Illinois has chosen a Blue Cross Blue Shield small group policy as the benchmark plan for essential health benefits in the state, another milestone in implementing President Barack Obama's health care law.
Friday's decision comes from Gov. Pat Quinn's health care council. It will determine the cost of future premiums and how broad coverage will be for many patients. Policies sold in Illinois must match the actuarial value of the benchmark plan.
When the US Supreme Court upheld the federal health care law in June, it ruled that states couldnâ€™t be penalized for failing to expand their Medicaid programs.
After the ruling, Missouri was one of a number of states that seemed ready to opt out of Medicaid expansion. Many in the Republican-led state legislature say expanding insurance coverage for low-income Missourians would cost too much.
Updated 4:15 p.m. Thursday: Carnahan will not appeal Judge Green's new language, saying Attorney General Chris KosterÂ refused a request for further legal action, and the Secretary of Â State's office is not in a position to appeal on its own.Â A full version of today's developments can be found here.
Proposition E centers on the conditions for creating a health care exchange in Missouri; the language authorized by Carnahan read in part whether the law should â€śdeny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.â€ťÂ Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) called the language used by the Secretary of State unbelievably biased.
The language in question asks in part if the law should â€śdeny individuals, families and small businesses the ability to access affordable health care.â€ťÂ Attorney Jay Kanzler represents Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) andÂ a group of Republican legislative leadersÂ who filed suit.
Carnahan and Republican leaders are sparring over the language used in a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges.Â Lt. Governor Peter Kinder and GOP lawmakers accuse Carnahan of using misleading language in order to influence voters to defeat the ballot question in November.Â Â Attorney Jay Kanzler represents the plaintiffs.
â€śSecretary of StateÂ Carnahan's language talking about denying families and individuals access to affordable health care frankly doesnâ€™t even come close to describing, in fact, what the ballot initiative would do,â€ť Kanzler said.
With a vote of 244 to 185, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives just voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature domestic legislation known colloquially as "Obamacare."
Of course, the vote doesn't matter, because the measure has a very slim chance of being adopted by the Senate.
The AP reports that this is the "33rd time in 18 months that the tea party-infused GOP majority has tried to scrap, defund or scale back the law since grabbing the majority."