Morning CheckUp: March 14, 2012

ACA to cost less than first expected: “President Obama’s healthcare reform law coverage provisons will cost less but cover fewer people than first thought, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The revised estimate of the law’s coverage provisions shows about 2 million fewer people gaining coverage by 2016, reducing the number of uninsured Americans by 30 million instead of the 32 million projected a year ago.” [The Hill]

Study finds high-spending Canadian hospitals do better: “The paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found Ontario hospitals that spent more on patient care had better outcomes, including lower mortality, fewer readmissions and fewer heart attack-related events.” [Capsules]

Texas GOP aide quits over cuts to women’s health: “Allison Catalano, who began working for Denton GOP Rep. Myra Crownover last summer, resigned her post this week, citing Crownover’s support for cuts to women’s health funding. In a letter to Crownover, Catalano wrote that she decided to resign her position because of ‘recent decisions made by you, Representative Crownover, along with other legislators’ related to the draconian cuts to the women’s health budget.” [Austin Chronicle]

Native American communities have limited access to Plan B: “Compared to the rest of the United States, the rates of sexual violence among Native American women are nearly twice as high; one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime, according to the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center. But in many Native communities, women have little to no access to emergency contraception, the group reports in a new paper advocating for greater access.” [Mother Jones]

House sets vote on health board repeal: “House Republicans have set up a vote next week to repeal a board created by the 2010 healthcare law that the GOP has criticized as a rationing board that could force Medicare cuts without congressional approval. Republicans plan to move H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act, as early as next week.” [The Hill]