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RELEASE: Lawmakers From 27 States to Support Health Care Law Against Right-Wing Attorneys General

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, a bipartisan group of over 75 lawmakers from 27 states announced that they will be filing a "friend of the court" brief defending the constitutionality of the new health care law, in response to the constitutional challenge being led by 20 right-wing state Attorneys General in federal court in Florida. Speaking on a telephone press conference announcing the filing of the brief, lawmakers who signed on to the brief stressed their differences with the right-wing Attorneys General trying to repeal the law, their belief that the law is constitutional, and their continuing work to implement the law effectively at the state level.

RELEASE: 100 Events in 36 States: Lawmakers and Advocates Stand Up For Health Care Provisions Taking Effect Today

Lawmakers and advocates in 36 states are marking the six-month anniversary of the federal health care law today with a nationwide series of over 100 educational forums, community meetings, news conferences, and health fairs -- standing up in support of the key provisions of the law set to take effect today, and warning about the dangers of repealing health care reform.

Release: State Legislators to file Amicus Brief in Support of Health Care Law in Virginia

A group of state legislators announced their intent to file an Amicus Brief in support of the federal government in the lawsuit being brought by Virginia's Attorney General to nullify the new health care law.

US: Most Small Businesses Will Get Tax Credits Under Health Care Law, According To Report

Most Small Businesses Will Get Tax Credits Under Overhaul, According To Report

News reports follow Families USA's continuing rollout of state-by-state studies on the number of small businesses that will be eligible for tax credits to help cover health costs under the new overhaul law, a vast majority according to the studies.

States Decide on High Risk Pools

The choice of whether or not to establish high-risk insurance pools represents the first major decision that states are facing with the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). While twenty-nine governors -- 22 Democrats and 7 Republicans -- decided to create the pools themselves, most conservative governors failed to take advantage of the option to shape health care for their constituents and instead just kicked the issue back to the federal government, which will establish its own high-risk insurance pool in states that fail to take action.

PSN Applauds Passage of Historic Health Reform Law

PSN Applauds Passage of Historic Health Reform Law: Will Work with State Leaders for Progressive Implementation of Provisions

How States Fare Under Obama’s Health Reform Blueprint

This week, President Obama released his blueprint for comprehensive health care legislation.  The plan 's release means Obama can outline the specifics of what he wants to see in a final bill for the first time.  Many political observers see the decision to outline specifics as not only a jump start to move health care reform across the finish line but also as a stamp of approval for the Senate to use a majority vote through the reconciliation process, a strategy which appears to be gaining momentum.