The percentage of people living in the United States without health insurance rose to 16.7 percent in 2009, the highest rate since the Census Bureau began collecting data in 1987 and an increase of 1.3 percentage points over 2008 levels.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Donald M. Berwick, in his first public address since taking office, urged insurers to become partners with the administration to implement the new health care law.
Even though many governors are resisting the implementation of the new health care law this year, National Governors Association Executive Director Ray Scheppach predicted that many governors will ultimately want to create their own version of the most significant part of the new system—the exchange markets that will begin in 2014.
Twenty-seven public health training centers across the country will receive $17 million in funding under grants announced by the Department of Health and Human Services, the first wave of funding under the health care overhaul law to help reverse budget declines for public health programs, advocates say.
As Congress fights over whether to extend expiring Bush-era tax cuts, a group that has backed the health care law released a report last week that characterizes a health tax credit due to go into effect in 2014 as a "huge middle-income tax cut."