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obamabutton-smaller Support the fight for Health Care Justice! Support CBHC! The Community Catalyst compiles a daily collection of news clips relating to health reform. They allow us to pass these along to you, keeping you up to date on the latest developments in the fight for health care justice. On days when Community Catalyst news clips are unavailable, we use stories collected by Kaiser Health News instead. April 23rd, 2014

Above the Fold

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY - Healthcare.Gov Users Told To Change Passwords After Heartbleed ReviewAssociated Press

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government’s vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

PLEASE PARDON OUR SCHADENFREUDE - King: Obamacare is faltering as GOP election issue,Houston Chronicle

Many Republicans have tied their 2014 election fortunes to assailing the Affordable Care Act. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s often-repeated promise to repeal every word of Obamacare has become emblematic of the strategy.

Top Health Care News:

A WORK IN PROGRESS -Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care LawNew York Times
When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact.

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN -The health-care debate hasn’t changed in 20 years, new Clinton documents showWashington Post
The Clinton Library on Friday released thousands of pages of new documents from the Clinton White House, including about 850 pages on its failed effort to pass health reform. The documents are especially interesting for how they seemingly parallel the debate around Obamacare.

ALL IS ON THE UP AND UP -Health Law Fund-Raising Is DetailedNew York Times
The Government Accountability Office provided new details on Sunday of how the Obama administration raised money from outside organizations to promote enrollment in health insurance under the health care law.

PROCRASTINATORS UNITE! -The Mind-Boggling Stat That Explains The Amazing Obamacare ComebackBusiness Insider
President Barack Obama took another victory lap on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, announcing more than 8 million people had signed up for private health insurance through the law.

KEEP THE GOOD NEWS COMING -Beyond 8 million: Obamacare mathPolitico
Eight million may be the Obamacare magic number, but it’s not the only one that counts.

On Our Radar:

THE SYSTEM ADJUSTS -Some Obamacare Enrollees ‘Medically Homeless’ With Long Waits Or No DoctorsMedical Daily
As the Obama administration touts eight million Obamacare signups this spring, a small number of enrollees are experiencing a new problem described as “medical homelessness.” After the closing of open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), some new beneficiaries find they’ve enrolled in insurance but cannot find a new doctor.

REFORM’S NEXT FRONTIER? -Obamacare Needs to Change the Way Doctors are Paid to Achieve Real
I have had the opportunity to examine health care through the lens of a patient, provider, health system, self-insured entity, and a commercial and government supported insurer.  In order for health care reform to make sense, we need to follow its incentives and disincentives, understand who is responsible for spending the health care dollar, and follow the flow of money.  Unfortunately, in this time of transition, these are all very complex.

POCKETBOOK ISSUES -What Obamacare doesn’t cover: the little costs that rack upThe Guardian
In a lot of ways, for a lot of Americans, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has delivered precisely what its official moniker suggests: affordable health insurance.

Medicaid Expansion:

MAKING THE CASE FOR MEDICAID - Editorial: The Medicaid expansion argument is winning in MissouriSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
When examining the recent successes of the Affordable Care Act, many of which were outlined by President Barack Obama in a speech last week, it’s difficult to settle on the most important number.

WESTERN EYES ON UTAH -Idaho, Wyoming watching Utah’s Medicaid expansion effortsThe Deseret News
Gov. Gary Herbert’s proposed alternative to Medicaid expansion is getting attention from neighboring states that initially rejected the coverage available under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

From the Ground:

ANOTHER CHANCE FOR STATES -Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchangesAssociated Press
For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama’s health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.

NUMBERS STILL CLIMBING -O-Care enrollment still growing in several statesThe Hill
Enrollment in ObamaCare’s new health insurance exchanges is likely to grow past eight million, as some states are still letting people sign up for insurance beyond this year’s official enrollment deadline.

EASING THE TRANSITION -State’s inmates going on MedicaidThe Columbus Dispatch
After serving their time, many Ohio prison inmates will be released with more than street clothes and a few bucks in their pocket. They’re likely to leave with health insurance.

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