April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

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Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas’ Republican governor, has vetoed a bill that would have criminalized affirming health care for trans youth, calling it an example of “vast government overreach.”

The state’s majority Republican Senate had voted in favor of HB 1570 last week, 28 votes to 7—making it the first bill to pass in the U.S. outlawing health care access and treatment for trans teenagers. The Arkansas General Assembly can vote to overturn Hutchinson’s veto.

If passed, the bill would prevent young trans people from accessing health care and insurance coverage for gender-affirming care and would have outlawed gender-confirming hormone treatment or

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters that he killed HB 1570 because the bill “would be and is a vast government overreach” and because it would’ve created “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.”

The governor called the legislation “a product of the cultural war in America,” adding that his veto comes even though he believed the bill was “well-intended.”

CNN has reached out to the bill’s sponsor for comment on the governor’s veto.

The governor predicted during his remarks that the state’s Republican-controlled … Read More

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UPDATE: The Senate completed approval today of HB 1570, which would prohibit medically necessary services to transgender youth younger than 18.

The vote was 28-7. The ACLU immediately said it would sue if Governor Hutchinson signs the bill. So far, no statement from him. Update: He is reviewing it

 

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Sen. Alan Clark, defended taking the decision away from the entirety of the medical profession and parents. He cited a debunked study from Sweden in justifying the decision. He justified taking the decision away from parents by saying the legislature does it all the time, such as by requiring

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On Monday, SB 289—a bill that would allow doctors and other health care workers to deny nonemergency services based on religious, moral, or ethical objections—was delivered to the desk of Arkansas Republican governor Asa Hutchinson.

This bill might seem like an isolated case, but in reality it’s one of three proposed pieces of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that are dangerously close to passing in Arkansas alone. (One of the other bills targets trans students’ sports participation, while the other bans trans youth from accessing gender-affirming health care.) While the bill might ostensibly be framed in terms of religious freedom,

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The COVID-19 pandemic exposed many inequities in healthcare. In fact, Illinois will now invest $150 million per year in initiatives to support communities most in need of care. This was possible through a bill Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law on Friday.

State lawmakers say this plan will help historically underserved communities across the state – from Black and brown neighborhoods in metro areas to small towns in central and southern Illinois. The state will also receive federal matching funds to address underlying health conditions for people relying on safety-net hospitals or critical care centers.

Pritzker says

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WASHINGTON — Both public and private health insurance would become less expensive for large numbers of people under the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill now being debated in the Senate.

Provisions Affecting COBRA, ACA Plans

The bill contains a number of provisions affecting insurance bought on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges, as well as COBRA and Medicaid, and experts say that these provisions are likely to stay in the final measure, albeit with a few possible tweaks. The provisions include:

Help with COBRA premiums. COBRA (which stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, the law

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