Morning CheckUp: April 9, 2012

Durbin challenges Romney on entitlements: “Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has no plan to deal with the millions of seniors reaching retirement. “In terms of the role of government, 10,000 people reached the age of 65 today. And yesterday. And tomorrow. And for the next 18 years, these men and women who have paid into Medicare and Social Security are now reaching retirement,” Durbin said on NBC’s Meet the Press. [Politico]

Another health law faces court challenge: “Two weeks after fighting for the survival of its signature healthcare reform law before the Supreme Court, the Obama administration will be back in court Tuesday to defend another part of the president’s agenda to make Americans healthier.” [The Hill]

Arizona to expand health coverage to kids: “Nearly 22,000 poor kids in Arizona will gain health insurance coverage under a Medicaid deal the state has reached with the Obama administration, federal officials said Friday.” [Kaiser Health News]

Michigan health officials seek to create long-term care system for elderly: “The state of Michigan plans to seek federal approval this month to create a managed care system for elderly patients needing long-term medical care who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid insurance coverage.” [The Detroit News]

Patients urged to ask about cost of health care: “Most people have little idea what a doctor or lab will charge before they slip on a patient gown for an examination or roll up a shirtsleeve for a blood sample. But as the cost of health care continues to spiral, that is changing.” [Tuscan Citizen]