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Capitol Health Call
December 13, 2006

Health Initiatives

JAMA. 2006;296(22):2670. doi:10.1001/jama.296.22.2670-d

Voters at the state level passed some health initiatives while rejecting others on November 7.

In Missouri, voters approved an amendment ensuring that any stem cell research and cures permitted by federal law will continue to be allowed in that state.

On the tobacco tax front, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203, which will increase that state's cigarette tax to fund health and education programs for preschoolers. California voters defeated Proposition 86, which would have increased the state cigarette tax to fund health-related programs. Missouri voters rejected an amendment that would have increased the state cigarette tax and tripled the tax on other tobacco products; the measure, in part, would have increased reimbursement rates for clinicians treating Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured residents. And in South Dakota, voters rejected Measure 2, which would have, in part, increased the state cigarette tax to help reduce property taxes and pay for education and health care trust funds.