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States Remain Center Of Attention As Health Law Turns One

One year ago today, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law – and the focus of attention immediately turned to the states. Now, one year later, as millions of women, seniors, children, and small businesses are seeing benefits from provisions in the law that have already taken effect, it is even more clear that the states are the venues where the future shape of the law will be decided.

Blueprint: Advancing Health Security by Ensuring Strong Exchanges

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been the topic of heated political debate since becoming the law of the land almost one year ago. As right-wing calls for repeal continue to make headlines, many positive and popular provisions of the law are already benefiting families across the nation. Working-class and middle- class families have seen their health security increased by provisions that rein in insurance industry abuses and expand coverage, making it less likely that they will lose their savings due to an illness or injury, or be unable to afford needed treatments. But as the curtain draws on the first year of the life of the Affordable Care Act, what happens in the second year at the state level may prove to be even more critical to its ultimate fate.

Release: Progressive State Legislators Blast "Judicial Overreach" of Florida Health Care Ruling

Leaders representing Progressive States Network and the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform issued the following statements in reaction to the ruling of U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Florida

State Lawmakers Defend Health Care Law Against Right Wing Attorneys General

As the lawsuit being brought by 20 right-wing state Attorneys General against the new health care law proceeds in federal court in Florida, a bipartisan group of over 75 lawmakers working with Progressive States Network and the Constitutional Accountability Center announced this week that they will be defending the law’s constitutionality in an amicus brief in support of the law. State lawmakers who have signed the brief represent 27 states, including at least 12 where their respective Attorneys General or Governors are plaintiffs in the action.

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.

Press Call: Lawmakers From 27 States Defend Health Care Law

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.

Implementing Health Reform, Broadband Access, and Much More

Quick Credit: The Fringe Economy, the Great Recession, and the Welfare State - This New America Foundation paper looks at the rapid growth of the fringe economy—financial service offerings including check-cashing and payday lenders—and its impact on low- and moderate-income families.  Many families waste their social service benefits on high-interest loans and often fall victim to abusive lending practices.

MD: State to Save $829 Million Under National Health Care Reform: Number of Uninsured in State to Be Reduced by Half

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 officials Monday.

Long Term Dangers and Effects of the Great Recession, More Affordable Health Insurance, and Much More

Long-Term Dangers and Effects of the Great Recession:

New Health Insurance Plans Required to Provide Free Preventive Health Care

New federal regulations were issued that will guarantee affordable preventive care services for millions of Americans.  The new interim final regulations specify that new health insurance policies beginning on or after September 23, 2010, must include preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, as well as preventive services recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in their coverage plans.  In addition, health plans will be prohibited from charging co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles for these services when they are delivered by network providers.