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Ky. Governor To Address Health Care Advocates - Health Care Edge

Ky. Governor To Address Health Care Advocates

By Sam Baker, Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger


TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear -- who has emerged as an unlikely hero for Obamacare supporters -- is set to take the stage today at Families USA's annual conference, where Vice President Joe Biden rallied the troops yesterday. Meanwhile, veteran Democratic health care strategist Chris Jennings is leaving the White House, according to the Washington Post, which cited health and family issues as the reason.

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JENNINGS PLANNED TO STAY LONGER BUT LEFT FOR HIS HEALTH, SOURCE SAYS. "He came in at a time when the rollout of the health law was going through a very difficult time, with a crisis erupting virtually every day," said one person familiar with Jennings' decision. "And while it still has challenges ahead, things are in much better shape now. It was the fact that the rollout was in crisis that drew him into the administration to begin with." (Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein, Washington Post)

HOSPITAL CHAIN SAID TO SCHEME TO INFLATE BILLS. Florida-based Health Management Associates put up scorecards to rate physicians based on how many patients over 65 were admitted. (Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson, New York Times)


DRUG MAKERS TIPTOE BACK INTO ANTIBIOTIC R&D. As superbugs spread, regulators begin to remove roadblocks for new treatments. (Hester Plumridge, Wall Street Journal)


BIDEN: OBAMACARE BRINGS PEACE OF MIND. The vice president says just having coverage will improve individuals' mental health. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)

GOP SEEKS POLICY LEVERAGE FROM DEBT-CEILING NEGOTIATIONS. House Republicans consider "rifle-shot" assault on health-law provisions. (Michael Crittenden, Wall Street Journal)

PAUL RYAN: OBAMACARE COULD COME UP IN DEBT TALKS. Ryan said Republicans are considering getting rid of "insurance company bailouts" when they lift the nation's borrowing limit in the next several months. (Jake Sherman and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico)


Insurance and Insurers

MOODY'S DOWNGRADES OUTLOOK FOR HEALTH INSURERS. The health law's botched rollout played a significant factor in the rating slide from stable to negative. (Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post)

THE UNINSURED RATE IS DROPPING. DON'T THANK OBAMACARE YET. The number of Americans without health insurance has been falling all year, likely due to the declining unemployment rate and greater access to employer-sponsored coverage. (Sarah Kliff, Washington Post)


MOMENTUM BUILDS FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION IN THE STATES. Medicaid rolls are swelling even in the states that didn't expand the program. But adopting the Affordable Care Act provision is inevitable, experts say. (Kelly Kennedy, USA Today)

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UTAH TO EXPAND MEDICAID. The governor said Thursday the state will expand eligibility for the program under the ACA. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)

MEDICAID-ELIGIBLE AMERICANS DON'T KNOW THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS AFFORDABLE. The entitlement program has an influx of participants, but for Obamacare to reach its goals, they'll have to understand what they're signing up for. (Clara Ritger, National Journal)

LITTLE KNOWN ASPECT OF MEDICAID CAUSING PEOPLE TO AVOID COVERAGE. "Add this to the scary but improbable things people are hearing could happen because of the new federal health-care law: After you die, the state could come after your house." (Sandhya Somashekhar, Washington Post)


COURT RULING ENDS MISSOURI'S RIGHT TO LIMIT NAVIGATORS. States that opted to let the federal government run their exchanges can't limit how the insurance hubs operate, a Missouri judge ruled Thursday. (Kelly Kennedy, USA Today)

TEXAS ISSUES TOUGH RULES FOR INSURANCE NAVIGATORS. The navigators must register with the state, undergo a background check and fingerprinting, and complete 20 hours of additional training — beyond the 20 to 30 hours of federal training they've already received. (Carrie Feibel, National Public Radio)

COVERED CALIFORNIA GETS $1 BILLION FROM FEDS. The money will be used for enrollment outreach and assistance, the state agency said. (Chris Rauber, San Francisco Business Times)

MASSACHUSETTS WEBSITE WOES SEEN MONTHS BEFORE LAUNCH. New records reveal state officials overseeing the Health Connector website knew as early as February 2013 that parts of the Obamacare platform would probably be delayed. (Chris Cassidy, Boston Herald)

Doctors and Hospitals

IT'S HARD TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR. IS THAT OBAMACARE'S FAULT? Critics claim Obamacare will exacerbate the nation's doctor shortage, but a closer look reveals a more complicated question. (Clara Ritger, National Journal)

AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION PLANS TO FIGHT CMS 'TWO-MIDNIGHT RULE.' The policy, designed to limit observation stays, is irking hospitals who have issues with CMS auditors and repayments. (Jessica Zigmond, Modern Healthcare)

SHOULD MEDICAL SCHOOLS TEACH DOCTORS THE ART OF NEGOTIATION? Those who have the skill of dealing with frustrated patients, upset families and stubborn colleagues will go far in the health care field, but its not a degree requirement. (Dhruv Khullar, New York Times)

Reproductive Health

HOW THE GOP HOPES TO MAKE ABORTION A WINNING STRATEGY. The Republican plan may appease the party's base, but whether it can win elections is another story. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)

MORE WOMEN TRY TO GET PREGNANT WITH MEDICAL HELP. Percentage in a recent survey are higher than in ones conducted in 1995, CDC figures show. (Neil Shah, Wall Street Journal)


SOME PREDICTIONS ON HOW MEDICARE WILL RELEASE PHYSICIAN PAYMENT DATA. Aggregate information and little analysis are likely to accompany the releases. (Charles Ornstein, ProPublica)

WILL OBAMACARE'S MEDICAID EXPANSION CONTINUE? For the next two years, there's no chance of a vote to repeal Obamacare overcoming a presidential veto. That's not the case at the state level, where candidates are willing to campaign against the expansion of coverage. (Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg View)

Happening Today

FAMILIES USA CONFERENCE CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to address the conference on Friday, with discussion about Medicaid expansion on tap. The conference is at the Hyatt Regency Washington from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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