Morning CheckUp: May 9, 2012

Obama using health care law to court Latinos: “Bucking conventional wisdom that Obamacare is a political liability in November, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign on Tuesday unveiled three new ads targeting Latino voters and putting the controversial health care law front and center. The 30-second spots will run in Colorado, Florida and Nevada.” [Yahoo News]

Retired couples may need $240,000 for health care: “Couples retiring this year can expect their medical bills throughout retirement to cost 4 percent more than those who retired a year ago, according to an annual projection released Wednesday by Fidelity Investments.” [AP]

States should limit number of plans in exchanges: “States should use their new insurance exchanges to narrow down the number of plans consumers can choose from, according to an analysis published in the journal Health Affairs.” [The Hill]

House GOP freshman defends Planned Parenthood: Freshman Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) is coming to the defense of Planned Parenthood amid his party’s sustained assault on the organization. Dold plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that would ensure Planned Parenthood’s access to federal funding. [The Hill]

Fetal homicide bill nears vote in New Hampshire senate: “The Senate is set to vote Wednesday on a bill that would make causing the death of a fetus equivalent to murder. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week endorsed a version of House Bill 217 that is more restrictive than the one passed by the House in January, which applies to the death of a fetus 24 weeks or older.” [Union Leader]

HHS announces 26 innovation awards: “The U.S. Department Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the first batch of organizations for Health Care Innovation awards. The awards, funded by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will support 26 projects across the U.S. that, according to the agency, will save money, deliver high-quality medical care and enhance the healthcare workforce. ” [CMIO]