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  • April 28, 2015

US: Medicaid to get new rules on managed care

washingtonpost.com

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.

MD: Maryland governor sends National Guard into Baltimore in response to rioting

baltimoresun.com

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.

FL: Florida Senate approves bill to create an online voter registration

tampabay.com

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.

CO: Fetal homicide bill gets initial nod in Colorado Senate

denverpost.com

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.”

MN: Minnesota Senate approves tax boost to pay for transportation work

mprnews.org

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.

OH: Ohio judge sues state’s chief justice over campaign fundraising restrictions

dispatch.com

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.

KS: Kansas’ sex-offender program questioned

ljworld.com

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.

CA: Automatic voter registration advances in California

latimes.com

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.

LA: Louisiana cigarette tax hike heads to full House

nola.com

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. 

HI: Hawaii fertility law leaves out singles, same-sex couples

hawaiinewsnow.com

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.

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