Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Washington Health Policy Week in Review is a weekly newsletter that offers selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat.

CBO Analysis Forecasts Insurance Coverage Rate of 96 Percent

A preliminary analysis of the House Democratic health care overhaul proposal by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) says its insurance coverage expansion provisions would cost $894 billion over the 2010–2019 period and reduce the federal deficit during that period by $104 billion followed by a "slight" deficit reduction in the second decade. The percentage of non-elderly legal residents with coverage would rise from 83 percent to 96 percent.

House Bill Would Transform Health Insurance Market

The giant health care bill introduced by House Democratic leaders would transform the American health insurance system, moving the nation a step closer to universal coverage.

House Democrats Rally Around Health Care Package
House Democratic leaders introduced their long-awaited health care overhaul package, as rank-and-file party members appeared to be rallying behind the proposal.
Reid Will Wrap Public Plan Into Senate Health Bill
The Senate's health care overhaul will include a government-run plan, written as an "opt-out" policy that gives states the choice not to participate.
Report: Hospitals with High Proportion of Poor Patients Are Slow to Adopt Electronic Health Records
U.S. hospitals that serve a high proportion of poor patients tend to lag behind in adopting electronic health records, according to a Health Affairs report.
White House Pushes 'Cadillac Tax' Despite Union Protests

President Obama's chief economic adviser praised at length the "Cadillac tax" included in the Senate Finance Committee's version of the health care overhaul as an effective way to raise revenue and slow health care spending.