Archive for November, 2011

Just heard this from our friends at the National Health Law Program: Health Care Reform Victory: Court Upholds Constitutionality of ACA

More details from  NY Times : Appeals Court Backs Health Care Law


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Should we take up a collection for the tobacco companies whose claims that they would suffer “irreparable harm” ( and a cost of $20M)  if required to  redesign all of their cigarette packaging, were upheld today in a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon?  Judge Leon’s action 

…  blocked the rule that will require cigarette packs to be emblazoned with graphic images warning of the dangers of smoking and ruled that the tobacco companies suing the federal government are likely to win with their free speech argument…….


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Now more so that ever, learning of positive developments and new efforts of those working to make a difference, helps me to keep going . I share here with you some news of significance at the local, state,  and national levels.

In Washington State:

State lifts three-visit ER limit for poor patients

Workers’ wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit

Poor people win: Judge allows 11,000 to rejoin Basic Health

In New York State:

Medicaid team passes four sets of reform proposals, including Safe Rx  to “Promote Language Accessible Prescriptions”

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Improve Access to State Services for Non-English Speakers


One Million Young Adults Gain Health Insurance in 2011 Because of the Affordable Care Act

For kids in foster care, law now requires that states create protocols and actively monitor the use of psychotropic medications

Launch of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency

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