April 19th, 2010

April 19: Health Care Reform News

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Pawlenty, DFL wrangle over how to fund public health care programs

Slightly more than three weeks ago, on March 26, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a compromise bill that kept alive the general assistance medical care (GAMC) program…

 

Jerry Crest, chief operating officer for Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital in Mankato, which is part of the Mayo Clinic system, said the hospital would rather join an uncompensated care pool than participate in the GAMC reform program.

 

Politics in Minnesota, by Charley Shaw, 4/2010

 

 

TOP STORIES

Obama Health Team Turns to Carrying Out Law

The New York Times

April 19, 2010

 

Here are profiles of three top members of the Obama team whose challenging job is to make the transition from waging political war on Capitol Hill to managing one of the most profound changes in social policy.

 

After Health Care Passage, Obama Pushes to Get It Rolling

The New York Times

April 19, 2010

 

Mindful that the new health care law’s ability to slow rising medical costs will depend to a great extent on how it is put in effect, President Obama is assembling a high-level team to carry out key elements of the overhaul and is considering moving faster than the law requires to put them into action.

 

Obama’s Health Reform Isn’t Modeled After Heritage Foundation Ideas

The Washington Post - Op-Ed

April 19, 2010

The Obama health care law "builds" on the Heritage health reform model only in the sense that a double-quarter-pounder with cheese "builds" on the idea of a garden salad. Both have lettuce and tomato and may be called food, but the similarities end there.

Pataki Launches Anti-Health Care Group Amid 2012 Talks

The Hill

April 19, 2010

 

Former New York Gov. George Pataki on Sunday debuted "Revere America" a new 501(c) (4) organization that seeks to drum up support for a prompt repeal of Democrats' health care reforms.

 

INSURANCE

Health Insurers Weighing Options To Get Ahead of Reform

The Washington Post

April 19, 2010

 

Weeks after the health care law was enacted, insurers are still scouring it to figure out precisely what it allows - redefining medical spending to make the requirement more attainable is just one way insurers might adapt to the new legislation.

 

New York Offers Costly Lessons on Insurance

The New York Times

April 19, 2010

 

New York’s insurance system has been a working laboratory for the core provision of the new federal health care law and an expensive lesson in unplanned consequences.

 

WELLNESS/CHRONIC CARE

Health Care Overhaul Has Provisions That Will Help Disabled with Long-Term Care

The Kansas City Star

April 19, 2010

 

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (CLASS) is a little-discussed part of the massive health care reform package, designed to give workers a consumer-financed national insurance pool to help pay for long-term care.

 

MinuteClinic Expands Its Services

The Star Tribune

April 19, 2010

MinuteClinic launched its new chronic-condition monitoring service with an eye to the many patients who don't have primary care providers.

STATE NEWS

Hospitals Are Opting Out of New Minnesota Health Plan

The Star Tribune

April 19, 2010

 

A revamped state health care program for about 37,000 of the poorest and sickest Minnesotans will start June 1, but with funding cuts to one-fourth of the projected costs, only five of 17 qualifying hospitals have agreed to provide the care.

 

Illinois Hospital Not Charitable Enough to Merit Tax Exemption

American Medical News

April 19, 2010

 

A recent Illinois Supreme Court decision could set in motion new standards for hospital charity care requirements.

 

North Carolina Democrats’ Votes Against Health Care Push Labor to Form Party

The Washington Post

April 19, 2010

 

Some of North Carolina’s Obama supporters are mounting a defiant strike against the president's party.

 

 

MEDICARE/MEDICAID

CIGNA, Humana Team Up To Sell Medicare Advantage

The Hartford Courant

April 19, 2010

 

CIGNA Corp. and Humana Inc. announced plans to work together selling Medicare Advantage to employers that offer health coverage to retirees.

 

 

IMPLEMENTING THE LEGISLATION

Doctors Hear Many Questions About Health Law

The New York Times

April 19, 2010

 

After months of public wrangling and brinkmanship in Washington, the nation’s doctors now find themselves having to answer questions about a 2,400-page law that many do not understand themselves, and which they may have opposed.

 

Faces of Health Debate Point to Law’s Complexities

The New York Times

April 17, 2010

 

A look at three patient cases that illustrate both the enormous potential benefits of the new health care law and how the complexity of the health system will continue to pose a formidable challenge for patients and health care providers in the months and years ahead.

 

Health Care Law Hits Home in Complex Ways

The Los Angeles Times

April 19, 2010

 

The health insurance overhaul signed into law last month has been billed as the most sweeping reform in generations but when it comes down to how the law mixes with the variables of everyday life, things get complicated.

 

Health Care Reform In Action

The Boston Globe - Op-Ed

April 19, 2010

 

Once Congress passed a national health reform law that followed the Massachusetts plan, the state was almost sure to lose Jon Kingsdale’s services. The former insurance executive is the first head of the agency overseeing reform in Washington D.C.

 

 

NEW ADMINISTRATION

Doctors Pursue House and Senate Seats

USA Today

April 19, 2010

 

Forty-seven physicians are running for the House or Senate this year, three times the number of doctors serving in Congress today, and potentially altering the landscape for future debates over Medicare and rising insurance premiums.

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Health Industry Continues to Hire as Economy Recovers

American Medical News

April 19, 2010

 

Several reports released in March and April suggest demand for health care jobs, long stronger than the demand for jobs as a whole, is growing.

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