Romney Barely Mentions Health Care In Acceptance Speech


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Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Topics: Health Costs, Politics, Health Reform, Medicare

Aug 31, 2012

The Republican presidential nominee doesn’t offer details on his plans for Medicare or the health care law. Nonetheless, several outlets look at what’s ahead on that topic from the GOP ticket.

Politico: In RNC speech, Mitt Romney Gives Passing Mentions To Health Care, Medicare
Mitt Romney’s most significant political speech of the 2012 campaign made only a passing reference to two of the biggest issues in the entire election: Medicare and the future of President Barack Obama’s health care law. In the whole speech, which lasted about 45 minutes, there were exactly two lines about health care. One was the same attack on Obama’s Medicare cuts that Paul Ryan made last night. The other was the standard pledge to repeal “Obamacare” (Haberkorn, 8/30).

The Washington Post: Romney Draws Battle Lines In GOP Acceptance Speech
Romney’s tenure as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 was highlighted, but although video clips included his record on fiscal issues, there was no mention of his signature accomplishment, the passage of a health-care law that became a model for Obama’s plan (Balz, 8/30).

The Wall Street Journal: Romney Promises To ‘Restore’ U.S.
On a night that sought to show how his background prepared him for the reins of government and to reinvigorate the economy, Mr. Romney presented few policy details. While Mr. Romney has made his plans to cut tax rates a central argument in his campaign—and has focused recently on making changes to Medicare—he skimmed over both issues in his speech (McCain Nelson and Murray, 8/31).

Politico: Romney’s Health Care Challenge: A Mandate For What?
Republicans at the national convention insist they’ll have a mandate to reshape Medicare if their guys win the White House in November, but that doesn’t mean Paul Ryan’s ambitious reform plan will become law. In fact, the Republican ticket has been left plenty of wiggle room to dodge the proposal that made Ryan a hit with fiscal conservatives. Mitt Romney has been deliberately vague on the specifics. He’s not coming anywhere close to the level of detail of Ryan’s House budgets that outlined the plan. And that’s by design (Haberkorn and Allen, 8/30).

Los Angeles Times: Rhetoric vs. Reality: Now Comes The Hard Part For Romney-Ryan
Throughout the week, Medicare loomed as the starkest example of the clash between the rhetoric that roused the party’s truest believers and the cold political realities of waging a winning campaign. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the convention’s rousing keynote speaker, told the crowd that Democrats mistakenly believe “the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties.” … But Romney and Ryan did not run toward it in their nationally televised convention speeches. Rather than promote their plan — which Democrats say would increase healthcare costs for the elderly — Ryan attacked President Obama for cutting $716 billion in projected Medicare spending over the next decade (Finnegan, 8/31).

Modern Healthcare: Romney’s Key Goals Include Repeal Of Healthcare Reform Law
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney electrified the crowd at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Thursday when he vowed to repeal the 2010 healthcare law if he’s elected president in November. That promise came when Romney laid out five goals that he and vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) plan to tackle if they win the White House this fall (Zigmond, 8/31).

CNN (Video): Romney And Overturning Obamacare
CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen explains Mitt Romney’s proposed health care reforms.

Medpage Today: GOP Outlines Post-Election Health Care Plans
Mitt Romney will completely repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and start a bit-by-bit approach at his own reforms if he’s elected president, his top health policy advisor said here this week. While some conservative policymakers agree there are reforms in the ACA worth keeping, a piecemeal approach is a better solution both legislatively and in implementation, Matt Hoffman, senior policy adviser for the Romney campaign, said at a healthcare town hall held at the Republican National Convention … Hoffman said Romney also supports allowing interstate shopping for insurance and caps on medical liability claims. The Romney campaign is also now championing the transformation of Medicare into a premium-support system, which congressman and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has proposed (Pittman, 8/30).

This is part of Kaiser Health News’ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

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Roundup: Brown’s Pension Plan No Panacea For Calif.; Personhood Amendment Won’t Make Colo. Ballot


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English: Governor Jerry Brown at a rally in Sacramento’s Winn Park on Halloween, 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Jerry Brown’s official picture as Attorney General and as Governor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Women’s Health, Medicaid, States, Quality, Uninsured, Aging, Health Costs, Health Disparities, Delivery of Care, Politics

Aug 30, 2012

Los Angeles Times: Gov. Jerry Brown’s Plan To Stem Pension Costs Is No Panacea
Even by the most ambitious forecasts, the plan Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats are championing to contain government worker pensions in California could leave state taxpayers awash in debt to public employees. … His initial proposal would have housed a sizable chunk of retirement money for new hires in 401(k)-style funds, shifting considerable financial risk away from taxpayers to employees. He also had taken aim at tens of billions of dollars in lifetime healthcare expenses awarded to hundreds of thousands of state and local government workers. Brown’s negotiations with lawmakers resulted in a more modest plan (Halper and York, 8/29).

