States

    • 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

    • Vt., Okla. Lawmakers Mull Creating Health Insurance Exchanges

      Lawmakers in Vermont and Oklahoma are the latest to grapple with creating a state health insurance exchange. In Vermont, the governor is defending his proposal for an exchange for small businesses while Oklahoma lawmakers are mulling creating their own so the federal government doesn't do it for them.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Viewpoints: A Missing Contraception Question, Obama's Budget Blind Spot, NEJM On Medicare Advantage

      A selection of opinions and editorials from around the U.S.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Testy Santorum, Romney Tussle Over Mass. Health Reform (Video Clips)

      In the last scheduled Republican debate, candidates Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul attacked the Obama administration on its birth control stance. Santorum dovetailed the issue into an attack of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform law, which then-Gov. Romney endorsed. A transcript of the health care portions of the debate follows.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012

    • Can Massachusetts Lead The Way On Controlling Health Costs?

      As of April 1, base health insurance rates for small businesses will increase, on average, just 1.8 percent. Four prominent economists discuss why the state is having success keeping premium costs down.

      (Daily Report) Feb 23, 2012