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.