April 15: Health Care Reform News

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TOP STORIES

Sebelius:  Gov’t Will Work to Close Minority Health Gap

USA Today

April 15, 2010

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday she is developing a national plan of action that would focus for the first time on reducing health care disparities between minority and white populations.

 

A Revised Contract For America, Minus ‘With’ and Newt

The New York Times

April 15, 2010

 

Members of the Tea Party movement released a legislative agenda they want elected officials to follow - the 10 planks of the Contract From America are heavy on fiscal restraint and limited government, and light on social issues.

 

TRANSPARENCY/SAFETY

Moody’s:  Health Reform Will Drive Consolidation, Hinder Credit for Nonprofit Hospitals

Healthleaders Media

April 15, 2010

 

Health care reform will have a long-term negative credit effect on not-for-profit hospitals, even though it will reduce bad debt expenses and charity care according to a new Moody’s Investors Service report.

 

Doing What Works Pays Political Dividends

The Hill

April 15, 2010

 

Opinion surveys show overwhelming majorities favor government action to address health care and energy. But the public also sees government as wasteful and inefficient; there is little confidence government will get it right when it comes to specifics.

 

STATE NEWS

Medical Survey Results Show Health Reform Will Overburden Connecticut Doctors 

Hartford Courant

April 15, 2010

 

Accommodating people who are now uninsured would stretch the state's primary care practices even thinner, increasing patient loads by 7 percent to 20 percent.

 

Not My Job to Judge Reform

THV Arkansas

April 15, 2010

 

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office cannot issue an opinion on whether the federal health care reform law is constitutional.

 

How Ohioans Might Vote on Health Care Opt-Out in Dispute

The Columbus Dispatch

April 15, 2010

 

Ohioans should be able to vote this November on a single ballot issue to exempt themselves from federal health care mandates.

 

NM House GOP Asks AG King to Sue Over Health Care Reform

The New Mexico Independent

April 15, 2010

 

Republican members of the New Mexico House of Representatives have asked Attorney General Gary King to join a lawsuit that would repeal the health care reform bill.

 

Alaska House to Vote on Fighting Federal Health Care Act

The Anchorage Daily News

April 15, 2010

 

The Alaska House of Representatives is about to vote on amending the state Constitution to fight the Congressional health care reform law. But if the House does pass it, the Senate almost certainly won't.

 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

Insurer Sets Out Medicaid Coping Strategies for States

The Wall Street Journal

April 15, 2010

 

UnitedHealth Group Inc. and its rivals in the managed-care industry are gearing up to go after one of the biggest new markets to be created by the new federal health-care law: the roughly 16 million new people expected to be eligible for insurance coverage under state Medicaid programs.

 

 

IMPLEMENTING THE LEGISLATION

National Health Care Repeal Drive to Launch in Lincoln

Lincoln Journal-Star

April 15, 2010

 

Former New York Gov. George Pataki will headline an event in Lincoln next Monday mounting a national petition drive to repeal health care reform legislation across the nation. Pataki will kick off the effort in Boston on Sunday.

 

Becerra, Vavuto, and Attila the Hun

Fox News Transcript

April 15, 2010

Xavier Becerra, one of the House's top-ranking Dems, had a heated back-and-forth Wednesday night with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, who was pressing him on the news that a loophole in the new health care law might lead to representatives and their staffers losing coverage.

 

NEW ADMINISTRATION

Obama Slips On Handling of Health Care and Economy

The Salt Lake Tribune

April 15, 2010

 

President Barack Obama's national standing has slipped to a new low after his victory on the historic health care overhaul, even in the face of growing signs of economic revival.

 

EMPLOYERS

Memo to the Health Care Industry: The Jig is Up

CNN Money

April 15, 2010

 

The health legislation recently passed will expand access to health insurance, but will leave the health care system unreformed. Not only that, but challenges faced by large employers remain largely unchanged.

 

Much to Like in Murray’s Plan

The Boston Globe

April 15, 2010

 

State Senate President Therese Murray yesterday followed up on Governor Patrick's rejection of high insurer rate increases with a reform package that should at least slow the annual premium hikes that are strangling many retailers and other small businesses.

 

Corporate America Books Health Care Reform Charges

Reuters

April 15, 2010

 

U.S. companies have begun to tally the financial hit they say they will take as a result of the U.S. health care overhaul.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Sweden, Canada Outrank U.S. on Health Care

Reuters

April 15, 2010

 

People living in countries with government-run health care systems like Sweden and Canada are far more confident than Americans that their families can get good, affordable care, according to a 22-nation survey released on Thursday.

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