California Healthline: Time Is Short For Healthy Families Bills
If the two legislative bills to revive Healthy Families get passed by tomorrow night’s deadline, a lot of things are going to have to happen today. The bills need to be heard in health committee, both committees would need to waive a re-hearing, the bills then must be brought to the floor and passed by both houses. And that’s assuming the bills don’t have to go through appropriations committee. It all is expected to start today, if and when the Senate bill can be presented to the Assembly Committee on Health. The Assembly would need to waive the rules on publicly noticing meetings before the committee could hear it (Gorn, 8/30).

Reuters: Marijuana Activists Seek Vote To Block Los Angeles Dispensary Ban
Marijuana activists in Los Angeles, the hub of America’s medical cannabis industry, said on Wednesday they will submit a petition of 50,000 signatures to block a municipal ban on pot dispensaries from taking effect next week. The move comes amid a widening dispute over pot shops in California’s most populous city. Residents complain dispensaries are a nuisance that draw riffraff, but the store owners say they serve patients with serious diseases like cancer and AIDS (Dobuzinskis, 8/29).

The Denver Post: Anti-Abortion Personhood Amendment Won’t Make Colorado Ballot
The proposed anti-abortion measure known as the Personhood Amendment won’t be on the ballot, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced Wednesday, but supporters promised to challenge what they call a wrong result. Gessler said the personhood petition drive fell short of the required number of signatures by 3,859 (Draper and Bartels, 8/30).

The Hill: Anti-Abortion ‘Personhood’ Measure Fails To Make Colo. Ballot
A controversial “personhood” amendment may not qualify for the ballot this year in Colorado — another setback for a policy that has divided abortion-rights opponents. The Colorado secretary of state said Wednesday that personhood supporters don’t have enough valid signatures to get their proposal added to the November ballot. Planned Parenthood Action Fund celebrated the news, saying personhood won’t be on the ballot in any state this November — a big change from just months ago, when supporters were angling for ballot initiatives in several swing states (Baker, 8/29).

The Associated Press: Nation’s Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement Means $1.4 Million For Alaska
The largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history means more than $1.4 million for Alaska. The state attorney general’s office says that is Alaska’s share of a settlement with GlaxoSmithKline. The company agreed to pay a total of $3 billion to resolve allegations that it engaged in various illegal schemes related to the marketing and pricing of 10 drugs (8/29).

The Associated Press: Ky. Initiative Helps Soldiers With Substance Abuse
A team of military and health care professionals have been charged with finding better ways to help military service members, veterans and their families with substance abuse and mental health issues. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the initiative on Wednesday, saying the state needs to be ready with resources to help those who have sacrificed so much (8/29).

The Associated Press: Three Ore. Counties Get Coordinated-Care Organizations
Oregon has certified two more organizations to provide healthcare for people on the Oregon Health Plan. The Oregon Health Authority gave provisional approval to coordinated-care organizations that want to operate in Hood River, Wasco and Yamhill counties. If formally approved later this month, they will begin operating on Nov. 1 (8/29).

Kansas Health Institute News: Health Improvement Initiative Launched To Identify State’s Priorities
An initiative to identify how best to improve Kansans’ health over the next decade began this week with a meeting of about 70 representatives of state agencies, various health associations and foundations. The goal of the Healthy Kansans 2020 steering committee is to set priorities for the state choosing from among a list of about 600 national health goals in 42 broad areas (PDF), said Paula Clayton of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which is leading the effort (Cauthon, 8/29).

North Carolina Health News: Confusion Over Cuts At Public Meeting
Confusion about which programs would be cut and a request for more information were the overriding concerns at at public meeting held Tuesday evening by Wake County’s new mental health management entity. Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, a partnership between Durham, Wake, Johnston and Cumberland counties, held meetings in Durham and Wake this week to inform advocates and mental health consumers about how they would be affected by $20 million in federal funding cuts to the Social Services Block Grant and the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (Monti, 8/30).

