KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials: Legal Challenges To Health Reform; Medicare Pay Fix; California’s Budgetary ‘Sophie’s Choice’

Health Care Reform And The Courts The New York Times
We believe the reform law has been carefully framed to stay within constitutional bounds (5/19).

Health Reform Benefits Businesses The Detroit News
Besides cold hard cash, the law gives our small businesses new incentives to woo the best and brightest employees (Rep. John Dingell, 5/20).

Medicare Payment Legislation Urgent Issue Green Bay Press Gazette
[In a few days,] a 21.8 percent cut of Medicare payments to physicians is scheduled to take effect. If this happens, it will be the single largest catalyst to prompt physicians to terminate their contracts with Medicare (Jeff Mason, 5/20).

Health Law Raises Questions, Hope For Better Care Billings (Mont.) Gazette
Rules for implementing the law need to be published quickly so problems - and there will be problems - can be identified and resolved before problematic provisions take effect (5/20).

Weighing In On Prevention CongressDaily
We will fail miserably at improving U.S. health and productivity outcomes without an environment that promotes maintenance of healthier weight (Christine Ferguson, 5/20).

California Implodin' The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Schwarzenegger said that the "budget process is broken" - no kidding - and that the state now faces a "Sophie's Choice" of bad and worse options. His new budget calls for the elimination of whole programs and large reductions in health and welfare services (Stephen Moore, 5/20). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.