White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:20 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.

Low-Productive Congress Finishes Spending Bill, Beats War Drums With Iran on Way Out the Door

By: Monday September 24, 2012 6:19 am

The Senate passed, by a 90-1 count, an “Iran containment” resolution that creates that “red line” Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for recently. And, it puts the red line for Iran’s nuclear program at a nuclear capability rather than a nuclear weapon, a shift from current Presidential policy.

Red-State Governors Offer Partial Expansion of Medicaid

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 12:20 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports today on the biggest non-Washington policy fight of the next few years, the bid to get states to accept the expansion of Medicaid. The Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare gave states an opt-out for the Medicaid expansion, designed to provide 1/2 of the total coverage expansion in the law. So [...]

In Good Omen for Contraceptive Mandate, Federal Judge Throws Out Challenge

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:53 pm

In the first federal court ruling on the Obama Administration’s mandate for the provision of free contraceptive coverage as part of the preventive services package in the health care law, a judge in Nebraska has thrown out the challenge to the mandate pursued by six states. U.S. District Judge Warren Urbom dismissed the lawsuit, saying [...]

Sebelius Acknowledges Potential Opt-Outs of Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 8:15 am

For the first time, a top Obama Administration official has acknowledged the possibility that states may opt out of the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to state governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes that the Supreme Court ruling means that states could reject the expansion of Medicaid [...]

More Examples of Government Failure-by-Design

By: Wednesday May 9, 2012 9:40 am

Let’s turn to one of the hallmarks of what passes for executive leadership in late empire: the bold announcement of voluntary programs. Every so often, across my desk comes a press release touting a bold new “crackdown” on some set of malfeasance, or the announcement of a policy that will “put hundreds of thousands back [...]

Texas Loses All Federal Funding of Women’s Health Program in Abortion Spat

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:54 am

The Republican war on women has now cost the second-largest state in the country all its federal Medicaid funding for a women’s health program. The Health and Human Services Department made the announcement yesterday, arguing that Texas’ defunding of Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers violated federal guidelines, forfeiting the $39 million in funding. Twenty-nine [...]

White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception

By: Monday February 6, 2012 1:27 pm

I didn’t think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are. Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access to birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies would need to provide coverage for contraception in both [...]

Obama Administration Agrees to Universal Birth Control Access

By: Friday January 20, 2012 10:22 am

Adding another to a string of small victories as we begin this election year, the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that employers will need to cover contraception in their health insurance plans, ensuring close to universal contraceptive coverage. Earlier, the Administration added birth control to the essential benefits package on the [...]

Federal Judge Agrees to Review Age Restrictions on Morning-After Pill

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 8:15 am

Let’s update that federal court hearing on the age restrictions of the morning-after pill. Judge Edward Korman heard arguments yesterday, and while he did not take action against the FDA, he did move the case forward: A federal judge Tuesday rejected a request to hold the Food and Drug Administration in contempt of court over [...]

Obama Agrees with HHS on Restricting Access to Morning-After Pill

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 10:20 am

The President was asked today about Kathleen Sebelius’ rejection of an FDA directive to allow the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves without a prescription. And he agrees with his HHS Secretary: “I did not get involved in the process, this was a decision of Kathleen Sebelius,” Obama said, referring to his Health and Human Services [...]

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