OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Will Romney get specific on Medicare?

California pitches sitcom plug: California's insurance exchange has some very California ideas for boosting public awareness of the new marketplace: a subplot on "Grey's Anatomy" or "Modern Family." The exchange adopted a public-relations plan earlier this summer that includes pitching those shows on plot lines that would highlight the Affordable Care Act, and the exchange also has its eyes on a reality show about being uninsured.

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Enrollment — which, of course, stems from awareness — is a key issue for every exchange. But Republicans have already balked at using government funds for public-relations campaigns tied to the healthcare law. Healthwatch has all the details.

Latinos and the healthcare law: Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius praised the healthcare law's benefits for Latinos on the heels of a poll showing that the community favors President Obama over Mitt Romney by more than 40 points. Sebelius's statement — which emphasized that the Affordable Care Act will fight health disparities between minorities and the population at large — also came as Romney prepared to deliver a speech to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles in a bid for more Latino support. "Too many Latinos live sicker and die younger in America than they should," Sebelius said, arguing that the healthcare law will expand health insurance, promote preventive care and improve community clinics. The statement officially marked Hispanic Heritage Month. Read more at Healthwatch.

Fighting substance abuse: The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is recommending that the Pentagon overhaul its approach to preventing and treating substance abuse among service members, given that rates of abuse have risen sharply in the last decade. Some of the military's practices related to substance abuse, especially with regard to evidence-based treatment, have not been updated in decades, the IOM found. The panel recommended overhauling the military health insurance program, Tricare, to cover standard therapies for substance abuse and limiting troops' access to alcohol on base, among other strategies. The report came out Monday at the behest of members of Congress. Healthwatch has the story. 


State by state

Alabama's segregation for inmates with HIV faces court scrutiny

Haley administration hopes to avoid replay of stimulus fight on Medicaid expansion

A visit for Yosemite means worries and waits for visitors after viral outbreak

Federal judge dismisses Prime's lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente, SEIU


Lobbying registrations

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