US & Canada round-up: Canadian government facing $1bn deficit, and more

24 Jul 15

US & Canada round-up: Canadian government facing $1bn deficit, and more

Canada: Federal government facing $1bn deficit

The Conservative government, just weeks away from a federal election campaign, is facing the strong possibility it can’t keep a key promise to balance the budget this year and ensure the Canadian economy doesn’t slip into recession. (Ottawa Citizen)

Medicaid enrolment surges, stirs worry about state budgets

More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years. (New York Times)

Noridian to pay $45m to state, US government for flawed exchange

The prime contractor hired to build Maryland’s flawed online health exchange will pay $45 million to the state and federal governments to avoid a lawsuit over its performance, Attorney General Brian Frosh announced. (Washington Post)

Canada Without Poverty charity challenges Harper govt

The head of a small Ottawa-based charity is in Geneva this week to complain to a United Nations committee about the Canada Revenue Agency's program of political-activity audits.(CBC via Huffington Post)

Republican to IRS: audit Planned Parenthood

A GOP lawmaker urged the IRS commissioner to audit Planned Parenthood on Thursday, suggesting that was one way the tax agency could regain the trust of taxpayers after its recent Tea Party controversy. (The Hill)

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