State governments are facing mounting budgetary pressures to cut Medicaid costs. Reducing eligibility or cutting covered services is the obvious, but short-sighted, cost-cutting strategy. Such cuts will leave already ill people more ill, shift treatment costs to other payers (including small businesses, individual insurance policyholders, and medical providers), and forego significant federal funding that frequently exceeds any state budget savings.
This Brennan Center report looks at the various ways in which states began to move toward a system in which voters are automatically and permanently added to the rolls, with fail-safes in case of government mistakes.
We have much to report in this Update from the State Immigration Project, and not only in response to Arizona’s recent anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) and its aftermath.
A broad network of elected officials, State Legislators for Progressive Immigration Policy (SLPIP), continues to grow and now includes legislators from twenty nine states;
Despite considerable mainstream media coverage of anti-immigrant proposals, state legislators are advancing pro-immigrant legislation and have largely blocked anti-immigrant bills being pushed in the wake of Arizona’s law;
A federal judge has blocked implementation of most provisions of SB 1070;
Based on state policy models, the federal DREAM Act to support a path to legalization and access to higher education for immigrant youth continues to gain support;
A wide range of policy and polling resources have been released that support pro-immigrant action from legislators and advocates.
Washington became the
fifth state to pass the national popular vote (NPV) compact
when Gov. Gregoire signed the legislation on May 6th.
votes, 23% of the 270 needed to achieve a national popular vote are now
committed to the
compact. Washington joins Maryland,
as members of the compact. This is the first state to pass NPV into law
While immigration continued to be debated in states across the country
this session, most anti-immigrant bills were defeated and more positive
approaches to new immigrants were debated. Even in sessions dominated
by budget crises, positive policies were enacted in many states.
States across the country are proposing in-state college tuition rates
for undocumented students, a move mirrored by Congress' proposed DREAM Act,
which was re-introduced at the federal level on March 25th. Currently
ten states allow undocumented immigrants to enroll in state colleges
and universities under the cheaper in-state tuition rate category:
California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma,
Texas, Utah, and Washington. In recent years, anti-immigrant
legislators sought to modify or repeal laws providing access to
in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, though they've failed
each time. This session, those efforts failed again in Utah and Nebraska. Kansas didn't even bring up repealing it.