Ariana Figueroa

Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.

DACA recipients to gain health coverage under new plan from Biden administration

By: - April 13, 2023

The White House says HHS will publish a rule that amends the definition of “lawful presence” to include DACA recipients in Medicaid and Affordable Care Act coverage.

Kids at work: States try to ease child labor laws at behest of industry

By: - April 7, 2023

This year alone, lawmakers in seven states have introduced or passed bills that would ease child labor laws. 

U.S. judge rules insurers don’t have to cover many free preventive health services

By: , and - March 30, 2023

The decision could affect millions of Americans’ access to no-cost preventive health care that a federal agency required health insurance companies to cover.

Bernie Sanders confronts former Starbucks CEO over union-busting allegations

By: - March 29, 2023

Sen. Bernie Sanders pressed Starbucks founder and billionaire former CEO Howard Schultz about delays in ratifying union contracts.

State election officials at U.S. Senate hearing discuss threats to workers, call for funding

By: - March 29, 2023

Democrats on Tuesday expressed concern about threats to election workers and disinformation campaigns that aim to undermine elections.

GOP bill establishing a federal parental bill of rights passed in U.S. House

By: - March 24, 2023

The bill would codify federal education law to give parents and legal guardians access to school curricula, library books and other teaching materials.

National ban on transgender athletes in girls’ sports passed by U.S. House panel

By: - March 9, 2023

The bill would amend Title IX to require student athletes to compete in sports in accordance with “a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth."

Biden student debt relief plan met with skepticism from U.S. Supreme Court conservatives

By: - March 1, 2023

The conservative justices questioned whether the Department of Education could implement the program without explicit congressional approval.

Black student loan borrowers at risk as U.S. Supreme Court weighs forgiveness plan

By: - February 24, 2023

Black borrowers hold a disproportionate share of student loan debt. Many likely were recipients of Pell Grants for low-income students.

Biden administration proposes major new limits on asylum at the border

By: - February 21, 2023

The administration is seeking to limit asylum requests at the U.S.-Mexico border as a pandemic-era immigration measure is set to end this summer.

Federal government to send medical experts to site of Ohio train derailment

By: - February 17, 2023

A Biden administration official called the Feb. 3 train derailment a "trauma visited upon this community."

U.S. House speaker visit to Arizona border labeled publicity stunt by White House

By: - February 17, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that there needs to be more funding and support for border security to prevent fentanyl from being smuggled into the United States