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.
While the right wing continues their rhetoric to repeal, many of the same states calling loudly in both legislatures and courts for the law's rejection are simultaneously preparing to implement it and benefiting from the opportunities the health care overhaul provides them. In fact, a Department of Health and Human Services release revealed that, of the 20 states who have joined the constitutionally dubious multi-state lawsuit seeking to overturn the health care law, eight of them - Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, and Washington - were claiming subsidies for retired state government employees provided by the very law their states are arguing should be thrown out by the courts.
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.
National health care reform
is expected to save Maryland $829 million over the next decade and
provide coverage to nearly 350,000 people — reducing the number of
uninsured in the state by half, according to a report released by state
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.
The federal government began accepting applications for the high
risk pools it will run in 29 states and the District of Columbia last
Newshour reports. The other 21 states chose to run their own pools
and may be on different schedules.
California lawmakers worked feverishly at the end of June to move
forward significant health reform legislation, including implementing
new Medicaid rules for the next five years, setting a framework for
establishing health insurance exchanges, and moving the state towards a
single-payer health care system.
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.