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Subject: May 21: How CHIP is evolving under Affordable Care Act
Date: Wed May 21 14:48:08 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 21, 2014

How CHIP is evolving under Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act now offers many of those same families federal subsidies through the health insurance exchanges, calling into question whether the CHIP program should be continued over the long term.

Rural Oregon voters back ban on GMO crops
Voters in two small Oregon counties on Tuesday approved controversial ballot measures to ban cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their boundaries, though one measure is vulnerable to legal challenge under a new state law.

Rules for Uber, Lyft to become law in Colorado
The Denver Post
Internet companies that connect riders to drivers with a few taps on a cellphone app will be regulated in Colorado with legislation soon to become law, putting the state at the forefront of a push to try to legitimize the flourishing tech startups.  NCSL data cited.

Doctor's crusade finally ends with tanning bed bill
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
About seven years ago, Dr. Brundha Balaraman met a high school student who had been diagnosed with melanoma on her leg after frequenting tanning beds. NCSL data cited.
NCSL research on state tanning laws

Nevada fires Xerox, will join federal exchange
Las Vegas Sun
Nevada will abandon its state-run health exchange, sever ties with software contractor Xerox and switch to the federal system for one year to enroll its residents in health care.
NCSL research on state actions to address insurance exchanges

California Senate approves ban on gifts to officials
The Los Angeles Times
California officials would have to say “no” if offered free tickets to a Beyoncé concert, Dodgers game or Disneyland, under new gift rules approved Monday by the state Senate.
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City pensions: What are states to do when things head south?
Poorly funded municipal pension plans can have dire consequences on states. Learn what legislatures can do to prevent municipal bankruptcies and make sure local pension plans are well-funded in a session at the Legislative Summit, Aug. 19-22 in Minneapolis.
Tenn. creates tuition-free college scholarship
Faced with rapid increases in tuition, many states are exploring innovative solutions that provide affordable postsecondary opportunities to all residents while maintaining a balanced budget.
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