Tennessee GOP leader drafts bill to ensure accused truants get attorneys

By Susan Ferriss

A Tennessee state legislator is concerned that accused truants can be prosecuted without having counsel to aid them in court

Excerpts from this story referencing "Council of State Governments":

"… mote alternatives to school suspensions and juvenile detention through the Council of State Governments, a legislators’ policy group he chairs. Norris was motivated to act in …"

"… dollars yearly.   Since that bill faltered, however, the influential Council of State Governments and other think tanks have stepped up national efforts to promote research …"

"… advocated by a number of prestigious national organizations, including the Council of State Governments,” Rivkin said in a statement. “Trained attorneys will advocate for edu …"

High-stakes health care battle in the Green Mountain state

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: fate of Vermont single-payer initiative may depend on financing plan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Peter Shumlin":

"… ds to Know About the Affordable Care Act. …"

Don't wait 'til last minute to enroll in Obamacare

By Wendell Potter

Not all health insurance plans are created equal. Shoppers should get to work now on finding the right policy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… xactly what a lot of my former colleagues in the business are hoping for. Insurance company executives have spent millions of dollars persuading us — and th …"

"… e best choices. Wendell Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and …"

Exploding the myths about American health care

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

Pro-McConnell nonprofit hit with IRS complaint

By Michael Beckel

A watchdog organization wants the IRS to investigate a nonprofit that spent millions backing Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ts website. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, certain types of donor-shielding nonprofit corporations have been …"

Court case pushed by think tank could leave uninsured out in the cold

By Wendell Potter

Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Koch Foundation":

"… agreed to hear. The Cato Institute, which began life 40 years ago as the Charles Koch Foundation, describes itself as a think tank “dedicated to the values of individual …"

Reporter's toolkit: Investigating sexual assault on your campus

By Kristen Lombardi

How to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… bsite or request a print copy from the university. The U.S. Department of Education also maintains a database of Clery Act statistics provided by schools:&nbs …"

"… ity/ Compare sexual assault numbers provided to the U.S. Department of Education against the numbers published in the school’s annual security report. So …"

"… years. Compare those numbers to Clery Act statistics submitted to the Education Department, as well as those published in the annual campus security repor …"

"… File a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Department of Education to see if the school has ever been the subject of a Clery Act complaint. …"

Grover Norquist nonprofit funded pro-Republican women’s group

By Michael Beckel

Conservative-leaning Independent Women's Voice got 13 percent of its revenue last year from Americans for Tax Reform, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… “engage more women in the political process.” The nonprofit told the Internal Revenue Service it spent nearly $960,000 on all “direct and indirect political campaign …"

Nursing homes serving minorities offering less care than those housing whites

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Nursing homes serving blacks, Latinos provide less daily registered nurse care than those housing whites.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… t were particularly high in several Midwestern states, including Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.  Among metropolitan areas with at least five facilitie …"

Obama administration let opponents define the Affordable Care Act

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Insurance":

"… stupid.   Wendell Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and …"

Koch-backed nonprofit raised $44 million in 2013

By Michael Beckel

ObamaCare-bashing Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, raised $44 million in 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… e U.S. tax code. It has emerged as one of the leading critics of President Barack Obama and his policies — particularly his “ObamaCare” health care reform l …"

Health insurers win midterm election!

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… re prices of five of the six largest for-profit Health insurers — Cigna, Health Net, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint/Anthem — reached their highe …"

"… ix largest for-profit Health insurers — Cigna, Health Net, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and WellPoint/Anthem — reached their highest points in a year last W …"

"… d — and in some cases even tripled. If you had invested $25,000 in UnitedHealthcare stock in 2010, you would have $78,750 today, a 315 percent return. Bu …"

"… in: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for M …"

More scrutiny coming for Medicare Advantage, Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

New round of audits coming; Obamacare too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Health":

"… erly to Health plans rapidly expanding under the Affordable Care Act. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which investigates Medicar …"

"… ting illness, according to Richard Kronick, director of the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “I would not be surprised if there is some fr …"

GAO takes on Medicare Advantage spending

By Fred Schulte

GAO will investigate program spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Recovery Audit Contractor":

"… billing fraud by Medicare Advantage groups. These private firms, known as Recovery Audit Contractors in Washington bureaucratese, have been pursuing fraud by doctors and hosp …"

A call for more scrutiny of private Medicare Advantage plans

By Fred Schulte

Researchers say aggressive billing by private plans may require more scrutiny

Excerpts from this story referencing "diseases":

"… ernment data never before made public to show wide variations in levels of diseases in some health plans, from complications of diabetes to serious depression …"

"… hich could account for some of the variation. But the aggressive coding of diseases means that the same patient costs the government more money in Medicare Ad …"

"… outliers” because they report abnormally high levels of codes for some diseases. “That should trigger a higher level of scrutiny,” Park said. The bil …"

California coverage plan for undocumented echoes earlier call by Schwarzenegger

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: former governor supported plan allowing coverage for undocumented residents.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate committee":

"… nt nowhere. A year after the governor unveiled his blueprint, it died in a Senate committee. Lawmakers did pass another single-payer bill in 2008, but Schwarzenegger …"

