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Morning CheckUp: August 11, 2011

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Pelosi’s rumored picks for super committee: Reps. Chris Van Hollen (MD), James Clyburn (SC) and Xavier Becerra (CA) are on the short list. Pelosi is the only one who has yet to announce her selections. The already appointed members are: Democrats Max Baucus (MT), Patty Murray (WA) and John Kerry (MA); Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (PA), Jon Kyl (AZ) and Rob Portman (OH); and Republican Reps. Dave Camp (MI), Fred Upton (MI) and Jeb Hensarling (TX). [Inside Health Policy]

Reform big issue in Nevada’s special election: “Republican former state Sen. Mark Amodei wants voters to link Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall to the health care law approved by President Barack Obama and Congress, while Marshall released an ad slamming Amodei for supporting a Republican plan to privatize Medicare.” [RGJ]

Ohio court to decide on ballot measure: After supporters of the new federal health-care law challenged the validity of more than 69,000 petition signatures, the Ohio Supreme Court “must decide soon whether voters can weigh in on a ballot measure seeking to exempt Ohioans from being forced to buy health insurance.” [Columbus Dispatch]

Blues to expand into Medicaid: “Two of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers said Tuesday that a new joint venture will provide an opportunity for Blues insurers nationwide to expand into Medicaid coverage just as states are seeking ways to save money in the program and the ranks of Medicaid enrollees is poised to grow.” [AP]

Insurance getting cheaper in Missouri: Missouri’s high-risk health insurance pool is cutting its rates by 23 percent. The high-risk insurance pool is funded by an $81 million federal grant. Officials said premiums have ranged from $137 to $601 per month. [Missourian]

States cutting care to kids: “Ten states have enacted laws that cut reimbursement rates for either inpatient or outpatient children’s services provided by Medicaid,” according to the National Association of Children’s Hospitals. [Sam Baker]

Health reform adding jobs: “Colorado’s 15 community health centers launched a joint campaign Wednesday to add 5,000 more jobs by 2014, with leaders saying the employment increase will be needed when 540,000 more state residents are expected to be insured upon implementation of the federal health care reform law.” [Denver Business Journal]

Strong growth overall: “For every eight jobs lost since the Great Recession began in December 2007, one new job has been created in the health care industry.” The health care has “added 984,000 jobs; at some point this month, that number will bump over a cool million. The dismal aggregate across every other sector during the same period: 8.7 million jobs lost.” [California Healthline]

S&P won’t downgrade hospitals: “Standard & Poor’s has some positive news for the health care industry: It’s not going to knock down credit ratings of nonprofit health care systems just because the source of most of their revenue — the U.S. government — got downgraded.” [Business Journal]

GOP requests more waiver info: “House Republicans on Wednesday threatened to use a “compulsory process” if the Health and Human Services Department doesn’t voluntarily turn over more documents about controversial waivers from part of the healthcare reform law.” [Sam Baker]

Menendez defending health centers in New Jersey: “Republican calls for deep cuts to domestic spending on social aid programs could have a devastating effect on health centers in New Jersey and nationwide — the prospects of which he called “unconscionable” in light of many congressional leaders’ refusal to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations or to seek to close the nation’s many tax loopholes,” Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said during an appearance at a community clinic. [Central Jersey]

Pro-health reform in Iowa: Know Your Care is on the airwaves in Iowa with a commercial defending the Affordable Care Act as a boon to small business. The ad — which will run during tonight’s debate — is meant to expand the case that “it’s not just about health care, it’s also about jobs.” [Politico]

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