Healthcare News December 15, 2012

  • HHS approves three more state-based exchanges

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued conditional approvals for the District of Columbia, Kentucky and New York to run their own health insurance exchanges.

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also approved six states on Monday: Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon and Washington.

    “I applaud these states’ commitment in achieving this milestone and moving forward to build a marketplace,” Sebelius said Friday in a statement. 

  • Abortion-rights groups praise, slam Jindal after birth-control proposal

    Prominent abortion-rights groups responded with praise and rancor Friday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R-La.) proposal that Republicans back over-the-counter birth control.

    The GOP has been “stupid to let the Democrats demagogue the contraceptives issue and pretend … that Republicans are somehow against birth control,” Jindal, who is expected to run for president in 2016, wrote in the Wall Street Journal.

    Jindal was referring to debates over the healthcare law’s requirement that most employers provide birth control in their health plans without a co-pay. 

  • Koch-backed group lauds governors for rejecting health marts

    By refusing to create their own healthcare marketplaces, states effectively cede the task to the federal government.

  • Advocates: Fiscal cliff threatens childhood cancer research

    Advocates for children with cancer are calling on lawmakers to avoid the fiscal cliff, which involves automatic spending cuts to research on curing the disease.

    Billions of dollars in cuts would “set off a disastrous domino effect” for the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a federally funded research engine devoted to pediatric and adolescent cancer, said cancer charity the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

    “If COG operations were to halt, it would take years to restore the COG to the current pace of operations,” the group wrote in a memo to reporters. 

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