"… nt of the federal poverty level. A similar bill was put on hold by a state Senate committee earlier this year because sponsors hadn’t included a plan to pay for the …"

Obamacare helps millions, but falls short in many ways

By Wendell Potter

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but cost of care must be addressed.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… ung people for the exact same policy. The law also benefits seniors on Medicare by closing the donut hole in the prescription drug benefit and by covering …"

"… nd by covering preventive care, including screenings, and it is saving the Medicare program billions of dollars by gradually reducing the extra amounts the go …"

"… unts the government has been paying private insurers to participate in the Medicare Advantage program. All that said, the law falls short in many ways. While …"

Controversial Republican telemarketer forms super PAC

By Dave Levinthal

Gabriel S. Joseph III's past political efforts include an anti-Obama spam text message campaign that prompted legal complaints.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… ginia-based super PAC known as The Survey Group PAC, on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, new documents show. It's unclear what Joseph, who did not immediately re …"

Obama takes star turn in state political ads

By Ben Wieder

President and his policies take center stage in political ads, with more than 300,000 mentions, including in lower level state races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… ive, with nine out of every 10 ads supportive of the president. In one ad, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, touted …"

Contractor, Hispanic worker deaths up in 2013, BLS says

By Talia Buford

The number of contractors and Hispanic workers who died on the job increased in 2013 even as the overall tally of worker deaths declined.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… ity guards or groundskeepers. Several states, including Massachusetts and Illinois, have passed laws in recent years strengthening employer liability for tem …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… en he fatally shot himself with his father’s gun on Christmas in Conway, South Carolina. His father, who bought the gun after a previous break-in, was charged wit …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Hampshire":

"… ppened, Murphy said. State prevention measures Prevention specialists in New Hampshire and Nevada are looking at firearm suicides and working with gun stores and …"

"… Nevada is expanding on safety programs that started on the East Coast. New Hampshire had a firearm suicide rate of 7.36 per 100,000 people with 97 suicides in …"

"… r in 2009, three individuals walked into Riley’s Sport Shop in Hooksett, New Hampshire, and bought firearms they used to kill themselves hours later. Elaine Fran …"

"… rms they used to kill themselves hours later. Elaine Frank, creator of the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition — of which the sport shop was a member — work …"

Docs, drug companies, insurers drive up Medicare costs

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: reform drove down hospital costs, creating Medicare savings, but insurers, doctors and drug companies escaped cuts.

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… only about half of total Medicare spending. Most of the rest goes to cover physician fees, prescription drugs and to provide incentives for health insurance co …"

"… ave led to the major income disparity that now exists between primary care physicians and specialists, who are paid more because the work they do is deemed by …"

"… ative value. This not only has created the severe shortage of primary care physicians in the United States, but it has also contributed to soaring health care …"

"… paign support,” he said. He could have included insurance companies and physicians and host of other special interests on that list. …"

‘Dr. Evil’ fuels dogfight between AKC, Humane Society

By John Dunbar and Erin Quinn

Public relations pro, food industry behind website, ads blasting Humane Society.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… the lawsuit was a former employee.   …"

"… less of how they are treated. The Humanewatch.org ad currently running in Washington’s metro trains says that HSUS gives 1 percent of its budget to pet shelt …"

"… early $16 million in a settlement reached in a U.S. District Court in Washington. Heymann said its share of the settlement, which was not disclosed, will b …"

How Medicare Advantage plans code for cash

By Fred Schulte

Federal study criticizes Medicare Advantage and calls for changes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… on the proposal is due by November 1. …"

"… ns exaggerate how sick their patients are and how much they cost to treat. Medicare expects to pay the privately run plans — an alternative to traditional M …"

"… e expects to pay the privately run plans — an alternative to traditional Medicare — some $160 billion this year. The HHS study does not directly accuse a …"

"… to date that suspect billing practices have been common across much of the Medicare Advantage industry and are likely to get worse unless officials crack down …"

Flurry of new legislation targets sexual assault on campus

By Kristen Lombardi

New legislation follows landmark Center series

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ution’s operating budget. Both bills would also increase funding for the Education Department to hire more Title IX and Clery Act investigators, and force th …"

"… b what everyone from President Barack Obama to Vice President Joe Biden to Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called an “epidemic” of sexual violence on c …"

"… roblem, issuing new guidance and launching a new website. Within days, the Education Department released for the first time a list of every college and univers …"

Federal complaint challenges Texas town's new ban on housing any border kids

By Susan Ferriss

Civil rights groups are challenging ordinances that prohibit cooperation with federal officials if they ask to shelter kids in towns.

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "reporter":

"… ing,” he said. “But I think we should find out."  Lisa Song is a reporter for InsideClimate News. …"

Obamacare-driven competition lowering rates in some states

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: much-maligned Affordable Care Act attracting for-profit insurers, driving prices down in some states.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… althOP, plan to reduce premiums by 22 and 9.63 percent, respectively. Maryland: While CareFirst is seeking a whopping 28 percent average increase to its …"

Trains, amputations and the roots of why kids are on the run

By Susan Ferriss

Reports have long warned of chaos in Central America many minors say they want to escape.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congressional Research Service":

"… ;Central America have warned that organized crime was gaining strength. A Congressional Research Service report in February of this year surveyed the gang problem in El …"

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