Morning CheckUp: August 19, 2011

Planned Parenthood terminates abortions in 3 Arizona cities: “Planned Parenthood is ending abortion services in three Arizona cities to comply with recent state laws that restrict abortions, the organization said Thursday.” “The move comes a week after an Arizona appeals court allowed key parts of a 2009 state law restricting abortions to take effect.” [LA Times]

What health lobbyists want from the super committee: Health lobbyists are trying to “gauge how to get their voices heard above the din as virtually every interest group in Washington tries influencing the supercommittee’s dozen members. They have only a brief time to make their case.” [AP]

American Medical Association is already hard at work: AMA has “launched a lobbying offensive to push Congress to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula — an expensive proposition whose timeline coincides with the committee’s work — and address medical malpractice reform.” [Inside Health Policy]

Cuccinelli pens law article on health challenge: “The votes were not there to finance national health care in the usual way, i.e., via a new or higher tax, so the mandate and penalty were brought in,” he writes, arguing that acknowledging the legitimacy of “this new power” would fundamentally alter the relationship between government and the American citizen. [Legal NewsLine]

Anti-abortion group to thwart Rhode Islands’ exchange: Right to Life is questioning whether the governor has the authority to create the exchange without the legislature’s approval. [Providence Journal]

Grants to boost CHIP enrollment: HHS awarded $40 million in grants to 39 state agencies and community centers in 23 states to help enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). [HHS]

Drug increases offset by rebates: “The price increases for brand-name drugs covered by Medicaid outpaced the inflation rate from 2005 to 2010, yet rebates paid by the manufacturers as part of the Medicaid drug rebate program offset the increases,” a government report finds. “Taken as a whole, the results of our study indicate that price increases for brand-name drugs may not necessarily translate to corresponding increases in Medicaid costs,” it concluded. [Modern Healthcare]

Dogs can sniff out lung cancer: “German scientists experimenting with sniffer dogs have found they can accurately detect lung cancer by smelling breath samples.” [Reuters]