The Morning CheckUp: June 3, 2011

Welcome to The Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?

— Rick Scott signs more anti-health reform legislation: On Thursday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed “a landmark Medicaid overhaul that calls for shifting hundreds of thousands of low-income and elderly Floridians into managed-care plans” and two other measures that would ban abortion coverage from policies sold through a health-insurance exchange and exempt people from having to purchase health coverage. [Orlando Sentinel]

— Indiana to defy the federal government: Indiana officials “will defy a federal order to continue funding Planned Parenthood and other clinics that offer abortion services.” [National Journal]

— Blue Dogs want to loosen health rules: “Conservative Democrats say the Obama administration is burdening home healthcare providers with overly complicated regulations.” [The Hill]


— House GOP pushes back against the IPAB: The 21 members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus are telling President Obama that ‘budgetary caps’ are “no way to make reforms within Medicare and urged him to turn away from the health reform law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board.” [Inside Health Policy]

— Shoring up federal authority over Medicaid: The Obama administration “is quietly taking steps to reassert and strengthen the federal government’s authority over Medicaid” without completely nationalizing the program. [Suzy Khimm]

— The media and Mediscare: “[T]he media’s mass rush to protect Republicans from political attacks on their Medicare plan is much more of an expression of ideological assumptions than a neutral fact-checking role.” [Jonathan Chait]

— Massachusetts isn’t reducing ER visits: A new study finds that “health care reform in Massachusetts only had a small impact on the number of trips residents took to the emergency room.” [Reuters]

— GOP pushes back on health measures: Republicans “don’t want the government to require school meals that are more nutritional but also more expensive, they don’t want the government to prod food companies to restrain marketing to children, and they don’t want the Food and Drug Administration to regulate any substance based on anything but ‘hard science.’” [Washington Post]


— No more food pyramid: The USDA has replaced the much maligned food pyramid with a plate divided into portions. [NPR Blog Shots]

— Medicaid no longer paying for hospital mistakes: CMS has “issued a final rule designed to end payments for a list of specific health care-acquired conditions, sometimes called ‘never events.’” [Kaiser Health News]