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.

Berwick Pledges Biggest-Ever Effort to Improve Patient Safety

To those accustomed to hearing Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrators rattle off the dry details of policy initiatives when they deliver speeches, Donald M. Berwick's remarks may have seemed startling. Berwick did talk policy, announcing that his agency will soon unveil "the largest national effort on patient safety that we've ever seen."

Gruber Study Says Alternatives to Individual Mandate Won't Work

Supporters of the much-criticized individual mandate in the health care law fought back with a report saying that fewer of the uninsured would be covered and costs would not be reduced if the mandate were dropped.

New HHS Rules Cover College Health Plans

Students who are insured through their college or university would be covered under the health care overhaul law under a proposed regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Sebelius Says HHS Working on Changes in CLASS Act

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius outlined changes for a long-term care insurance program, included in the health care overhaul law, that has come under fire as financially unsustainable.

White House and GOP Governors Spar over Health Insurance Exchanges

The White House pushed back at Republican governors who are demanding more flexibility in setting up health insurance exchanges. But GOP Gov. Gary R. Herbert of Utah, in turn, is slamming the administration for failing to respond to states' concerns over the new health care law.

Could Most of the Health Care Law Survive the Supreme Court?

Two legal experts who have opposing views on the challenges to the health care overhaul law agreed on one thing—that the U.S. Supreme Court won't throw out the entire measure.