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Morning CheckUp: July 15, 2011

By Igor Volsky on July 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

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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?

Consumer-driven Medicare: Proposals to shift Medicare costs to the beneficiary “have gained enough traction that many in Washington expect them to resurface, if not now, then after the 2012 elections… That could mean higher co-pays, higher deductibles or higher premiums for many seniors.” [Noam Levey]

Drug rebates may be back on the table in debt ceiling negotiations: “That came back on the table for a $50 billion item,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said, according to Politico. “Again, that’s something that we never agreed to.” The provisions, which would extend Medicaid’s drub rebates to the dual eligible population is strongly opposed by the pharmaceutical industry. [The Hill]

64 lawmakers oppose cuts to teaching hospitals: “Sixty-four House lawmakers Wednesday (July 13) sent a letter to Democratic and GOP leaders and the White House urging debt limit negotiators to reject proposals that would reduce Medicare payments for teaching hospitals.” [Inside Health Policy]

Health industry praises latest health care repeal effort: “Pharmacy, insurance and other stakeholders are praising bipartisan, bicameral legislation introduced Thursday (July 14) that would repeal a health law provision that bans many people from using tax-free accounts to purchase over-the-counter drugs.” [Inside Health Policy]

Missouri is third state to pass health compact: Missouri joins Georgia and Oklahoma in passing health care compact legislation that would allow joining states to make regulatory decisions about their Medicare and Medicaid programs. Legal experts however agree they can’t override federal laws, however. [The Hill]

Missouri governor allows abortion restrictions to become law: “Abortions will now be banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy except when the fetus is not viable, the life of the mother is in danger or the mother risks ‘irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.’” [STL Today]

GOP governors testify on Medicaid: “Utah Gov. Gary Herbert painted the low-income public health insurance as a budget-buster and said states urgently need more independence to run their programs.” “Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour joined Herbert in calling for the federal government to seek more input from states on ideas for reform, and to allow local innovation.” [Salt Lake Tribune]

Grants to school-based centers released: “The government on Thursday awarded $95 million in grants to help 278 school-based health centers across the country expand and provide more healthcare services to students, their families and their communities.” [Julian Pecquet]

Food industry self regulates: The nation’s largest food and beverage companies unveiled self-imposed regulations to restrict the kinds of products they advertise and market to children. But “the new guidelines are modest and would not require food makers to change much — two-thirds of the products the companies now advertise already meet them. And the levels fall far short of nutritional standards proposed by regulators.” [NY Times]

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