State Update

California Health Insurance Exchange Announces Selection of Pediatric Dental Plans

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On June 25, Covered California, California’s health benefit exchange, announced its selection of pediatric dental plans and rates.

The six selected... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Launches New Affordable Care Act Website to Help Consumers

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On June 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an updated website, as well as information on their 24-hour consumer call center [1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)]. These two new consumer-focused educational tools will help... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Grants to Enroll Children in Medicaid and CHIP

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On July 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $32 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health centers,... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Rules on Certain Dental Procedures Under Medicare

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On May 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that Medicare's broad dental services exclusion does not permit coverage of extensive dental services necessitated by the medical conditions of Medicare beneficiaries (... Click Here To Read More

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Issues Rule Banning Sugary Drinks and Snacks in Schools

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On June 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued an interim final rule, setting new standards for foods and beverages that can be sold in schools. The interim final rule requires schools to improve the... Click Here To Read More

Oregon Debates Universal Health Care

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On June 28, the Oregon House of Representatives passed H.B. 3260 by a vote of 37-23. On July 6, the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 20-10. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to contract with a third... Click Here To Read More

Florida Governor Signs Massive Open Online Courses Bill

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On June 27, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) signed H.B. 7029 into law. The law allows massive open online courses (MOOCs), under certain conditions, to be used to help teach K-12 students in four subjects: algebra I, geometry,... Click Here To Read More

Ohio Governor Signs Budget That Links Funding for Institutions of Higher Education to Graduation Rates

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On June 30, Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) approved the two-year state budget, H.B. 59. The budget provides a new funding formula that awards more state funding to colleges and universities with higher graduation rates (see... Click Here To Read More

July 2013 State Policy Updates

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Arizona

During a special session called by Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), the Arizona Legislature passed H.B. 2010 to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Brewer signed the bill on June 17. Toward... Click Here To Read More

State Spotlight: North Carolina

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North Carolina Statistics:

  • Population in 2012: 9.7 million.
  • The state is naturally divided into three areas: the Appalachian Mountains, the Middle or Piedmont Plateau, and the Coast. The largest city is Charlotte, N.C., with an estimated population in 2012 of 775,202.
  • Median household income:... Click Here To Read More