St. Louis Beacon: Report Underscores Serious Health Disparities Among Gays
People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender face some of the poorest health outcomes and experience severe health disparities in relation to other Missouri residents, according to a report by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The report says poor health outcomes for this group are due to many factors, including lack of health coverage and “social and economic systems that have not supported and protected minorities.” Drawing on state and local data as well as information from other sources, the report paints a picture of a Missouri LGBT population that is 1.5 times more likely to be uninsured than other residents (Joiner, 8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News’ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

Romney Pledges More Health Care Options For Veterans


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Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Topics: Politics, Mental Health, Delivery of Care

Aug 30, 2012

The Republican presidential nominee took a break from his party’s convention in Tampa to address the American Legion in Indianapolis. Meanwhile, one news outlet looks at geographic disparities in services for veterans.

The Wall Street Journal: Romney Pledges To Expand Programs To Help Veterans
Mitt Romney vowed Wednesday to expand employment and tuition assistance for veterans, taking a quick detour from the Republican National Convention to unveil new policy details in a speech here. … “Right now the VA has a shortage of mental health care professionals. I’ll hire more,” Mr. Romney told the convention. “Any time a veteran is unable to receive timely health care from the VA system, he or she will be allowed to see a Tricare provider at the VA’s expense.” (Murray, 8/29).

California Watch: For Disabled Veterans Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters
If you’re a Northern California veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time. Returning home from Afghanistan to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Atlanta? Veterans who live in Lincoln, Neb., and Fargo, N.D., get their benefits faster. The geographic inequity of VA wait times is fully detailed for the first time in an analysis by The Bay Citizen and its parent organization, the Center for Investigative Reporting (Glantz and Shifflett, 8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News‘ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

Ga. Gov. Signals Willingness To Discuss Medicaid Expansion Compromise


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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (Medicaid administrator) logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Medicaid, States, Health Reform, Politics

Aug 30, 2012

After the Georgia governor seemed to rule out Medicaid expansion in a convention speech, a spokesman qualified that it might change if the state had options not now on the table.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Deal’s Medicaid Decision Could Put Hospitals At Risk
Gov. Nathan Deal‘s decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured and threaten the bottom lines of hospitals that were counting on new income from the changes. … Word of Deal’s decision set off a wave of anxiety among hospital officials and patient advocates in the state, with one saying that the governor is “certainly putting hospitals at risk,” and another calling the decision a mistake. “I have diabetics who lose legs because they do not get wound care or get to see a podiatrist,” said Carole Maddux, CEO of Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center in Pickens County. “These are people who will be applying for disability and going on Social Security. … They were perfectly healthy, contributing members of society before that. It’s very short-sighted” (Teegardin, 8/30).

Georgia Health News: Medicaid Expansion: Room For Compromise?
The door may not be closed on a Georgia Medicaid expansion after all. Gov. Nathan Deal had appeared to rule out expanding Medicaid while speaking Tuesday to the media in Tampa at the Republican National Convention. “No, I do not have any intentions of expanding Medicaid,” Deal said, according to the AJC. “I think that is something our state cannot afford.” Deal spokesman Brian Robinson, though, told the Associated Press, “Today, the governor said if the state’s only options remain the ones that are available today, he would oppose taking part in the expanded Medicaid program.” Robinson, asked by Georgia Health News on Wednesday to clarify his remarks, said in an email that the governor would reassess his expansion decision if Medicaid were changed to a “block grant” approach (Miller, 8/29).

Politico Pro: Medicaid Opt-Outs Could Ding Employers
It’s not just hospitals who stand to take a financial hit if states don’t fully expand their Medicaid programs. Employers could find themselves the subject of some collateral damage, too. If Congressional Budget Office projections are correct, about 3 million more low-income individuals will be added to health insurance exchanges — rather than Medicaid — as a result of the Supreme Court decision making the Medicaid expansion optional. That means there will be a larger group of low-income people who could trigger the Affordable Care Act’s employer penalty (Millman, 8/29).

Meanwhile in other state Medicaid news —

Miami Herald: 1.6 Million Floridians Would Get Health Care If Medicaid Is Expanded
Almost 1.6 million Floridians making less than $15,372 a year were not covered by health insurance in 2010 and would be eligible for Medicaid if the state went along with a controversial expansion of the program under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of those people would be newly eligible for coverage under the law, while others already qualify for Medicaid but have not signed up. Gov. Rick Scott has said the state will not go along with an optional expansion of Medicaid eligibility, at least in part because of potential costs (Peltier, 8/29).

Los Angeles Times: Medi-Cal Recipients Warned They Could Lose Day Health Care Benefit
State health care officials are warning certain Medi-Cal recipients that they are in danger of losing their ability to attend adult day health care centers, where they receive nursing care, social services and meals. To continue receiving the benefit, officially called Community-Based Adult Services, eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries must be in managed care, according to state officials. Nevertheless, thousands of eligible patients have opted out of managed care, said Jane Ogle, a deputy director at the California Department of Health Care Services (Gorman, 8/29).

