How the health poll metrics fared midterm | Elections

The 2022 midterm elections not only featured high-stakes contests for congressional seats and governor’s mansions, but also tasked voters with deciding dozens of health-related state ballot measures and to well-being.

Overall, states had more than 130 measures on their ballots to decide the fate of an array of important and hotly contested topics. And while efforts to legalize recreational marijuana and to enshrine or undermine the right to abortion have drawn attention, other ballot measures included expanding health care coverage, limiting medical debt, banning flavored tobacco, tightening gun controls and funding affordable housing.

Here is an overview of the main results.

If passed, the measure calls on the state to balance its obligation to ensure residents have “access to cost-effective, clinically appropriate, and affordable health care” with its obligations to fund public schools and other essential services.

Proposition 209 can serve as a test case for other states seeking to provide individuals with some type of medical debt relief. A Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of past Census Bureau data indicated that American adults were responsible for at least $195 billion in medical debt, and about 1 in 10 adults had more than $250 in medical debt.

Massachusetts: Voters approved Question 2 on the state ballot to require dental insurers to spend at least 83% of premiums on patient care-related services starting in 2024, making Massachusetts the top state of the states States to establish such a requirement.

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The measure is similar to the 80/20 rule under the Affordable Care Act, which requires obligated health insurers to spend at least 80% of what they collect from premiums on patient care costs and to quality improvement.

California: Residents voted against Proposition 29, which would have increased regulations on kidney dialysis clinics, requiring them to have a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant present while treating patients. Clinics would also have been required to provide data to the California Department of Public Health on dialysis-related infections and would have been prohibited from withholding patient care based on who pays for their treatment. The vote marks the third consecutive election defeat in the state for ballot measures intended to change how dialysis clinics operate.

Other health-related voting metrics:

Lodging: Californians overwhelmingly voted against Proposition 27, which would have legalized online sports betting in the state and was backed by FanDuel and DraftKings. Some funds related to the implementation of the measure would have gone to the state to help the homeless and the mentally ill.

Minimum wage: Nebraska voters approved Initiative 433, raising the state’s minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2026, with adjustments thereafter related to the cost of living. In the District of Columbia, Initiative 82 won a resounding endorsement to gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped employees by $5.35 an hour until it matches the minimum hourly wage for untipped employees. of $16.10 by 2027. In Nevada, voters decided the ballot question. 2 to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by July 1, 2024. The contest was too close to call Wednesday.

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