On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, a bipartisan group of over 75 lawmakers from 27 states announced that they will be filing a "friend of the court" brief defending the constitutionality of the new health care law, in response to the constitutional challenge being led by 20 right-wing state Attorneys General in federal court in Florida. Speaking on a telephone press conference announcing the filing of the brief, lawmakers who signed on to the brief stressed their differences with the right-wing Attorneys General trying to repeal the law, their belief that the law is constitutional, and their continuing work to implement the law effectively at the state level.
Midwives and their supporters in New York have occasion to cheer
these days. A few nights ago, the legislature approved the Midwifery
Modernization Act, which removed requirements for midwives to have
written practice agreements with doctors and/or hospitals. Despite
opposition from the American
Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the bill now awaits
the signature of Governor David Paterson. Let’s listen in on a few of
the celebrations ”¦
Prior to last Monday's White House health care forum in Des Moines, Iowa, one of fiveregional forums being held across the country, the Iowa Senate passed two significant
health care reform measures - one symbolic and one substantive.
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.