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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Children’s Health Insurance Program: Effects on Coverage and Access, and Considerations for Extending Funding

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/668768.pdf

CHIP is a joint federal-state program that provides health insurance for over 8 million children.  As Congress decides whether to extend program funding, this report assesses the program’s effect on children’s health care coverage and key issues for Congress to consider.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Asylum Trends 2014

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Immigration/Migration,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unhcr.org/551128679.html

Documents an alarming rise in the number of individual seeking asylum during 2014.  Summarizes patterns and trends in the number of individual asylum claims processed in Europe and selected non-European countries.  From the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 

CFPB Considers Proposal to End Payday Debt Traps

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-considers-proposal-to-end-payday-debt-traps/

Agency press release about plans to develop regulations that protect consumers against predatory lending practices.  From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Headlines,Health/Medical,Presidency

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/national_action_plan_for_combating_antibotic-resistant_bacteria.pdf

Proposes a national campaign built around five goals to respond to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.  Claims the campaign will reduce the incidence of MRSA, CRE, and Clostridium Difficile and eliminate the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in food animals.  From the White House

 

Recent Developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs)

Categories: Arab,Great Britain,Israel,Middle East Conflict

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP15-18.pdf

Reviews developments over recent months including the breakdown of U.S-brokered peace talks, the Hamas-Israel conflict of 2014, the current status of the Palestinian territories, and the 2014 ceasefire agreement which calls for indirect talks between Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel.   House of Commons Library Research Paper 15/18

 

Federal Employee/Retiree Delinquency Report

Categories: Govt Personnel,Statistics,Taxes

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FERDI-Report-2014.pdf

Shows statistics on number of federal employees who are delinquent in their tax obligations, the amount owed, and the delinquency rate by agency per total number of employees.  From the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

State Budget (Virginia 2015)

Categories: Govt Finance,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://leg2.state.va.us/MoneyWeb.NSF/sb2015

Brings together all relevant material with links including the conference report for the revised 2014-2016 biennium budget.  From the Virginia Legislative Information System

 

 

Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States

Categories: Great Britain,Health/Medical,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/post-pn-489.pdf

Discusses the medical, legal, and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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