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2010-09-14 23:26:57

The most politically charged feature of the health reform law is the mandate that legal residents have health insurance. Within weeks of the law's passage, twenty states had filed lawsuits charging that the mandate is unconstitutional because it gives the federal government more power than it actually has. The state lawsuits are widely expected to reach the Supreme Court next year. Legal scholar Lawrence O. Gostin writes that the health insurance mandate rests on firm legal ground. Under the...

2010-08-02 14:32:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The follow is a statement by Simon Lazarus on the Virginia Health Care Ruling, Public Policy Counsel, Federal Rights Project, National Senior Citizens Law Center: The decision today of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson that the State of Virginia has standing to argue in court its claims against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is purely procedural, and not a ruling on the merits of its attack on the ACA's shared participation provision. This...

2010-07-29 14:07:00

CLEVELAND, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Beginning Sunday, August 1, Medical Mutual of Ohio will provide online applications and enrollment information for the state of Ohio's temporary High Risk Pool health insurance program. On August 1, downloadable application forms and all essential enrollment information will be posted online at www.ohiohighriskpool.com. On Monday, August 2, Ohioans may also request an application and information brochure by calling toll free, 1-877-730-1117. (TTY:...

2010-07-01 17:29:00

WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement on the official launch of HealthCare.gov, a new website to allow consumers and small business owners to compare health plans and find information about the Affordable Care Act. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services also announced the creation of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which makes insurance available to many adults denied coverage due to a pre-existing...

2010-06-30 09:26:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is here, and that means longer days, better weather and the chance to be outdoors. But it's not just you and your family who are spending more time in the sun. It's likely the family pets want to spend more time outdoors after being cooped up all winter. But being outside more often can also expose your four-legged loved ones to illness or injury. In a recent Associated Press/Petside.com survey, more than 40% of pet owners surveyed said...

2010-06-28 14:48:00

Contractors Invited to Submit Bids to Administer Program HARRISBURG, Pa., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The federal government has approved Pennsylvania's application to offer a high-risk insurance program for uninsured individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions, state Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario said today. "The Obama Administration has approved our plan to provide health insurance to thousands of Pennsylvanians who have been unable to obtain affordable coverage...

2010-06-22 16:09:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) continues to support the important insurance reform provisions enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Through today's event at the White House, President Obama is once again keeping national focus on the importance of implementing vital reform measures designed to protect the health and well being of millions of vulnerable people in this country. As the...

2010-06-22 14:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi today issued the following statement on the Obama Administration's implementation of key patient protection provisions in health insurance reform. Released 90 days after the law's enactment, these regulations form a new Patient's Bill of Rights for all Americans: "With today's announcement of guidelines for the new Patient's Bill of Rights, the Democratic-led Congress and the Obama Administration are upholding our pledge...

2010-05-12 09:00:00

PA Applies to Manage High-Risk Pool for People with Pre-Existing Conditions HARRISBURG, Pa., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today said that Pennsylvania has applied to manage the state's high risk health insurance pool that will be established under the federal health care reform law recently signed by President Obama. The program will help uninsured Pennsylvanians who have pre-existing conditions that have kept them from securing affordable coverage...

2010-05-11 10:59:00

Gov's Foot Dragging Means Idaho Misses Chance to Manage High Risk Health Insurance Program for 34,000 Eligible State Residents Statement by Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP Idaho BOISE, Idaho, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Idaho Governor Butch Otter has again jumped at the opportunity to be a roadblock to helping people access affordable health care under the new federal health insurance law. This time, Otter's given up a crucial seat at the table opting-out of establishing a...