Obama supports states opting out of healthcare reform

President Barack Obama has indicated that he would allow states to opt out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act if they can provide other ways to open access to care to its residents, reports FierceHealthcare. During a meeting of state governors at the White House earlier this week, Obama specifically expressed support for a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow states to opt out for alternative systems by 2014--not the 2017 date specified in the healthcare reform legislation. Obama did not say if he would support such a bill in lieu of the states challenging reform in federal courts dropping their litigation. --Read the full article at FierceHealthcare

Suggested Articles

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association revealed this week that its member plans would offer Blue HPN beginning in January 2021.

The American Hospital Association closed a $50 million strategic venture capital fund with Concord Health Partners.

Though maternal health experts point to a policy option that could make a major difference: increasing access to Medicaid for postpartum women.