Federal regulators are initiating new rules for managed care companies that states contract with to provide Medicaid coverage. The rules are expected to limit profits and set stricter requirements for quality of care. More than half of Medicaid beneficiaries in the nation receive coverage from managed care companies.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in Baltimore and sent in the National Guard, and state police requested as many as 5,000 reinforcements from neighboring states to try to help quell the violence that has erupted after the death of a black man in police custody.
The bill requires the state to create an online voter registration application by 2017. The bill now moves to the Florida House, where passage is also expected, despite opposition from Republican Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official, Secretary of State Ken Detzner.
A measure that would allow criminal charges to be brought in the death of an unborn child won initial approval in the Colorado Senate. The bill defines a person as an “unborn child at every stage of gestation from conception until live birth.”
The Senate bill would increase Minnesota’s tax on gasoline to pay for road and bridge projects, and add a Twin Cities metro area sales tax to pay for transit there.
An appeals court judge is suing Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and others in federal court in a bid to overturn fundraising restrictions on judicial candidates, saying they violate First Amendment rights to free speech.
Kansas is facing questions about whether its program that commits sex offenders to involuntary treatment rehabilitates them or, as critics claim, merely warehouses them indefinitely at increasing costs because of public safety concerns.
A state Assembly committee approved a proposal to automatically register Californians to vote when they get a driver’s license. About 6.7 million residents are eligible to vote but not registered.
The additional 32 cents per pack would generate about $67 million in revenue for the state annually. Lawmakers who supported the bill want to use that cash to help close a $1.6 billion budget shortfall Louisiana is facing next year.
Health insurance in Hawaii doesn’t cover fertility treatments for same-sex couples and single women through in vitro fertilization because state law requires a patient's eggs be fertilized by her spouse.