Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that he signed the law requiring businesses in the service industry with 50 or more employees to allow workers to accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked. The law takes effect Jan. 1.
I LOVE watching the increasingly exciting news happening in state government! Good on ya, CN.
…Sue Swayze is having a good week. Planned Parenthood of Indiana ran out of private donation funds Monday, as the provider deals with Indiana’s House Enrolled Act No. 1210, which eliminates Planned Parenthood’s public funding. The law went into effect May 10.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has also laid off two of their three STD specialists:
The provider typically receives about $1.3 million a year in Medicaid funds, about 10 percent of its total budget. The new law also strips Planned Parenthood of roughly $150,000 in funding for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, money that paid for three intervention specialists — health workers who track down the partners of someone who tests positive for an STD and ensure they are tested and treated.
In the drawn-out moral battle over Planned Parenthood funding, the focus seems to always land on the three percent:
Planned Parenthood uses patient fees and private donations to pay for abortions and uses its Medicaid payments to provide services such as birth control, cancer screening and STD tests. But under the new law, offering abortion services makes Planned Parenthood ineligible for Medicaid and STD prevention funding. [Indy Star, h/t The Week]
The anti-abortion crowd continues to assemble their rallying cries over this three percent, while widely ignoring the fact that Planned Parenthood offers an array of essential health services beyond abortion procedures:
Cancer screenings (including pap tests, HPV vaccinations, breast exams, colposcopy procedures, etc.)
In Indiana, across many state legislatures, and on the Hill, this fight against that three percent is undoubtedly a fight against the other 97 percent. And don’t let the Jon Kyls of the world mix up those numbers.
Amen, pantlessprogressive. Well said. Excited to join the fight for women’s health care rights when I get back to Indiana in August.
Following a time-honored Washington tradition of dumping required but embarrassing information on a Friday night before a major holiday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas finally released the details of his wife’s income from her year or so working for the tea party group Liberty Central, which fought President Obama’s health care reform law. His new financial disclosure form indicates that his wife, Virginia, who served as Liberty Central’s president and CEO, received $150,000 in salary from the group and less than $15,000 in payments from an anti-health care lobbying firm she started.
The disclosure was apparently prompted in part by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who had been needling Thomas (including on Twitter) for months to disclose how much money his wife earned from Liberty Central. That’s because challenges to Obama’s health care reform law are likely to end up before the Supreme Court sooner rather than later, and if Thomas and his wife benefited from her income working against the bill, the justice has an enormous conflict of interest in hearing any legal challenge. Thomas had failed to disclose Virginia’s income on his financial disclosure forms for 20 years; under pressure from Weiner and others, he had recently amended old disclosures to reflect hundreds of thousands of dollars she had earned working for the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank that also opposed Obama’s health care plan.
Article by Amy Goodman, reporting Vermont is now the first state to introduce as law universal (single-payer) health care for its citizens.
“Vermont is a land of proud firsts. This small New England state was the first to join the 13 Colonies. Its constitution was the first to ban slavery. It was the first to establish the right to free education for all—public education.
This week, Vermont will boast another first: the first state in the nation to offer single-payer health care, which eliminates the costly insurance companies that many believe are the root cause of our spiraling health care costs. In a single-payer system, both private and public health care providers are allowed to operate, as they always have. But instead of the patient or the patient’s private health insurance company paying the bill, the state does. It’s basically Medicare for all—just lower the age of eligibility to the day you’re born. The state, buying these health care services for the entire population, can negotiate favorable rates, and can eliminate the massive overhead that the for-profit insurers impose.
Another Vermont first was the legalization of same-sex civil unions”