"Morning CheckUp: July 1, 2011"
Welcome to Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?
Kansas will have one abortion provider: “Ending speculation that new regulations could make it the only state without an abortion provider, Kansas announced Thursday that it had issued a license that would allow one of three abortion clinics to continue operating.” Kansas will join two other states, South Dakota and Mississippi, that have just one abortion provider. [NYT]
Court blocks 72-hour waiting period in SD: “A federal court this evening blocked implementation of South Dakota H.B. 1217, the law passed earlier this year that would require a woman seeking an abortion to wait at least 72 hours after first meeting her doctor before having the procedure, the longest and most extreme mandatory delay in the country.” [RH Reality Check]
Americans support minor Medicare cuts: “Forty-five percent of Americans are fine with minor cuts in Medicare spending to help trim the federal deficit, for instance. Only 18 percent favor major cuts for deficit reduction, though.” [NPR]
Health reform could exclude many children: “Up to 220,000 California children could be excluded from health care reform because of immigration issues, according to a study released Thursday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.” The ACA restricts its coverage to legal immigrants and citizens. [The Sun]
Republicans ask about Kagan’s role in shaping ACA defense: 49 House Republicans are “asking the House Judiciary Committee to investigate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s role in crafting a legal defense of President Obama’s health care law, warning such work could bar her from participating in deciding legal challenges to the law when they reaches the court.” [Minn Post]
AHIP spent $2.3 million on lobbying: The trade association America’s Health Insurance Plans spent $2.3 million in the first quarter lobbying the federal government on several issues tied to the implementation of health reform and a host of other topics — 14 percent less than the $2.7 million it spent a year ago. [Forbes]
Hospitals spent twice as much: “The American Hospital Association spent nearly $4.1 million in the first three months of the year lobbying the federal government on the health care overhaul and several bills tied to it.” [Forbes]
HHS unveils paperwork saving rule: “First-ever paperwork-standardization requirements for health insurers aim to save the healthcare industry $12 billion over the coming decade by allowing greater automation.” [Modern Healthcare]
Medicaid cuts in the debt ceiling negotiations: Rather than extending drug rebates to dual eligibles, the “$100 billion that negotiators are planning to cut from Medicaid will likely come from capping payments for durable medical equipment, phasing out provider taxes, rebasing disproportionate share payments and establishing a ‘blended rate’ for federal Medicaid matching payments. [Inside Health Policy]
Colorado’s exchange board is full of insurers: “Colorado’s top elected officials have appointed four health insurance industry executives to its nine-member health insurance exchange board, raising concerns among consumer groups.” [Modern Healthcare]
West Virginians ask Manchin to reconsider support for block grants: “Not only would it be devastating to our families, it would also be devastating to our economy and totally detrimental to any hope of job creation in West Virginia,” one state senator wrote. [Charleston Gazette]
Fewer Wisconsin businesses are offering health insurance: The percentage of Wisconsin’s population under 65 that gets health insurance through an employer fell to 71.5% in 2008-’09, down from 78.9% a decade earlier. “Nationally, the percentage fell to 61.4%, down from 69.4%, in the same time period.” [Journal Sentinel]
States prevent local governments from fighting obesity: “Several state legislatures are passing laws that prohibit municipalities and other local governments from adopting regulations aimed at curbing rising obesity and improving public health, such as requiring restaurants to provide nutritional information on menus or to eliminate trans fats from the foods they serve.” [NYT]
Can text messaging help you quit smoking: A study of wannabe quitters published by the Lancet suggests that encouraging text messages about not smoking “act like a little electronic Jiminy Cricket, doubling the quit rate compared to people who received texts unrelated to quitting.” [WSJ]