Morning CheckUp: April 13, 2012

Sebelius says HHS don’t have a backup plan: “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that it would ‘probably’ be a good idea for the department to have a backup plan in case the Supreme Court strikes down the health reform law, but the department isn’t working on one.” [Politico]

Anti-abortion groups back Romney: The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s oldest anti-abortion-rights organization, announced their support for Mitt Romney. “It is now time for pro-life Americans to unite behind Mitt Romney,” said Carol Tobias, president of the group. “While some would like to call into question Mitt Romney’s pro-life position, let me state clearly and emphatically, Mitt Romney is pro-life.” [MSNBC]

Catholic bishops issue ‘call to action’ on religious freedom: “All Americans should be “on guard” as the Obama administration threatens religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared Thursday.” [Healthwatch]

Cuomo signs order to create insurance exchange: “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed an executive order for his state to join the 13 others that have established health insurance exchanges.” “Establishing the health exchange will bring true competition into the healthcare marketplace, driving costs down across the state,” Cuomo said in a news release. [Modern Healthcare]


Nebraska senators vote to restore prenatal coverage: “Close to 70 people gathered on the Capitol steps Wednesday evening to celebrate the passage of a bill that would restore prenatal care to women who lost Medicaid insurance two years ago. But they acknowledged there is more work to do as Gov. Dave Heineman has promised to veto the bill.” [Journal Star]