States

    • First Edition: September 1, 2011

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including California lawmakers shelving their effort to pass a bill to regulate health insurance rates and Florida's aggressive efforts to shut down "pill mill" clinics.

      (Daily Report) Sep 01, 2011

    • Texas Nursing Homes Brace for Higher Costs, Sicker Patients

      Nursing homes were spared the draconian cuts proposed by lawmakers at the beginning of the 2011 legislative session. Still, despite growing caseloads and rising medical costs, they move forward with less state and federal support.

      (Story) Aug 31, 2011

    • GOP Govs Point To Medicaid Flexibility As Means To Reduce Spending

      In a report issued Tuesday, these Republican state executives urged a loosening of federal "maintenance of effort" rules and called for flexibility so that states could custom design programs to give their children as well as poor and disabled citizens the best care.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • Leading Iowa Insurer Undecided About State's Planned Insurance Exchange

      In other health law implementation news, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that HHS has not adequately addressed the needs of small insurance companies and other small businesses.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • Perry's Remarks, Health Positions Draw Political Attention

      News outlets are reporting on GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry and a letter he once sent to then First Lady Hillary Clinton praising her efforts to push health reform. Perry, the governor of Texas, also made comments ten years ago about the feasibility of "bi-national health insurance" for both U.S. and Mexican residents along the border.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • State Roundup: N.H. State Employees Agree To Health Concessions

      News outlets report on a variety of state health policy issues.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • Federal Judge In Texas Halts Enforcement Of Abortion Law

      The Texas case involves a new law that requires expectant mothers to see a sonogram of the fetus and hear the heartbeat. Meanwhile, Kansas, Virginia and Mississippi are also dealing with abortion issues.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • Medicaid News: Colo. Finds Expansion Too Expensive

      Two years ago, Colorado officials opted to expand their Medicaid program to poor adults without children. But the cost has been much higher than expected, and they are now scaling back. In other Medicaid news, Kansas decides on a new high-tech system for residents to use to establish eligibility; California insurers question the state's plans for adult day care, and Florida faces a suit over treatment of veterans.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • First Edition: August 31, 2011

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including details about the GOP tax expert who has been named to help run the deficit-reduction "super committee" as well as the health policy ideas Republican governors are offering in the context of the nation's fiscal fix.

      (Daily Report) Aug 31, 2011

    • GAO Reviews Impact Of Health Law's Medical-Loss Ratio Provision

      Also in today's health policy headlines, the Wall Street Journal reports that a new state-federal program will put steep health premium increases under the microscope and the Washington Post showcases a map detailing state-by-state progress on creating health exchanges.

      (Daily Report) Aug 30, 2011