Healthcare News March 10, 2012

  • Obama administration nixes Texas Medicaid program over Planned Parenthood ban

    The Obama administration confirmed Friday that it will stop funding a Medicaid family-planning and preventive care program for 130,000 low-income Texas women after the state barred Planned Parenthood and other “affiliates of abortion providers” from participating.

    The Health and Human Services Department will “let Texas know that that waiver will not be extended,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday, according to The Associated Press. Sebelius said the money will be phased out between May and September, the AP reports, to give the women enrolled in the Women’s Health Program a chance to find alternative care.

    Texas adopted the regulations implementing legislative restrictions on abortion funding last month despite HHS’s warnings that they violate the federal Medicaid statute. Texas officials say they have a right to administer the program as they see fit and wouldn’t violate their states’ laws just to “appease” Washington.

    {mosads}A statement from Gov. Rick Perry’s office is expected momentarily. HHS provides 90 percent of the funding for the program, but Perry has said he would use state money to keep the program going. 

  • Poll: Americans don’t think Obama law will make healthcare better — or worse

    New survey finds 51 percent think their quality
    of care will be about the same with or without the law.

  • Obama taps HHS official to be his chief technology officer

    Todd Park will be the second person to hold the position, which Obama created on his first day as president.

  • Plaintiff in health law challenge has medical debt, bankruptcy records show

    Mary Brown’s $4,500 in unpaid medical bills could help the Obama administration make the case for the insurance mandate.

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