Sacramento Bee: Dentists Say Cal Expo Clinic Illustrates Care Gap
The two-day, massive free dental clinic at Cal Expo over the weekend yielded more than 2,000 tooth extractions and just as many lessons learned. California Dental Association officials say each extraction is further evidence that the state’s decisions in 2009 to eliminate adult Denti-Cal services and shut down a schools-based dental disease prevention program are having dire consequences. When the state wiped out virtually all adult Denti-Cal benefits — California’s version of Medicaid’s dental coverage — nearly 3 million people were stripped of oral health coverage (Craft, 8/30).

This is part of Kaiser Health News‘ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

U.S. Behind France, Germany, U.K. In Stopping Preventable Deaths


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US Navy 031223-D-9880W-120 Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, holds a press conference at the Pentagon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Dr. Nils Daulaire, U.S. Representative to the WHO Executive Board and Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Delivery of Care, Health Costs, Insurance, Quality, Public Health

Aug 30, 2012

The study, published in Health Affairs, pointed the finger at the lack of health insurance — as well as conditions such as hypertension and medical errors — in the U.S. as part of the problem.

The Hill: Study: U.S. Tops France, Germany, UK In ‘Potentially Preventable’ Deaths
Americans younger than 65 are more likely to die from a lack of timely health care than their peers in France, Germany or the United Kingdom, according to a new study. Research published in Health Affairs looked at the rate of “potentially preventable” deaths — deaths before age 75 that could be avoided with timely and effective health care — and found that the United States lags behind its U.K. and European peers. The United States was also less effective than France, Germany and the United Kingdom in remedying the problem between 1999 and 2007, study authors wrote (Viebeck, 8/29).

WBUR: Report: U.S. Lags When It Comes To Preventable Deaths
More bad news for the U.S. health care system. According to a new report by the Commonwealth Fund, America is worst among three other industrialized nations when it comes to preventing avoidable deaths through timely, effective medical care. The problem, once again, is the lack of health insurance, the report suggests. (Things were worse for folks under 65; presumably those over that age qualify for Medicare.) (Zimmerman, 8/29).

Politico Pro: Study: U.S. Could Prevent More Deaths
America’s health care system doesn’t do as good a job of preventing avoidable deaths as health systems in other countries, a new study shows. A report posted online by Health Affairs on Wednesday compared the rates of “amenable mortality” — deaths that could have been prevented by better health care — in France, Germany, the United Kingdom (all countries that have universal health care) and the United States between 1999 and 2007. The research pointed to circulatory conditions like hypertension, as well as mortality rates due to surgical conditions and medical errors, as part of the problem with U.S. amenable deaths (Smith, 8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News‘ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

Young Undocumented Immigrants Allowed To Stay In U.S. Are Still Ineligible For Obamacare Benefits


Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA

Maximum Out-of-Pocket Premium Payments Under PPACA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Insurance, Health Reform

Aug 30, 2012

Modern Healthcare: Rule Excludes Illegal Immigrants From Exchanges, High-Risk Insurance Pools
A new CMS rule aims to ensure that illegal immigrants exempted from deportation under the Obama administration’s June 15 policy change on immigration will not qualify for subsidized coverage under either high-risk insurance pools or state-based exchanges. The amendment to a July 30, 2010 interim final rule establishing the insurance pools for uninsured people with pre-existing conditions explicitly excludes people who qualify for the recently announced change in the administration’s approach to immigration enforcement (Daly, 8/29).

Crain’s Business Insurance: No Penalties For Employers Not Offering Dependent Coverage: Employer Group
An employer benefits lobbying group has urged the Obama administration to make it clear that the healthcare reform law does not impose financial penalties on employers that do not offer coverage to dependents. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers are to be assessed $2,000 per full-time employee if they do not offer coverage to employees in 2014 (Geisel, 8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News’ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.

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English: Depiction of the Senate vote on H.R. 3590 (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) on December 24, 2009, by state. Two Democratic yeas One Democratic yea, one Republican nay One Republican nay, one Republican not voting Two Republican nays (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Census Bureau Releases New Data On Local Uninsurance Rates


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English: This is a diagram depicting the percentage in US who have no health insurance by age. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: U.S. Health Insurance Status (Under 65)

English: U.S. Health Insurance Status (Under 65) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Health uninsurance rates in the United States by state in 2009, as percentage of all persons, according to the (“Health Insurance Historical Tables (HIA-1: 1999–2009)”.) Legend: Highest uninsurance rate (20–27%) High uninsurance rate (16–20%) Moderate uninsurance rate (14–16%) Low uninsurance rate (10–14%) Lowest uninsurance rate (4–10%) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Topics: Insurance, States, Uninsured

Aug 30, 2012

Some local news outlets report on their rankings in a new federal report. In the meantime, Minnesota researchers examine the insurance status of children.

