Capsules: Texas Legislature Weighing 5 Key Proposals To Limit Abortions; GOP Members Call For Increased Spending To Cover Pre-Existing Conditions; Despite Federal Delay, Minn. Vows To Have Small Business Options On New Health Exchange

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, KUHF’s Carrie Feibel, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on abortion news from Texas: "Anti-abortion forces in Texas achieved a major triumph in 2011, the last time the state legislature convened. They passed laws requiring a 24-hour waiting period and requiring all women seeking an abortion to undergo a fetal ultrasound. The idea was to force down abortion rates by changing women's minds. A follow-up study indicated that abortions did decline by 10-15 percent, but probably because the waiting period created logistical and financial hurdles for many women, not because women’s minds were changed" (Feibel, 4/4).

In addition, Phil Galewitz reports on a Capitol Hill hearing focusing on funding for coverage of pre-existing conditions: "Republicans who have spent the past three years blasting the health care overhaul as an overreach by the federal government said Wednesday the law didn't allocate nearly enough money for a temporary program offering insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions" (Galewitz, 4/3).

Also on Capsules, Minnesota Public Radio's Elizabeth Stawicki, working in partnership with KHN NPR, reports on her state's small business insurance exchange: "Workers at small businesses that buy health insurance on MNSURE — Minnesota's new online marketplace — will have access to features that will be delayed in many other states" (Stawicki, 4/3). Check out what else is on the blog.

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