Obamacare and voting rights clash over health exchanges

voter registration

Whether Washington could logistically or legally force states to link federally run exchanges to state voter registration systems is worrisome enough to give elections administrators headaches already. The difficulties and complexities make it likely courts will weigh in, as they have over the years when states failed to comply with the Motor Voter Act. For Lisa Danetz at Demos, a left-leaning voting and equality advocacy organization, the specter of a drawn-out legal fight isn’t a welcome one, especially as she sees the exchanges as an opportunity to improve voter outreach. But she said she has little doubt courts will see the exchanges as covered under the Motor Voter Act, much as other state offices have in the past. “However it’s organized, the actions of the exchanges are closely intertwined and are essentially the actions of the state,” said Danetz, who wrote a report on voter registration and exchanges. “In the long run, they’re going to be doing it,” she added.
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Texas health officials issue measles alert, urge people to be immunized

Vaccines

Dallas and Denton counties each reported two measles cases, Harris County has one. Agency officials say Texas had six reported cases of measles in 2011. State health officials are asking health care providers to watch for potential exposures and patients with measles symptoms, especially in North Texas, the agency said in a statement. Measles can be spread by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. Tarrant County Public Health experts traced some of the area’s measles cases to an adult who had traveled outside the U.S., the agency said.
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Aetna Collaborates With CVS Caremark And Dovetail Health To Help Members Manage Their Prescriptions

Truven Health Analytics conducts a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of healthcare issues. The survey asked respondents about a recent decision by a large cancer center not to offer a new medication that has similar benefits and side effects to an existing drug, but is more costly. In total, the poll found that 40.5 percent of Americans agreed with the centers decision, while 37.5 percent disagreed. However, agreement with the cancer centers decision varied with the respondents exposure to cancer. Those who had a family member, friend or loved one with cancer, but had not experienced cancer themselves, were the least likely to agree with the decision (36 percent), while those who had a family member, friend or loved one with cancer and also had experienced cancer themselves were the most likely to agree (50.8 percent).
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Truven Health Analytics Poll Finds Opinions Split Between Cancer Patients and Non-Patients on High-Cost Drugs

“Working with Aetna and CVS Caremark allows us to deliver a complete and coordinated approach to reduce readmission rates for some of the highest risk patients.” The six month pilot program will be offered in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Readmission rates and member satisfaction of enrollees will be measured at the conclusion of the pilot. 1. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Report to Congress: Promoting Greater Efficiency in Medicare, June 2007, Chapter 5. 2.
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