For the first time, federal courtrooms in Texas and across the Southwest are being flooded with distraught mothers and fathers who have been charged with misdemeanor illegal entry and separated from their children — a shift in policy touted by the administration as a way to stop families from trying to reach the United States but decried by critics as traumatizing and inhumane.
Vermont is moving forward with its quest to ensure that as many residents as possible have health insurance by enacting a law that will require all to be covered or be penalized. The law, enacted late last month, sets up a commission to work out the details. The mandate is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Nearly 1,300 more public employees than expected chose to retire during the fiscal year that ends this month, creating an 18 percent spike in the already cash-strapped Kentucky Retirement Systems, according to newly released data.
California’s Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders struck a $200 billion budget deal that rejected two proposals that would have expanded access to health care and provided tax breaks to undocumented Californians.
One in six opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin in 2016 were among people age 55 or older, according to a state health official. He said older adults are an overlooked group and present special challenges in combating opioid abuse, such as social isolation and symptoms of addiction mimicking dementia.
Under new federal regulations, hundreds of young Minnesotans with disabilities are getting rigorous evaluations to identify their skills and interests, and then put on a path toward mainstream employment along with other working people.
Police in North Carolina could gain access to a statewide database containing information from any doctor who has recorded prescribing controlled substances to their patients. It's part of a continuing push to grapple with the opioid epidemic.
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is working to reduce the impact of wind development on wildlife habitat, but the agency’s process to develop new guidelines has drawn opposition from the state’s energy and agriculture industries.
Iowa's state auditor has agreed to look into see-sawing estimates of how much Iowa taxpayers are saving by having private companies run the state's $5 billion Medicaid program.
At funeral homes and crematories across Colorado, bodies have been lost, mistaken, stolen and perhaps even sold. The state does not license funeral workers or conduct inspections of funeral homes.
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved a significant increase in Connecticut’s annual tax on hospitals — from roughly $556 million to $900 million. The state will redistribute much of that revenue right back to its hospital industry.