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Ohio Bill Would Ban Telehealth Abortions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio legislators want to curtail eminent domain claims … Massachusetts commits to net-zero emissions by 2050 … Michigan will allow the sale of Teslas in the state.

Diagnosed With Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No.

Nevada is the only state that explicitly recognizes an advance directive about end-of-life care that allows patients to dictate they will refuse assisted eating and drinking.

Feds Reject Wyoming’s Plan to Regulate Air Ambulance Transport

The state had requested a Medicaid waiver as part of a plan to reduce air ambulance costs and to improve service availability.

Preventing Discrimination Against Preventive HIV Medication

A proposal before the Maine Legislature would forbid life insurance companies from denying coverage to people who take medication to prevent HIV.

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State Can’t Ban Ads for Discount Booze, Appeals Court Rules

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found Missouri restrictions on alcohol advertising violated the First Amendment.

Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Dream Comes True in Kansas

A Democratic governor coaxed a Republican legislative leader into backing Medicaid expansion after years of opposition. Could this be a model for Washington?

Federal Judge Blocks State, Local Veto Power Over Refugee Resettlement

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order that would allow state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees within their borders.

State Health Officials Say Medicaid Expansion Helped Combat Opioid Epidemic

Health officials from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania testified before a congressional committee about how states have used federal opioid funding.

State Lawmakers Urge Medicaid Expansion to Fight Maternal Mortality Crisis

A bipartisan panel of Georgia lawmakers recommended that the state expand Medicaid coverage for poor and rural mothers, a move they said could help lower the state's high maternal death rate.

Homeless Californians Adapt to Camp Sweeps and 'The Caltrans Shuffle’

Every other week, people living on state land near a freeway must pack up for a California Department of Transportation cleaning, which can often result in losing crucial belongings.

For Rural Drug Users, Finding Clean Needles Might Mean Looking in the Mail

In places where needle exchanges are scarce or even illegal, one online, mail-based needle exchange is trying to get people safe injection supplies and overdose reversal materials.

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More States Considering a Cap on Insulin Costs

A new bill in Washington is similar to legislation passed in Colorado last year.

In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

The number of states making it easier for inmates to reactivate benefits has tripled.

For Appalachian Counties, Jobs are Key for Opioid Recovery

Leaders from Appalachian counties shared their experiences battling the opioid epidemic, and pointed to economic opportunities for residents as an important part of the recovery effort.

Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis

As homeless people in California are often making due without access to basic facilities like toilets, there are elevated levels of fecal bacteria in some of the state's prized waterways. It's set off a battle with the Trump administration.

Legalizing Marijuana Could Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic, New Research Says

New research found opioids were prescribed less often in states where marijuana has been legalized for medicinal or recreational use.

The Disproportionate Effects of Air Pollution

Residents of poor and segregated neighborhoods around St. Louis had heightened risk of cancer due to increased exposure to air pollutants, including car emissions, researchers found.

After a Man Died, Texas' Governor Blamed Austin's Homeless Policies. The Mayor Called It Demonizing.

Since Austin rolled back three ordinances that prohibited people who are homeless from camping or congregating, Gov. Greg Abbott and city leaders have been at odds about the issue.

Cannabis Confusion Pushes States to Ban Smokable Hemp

Law enforcement groups have protested the sale of hemp products that resemble marijuana.

Aging Hospitals Aren’t Ready for the Technology Revolution

COMMENTARY | The political discourse around infrastructure investment has all but ignored the deteriorating state of U.S. hospitals.