States

    • Using A New Twist On Enterprise Zones To Eliminate Health Disparities

      Dr. E. Albert Reece, the dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, writes that the state's General Assembly is considering a series of bold initiatives - including "Health Enterprize Zones" - to reduce and eliminate health disparities, especially in Maryland's most underserved communities.

      (Story) Feb 23, 2012

    • Maryland's Health Enterprise Zones Need The Right Incentives And Rules

      The Heritage Foundation's Stuart Butler, an architect of the urban "enterprise zone" idea more than 30 years ago, offers his suggestions on how to make a recent proposal in Maryland to set up Health Enterprise Zones a successful endeavor.

      (Story) Feb 23, 2012

    • Minnesota Exchange Grant Arrives In Politically Divided State

      The federal government has awarded Minnesota $26 million to help it create a health insurance exchange, but Republicans in the GOP-led state legislature there are engaged in a bitter fight with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton on its planning and even its existence.

      (Story) Feb 23, 2012

    • Feds Award Health Exchange Grants To 10 States

      The Department of Health and Human Services is sending $229 million in exchange establishment grants to 10 states -- half of which are receiving this funding for a second time around. However, an Associated Press analysis found that progress among states in setting up these health insurance marketplaces remains uneven.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Supreme Court Sends Calif. Medicaid Case Back To Lower Court

      At issue was a federal appeals court ruling allowing patients and health care providers to sue over California's cuts in Medicaid payment rates. The high court sent the case back to the court in San Francisco to consider whether private parties or only the federal government can object to Medicaid reductions.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • State Legislatures Contemplate Controlling Costs, Health IT, Prescribing Authority

      A selection of health policy stories from Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, California, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Kansas and Arizona.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Va. Lawmakers Backdown From Requiring Invasive, Pre-Abortion Ultrasound

      Virginia lawmakers backed off a proposal Wednesday to require women seeking abortions get an transvaginal ultrasound after Gov. Bob McDonnell said he wouldn't support it. Virginia House lawmakers instead approved an amended bill requiring only an external ultrasound.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Ga. Vasectomy Bill Goes Viral

      A Democratic lawmaker has proposed denying men vasectomies as a parody of a Republican bill that would prohibit abortions for women more than 20 weeks pregnant. Elsewhere, a Wisconsin bill would require physicians to give women a physical exam and be present when giving abortion-inducing drugs.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Wash. Law Requiring Pharmacies Stock Emergency Contraception Struck Down

      The judge said the law was meant to force religious objectors to dispense the drug Plan B instead of simply give access to those that need it. In other cases, other federal judges blocked a challenge to a Mass. law on abortion buffer zones and said the government can't deny health benefits to a lesbian couple.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Governor of Illinois Urges Medicaid Cuts

      Pat Quinn, the Democratic governor, underscored the need for cuts to Medicaid and the state worker pension system, but some critics said his proposals did not offer enough specifics about how to reduce the state’s underfinanced liabilities.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012