getting closer to ensuring a quality of life for everyone, brings us closer to prosperity. 

Leonhardt writes: 

 

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