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State Highlights: Va.’s Immunization Rates Plateau; Ga. Senate OKs Family Sick Leave Bill

Outlets report on news from Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Connecticut.

WABE: Georgia Senate Passes Family Sick Leave Legislation
The Georgia Senate passed SB 201 that would require employers to let workers use their sick days to take care of a child, parent, or any dependent listed on tax returns. State Rep. Brian Strickland (R-McDonough) is sponsoring the bill in the House. (Bandlamudi, 3/17)

Kansas City Star: Ill Missouri Woman Turns Destitute While Fighting For Social Security Disability | The Kansas City Star
[Barbara] Sales’ situation goes to the heart of problems that have plagued the Social Security Administration for years: Underfunded and overwhelmed, it operates with a workforce that has remained all but flat for more than 20 years in the face of a rising population and an explosion of disability applications... Some good news came this month when union officials representing federal workers were told that despite a federal hiring freeze, the Social Security Administration would be allowed to hire 100 extra workers to authorize benefits. (Adler, 3/19)

The CT Mirror: Unspeakable Horrors Gave Theanvy Kuoch Incredible Strength And Compassion 
The organization [Khmer Health Advocates] provides health care and counseling, and runs a treatment program for torture survivors. It has used a variety of innovative techniques to provide care, including a videoconferencing program that allowed people across the state to communicate with – and receive care from – those in the West Hartford office without having to travel. Another program paired the organization’s community health worker with a pharmacist who helped patients manage their medications. (Levin Becker, 3/19)

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