What we’re reading, March 30, 2015

March 2015

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Bill Filing Deadline Brings Flurry of Proposed Health Care Legislation.North Carolina Health News. In advance of the state Senate’s bill filing deadline, 52 health-related bills were filed, including four competing proposals to reform Medicaid, which provides health care to over one million children statewide.

NC Republicans Roll Out Plan to Lower Taxes Further.WUNC. Three leaders of the Senate Finance Committee have rolled out a plan to cut corporate and personal income taxes by $1 billion. This is concerning for child advocates since the state already lacks the resources to invest in key supports for children and families..

Rarest of Victories in the House: Bipartisan Health Bill Approved.Washington Post. The U.S. House of Representatives votes to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two years as part of a larger bill on Medicare doctor payments. This is a huge win for children and we hope the Senate will follow suit.

State and Local

Prom and Sleepovers May Be Possible for Foster Kids.” North Carolina Health News.

NC Bills Would Delay Start of Tougher School Grading Scale.” News and Observer.

Parents Speak out against NC Bill on Vaccines.WNCN.


A Checkup for Obamacare.” Ruth Marcus, Washington Post.

Killing Common Core May Sabotage National Security.Fayetteville Observer.