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White House to states: Time to get on board with healthcare reform

Monday, July 16, 2012

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The Obama administration is aggressively pushing states to implement the healthcare reform law now that the Supreme Court has upheld it.

In the two weeks since the court issued its decision, the Health and Human Services Department has pushed out new grants, new policies and a new rhetorical standby: It’s time to get onboard.

“The volume of activity has certainly gone up,” said Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

HHS has been steadfastly implementing the Affordable Care Act since President Obama signed it in 2010, and state outreach has always been part of that effort — the department has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in implementation grants.

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