House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel. Here’s how the Colorado delegates voted.

House just passed a controversial defense policy bill that limits access to abortion and transgender health care for military personnel.  Here's how the Colorado delegates voted.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the annual defense policy bill on Friday, 219 to 210. The Colorado delegation like the House as a whole split largely, but not quite, along the lines of the party after Republicans added several controversial amendments to the culture war. The bill would authorize an $866 billion defense bill … Read more

House Vote Approves Defense Bill After Clashes Over ‘Wokeism’

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to reporters as he walks to his office in the United States Capitol July 13, 2023 in Washington, DC.

House Republicans in WASHINGTON passed the National Defense Authorization Act after the GOP leadership made several concessions to the party’s right flank in a big gamble. The legislation passed 219-210. Members of the House Freedom Caucus, some of the most conservative lawmakers in the house, lobbied McCarthy to hold last-minute votes on several controversial amendments, … Read more

Patients squeezed into the fight over who gets to bill expensive infusion drugs

A photo of Paula Bruton Shepard receiving an infusion in a hospital.

Health insurers and medical providers are fighting over who should provide high-cost infusion drugs for patients, with the fight over profits now spilling into state homes across the country. The problem is that some insurers are bypassing hospital pharmacies and doctor’s offices and instead shipping more complex drugs through third-party pharmacies. Those pharmacies then ship … Read more

Legislature reissues stalled NC Parental Bill of Rights that targets trans children

It shows a man and woman holding placards.  His sign reads Trust the Teachers!  and its sign reads Trans Youth Belong

By Rose Hoban Throughout their careers in theater and teaching the theater arts, Paulette and John Marty have met, worked with, and mentored many people who identify as LGBTQ. We have always expressed support for queer and transgender students, and have worked with many students, and have been for years, Paulette said. As educators, the … Read more

Wisconsin Democrats introduce bill expanding private insurance coverage for postpartum mothers and newborns

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Legislation introduced by Wisconsin Democrats would expand private health care benefits for new mothers and babies. But its future is uncertain before the Republican-controlled state legislature. The bill was introduced a week after Republican lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee voted against a $34.5 million provision in Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget that would … Read more

Senate committee advances bill that could kill Army combat fitness test

Senate committee advances bill that could kill Army combat fitness test

What is old may soon be new again. The Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday approved the House Fiscal Defense Policy Bill 2024, which according to an official summary reinstates the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) as a registration test. While the bill still has a long way to go before becoming law, the move … Read more