FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS THREE ARKANSAS ABORTION LAWS

Saying they provide women with “no discernible medical benefit,” a federal judge temporarily blocks three ARKANSAS abortion laws from going into effect. The state is expected to appeal the ruling (ASSOCIATED PRESS).

NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 5054

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 5054, a bill that allows Empire State firefighters and other emergency medical responders to remove animals in unattended motor vehicles under conditions that endanger their health or well-being (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).

OREGON GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 579

OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signs SB 579, a bill that allows terminally ill Oregonians expected to die within 15 days to bypass the mandatory 48-hour waiting period for those seeking to have a physician help them to end their lives (OREGONIAN [PORTLAND]).

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION GIVES COLORADO APPROVAL

The Trump administration gives COLORADO approval for its health benefits exchange reinsurance program, allowing the plan to go into effect right away (COLORADO SUN [DENVER]).

MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE APPROVES HB 4012

The MASSACHUSETTS House unanimously approves HB 4012, a wide-ranging bill that would, among many things, reserve in statute an existing practice to allow foster children to remain covered by the state Medicaid program until they turn 26. The measure, which would also require Bay State insurance carriers to review their provider directories and ensure that the information is both publicly available and accurate, moves to the Senate (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE [BOSTON]).