Tavenner back on track: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) has lifted his hold on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to lead the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency, putting her back on track for an easy Senate confirmation. She sailed through the Finance Committee by a voice vote and seemed likely to win bipartisan praise in the full Senate as well, until Harkin announced his hold. But the retiring Democrat relented on Tuesday, although he's still upset with the Obama administration over the way it has spent the healthcare law's fund for prevention programs. Read the details at Healthwatch.
Judge slams FDA: The Food and Drug Administration might need a plan B for its regulation of Plan B. A federal judge hammered the agency Tuesday for lowering its age restrictions on the so-called "morning after pill" rather than removing age restrictions completely. He called it a "nonsense" move motivated by politics rather than science, and called the agency's legal argument "intellectually dishonest," according to media reports. Healthwatch has the story.
Liberal lawmakers will hold an event with the Alliance for Retired Americans and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare on defending Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits from cuts.
The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on the regulatory burden facing small firms.
State by state
As clock ticks, chance for Texas Medicaid expansion dwindles
Georgia enacts physician shield law [free registration required]
California's public retirement system seeking to catch errors, fraud in health enrollment
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CDC: Many don't get proper testing for hepatitis C
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