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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.

2010 Legislative Session Roundup: Iowa

Like other states, Iowa battled the effects of the national recession and state revenues that were 4.27 percent lower than last year.  Legislators managed to balanced the state budget without making major cuts in public services, while funding job creation programs, and increasing aid for local education.