States

    • Kansas Tobacco Prevention Funds Diverted To Other Uses

      Of the $745 million in tobacco lawsuit-settlement funds and $1.4 billion in tobacco taxes in the past 12 years, less than $11 million has gone specifically for anti-smoking programs.

      (Daily Report) Jan 20, 2012

    • S.C. GOP Debate Gets Heavy On Health Care Issues (Video And Transcript)

      On CNN Thursday night, Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rep. Ron Paul disputed each other’s positions on the health law and on abortion.

      (Daily Report) Jan 20, 2012

    • Kansas Tobacco Prevention Funds Diverted To Other Uses

      Of the $745 million in tobacco lawsuit-settlement funds and $1.4 billion in tobacco taxes in the past 12 years, less than $11 million has gone specifically for anti-smoking programs.

      (Story) Jan 20, 2012

    • First Edition: January 20, 2012

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports detailing how health care played in last night's S.C. GOP presidential primary debate.

      (Daily Report) Jan 20, 2012

    • White House: Health Exchanges On Track In Many States

      A report Wednesday by the Obama administration said that many states, including some with GOP governors, are proceeding with state-based exchanges. Still, a federal exchange is in the works for those that can't or won't meet the health law's requirements and timeline.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012

    • Wisconsin Governor Issues 'Stop Work' Order On State Health Exchange

      Wis. Gov. Scott Walker officially announced on Wednesday that he will not implement a state-based health exchange or accept federal funding toward that end. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, a 13-member government task force has begun debating a list of basic principles for that state's health care exchange. Meanwhile, Stateline offers an overview of how and what states in general are doing in regard to these insurance marketplaces.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012

    • Marketplace: Partners, Tufts Renegotiate Deal, Ga. Insurer-Provider Fight Grows

      Partners HealthCare and the Tufts Health Plan have renegotiated their contract that will lower Tufts' reimbursements to Partners by $105 million to save money in Massachusetts. In the meantime, an insurer/provider fight in Georgia is growing, and there is marketplace news from Oregon and Colorado.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012

    • Quality Reports Find Mixed Bag In Minn., Drop In Postsurgical Deaths

      Medical mistakes increased in Minnesota hospitals in 2011, but the number of "adverse events" that led to serious patient harm or death fell, a new report says. In addition, nationwide, postsurgical deaths decreased despite the number of surgeries being up overall, Medscape reports. Michigan and Connecticut, however, are struggling with patient quality issues.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012

    • Lung Association Criticizes State Tobacco Policies

      The advocacy group says states are not doing enough to stop smoking.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012

    • Roundup: State Lawmakers Urge Deficit Reduction

      News outlets report on a variety of health policy issues across the country.

      (Daily Report) Jan 19, 2012