California will spend $340 million paying off doctors’ debts using Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenue. California’s program is aimed at increasing the number of doctors who see low-income Medi-Cal patients in a state experiencing a shortage of health care providers.
Delaware Democratic Gov. John Carney signed the law that increases the legal smoking age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The law prohibits retailers from selling and adults from purchasing tobacco products for young people, threatening to fine them up to $1,000 for doing so.
Senate Bill 675 would require that doctors who prescribe buprenorphine also get special state licenses and pay new fees of as much as $500.
The Missouri Supreme Court rejected an attempt to block a 2016 state law that gives farming interests more power to regulate the state’s water quality. In a unanimous decision, the high court said the Missouri Coalition For The Environment did not have legal standing to pursue the state legislature’s rewrite of the Missouri Clean Water Commission.
Legislative auditors have accused Maryland’s Behavioral Health Administration of lax oversight of hundreds of millions of dollars in grants — including a mismanaged anti-gambling website — and referred two other matters to the attorney general for possible criminal investigations.
New York landlords are striking back at new rent laws, filing a lawsuit intended to dismantle the entire rent-regulation system, which dictates the rents of about 2.4 million tenants and nearly a million apartments.
For the first time since Colorado started its health insurance exchange, the prices people pay for coverage are expected to drop — by a statewide average of 18.2% — next year if the federal government approves a new state program called reinsurance.
The innovative behavioral health home model that Nevada helped to pioneer two years ago isn’t going away anytime soon, state officials said, despite reports that clinics in other early-adopter states notified staff and patients of layoffs and service cuts after Congress failed to reauthorize funding for the program last week.
New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed four new gun control bills into law — including one designed to make personalized “smart guns” more easily available in the state. The laws expand the list of crimes that bar someone from owning a gun in New Jersey, attempt to curtail gun trafficking from other states, and aim to prevent suicides.
Negotiations over ground rules about access to Mauna Kea Access Road broke down between Native Hawaiian activists and the state. The leader of the Thirty Meter Telescope protesters said police refused a handful of terms, including the maintenance of the protest checkpoint, including the kupuna tent with about a dozen elders, and not allowing the National Guard up the mountain.
A former teacher filed a class-action lawsuit that accused the Florida Department of Education of allowing employer taxes to be wrongfully deducted from bonuses, costing high-performing teachers hundreds of dollars each check.