April 18, 2007
by Stefanie Presley
The US Senate voted Wednesday against a motion to advance legislation that would permit the Department of Health and Human Services or another federal government entity to intervene in Medicare drug pricing negotiations between drug makers and private insurance plans on behalf of the nation's el... ...[read more]
April 13, 2007
by Stefanie Presley
The US Senate Committee on Finance has approved a bill which would provide the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to negotiate drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries with drug manufacturers, insurers and pharmacies. The Medicare Prescription Drug Price ...[read more]
April 6, 2007
by Stefanie Presley
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) has signed into law a groundbreaking bill designed to promote drug overdose reporting by granting limited immunity from drug possession charges for those drug users, family members and acquaintances who make the 911 call. The measure is the first such ...[read more]
February 28, 2007
by Stefanie Presley
Lawmakers in Connecticut's House of Representatives have introduced a health care reform bill aimed at providing coverage to the state's uninsured. The initiative introduced Tuesday positions Connecticut within the growing ranks of states that have recently proposed health care reform plans... ...[read more]
December 1, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
Maryland's solicitor general urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Thursday to overturn a district court decision striking down Maryland's Fair Share Health Care Fund Act. The law would have required companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least eight percent of... ...[read more]
October 20, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, handed down a 6-0 decision Thursday, banning Catholic Charities and nine other social service organizations from refusing to provide birth control insurance coverage for their employees. The decision hinged on whether such organizatio... ...[read more]
October 13, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
The Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a preliminary injunction this week barring the state from discontinuing Medicaid benefits to approximately 3,000 legal immigrant recipients, all of whom migrated to Maryland within the past five years. The ruling means that Medicaid benefits to ...[read more]
June 10, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
Serge Brammertz, deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission probing the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, delivered the panel's latest report to UN Secretary-General Kofi... ...[read more]
April 30, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
US journalist Edward Caraballo, one of three US citizens jailed in 2004 on charges of running a private jail and torturing eight Afghan men, was released Sunday from Kabul's Pul-i-Charki prison by presidential decree. Caraballo, former US Green Beret Jonathan Idema, and ex-servicemen Brett Benn... ...[read more]
April 30, 2006
by Stefanie Presley
The Egyptian parliament on Sunday extended the country's emergency laws for two more years in order to allow more time for the government to draft anti-terrorism legislation. The emergency laws, which would have expired in June, were implemented in 1981 in response to the assassination of forme... ...[read more]

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