STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maine Gov. LePage plans major shift in oversight for county jails; Philly will soon say goodbye to a transit relic; New Mexico’s challenging job-skills gap; and a Silicon Valley mayor is criticized for his housing comments.
Chronic, concentrated joblessness has caused young, black men to struggle in the nation's third-largest city, and an index will assist officials in refining services to help them be successful.
State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.
That means hard conversations like when and how to freeze enrollment or terminate coverage altogether will be back on the table in some states.
The state has also announced that it will be forced to terminate coverage altogether on Feb. 1 if Congress fails to act.
“I think they need to see the faces of the mothers and children they’re impacting. We’re not numbers or budgets. We’re people.”
“[I]f one more congressman tells me ‘no problem, they believe in CHIP and they’re going to fund it’ and still they don’t, I think I’m going to scream. Because promises aren’t paying the bills and keeping kids covered.”
States may not be able to count on reallocated money from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for much longer.
A North Carolina initiative that identifies low-income women whose pregnancies present a high risk to either the baby or mother could be the key to combatting the high maternal mortality rate in the U.S.
Even in states where employers are required to report contractors, companies such as Uber and Lyft still aren’t following the rules, and state officials have few ways to make them comply.
With reserve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program running out, officials in states like Virginia find themselves in a completely unprecedented position.
The state only has enough money to keep the program operational until Jan. 31.
As many has 14 states and territories have needed emergency funding from the federal government. That number is bound to grow if Congressional delays continue.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced some badly needed dispersal of funds to help some states keep their CHIP programs going a little longer.
Ohio is piloting a program designed to help kids whose families are disrupted by drug addiction.
Fights over funding and amendments could further delay a process that has no time to spare.
Plans in both the Senate and the House would scale back federal funding to the program to pre-Affordable Care Act levels, a change that will have serious implications for state budgets.
As Congress dawdles on CHIP reauthorization, the stakes remain very high as funding is set to be exhausted in the states.
“It’s just insane that it’s come this close and it’s so embroiled. With all the terrible decisions to be made, surely this isn’t a hard decision.”
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