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Some Democrats are pointing to recent good news about the health law and urging candidates in tough races to embrace the overhaul. At the same time, GOP leaders say criticism of the law will resonate with voters.
News outlets report that outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is contemplating a run for the Senate in Kansas.
More than 400 have signed a letter to Virginia's House speaker asking Republicans to drop their opposition to the effort. Meanwhile, Utah's governor says he is encouraged about his state's prospects for its plan after talks with federal officials, and a Florida senator is trying to find a way around the logjam there.
Other state developments include the District of Columbia's decision to extend enrollment until April 30, New York's announcement that nearly 1 million residents enrolled in coverage and a Georgia report that only about half of the 220,000 enrollees in that state have paid their first month's premiums.
Also, the disparities in insurance coverage between states that embraced the health law and those that did not are more closely examined. And many Iowans will get to keep their pre-health law coverage.
Officials blame part of the downturn on reductions in federal funding for the Medicare Advantage program and new taxes resulting from the health law.
Viewpoints: Obamacare Still Has More Challenges; GOP Needs To Help Make Law Work; Census Change Is Not Obama's DecisionThu, 04/17/2014 - 09:19
A selection of opinions and editorials from around the country.
This week's articles come from The New Yorker, Health Affairs, The New Republic, Matter and Slate/Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
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Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about emerging political strategies related to the health law and the upcoming congressional elections.
The revisions are intended to make the survey more accurate, but specific questions will be so different that the results will not be comparable to previous years.
People wanting coverage on the federal and some state websites needed to sign up by Tuesday, and federal officials say they won't again extend the deadline. In addition, news outlets examine why it will take time to determine whether the overhaul is a success and how Republicans are treading carefully as they call for overturning a law that has provided benefits to millions of Americans.
In tight races around the nation, Democrats are hoping that stories about the health law's rocky rollout are behind them, while Republicans try to make the races a referendum on the law.
News outlets also provide updates on Medicaid expansion efforts and debates in Colorado, Virginia, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina and Indiana.
Cover Oregon severed a contract with technology consultant Deloitte as it moves into a new era of fiscal austerity, while the Maryland exchange continues to enroll consumers in coverage. The problems with Massachusetts' exchange are not expected to impact that state's current budget.
A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Kansas, Florida, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Arizona, Hawaii, Missouri and Georgia.
With End-Of-Enrollment Surge Behind Them, Insurers Have More Positive Health Law View Politico reports that many insurers are contemplating expanding -- or initiating -- their involvement in the overhaul's online insurance marktplaces. Meanwhile, other news outlets examine how this year's tax day, April 15, is just one part of the intersection between the health law and the Internal Revenue Service.
A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including a report detailing how changes in the Census Bureau's annual survey could mask the health law's impact.
Expanded insurance coverage under the health law will also show slower premium growth, helping lower the total cost of the law, the nonpartisan office said.