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State Highlights: Bill Would Let Californians Know About Unreasonable Rate Hikes; Va. Mental Health Advocates Push For Reforms

News outlets report on health care developments in California, Virginia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Connecticut and Florida.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch: Advocates Push For Mental Health Reforms
With a steady smile and commanding voice, Beth Hilscher led a group of mental health advocates from office to office in the General Assembly building on Wednesday. She introduced them to senators and staff members and gently encouraged them to tell their stories — Pat, whose 34-year-old son needs intensive treatment for schizoaffective disorder; Rebekah, whose sister is often without insurance because bipolar disorder makes it hard for her to hold a job. (Kleiner, 1/27)

The News Service Of Florida: Florida Prisons Sued Over Treatment Of Disabled Inmates
A group representing disabled inmates has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida prison officials of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs, in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Tallahassee by Disability Rights Florida, alleges that the Department of Corrections failed to provide interpreters and auxiliary aids, prosthetic devices and wheelchairs, and assistants and tapping canes to inmates with disabilities. (Kam, 1/27)

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