Hartford Courant: Online Map By Census Bureau Shows Rates Of Health Insurance By County
The U.S. Census Bureau has a new interactive online program that shows health insurance coverage as of 2010 for the nation’s 3,140 counties. In general, an interactive map on the site, http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie/index.html, shows that the South and West have a greater percentage of uninsured residents than the Northeast and Midwest (Sturdevant, 8/29).

The Houston Chronicle: Harris County No Longer Has Nation’s Highest Uninsured Rates
Harris County’s percentage of people without health insurance improved slightly in new census data released Wednesday, a hopeful sign in the county’s quest to end its dubious distinction as the nation’s symbol of the crisis. An estimated 29.9 percent of Harris County residents lacked health insurance in 2010, according to the new U.S. Census Bureau data, a smaller share than Miami-Dade County‘s 35.8 percent and Dallas County’s 31 percent. The rankings represent a reversal of those released two years ago, when Harris had the highest rate among the nation’s large counties, Dallas the second highest and Miami-Dade the third (Ackerman, 8/29).

The Washington Post: Uninsured Rates Vary Widely In D.C. Region
A relatively high proportion of people lack health insurance in Prince George’s County, Manassas and Manassas Park, while the District and Loudoun County have the lowest rates of uninsured residents in the region, new government statistics show. With 17 percent of its residents without health insurance, Prince George’s County has the highest uninsured rate in Maryland. In the city of Baltimore, in contrast, fewer than 16 percent of residents are uninsured. The statewide average is less than 13 percent (Morello, 8/29).

Baltimore Sun: Almost 13 Percent Of Marylanders Uninsured
Those who are poor, minorities and living on the Eastern Shore, Baltimore City or Prince George’s County are more likely to be uninsured, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau Wednesday. The Small Area Health Insurance Estimates of health care coverage look at the nation’s 3,140 counties and is considered the only source for single-year estimates of health insurance. Though, local health officials have long identified these groups and areas as in need of expanded coverage (Cohn, 8/29).

Politico Pro: Children Gain Insurance As Poverty Rises
The number of children in poverty may be on the rise, but more kids are covered by health insurance, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The good news is that unlike adults in the United States, kids aren’t more likely to be going uninsured because of tough economic times,” said Lynn Blewett, professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, in a statement accompanying the report. From 2008 to 2010, the number of children in poverty grew by 4.5 million, yet their rate of uninsurance fell to 8.5 percent, according to the report. The most pronounced declines in uninsured children occurred in Florida, Mississippi, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon, according to the report (Cheney, 8/29).

(St. Paul) Pioneer Press: Amid Recession, Minnesota Lagged Nation In Kids’ Health Coverage
The growth of public health insurance coverage helped blunt the impact of the recession for many children across the country, but a new study suggests the dynamic didn’t hold true in Minnesota. The report from researchers at the University of Minnesota found that between 2008 and 2010, the rate of children who lacked health insurance across the country declined even though the number of kids living in poverty grew by 4.5 million. But in Minnesota, the uninsured rate among children did not change significantly over the period as the state saw the number of children living in low-income households increase by 75,000 (Snowbeck, 8/29).

The Associated Press: Slightly Fewer Kan. Youths Uninsured, Study Shows
A new report says slightly more Kansas youths were covered by public health insurance in 2010 than in 2008. The study released Tuesday was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs (8/29).

The Associated Press: Report: Fewer Mo. Youths Lack Health Insurance
A new report attributes a slight increase in Missouri youth covered by health insurance to growth in government insurance programs.The study was paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funds health research and programs. Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health analyzed government census data and found that the number of Missouri children living in low-income households jumped by 72,000 from 2008 to 2010, the latest numbers available (8/29).

The Associated Press: Group: More R.I. Kids On Public Health Insurance
A national group has found that the percentage of Rhode Island children without health insurance stayed about the same between 2008 and 2010, though more were being covered through public programs. A report released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 26 percent of children got coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program in 2010, up from 19 percent two years earlier (8/29).

This is part of Kaiser Health News’ Daily Report – a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations. The full summary of the day’s news can be found here and you can sign up for e-mail subscriptions to the Daily Report here. In addition, our staff of reporters and correspondents file original stories each day, which you can find on our home page.