States can make a difference in long-term telehealth policies

The National Governors Association released a white paper this week examining state policies around telehealth and outlining key considerations for governors to assess the potential implications of said policies going forward.   As the report notes, although policies vary from state to state, there have been more telehealth policy changes this year than in the…Continue Reading

States unfairly burdening incarcerated people with ‘pay-to-stay’ fees

Pay-to-stay, the practice of charging people to pay for their own jail or prison confinement, is being enforced unfairly by using criminal, civil and administrative law, according to a new Rutgers University-New Brunswick led study. The study, published in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, finds that charging pay-to-stay fees is triggered by criminal justice…Continue Reading

States Announce New Mandates As COVID-19 Cases Rise Sharply In The U.S.

States Announce New Mandates As COVID-19 Cases Rise Sharply In The U.S. A rapid, frightening spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. leads to a fresh round of stay-at-home guidance and mask mandates. Health officials are urging families not to gather for the holidays. November 14, 20207:53 AM ET States Announce New Mandates As COVID-19…Continue Reading

11 States See Record Increase in COVID Cases as U.S. Sees Third Consecutive Day of Over 100,000 Cases

At least 11 states reported record single-day increases in COVID-19 cases Friday, as the U.S. saw its third consecutive day of over 100,000 cases of the novel virus.Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Minnesota, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska and West Virginia, all reached respective record highs according to the department of health in each state.According…Continue Reading

Trump sues in 3 states to contest election results as Biden stays ahead

Democrats scoffed at the legal challenges the president’s campaign filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia TopicsUS Presidential elections 2020 | Donald Trump AP | PTI  |  Washington  Last Updated at November 5, 2020 15:28 IST As Democrat Joe Biden inched closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, President Donald Trump’s…Continue Reading

Which states legalized marijuana and what will it mean for their coffers?

Mail-in ballots are still being counted in several states, but a clear winner from Tuesday night’s US election is not red or blue but green.Voters in New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona approved ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana, which was also approved for medical use in South Dakota and Mississippi. They join 11 other…Continue Reading

Battleground states: These are the 12 states that will determine the 2020 election

CLOSE Battleground states are taking center stage ahead of the election. USA TODAY’s States of America discusses polling in three key states. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – Latinos in Florida. Blue-collar workers in Wisconsin. Farmers in Iowa.Yes, voters in each of the 50 states participate in the presidential election. But, like past elections, it will be key blocs…Continue Reading

States beg for Warp Speed billions to distribute COVID-19 vaccines

Operation Warp Speed has an Achilles’ heel: States need billions to distribute vaccines — and many say they don’t have the cash.Why it matters: The first emergency use authorization could come as soon as next month, but vaccines require funding for workers, shipping and handling, and for reserving spaces for vaccination sites.Warp Speed is the…Continue Reading

In battleground states, Trump grapples with a surging opponent: The coronavirus

LANSING, Mich. — President Donald Trump’s campaign stops on Tuesday read like a rundown of some of the nation’s top coronavirus hot spots.There was Wisconsin, where the rate of positive tests has passed 25 percent. Nebraska, where health officials are reporting the highest number of hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. And Michigan, where…Continue Reading