Wednesday, Jan. 31 – “In the News…”

Md. Pushes Expanded Medical Coverage
“Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will call for expanded coverage of the state’s 780,000 uninsured — one in seven residents — in his State of the State address today, aides said… General Assembly leaders are offering more ambitious plans that would add a $1 tax on cigarettes to pay for [further expansions.] … Maryland would join Massachusetts, California, Vermont and a handful of other states that are mapping a path toward universal coverage in the absence of action by Congress or the Bush administration.

Va. House Approves Bill On Illegal Immigration
Proposal would “strip charities and other organizations of state and local funding if any of the money is used to provide services to immigrants in the country illegally.” Quote: “[The Salvation Army] will have no choice but to turn people away if Miller’s bill is approved.”

Gates Foundation CEO Answers Questions About Grant Making, Investments