Inspectors are citing nursing facilities for violating health and safety more often than during the Obama

Inspectors are citing nursing facilities for violating health and safety more often than during the Obama administration. But the average fine is nearly a third lower than it was before President Donald Trump took office. (Jordan Rau, 3/15) A federal district judge appeared skeptical of the arguments by the Justice Department and Arkansas and Kentucky that their programs should mandate that some enrollees work. (Phil Galewitz, 3/14) These direct-enrollment broker websites are “under-policed” and can steer consumers toward plans that may not be the best option for them, a new report concludes. (Julie Appleby, 3/15) Parents of students with legitimate learning disabilities worry that a backlash against providing special accommodations in college admissions testing could make it harder for them to succeed. (Barbara Feder Ostrov and Ana B. Ibarra, 3/14) Kaiser Health News provides a fresh take on health policy developments with “Political Cartoon: ‘Dietary Change?’” by Mike Peters. If you have a health policy haiku to share, please Contact Us and let us know if you want us to include your name. Keep in mind that we give extra points if you link back to a KHN...

Factory tours add memories to a vacation — or a staycation | Travel

When added to a vacation itinerary, a behind-the-scene factory visit just might become the most memorable experience of a trip, especially if you are familiar with the product. A surprising number of manufacturers offer factory tours, and product size does not matter. Tours exist for the production of tea packets at Celestial Seasonings to the manufacture of mammoth machinery like giant John Deere harvesters. If food is involved, there might be free samples, and sometimes in unlimited quantities. At the Jelly Belly tour, for example, visitors are welcome to consume as many of the 45-plus favors as their own belly can handle. Sometimes you’ll find a factory store that has discounted prices, and frequently there’s a museum chronicling the history of the product. Wherever you travel, it is likely there is a tour within reasonable driving distance, and depending on your interest, the tour may even be worth a several hour detour. Always call before visiting a factory to take a tour. Reservations may be required, and often tours are not offered on weekends when the factory may not be operating. To get you started and into a factory, here are four examples of factory tours in St. Loui...