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Governors Get Advice From Obama Administration On How To Handle Medicaid

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided information Thursday to state officials explaining ways in which current law allows them to change the federal-state program — to gain savings without slashing eligibility. Los Angeles Times: Obama Administration Offers States Ideas On How To Cut MedicaidFacing a revolt from states confronted by huge budget more...

First Edition: February 4, 2011

Today's headlines include reports that Virginia's attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to expedite its review of the state's challenge to the health law. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is doling out advice to governors about how to handle Medicaid. Kaiser Health News: Blumenthal To Leave Obama's Health IT OfficeKaiser Health News staff writers more...

Viewpoints: Judge Vinson’s Decision And Sarah Palin, Voting Rights Act; States’ Medicaid ‘Burden;’ Global Fund Controversy

Politico: Health Care And The Voting Rights Act With news coverage focused on Federal District Judge Roger Vinson's decision Monday to declare the health care reform law unconstitutional, it might be easy to miss this week's news from another federal courthouse: opponents of the Voting Rights Act have renewed their efforts to have that law declared more...

Research Roundup: Comparing Profit And Nonprofit Hospice Care; Hospital Mortality And Spending; High-Deductible Insurance Plans

Journal of the American Medical Association: Association Of Hospice Agency Profit Status With Patient Diagnosis, Location of Care, and Length of Stay – "The current Medicare Hospice Benefit reimburses hospices at a fixed per diem rate that does not consider the patient's diagnosis, location of care, or hospice LOS [length-of-stay]," and as such, "profit can be more...

Virginia Asks High Court To Expedite Review Of Health Law Challenge

Virginia's attorney general has hopes to bypass an initial appellate court review and take his state's case against the health overhaul directly to the Supreme Court. The federal Department of Justice has made clear it will oppose this request. Meanwhile, the lawsuits against the health law are just one of many paths being followed by activists who hope to undo the more...

Roundup: N.Y., Texas, Calif. Medicaid Plans Spark Protests; Conn. Nursing Homes; Fla. Medical Board

The Wall Street Journal: Gov. Cuomo's Medicaid Plan Roils AlbanyGov. Andrew Cuomo's effort to strip lawmakers of power over the state's Medicaid program is facing a barrage of criticism in both houses and parties. Lawmakers on Wednesday described the governor's Medicaid proposal as an intrusion on their powers and said they would block it from becoming more...

Truth Or False? Fact-Checker Examines Health Reform Claims From Senate Debate

Video excerpts from the Senate floor also offer a taste of the heated discussion surrounding the GOP-led effort to repeal the health overhaul. The Washington Post: The Fact Checker: McConnell's Claims Of Wide Backing For Health Care RepealThe Republican leader in the Senate on Wednesday pressed his party's case for repeal of the new health care law, arguing more...

Senate Rejects Health Law Repeal But Approves Amendment To Undo 1099 Provision

Senate Democrats successfully fought back an GOP-led effort to repeal the health law. News outlets report, though, that the Senate vote could not only help influence the courts' consideration of challenges to the law, but also be a factor "on the long March" to elections in 2012. In addition, though the Senate blocked the push for a broad repeal of reform, the chamber more...

Governors Get Advice From Obama Administration On How To Handle Medicaid

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided information Thursday to state officials explaining ways in which current law allows them to change the federal-state program — to gain savings without slashing eligibility. Los Angeles Times: Obama Administration Offers States Ideas On How To Cut MedicaidFacing a revolt from states confronted by huge budget more...

First Edition: February 4, 2011

Today's headlines include reports that Virginia's attorney general is asking the Supreme Court to expedite its review of the state's challenge to the health law. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is doling out advice to governors about how to handle Medicaid. Kaiser Health News: Blumenthal To Leave Obama's Health IT OfficeKaiser Health News staff writers more...