Indiana and Washington were among three states the federal government rewarded with money for being in the forefront of setting up health insurance exchanges. This, even though both are among 26 states trying to kill the law in court.
Health policy insiders view Medicare as having more political support than Medicaid. But a new poll says the latter has many backers among the American people.
A provision on medical payouts in the health care overhaul has prompted a parade of state officials to ask for waivers, arguing that their insurance markets would crumble if the new standards were imposed right away. But Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV remains one of the fiercest defenders of the section of the law that requires health insurance companies to meet new medical loss ratios.
Federal officials plan to issue a proposed rule in October that will make significant changes to the controversial Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program as envisioned by the health overhaul law, according to Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee.
Last Thursday was a day of celebration for advocates of single-payer health care when Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law a measure that's intended to pave the way for government-run health care in the Green Mountain State.