Morning CheckUp: September 27, 2011

ACA challenge likely to move to Supreme Court: The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the individual mandate, making it “more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case on the healthcare overhaul in the court’s term starting next month, and render its verdict on the law in the midst of the 2012 presidential election campaign.” [Modern Healthcare]

Perry’s Medicaid innovation could hurt conservative credentials: Texas is pursuing a proposal to “reroute federal funds the state would otherwise lose — an undesired consequence of expanding managed care — to subsidize hospitals’ uncompensated care costs. The plan would also finance projects to help the uninsured, such as new clinics.” [Kaiser Health News]

Michigan passes partial-birth abortion ban: “Michigan lawmakers passed legislation last week that will ban “partial-birth” abortions, which have been federally outlawed since 2007 and have not occurred on record since then.” Doctors who perform the procedure, in which the fetus is partially delivered before being aborted, “would face up to two years in jail and a $50,000 fine unless they can prove the mother’s life is in danger. [Huffington Post]

PA lawmakers push for more abortion limits: “Several dozen state lawmakers this morning called for the swift approval of two measures to increase oversight of abortion providers and further limit the use of taxpayer funds in paying for those medical procedures.” [Post Gazette]


South Dakota’s anti-abortion law funded from out-of-state: “A fund created by the South Dakota Legislature in 2005 to defend a controversial anti-abortion-rights bill introduced that year is largely bankrolled by out-of-state donors, some of whom proclaim to be employees of Jesus.” [American Independent]

Tom Price reintroduces tax credit bill: “Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) reintroduced his Empowering Patients First Act to extend access to coverage by granting individuals tax deductions to buy insurance on their own and giving sliding-scale tax credits to low-income Americans (H.R. 3000).” [Healthwatch]