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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.

New Health Insurance Rules Hailed as Patient's Bill of Rights

Marking the 90 day anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama used the occasion to announce the implementation of a Patient’s Bill of Rights. After meeting privately with health insurance CEOs and state insurance commissioners, the White House sent a signal to insurers and to the public that the President intends to monitor how the insurance industry responds to the law’s implementation. In warning industry executives to refrain from using the law as an opportunity to boost unjustifiable rate increases, the Administration unveiled new regulations that will govern how new consumer protection provisions are implemented.

Anticipating Federal Reform, States Move on Reining in Insurance Abuses and Implementation

Highlighting the outrage at insurance industry abuses pushing Congress towards a final decision on federal health care reform, state legislators continue to advance their own insurance reforms, even as they lay the groundwork for implementing the policies that will emerge in a federal bill. 

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.