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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

OTM: Rejecting Medicaid expansion will cost states billions

5:00PM EST

Local person Jeffrey Fant will be in studio to talk about his lawn care and pressure washing business and the challenges of operating a small business in today's economic climate.

14 states are still refusing to implement the Health Care Reform Act's Medicaid expansion and a new study says it will cost those states billions of dollars and leave millions of residents uninsured. The study conducted by the Rand Corporation looks at 14 states that have decided to opt out of the new Medicaid funds, which results in them getting $8.4 billion less in federal funds forcing them to have to spend an extra $1 billion in uncompensated care and result in about 3.6 million fewer insured residents in those states.

Speaking of the Health Care Reform Act, private insurers in South Carolina are worried that a bill nullifying "Obamacare" could cause them problems in dealing with the regulatory aspects of the federal law. The State reports, "A proposed bill, on special order in the South Carolina state Senate, would allow the state attorney general to take businesses, including health insurers, to court if he “has reasonable cause to believe” they are harming people by implementing the law. The bill already has passed the House".

Two high school students say they were unfairly targeted and discriminated against in school functions. Escambia Academy High School in Atmore, Ala., makes students and staff sign pre-graduation contracts agreeing not to wear "extraneous items during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration." Student Chelsey Ramer tried to get approval to attach an eagle's feather to her graduation cap as a symbol of her Poarch Creek Band native culture but the school headmaster refused. Chelsey decided not to sign the contract and participated in her graduation ceremony wearing the eagle feather but she was fined $1,000.00 by the school that is holding her diploma hostage until the fine is paid. The student called it discrimination.

The parents of Brittany Minder want an apology from Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington after the teen says she was embarrassed at her senior prom when she was forced to cover her chest, which officials contend showed too much cleavage. The school dress code says strapless dresses are allowed as long as cleavage, midriff and lower back are covered. Brittany was wearing a strapless dress made specifically for large breasted women and she says she was humiliated having to wear a shawl over her chest, which ruined her prom experience and hurt her self-esteem.

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