|What We're Reading|
Here is what we’re
reading at the state level this week:
- It's the final day
for Florida's healthcare workers to get
COVID-19. The mandate goes into effect on Thursday. Florida was initially
challenging the mandate but dropped the case once the Supreme Court allowed it
to go into effect. Workers will need to have received at least one dose of the
COVID vaccine or have a pending request for an exemption.
allowing Idaho K-12 teachers to take home more of their paychecks by
giving school districts an opportunity to leave private healthcare carriers and
join the state’s self-funded health insurance plan cleared the House on Monday
and headed to the Senate.
- Newly proposed
legislation in South Carolina suggests making it a criminal offense for anyone to ask about a
person’s vaccination status.
Under the proposed “don’t ask” bill, just asking if someone is vaccinated could
be considered a misdemeanor crime.
- The federal surprise-billing ban that went into effect on January 1
officially bridges the gap in protection for the more than 100 million people
in self-funded plans across the United States, including nearly 6 million
Californians. The new federal law, the No Surprises Act, also protects nearly 1
million Californians not covered by a 2009 California Supreme Court ruling that
prohibits emergency-room doctors and other providers of emergency services from
billing HMO patients for out-of-network charges not paid by their insurers — a
practice known as balance-billing.
- Nearly 200,000 Coloradans signed up for health insurance through
Connect for Health Colorado during the open-enrollment period that ended January
15 – the highest ever total for the program during open enrollment.
- The Texas Health
and Human Services Commission announced on Monday that it will offer hiring bonuses of up to $5,000 for certain positions at
state healthcare facilities. The maximum bonuses will be for registered nurses,
who can qualify for up to $5,000. Meanwhile, licensed vocational nurses can
qualify for up to $3,500 in bonuses, and direct support professionals and
psychiatric nursing assistants can receive up to $2,500.
- North Carolina’s
nonprofit hospitals bill poor people in the state each year for millions of
dollars in medical care that should be written off as charity costs covered by
lucrative tax breaks, according to a new report the Office of the State
Treasurer released Wednesday.
- A new report from
WalletHub seeks to scientifically calculate and rank the best and worst states to retire in. Coming in dead last? New Jersey. If you
find yourself laughing at your Garden State neighbors from the other side of
the Hudson, you may want to save your Schadenfreude – New York ranked just a
hair better for retirees.
- The State Medical
Board of Ohio will study medical marijuana’s potential efficacy for a handful of conditions that state
residents want to add to the list of qualifying conditions. The state currently
allows medical marijuana for 25 conditions.
- In a Mississippi pain-cream scheme, one of the last defendants to be sentenced
in a more than $515 million fraud involving high-priced compounded pain creams
and other medications will serve five years in prison.
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