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  • Feb 18, 2009
    Des Moines, IA - Today, at a hearing of the Iowa State Senates Subcommitteee on Senate File 48, Progressive States Network Senior Health Care Policy Specialist Adam Thompson provided the following written testimony in support of Sen. Jack Hatch's owa Health Care Coverage Partnership Program:
  • Feb 10, 2009
    Concord - Rep. Jill Shaffer Hammond (D-Hills. Dist. 3) today introduced an innovative bill that would allow small businesses, non-profits, and their employees to purchase health insurance through the state employee health plan.  HB617 would help tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents and small employers by increasing their options in the insurance market.  The bill could reduce health insurance costs for business owners and employees who take advantage of the option to join the state employee plan.
  • Jan 29, 2009

    Olympia, WA — At a hearing today of the Washington State Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee, the actuarial firm Mathematica Policy Research will present a new study showing that Washington state could cut health care costs from $300 million to $800 million and boost economic activity anywhere between $370 million to $1.6 billion from a range of comprehensive health care reform initiatives proposed last year by state lawmakers.  

    Set against the backdrop of devastating budget shortfalls in states and households across the country, the report bolsters the case for national and state health care reform playing a central role in ongoing economic recovery efforts.

  • Jan 14, 2009
    New York — The national policy and advocacy group Progressive States Network announced today that its longtime Policy Director Nathan Newman will take over as the organization's Interim Executive Director. He will replace outgoing Executive Director and PSN Co-Founder Joel Barkin, who will become Deputy Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the office of New York Secretary of State Lorraine A. Cortes-Vazquez.
  • Dec 16, 2008

    Lansing, MI - Last Thursday, in a 65-36 vote, the Michigan House of Representatives passed HB 6010, a bill that would enter the state into an interstate compact to de facto abolish the Electoral College by ensuring that the winner of the national popular vote becomes president.

    The vote, which came on the same day the US Senate voted against a proposed bailout of the Detroit-based auto industry, highlighted a growing rift between the national GOP leadership, which rallied opposition to the bailout, and Republican legislators in Michigan.

  • Nov 05, 2008
    New York - On the heels of Barack Obama’s landslide victory in Tuesday’s Presidential election, the national policy group Progressive States Network hosted a conference call today in which policy experts, legislators, and advocates from across the nation highlighted the state-level mandate for progressive change that accompanied Obama’s victory and mapped an ambitious 50-state legislative agenda to capitalize on that mandate.
  • Sep 16, 2008
    New York - Despite a mainstream media narrative trumpeting 2008 as the year of anti-immigrant legislation, a report released today by the Progressive States Network reveals that most anti-immigrant legislation never passed, while positive policies working to integrate new immigrants into our communities have actually fared far better in states around the country.
  • Jul 31, 2008

    Boston - In a voice vote late last night, the Massachusetts Senate adopted legislation to enter the state into a growing interstate compact to replace the current Electoral College apportionment system with a national popular vote system.  The bill, which was approved by the state House of Representatives by a 119-37 vote last month, is now awaiting a procedural vote by both houses to send it to the desk of Governor Deval Patrick.

  • May 07, 2008

    Hartford - The Progressive States Network, a national group that tracks state initiatives to achieve quality and affordable health care, lauded the Senate's passage of the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership (HB 5536) and strongly urged Governor Rell to sign the legislation. Connecticut would be the first state to allow small businesses and municipalities to buy into the non-profit group health plan currently provided to state employees - potentially saving local taxpayers millions of dollars and reducing small employer premiums.

    Allowing small businesses, non-profits, and municipalities to join the 200,000 members-strong state plan will foster competition among health insurance carriers and give employers, municipalities and working families the clout they need to negotiate a better deal for health insurance.

  • Apr 23, 2008

    Hartford - Tonight, in a 102 to 43 vote, the Connecticut House of Representatives approved legislation that would dramatically reduce health insurance costs for tens of thousands of Connecticut residents by allowing them to buy into the group plan currently provided to state employees.

    By allowing small businesses, non-profits, and municipalities to join the 200,000 members-strong state plan, the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership would foster competition among health insurance carriers and enable employers to access extensive benefits with lower premiums, deductibles and co-pays for their employees.