The health law's implementation gains and pains

Published on June 12, 2013 at 10:50 AM · No Comments

As Democrats begin campaigns to tout the health law's benefits and states work to implement some of the overhaul's central provisions, concerns about state budget pressures, program costs and civil liberties draw headlines. 

McClatchy: Democrats Hit The Road To Sell Public On Obamacare
Three years after it passed, President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats are still trying to sell the federal health care law to a skeptical nation. Lawmakers, armed with tool kits and fact sheets, are fanning out across the nation to tout the law's benefits. Those charged with implementing its changes, starting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, are pushing companies to donate money to a private group that's working to get the program up and running. Supporters are organizing armies of volunteers to go door to door to try to sign up millions of uninsured Americans (Kumar, 6/10).

Stateline: States Prepare To Launch New Health Law
With the Affordable Care Act set to debut in January, state legislators debated dozens of measures related to the historic health care law-;from overhauling insurance laws and designing health "exchanges," to shoring up anti-fraud protections and increasing the ranks of doctors and nurses. On top of that, the politically volatile question of Medicaid expansion grabbed headlines, especially in the five states that still haven't decided whether to expand the program (Vestal, 6/11).

Kansas Health Institute: Obamacare A Concern For School Districts, Particularly Rural Ones
School administrators here say they are alarmed and confounded by the looming, new costs they face with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. "We've been talking about it (in anticipation) the last two years. I wish there was somebody smarter than me to find a solution," said Chris Hipp, director of the North Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative Interlocal 636. "We are not built to pay full health benefits for non-certified folks who work a little over 1,000 hours a year" (Shields, 6/10).

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