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Budgets In Brief - October 23 2017

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FREES UP CHIP MONEY FOR FIVE STATES

Since Congress failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for children from low-income families that don’t qualify for Medicaid, the Trump administration has made $230 million in unspent CHIP funds from previous years available to five states: ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, MINNESOTA, OREGON and WASHINGTON. (STATELINE)

US SENATE DEAL ON ACA THROWN INTO LIMBO

The U.S. Senate Health Committee’s Republican Chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander of TENNESSEE, and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of WASHINGTON, reached a deal last week to stabilize insurance markets for the next two years by reinstating the federal payments to insurers that Trump ended through executive action this month but also giving states more flexibility to offer less generous health plans. After initially tweeting his approval of the agreement, however, Trump reversed course, tweeting that he could “never support bailing out ins co’s who have made a fortune w/ O’Care.” (LOS ANGELES TIMES, NEW YORK TIMES)

OR VOTERS TO CONSIDER REFERENDUM ON HEALTH TAX

The OREGON Secretary of State’s Office said last week that enough valid signatures had been submitted to qualify a Republican-backed referendum on a 1.5 percent tax on some health plans (HB 2391) passed by the state’s Democrat-controlled Legislature this year. The measure (Referendum 201) will go before the state’s voters in a special election scheduled for Jan. 28, 2018. (REGISTER-GUARD [EUGENE], LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

MI LAWMAKERS BAR LOCAL SODA TAXES

The MICHIGAN Legislature passed a bill (HB 4999) that would block local governments from enacting soda taxes like those imposed recently in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle and other localities. A spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said he hadn’t seen the bill yet but would review it when it reached his desk. (DETROIT FREE PRESS)

SOLAR ECLIPSE BIGGEST TOURISM EVENT IN NE HISTORY

The NEBRASKA Tourism Commission estimates that over 700,000 people traveled in the state to watch the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, with about 87 percent of that number coming from outside the state, making it the biggest tourism event in the state’s history. State tourism officials estimate the event generated $127 million in lodging and travel-related business for the state. (LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR)

 

-- Compiled by KOREY CLARK