Collective Bargaining Rights at Risk for Teachers

Legislators and governors in several states are proposing to limit or eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees including teachers. Limiting collective bargaining rights for teachers will likely strengthen the decision-making authority of school managers with regard to matters such as teachers’ pay, evaluations, retention and tenure. [More]

Massachusetts Considers Payment and Delivery System Reform Legislation

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation on February 17 designed to achieve health care payment and delivery system reform in the Commonwealth. The proposed legislation, “An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Controlling Costs by Reforming Health Systems and Payments”, offers standards and guidelines for the development of “integrated care organizations” (ICOs) and global payment methods, aligned with provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) promoting accountable care organizations (ACOs). [More]

New Federal District Court Decision Rejecting Challenge to Individual Mandate

On February 22, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler threw out a lawsuit claiming that the mandate violates the religious freedom of those who rely on God to protect them. The lawsuit was filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Christian legal group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson, on behalf of five Americans who can afford health insurance but have chosen not to by it. [More]

DHHS Announces MFP Grants to Help Medicaid Beneficiaries Remain in Their Homes

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced billions of dollars in new health care reform funding to help Medicaid beneficiaries remain in their homes and other community settings. Thirteen States – including some challenging the health care reform law in federal court – will receive a combined total of about $45 million for demonstration grants this year with $621 million committed through 2016. [More]

States Win $241 Million in Early Innovator Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $241 million on February 16 to help states create, implement, and share information technology that will be the foundation for health insurance exchanges (virtual marketplaces through which individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase health insurance under the federal health care reform law in 2014). [More]