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State Highlights: NYC Lags Behind In Anti-Smoking Efforts; Mass. Long-Term Care Insurance Rates On Rise

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The New York Times: Once A Leading Foe Of Tobacco, New York Lags Under De Blasio
In the 12 years that Michael R. Bloomberg spent as mayor of New York, he became known for pushing far-reaching health initiatives to curb smoking and change eating habits — challenging Big Tobacco, big sodas and, at times, the will of New Yorkers. The first three years of Bill de Blasio’s tenure as mayor have brought a different approach. (Neuman, 1/22)

Boston Globe: Rates Jumping For Long Term Care Insurance 
The state Division of Insurance has negotiated rate increases of up to 40 percent spread over four years with more than a dozen long-term care insurance companies in an effort to stabilize the troubled and shrinking market for this coverage. The state’s top insurance regulator took the unusual step Friday of approving rate increases at once for 16 companies providing coverage to nearly 55,000 state residents. Most existing policyholders will see rates increase 10 percent a year for the next four years. (Fernandes, 1/20)

The CT Mirror: CT Exchange Wants To Require Broker Commissions For Health Plans 
Officials at Connecticut’s health insurance exchange want to require insurance companies that sell health plans through the marketplace to pay commissions to agents and brokers next year, a move aimed at restoring the assistance for exchange customers. Last year, 40 percent of Access Health CT’s private insurance customers signed up through agents or brokers, who were paid a monthly fee by insurance companies. But insurance companies stopped the commissions for plans sold through Access Health in 2017. (Levin Becker, 1/20)

The Washington Post: For District Workers Caring For Adult Relatives, New Legislation Is A Godsend
Tanisha Vinson, a home-health-care aide in the District, was let go from her job last month after she took off too many days to care for her mother, who had recently undergone spine surgery. “My mother was in a bed and couldn’t get out, and she called me to come,” said Vinson, a single mother of three whose son has disabilities. She missed five days of work in two weeks, and since losing her position she hasn’t found work again. (Bahrampour, 1/21)

Richmond Times Dispatch: Va. Families Of People With Disabilities Criticize New Funding Structure
The SIS, as it’s called, is a tool the state has used

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