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Today's Health News, from The Colorado Trust

Colorado daily news roundup, from Stateline

Daily Health Policy Report, from Kaiser Health News

Arguments on 2-year-old health care law fan old flames of debate

Health care
The Denver Post: Supreme Court arguments this week on 2-year-old health care law fan old flames of debate
With the two-year anniversary of the law's signing last Friday, backers and opponents of the act are counting up their gains and losses. The 2010 act has already transformed the cost of health care for hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. But it has yet to fulfill its promise of reining in health costs for business and government, leaving the dispute as bitter as ever.
Also: Denver Post editorial: Health care has its day in court
Also: The Denver Post: Individual mandate a key Colorado issue as high court reviews health care act. Editor's note: The piece includes remarks from Colorado Center on Law and Policy Special Counsel Ed Kahn.

Colorado Public News via Colorado Springs Gazette: Colorado's African-American babies twice as likely to die
Over the last two decades, research has confirmed that African-American babies die at two or three times the rate of other infants. But still, no one knows why. The latest Colorado numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that in 2007, the black infant mortality rate was 13.5 out of every 1000 live births, compared to 5.2 for whites and 7 for Hispanics.

Fort Collins Coloradoan commentary: Single-payer system would control health-care costs
In medicine, physicians use their training and experience to diagnose and treat patient ills. Over the years, I have witnessed a new condition, not covered in any of my medical school lectures or text books, that is at epidemic proportions and worsening. The condition is caused by an out-of-control parasite - the for-profit medical insurance industry.

Family economic security
The Denver Post: Welfare drug-test bill amended to include Colorado legislators
A bill that requires welfare recipients to undergo drug testing was amended Friday to require that statewide elected officials also pee in a cup.
Also: Fort Collins Coloradoan editorial: Drug test debate not the time for levity

Fiscal policy
Colorado Statesman: More state revenue, more debate about budget cuts
Republicans on Monday said they remain set on fully restoring a property tax break for seniors related to the 2012-13 fiscal year budget, even in the face of Democrats saying they are open to restoring as much of the Senior Homestead Exemption as possible.

Associated Press via Aurora Sentinel: Business tax break, college credit bill, signed
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill to let municipalities control the amount of taxes to exempt on business equipment and a measure to direct colleges to create a system for awarding credit for prior work and military experience.

Jobs and economic security
Pueblo Chieftain: Light at the end of the tunnel?
State economists reported this week that indicators suggest Colorado and the nation are emerging from the economic doldrums of the recession that began in 2008. But lurking variables threaten to upset the modest recovery.

Health Policy Solutions: Bill would cut drug possession from felony to misdemeanor
Possession of small amounts of meth, cocaine, marijuana and other illegal drugs would become misdemeanors rather than felonies under a new bill introduced in the Colorado legislature this week.

The national scene
Associated Press via Colorado Springs Business Journal: For long-unemployed, hiring bias rears its head
As high unemployment persists more than four years after the start of the Great Recession - and nearly three years after it was officially declared over - many who have struggled for years without work say they face discrimination. Nearly 13 million Americans, or 8.3 percent, were unemployed in February, the U.S. Department of Labor says.

Kaiser Health News: The Health Law And The Supreme Court: A Primer For The Upcoming Oral Arguments
Here are key points to keep in mind while watching the action.

Think tanks
CLASP: Threats to Pell in House Budget Proposal are Ungrounded, Unfair and Misguided
The House FY 2013 Budget Resolution released this week by budget committee Chairman Paul Ryan makes vague but undeniable threats to the Pell Grant program, proposing to limit funding and further tighten eligibility requirements. The premises for these threats--that Pell is on an unsustainable path and that it increases tuition--are wholly unsupported by the facts, and further cuts to this program are extremely misguided.