The Connecticut legislature used its override in both chambers to undo seven vetoes by the governor, including one to cover most Connecticut residents, called SustiNet, The Hartford Courant reports: "Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney said that healthcare, 'in many ways, has become a cloud of worry'' over much of society. SustiNet's nine-member board of directors will study the issue (covering people and cost) for 17 months before giving its recommendations to the legislature in January 2011" (Keating, 7/20).
Los Angeles Times: "Routine teeth cleanings, optometric exams, podiatric care and some mental health visits -- all are among the services no longer paid for, as of July 1, for Californians covered by Medi-Cal." (Lunzer Kritz, 7/20).
The Chattanooga Times Free Press: "According to authorities, 'doctor-shopping' -- when patients visit several doctors to acquire multiple prescriptions for various drugs -- is an ever-growing problem in Tennessee. In the last year, authorities have investigated 75 doctor-shopping cases in Tennessee and six in Hamilton County, according to the office of the Tennessee Inspector General, which handles such cases involving TennCare" (South, 7/21).
The Associated Press: "[Louisiana] Gov. Bobby Jindal says he hopes to work out a solution with federal officials over Louisiana's looming $1 billion Medicaid problem stemming from post-storm damage payments following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. … As a result of insurance payments and Road Home money, Louisiana has had a sharp increase in its per-capita income. But Jindal says that doesn't reflect the number of people who need the Medicaid program" (7/20).