A whooping cough and measles outbreak prompted lawmakers to require parents to personally meet with health officials before a waiver can be granted.
When the Bush administration choked federal funding for research involving cells taken from human embryos, some states opted to start their own programs.
A federal institute created by the health law is seeding research projects around the U.S. that connect medical professionals with patients to find better treatments.
For people in Mount Vernon, Texas, the loss of their hospital means longer trips for treatment and uncertainty when a medical crisis hits.
The Department of Justice estimates former inmates and detainees will comprise about 35 percent of the people who will qualify for Medicaid coverage in the states expanding their programs.
Some experts say the pool of psychologists, psychiatrists and others is too small and the federal effort could jeopardize understaffed local centers.
Miami-Dade has one of the country’s highest rates of uninsured residents, but the issue is not rising to the top of the bitter campaign in Florida.
The health care law isn’t the first issue on most voters’ minds, but in Missouri there’s a high-profile battle over whether to establish a state insurance exchange.
The program, designed to save the state money, is the first of its kind because it creates a new category for patients who don’t qualify for nursing home care.
Georgia is not alone. A number of Republican states, including some in the South, are hedging their bets and planning health insurance marketplaces to avoid a version designed by Washington.
The interstate compact, which has been adopted by four states, would replace federal programs – including Medicare and Medicaid – with block grants. It cannot be implemented without congressional approval.
The group, mandated in the federal health law, is expected to provide research that can empower patients to make informed choices and steer clear of unnecessary options.
GOP lawmakers generally oppose efforts to set up the insurance marketplaces called for in the health law – but they aren’t crazy about the alternatives either.