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    • Stateline Story
    May 5, 2000
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    While patients' bill of rights legislation is stalled in a Congressional conference committee, state legislatures are creeping toward passing healthcare protection legislation with some bite. So far this year, Arizona, Oklahoma, Washington and Maine have joined Texas, California and Georgia in allowing patients to sue their managed care plans. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 4, 2000
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    President Clinton sent his budget for the 2001 fiscal year -- the last of his presidency -- to Capitol Hill Monday (2/7), with the expectation that lawmakers will consider a host of spending increases in his favorite domestic programs: public education, health care, middle-class tax cuts and welfare. The Clinton budget, like his State of the Union speech, is expected to be short on grand designs. Many scholars say Clinton's style of incrementalism may deprive him of an enduring legacy. For a review of Clinton's domestic policy achievements, click on more

    • Stateline Story
    January 26, 2000
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    President Clinton says e-government via the Internet will strengthen democracy by increasing citizen participation in public affairs and save taxpayers money by making the delivery of public services more efficient. In a Q. & A., the president also said that in his State of the Union address, he will urge expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit to help the working poor. Clinton said his new budget will call for $110 billion to provide health insurance to low income families and small businesses. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 1, 1999
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    Money from the $206 billion tobacco settlement will start flowing to the states by the middle of December, but the payout over the next 25 years may ultimately be smaller than many officials anticipated. The reason: a legal Catch 22. If states accomplish their public health goal of curbing smoking, they'll get less tobacco money -- the fine print of the settlement stipulates that payments can be cut by up to 10 percent if there's a slump in cigarette sales. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 25, 1999
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    Reporters from eight Western states identified tax policy, education funding, health care reforms and apportionment of the states' tobacco settlement funds as the most pressing issues likely to be addressed by their states in the next legislative year. Over 50 journalists from Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming repeatedly mentioned those topics during a recent statehouse reporters' conference in Boise, Idaho. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 25, 1999
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    Last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld a law giving adoptees 21 and older access to their birth certificates and adoption records. In Oregon, a first-of-a kind ballot initiative guaranteeing the same right is bottled up in a state appeals court. Over the years, requests to open these records have spawned pitched battles involving adoptees, birth mothers wishing to remain anonymous and anti-abortion advocates who fear that open records laws will make more women choose abortion over adoption. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 22, 1999
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    After warnings from Congress to 'use it or lose it,' many states have finally begun to tap into the massive welfare surpluses that have accumulated due to the unprecedented drop in caseloads. According to their latest reports to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than half the states are on track to spend more this year than last. Still, caseloads continue to fall and the welfare money keeps coming, so many states, even though they are spending more, are also continuing to stockpile hundreds of millions of dollars. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 22, 1999
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    Lawmakers in Ohio spent the week grappling with issues ranging from state agency mergers to education vouchers, while New Hampshire legislators confronted a funding crisis after the state's highest court deemed a new method of funding public schools unconstitutional. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 15, 1999
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    A report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture draws a map of a United States rimmed along the south and west by hunger, but increasingly plump and prosperous as you look north and east. As expected of the state that recently captured the unenviable title of the nation's poorest, New Mexico claims the highest rate of hunger. The upper Midwest boasts the most success in feeding the needy. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 14, 1999
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    California, which boasts the sixth largest economy in the world, is often a national trailblazer in making public policy. So its new laws regulating managed health care will be examined closely by other states. The patients-rights package sailed through the Golden State legislature even as the U.S. Congress in Washington remained deeply divided on HMO reform. more

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