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No B.S.: California Video Explains Why Health Budget Cuts Don’t Make Sense

The video below, produced by the New America Foundation (home of the outstanding New Health Dialogue blog), explains why health program budget cuts are bad for people and the economy. The video details are all about California, but the reasoning … Continue reading

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Mass Scores High On Kid’s Health

Today, The Commonwealth Fund released its national rankings of child health performance (report here, and way cool interactive map here). Each state was evaluated on dimensions such as access, quality, costs, and “potential to lead health lives.” Massachusetts ranks as … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale from CT on Medicaid Managed Care Plans

According to today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required): “Disclosure Push Roils State Medicaid Program,” the small number of managed care plans in the Connecticut Medicaid program are heading for the door or have already left. Could something like this happen … Continue reading

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AG Coakley Files Brief Challenging New Bush Medicaid Rules

Martha Coakley is weighing in against new CMS rules limiting the aiblity of states to expand their SCHIP eligibility levels. Excerpts from her release below: BOSTON – Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office filed an amicus brief in the United … Continue reading

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4/17-18 Conference on Women & Health Reform

Simmons College will host a national conference on women and health care reform, April 17 and 18. The conference is organized by Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need, a collaboration of the National Women’s Health Network, the … Continue reading

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SF Restaurants Begin Adding Health Insurance Surcharge to Tabs

Many restaurants in San Francisco are adding surcharges to their customer bills to cover their mandatory assessments under the SF universal coverage law. The LA Times covers the new development “Social Policy on the Menu,” excerpt below: In the hip … Continue reading

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Northwest Passages II: Washington — This Is Good.

Second article from today’s Kaiser Health Policy Report: Washington: The Washington House on Friday voted 68-21 to pass a bill (SB 5261) to require insurers to receive approval from the state insurance commissioner before changing premium rates for individual health … Continue reading

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Northwest Passages I: Oregon — This Is Good?

Two stories of note from the Pacific Northwest in today’s Kaiser Health Policy Report. First: Oregon will begin drawing names this week in a lottery to determine who will fill open slots in the Oregon Health Plan. More than 80,000 … Continue reading

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Good Obituary on CA Health Reform

Straightforward, thorough, and balanced account of the California health reform fiasco by Daniel Weintraub of the Sacramento Bee: “The death of health care reform: How Arnold Schwarzenegger’s overhaul plan was doomed by the Legislature’s liberal-conservative partisan crossfire.” Money quote is … Continue reading

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RWJF/Packard Team Up on $30M State Coverage Initiative

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation have announced complementary $15 million grantmaking initiatives to strengthen state health reforms to cover uninsured children and families. Together, Packard’s Finish Line Project and RWJF’s Consumer Voices for … Continue reading

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