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Colorado Anti-bullying Bill Faces First Test in House
Denver Post
A bill to deal with school bullying - the product of a bipartisan group of Colorado legislators - faces its first test in a House committee today. The legislation, House Bill 1254, would increase statewide efforts to curb bullying in schools, and create a committee to study the problem and a fund to fight it. A 2008 study by The Colorado Trust that showed 57 percent of Colorado children in elementary and high school said they experienced verbal bullying and 33 percent reported physical bullying.

School Clinic Gives Kids Healthy Dose of Services
Denver Post

The Kids Clinic at Laredo Elementary School charges $2 a visit to see uninsured students and gives the parents insurance-enrollment assistance. Medicaid is also accepted, as are CHP Plus and private insurance. It is run by Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, which also provides a mobile clinic for dental services. Aurora Mental Health provides students with counseling. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is another partner.

Additional Trust media coverage

Number of Children Abused or Neglected in Colorado Rises
Denver Post
After a dip between 2006 and 2007, the rates of confirmed child abuse and neglect in the state have increased: from 8.3 per 1,000 in 2007, to 8.6 in 2008, to 9.1 per 1,000 in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available.

Colorado Has Funds to Help Residents Leave Nursing Homes
Denver Post

Colorado has $22 million in new funds to get longtime nursing residents back to their homes or community-based care, part of a major federal push called "Money Follows the Person," that has been slow to catch hold. The grant, from a program launched in 2005 and extended by the Affordable Care Act last year, will allow Colorado Medicaid to seek 500 patients who are ready to leave nursing care if given extra support.

Govs vs. Feds: Who Will Play the 'Power Card' in the Medicaid Struggle?
Kaiser Health News

Medicaid is the rope in the current tug of war between the states and the federal government over health reform. So far, the feds think they are winning. But don't discount the strength and endurance of the states -- and especially the governors.

3 to 2 for Health Care Reform
New York Times
- Editorial
Enormous attention has been focused on rulings by two federal district judges who found the new health care reform law unconstitutional.

Obama's ‘Risky Move' in Florida

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson has already dealt the Obama administration a staggering blow on health reform, and this week the administration may get another one from the fiery Florida judge.

U.S. Health Care Law Not Immune to Nullification
USA Today

In their battle against the federal health care legislation, Republican lawmakers in at least 11 states are turning to a centuries-old and rarely used tactic in an effort to wrest power from the federal government.

Governors Differ on Extent of Flexibility for Medicaid
Washington Post
Democratic and Republican governors, burdened by crushing budget pressures from Medicaid, said Sunday that federal officials should allow them more freedom to change eligibility rules and other aspects of the public health insurance program for the poor. But they displayed sharp ideological differences over how far such flexibility should go.

When Untapped Talent Meets Employer Need: The Boston Foundation's Allied Health Strategy
Boston Foundation
Presents a three-year evaluation of the impact of an educational pipeline in partnership with three hospitals to help low-income workers enter critically needed healthcare occupations on workers assisted, workforce development capacity and collaboration.

Physicians on Call: California's Patchwork Approach to Emergency Department Coverage
California HealthCare Foundation

Examines the strain on emergency departments and on-call systems, contributing factors, and strategies to raise specialists' availability and willingness to take calls via mandatory call or better pay, efficiency, or organizational and delivery systems.

Congress and the Affordable Care Act
Health Affairs
A new policy brief examines the current congressional fight over derailing implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Key Questions About Medicaid and Its Role in State/Federal Budgets and Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation

This short paper summarizes key issues about Medicaid, including the structure, financing and purpose of the Medicaid program, its role in the federal budget and state budgets, and how the significant expansion of the program under health reform is expected to work.

Top 5 Things to Know About Medicaid
Kaiser Family Foundation

This chartpack from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured addresses five key things to know about the Medicaid program.

A Primer on Medicare Spending and Financing
Kaiser Family Foundation
Provides an overview, including Medicare spending as a share of federal budget outlays and annual growth, contributing factors, effects of healthcare reform, financing mechanism, outlook for solvency, and the impact of rising costs on beneficiaries.