March for Life Puts Abortion Politics In Spotlight
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Anti-abortion-rights protesters will brave the cold and ice today for the annual March for Life, putting abortion squarely back in focus at a time when Republicans are divided over its place in the party's platform. Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to address the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- where, presumably, she will tout HHS' work with local officials in areas where state leaders are hostile to implementing or promoting the Affordable Care Act.
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IT'S OFFICIAL: THE GOP IS BRINGING ABORTION BACK. A new resolution to be introduced in the Republican National Committee Wednesday, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, encourages Republicans to "fight back" against the war-on-women narrative. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)
PARTISAN OBAMACARE WARS HURT THE MENTALLY ILL. States that opted out of Medicaid expansion will still see federal subsidies to safety-net hospitals cut under the ACA, without receiving new Medicaid funding. Mental health services for the most vulnerable residents are first to go. (Suzy Khimm, MSNBC)
COVERED CALIFORNIA RELEASES DEMOGRAPHIC DATA. The state discloses its number of Obamacare enrollees in 2013, revealing a need to push sign ups with Latinos. (Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times)
CAN OBAMACARE SAVE MEDICARE? If the ACA can deliver on its promise of a healthier population, it would save Medicare big money. The law's critics aren't holding their breath. (Sophie Novack, National Journal)
AS HHS MOVES TO END OVERLOAD OF MEDICARE CLAIMS APPEALS, BENEFICIARIES WILL GET TOP PRIORITY. Some seniors waited as long as two years to find out if their treatment was covered. (Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News)
WYDEN PLAN MAY BE VISION FOR FUTURE MEDICARE REFORMS. The Oregon Democrat expected to be the new Senate Finance Committee chairman wants to grant health insurers and providers a set amount of money to care for patients with chronic conditions. (Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News)
TARGET CUTS HEALTH COVERAGE FOR PART-TIME WORKERS. Retailer points to insurance options available on the Obamacare insurance exchanges. (Paul Ziobro and Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal)
ACA AFFECTS THOSE WITH EMPLOYER-SPONSORED INSURANCE AS WELL. In addition to the uninsured, the health law could also impact various aspects of coverage for those who have insurance through work. (Carla K. Johnson and Tom Murphy, Associated Press)
AP STANDS BY 'SPANGLISH' OBAMACARE STORY. The story which claims CuidadoDeSalud.gov is not good Spanish is still contentious. (Hadas Gold, Politico)
PREVENTIVE CARE MAY COME WITH UNEXPECTED COSTS. Some patients are discovering coverage exceptions and extra costs for preventive services they thought would be free under the Affordable Care Act. (Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News)
REPUBLICANS STRETCH THE TRUTH ON OBAMACARE FUNDING. They did get some key cuts, such as $10 million from "death panel" Independent Payment Advisory Board, but they didn't get all the wins they're giving themselves credit for. (Sarah Mimms, National Journal)
NOT ALL FDA-APPROVED DRUGS GET SAME LEVEL OF TESTING. Heart devices may go through many changes after approval, without reexamination. (Liz Szabo, USA Today)
40TH MARCH FOR LIFE WILL GO ON DESPITE SNOW AND COLD. The events are scheduled to begin at noon on the National Mall.
COMMONWEALTH FUND HOSTS WEBINAR WITH STATE INSURANCE REPS. A 2 p.m. meeting with health insurance officials from Arizona, Illinois and Washington to discuss "The Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces: What's the Experience So Far?"
HHS SECRETARY SEBELIUS TO ANSWER MAYORS' QUESTIONS. A 2:30 p.m. meeting with the U.S. Conference of Mayors where they will ask Sebelius questions and inform her about the health law rollout at the local level.