OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Obama encourages openness about mental illness

At the start of the conference, the White House unveiled a series of new public-private partnerships designed to raise awareness about mental illness. Civic leaders in several cities will hold community conversations in partnership with trained professional football players. Physician groups will encourage their members to incorporate mental health screenings into everyday checkups. And companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have committed to messaging about mental illness on their platforms. Read Healthwatch's write-up of the event here.

Medicaid math: States would save money by accepting the Medicaid expansion in President Obama's healthcare law, according to a new study. Together, 14 states that have rejected the expansion will spend $1 billion more on uncompensated care than they would under the expansion, and they'll lose out on $8.4 billion in federal payments, researchers from The Rand Corp. said in the latest issue of Health Affairs.

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Lawsuits persist: The Affordable Care Act survived last year's Supreme Court ruling, but it still faces legal challenges that could derail important provisions. Some of the law's supporters are focusing on a challenge to the law's insurance subsidies, arguing that the left needs to do a better job explaining its argument than it did with the Supreme Court case. The birth-control mandate is also under attack in the courts, and a loss for the White House there could undermine a key political talking point.

In case you missed it over the weekend, we took a full look at the pending legal challenges.


Tuesday's agenda

The House Education and Workforce Committee will review President Obama's 2014 budget request with testimony from Health Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusRomney: Trump victory 'very possible' Fighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE.

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living will continue their annual Congressional Briefing on Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency.

Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard Blumenthal'Power problem' grounds southern Florida flights Dem senator's daughter could face Congress over EpiPen price hike Airlines brace for boost in travel volumes over Labor Day MORE (D-Conn.), the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, the Guttmacher Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union will host a briefing to mark the 48th anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut ruling on privacy and a state ban on birth control.


State by state


'We're ahead of the game,' Minnesota says about reform [free registration required]

Ohio governor: Reagan's compassionate Medicaid expansion

Nurses take on Calif. schools over insulin shots [free registration required]


Lobbying registrations

McAllister & Quinn / City of Hope

King & Spalding / Savant HWP

Theodosiou Consultants / Viatronix Incorporated

The Hamm Consulting Group / California State University Fullterton

Heather Podesta + Partners / Aptalis

Crossroads Strategies / Eisai

Nathanson+Hauck / McGovern and Associates

Williams and Jensen / Arch Coal


Reading list


The six ways ObamaCare changes insurance premiums

Medicare data show wide divide in what hospitals bill for outpatient services

Michael Douglas oral sex cancer claim supports vaccine calls

Vaccine group suspends Sierra Leone support after funds misused


What you might have missed on Healthwatch


Week ahead: White House to hold mental health summit

Sen. Lautenberg's health, environment legacy praised

Sebelius touts new emphasis on healthcare data

FDA: Tainted food caused hepatitis outbreak in five states

Consumer group wants Ginkgo blob pulled from food products

Crowell & Moring makes two healthcare hires

Harvard dean to join PhRMA team


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