The new year will bring a host of new rules that will come into effect from Saturday on issues ranging from astonishing medical bills to family animal hurdles.
Protection from unexpected medical bills begins on New Year's Day. The new state law, the No Surprises Act, requires insurance companies to pay for even offline costs that can creep in, especially in emergencies.
Two-thirds of adults fear unexpected medical expenses, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. It said the debt for one-fifth of emergency medical care and one-sixth of in-hospital inputs included at least one out-of-network charge.
In Ohio, New Year's high school students will not be allowed to graduate until they have completed financial studies, which deal with adult issues such as taxes, interest and loans. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Emmanuel Velkos, a student at North Royalton High School, south of Cleveland, said that's what students need to know.
"I would say, yes, no doubt the most important thing, because it helps you manage your money," he said.
Dog ropes, insurance discrimination
From January, it will be illegal to tie a dog in Texas shackles. Any external barrier should be simple and flexible, and dogs should have adequate shelter, shade and water. Penalties can go up to $ 500 for first-time offenses, and offenders who also face jail time can be fined.
"Too many dogs are seen as burglar alarms or a type of protection device instead of the living organisms, and are kept in chains," said Rachel Wolf of VOICE for Animals, an animal rights group.
The government, Greg Abbott, who once opposed the law, signed a new version after tweeting the hashtag #AbbottHatesDogs.
New Nevada law makes it illegal for insurance companies to charge homeowners or charge extra based on their dog breeds. Insurers say they need to be able to respond to potential debt incurred by animals that may be aggressive, but fans say the law protects pet owners from "discrimination."
Internet access, hot car alarms
Washington State, home to technology giants, has a new law requiring any real estate agent to disclose whether the site has internet access.
"During the epidemic, internet shortages have been a problem in many parts of our region," said Rep. Carolyn Eslick, sponsor of the law. He said it ensures that real estate buyers receive full disclosure of internet access at high speed in sellers' statements "before signing on the bottom line."
Florida will now require child care providers to install alarms on any car, bus or van that will alert drivers to make sure everyone is out before they close. The law aims to reduce the deaths of children who are accidentally left in hot cars.
State Secretary Linda Stewart of Orlando began work step by step after the death of a three-year-old boy who had been locked in the back seat of a van for more than 12 hours. “It saves lives. It is a very small cost for a child caregiver, ”he said.
Fertilized coats, cocktails-to-go
Utah becomes the first region that requires manufacturers and distributors of underwear and underwear or other items to apply a label that indicates that the filler is sterilized to ensure your safety. The rule will apply to cracked bed covers and down jackets known as puffer jackets.
Oregon also says "cheers" by allowing bars and restaurants to sell cocktails-to-go even after the epidemic has ended. Drinks should be sold in sealed containers - open at home, where they can help celebrate the New Year.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said the other 15 provinces had adopted similar measures, saying they "acted as an important means of restaurants during the violence and continue to provide an important source of revenue as they begin to return."