Morning CheckUp: January 10, 2012

Personhood Arkansas blames defeat on AG: “A group in Arkansas who wants to give legal rights to fertilized eggs is not taking defeat lying down. In response to having their proposed constitutional amendment language turned down for being “too vague,” Personhood Arkansas is responding by calling the attorney general “blatantly pro-abortion.” [RH Reality Check]

Texas asks feds to delay health insurance rebates: “Starting in 2012, health insurance plans in Texas — and most of the rest of the country — may have to cough up millions of dollars in rebates to customers….But state officials in Texas and 16 other states have asked to push back the requirement for a few years.” [NPR]

The other consequences of diabetes: A new study published in Health Affairs “suggests that young people diagnosed with the disease are more likely to drop out of high school and to forgo or fail to finish college. As a result, they’re likely to earn less than those without diabetes.” [Julie Rovner]

Ohio abortion backers continue lobbying push: “The sponsor of an Ohio bill that would impose the strictest abortion limit in the country is joining anti-abortion activists in the latest push to get the bill through the state Senate.” [AP]

Health IT could save billions: “Healthcare reform standards for electronic funds transfers and how health providers determine a patient’s eligibility will save billions, officials say. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said the funds transfer standards, required by the Affordable Care Act, will reduce administrative costs for doctors and hospitals, private health plans, states and other government health plans, by as much as $4.5 billion off in the next 10 years.” [UPI]

Ohio launches health reform initiative: “Governor John Kasich’s Administration today launched a formal initiative to partner with health care stakeholders to begin to change Ohio’s public and private health care business models from one that is based on volume to one based on value and performance.” [ABC 6]