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Bills on Single-Payer and Health Reform Implementation Move Forward in California

California lawmakers worked feverishly at the end of June to move forward significant health reform legislation, including implementing new Medicaid rules for the next five years, setting a framework for establishing health insurance exchanges, and moving the state towards a single-payer health care system.

Childhood Poverty, Effective Pre-K, Jobs for Women, and Much More

Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences - An Urban Institute study finds that 49 percent of American babies born into poverty will be poor at least half of their childhood and are more likely to drop out of high school, have teen births out of wedlock, be poor between the ages of 25 and 30 and have more difficulty with employment, as compared to those not born into poverty.

Preventing Loss of Medicaid Drug Rebate Funds for States

While the new Affordable Health Care law provides a variety of funding opportunities for states, one provision in the health law that could shift billions of dollars from cash-strapped states to the federal government.  Under the National Medicaid Drug Rebate Program created by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990, drug manufacturers are required to enter into agreements that provide rebates for Medicaid purchased drugs, establishing a 15% minimum level of rebates.  Up until now, the rebates were divided between the states and the federal government.  But under the new health reform law, a significant portion of the rebates will go solely to Washington beginning this year.

Implementing Health Reform and Gains to the Public, Clean Energy and Job Creation, and More

Implementing Health Reform and Gains to the Public

Up and Running: States Implementing Federal Health Reforms

The federal health reform law is only the starting point for achieving health care access for all Americans.  Many states are already moving forward, not only on implementing the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act in their states, but are also planning how to build on its framework to further expand coverage and rein in costs for their residents.  The following are a few models of implementation and comprehensive reform underway.

Urgency of Renewing Federal Recovery Funds, How Immigrants Raise Wages for Native Workers, and More

Reports on the Urgency of Renewing Federal Recovery Funds:

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Georgia

The longest legislative session in Georgia’s history adjourned on April 29th.  Dominated by budget reductions, tax and revenue policy debates, and education and transportation issues, it was a difficult and mostly painful session for progressive change as extensive cuts were made targeting education, health and social service programs. After nearly a week of negotiations in the House and Senate Budget Conference Committee, an agreement was reached on the $17.8 billion state budget just hours before the legislative session was scheduled to adjourn.

The Impact of the ARRA, Health Care Implementation and Reform, The State of Metropolitan America and Much More

The Impact of the ARRA, Health Care Implementation and Reform, The State of Metropolitan America and Much More

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Maine

In spite of difficult budget decisions, Maine leaders enacted significant progressive initiatives this year, from first-in-the-nation health reforms to clean energy bills to consumer protections to campaign reforms.

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Alaska

Unlike most states in the country, Alaska was able to increase spending and maintain a surplus due to increased gas and oil tax revenue. However, the state has not been immune from the economic impact of the downturn as the unemployment rate has increased over the past year and reached 8.6 percent in March.  Nevertheless, the state took significant steps to protect children, expand health care access, and establish a statewide energy efficiency plan.