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Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, CMS updated the Federally-facilitated Marketplace Qualified Health Plan Issuer contract to include a provision that would allow carriers to withdraw from HealthCare.gov, subject to state law, if tax credits and cost-sharing reductions were no longer available and Your Health Idaho’s State-based Marketplace received authority to connect to the Federal Data Services Hub

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, Children’s Health Insurance Program advocates nationwide sent a letter to urge congressional leaders to pass a four-year extension of funding for the program and CMS Deputy Administrator Sean Cavanaugh suggested that federal officials may release a proposed rule in the near future to modify how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are paid.

Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Governors:

In Colorado, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and challenger Bob Beauprez (R) in a tie, while a Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Hickenlooper  up by a single percentage point. See recent analysis here and here, including their recent debate.

In Illinois, a new Chicago Tribune* poll and Rasmussen Reports poll have challenger Bruce Rauner (R) leading Gov. Pat Quinn (D) by two points and one point, respectively. See recent news and analysis here.

Senate:

In Iowa, a new Quinnipiac poll has Joni Ernst (R) has leading Bruce Braley (D) by two percentage points. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In Kansas, a new Rasmussen Reports polls has challenger Greg Orman (I) leading Sen. Pat Roberts (R) by five percentage points. See recent analysis here.

In New Hampshire, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll and an ARG poll have Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) leading challenger Scott Brown (R) by two points and one point, respectively. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In North Carolina, a new Civitas (R) poll has Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and challenger Thom Tillis (R) in a tie, in what could be the most expensive Senate race in history. See recent news here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Senate:

A number of races continue to be considered too close to call.

In Arkansas, a recent Talk Business Poll has Gov. Mark Pryor (D) trailing challenger Tom Cotton (R) by eight percentage points. See analysis here.

In Colorado‘s back and forth Senate race, a new USA Today/Suffolk poll has challenger Rep. Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by seven percentage points. See recent news and analysis here, here, here, and here.

In Georgia, a new SurveyUSA poll has Michelle Nunn (D) leading David Perdue (R) by two percentage points, with the probability of a run-off increasingly cited.

In Kentucky, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee appears to now be back in the game. See analysis here and here.

Governors:

In Connecticut, a new Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) tied with Tom Foley (R). See recent news here and here.

In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll has Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) in a tie. See recent news herehere, and here, including their final debate this week.

In Michigan, a new EPIC-MRA poll has Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading challenger Mark Schauer (D) by eight percentage points. See recent news and analysis here and here.

In Wisconsin, a new Rasmussen Reports poll has challenger Mary Burke (D) leading Gov. Scott Walker (R) by a single percentage point. See recent news and analysis here and here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Election Update: Senate and Governors Races*

Posted in Elections

Senate:

Some see Republican chances of taking the Senate as increasing likely, but the outcome is still unclear.

In Colorado, a recent PPP (D) poll has Cory Gardner (R) leading Sen. Mark Udall (D) by three percentage points. See recent news updates and analysis here and here.

In Kentucky, a recent Western Kentucky Univ.* poll has Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) leading Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) by  three percentage points. See recent news update here and here.

In Louisiana, a recent WAFB/FOX8/Raycom poll has Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) leading Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in the state’s November 4 primary, but trailing Rep. Cassidy should the race end up in a run off. See here for further analysis of this tight race for an important Senate seat.

Governors:

In Colorado, a recent PPP (D) poll has Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Bob Beauprez (R) in a tie. The divide appears to be mirrored in the state’s fracking debate as well.

In Michigan, a recent Mitchell Research* poll has Gov. Rick Snyder (R) leading Mark Schauer (D) by two percentage points. See recent news update here.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Stefan Passantino Quoted in Marketplace

Posted in Campaign Finance, Elections, Political Law

MLA’s Stefan Passantino was quoted in the Marketplace article, “Some consultants see a payday in super PACs.”

Some consultants see a payday in super PACs

A super PAC is sometimes born out of a strong sense of mission – maybe its founder cares about gun control or education reform. But other times, says Stefan Passantino, a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge, “part of that mission is to create a client for their own consulting firm.”

Political consultants can create super PACs or political nonprofits to raise money, Passantino says, and then they can use that money to pay themselves.

Click here to read the full article.

2014 Election Update: October 20, 2014

Posted in Elections


With the 2014 Midterm elections now just two weeks away, new polling data* and analyses continue to flood the airways.

With the battle for the Senate hanging in the air, the outcome remains unclear. Pundits are already looking at the ramifications.

Statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver gives Republicans a sixty percent chance at taking the Senate, but with Democratic gains in Georgia, South Dakota, and Kansas, the outcome is far from certain.

In the race for Governorships, campaign spending has overtaken Senate campaign spending. See this breakdown of the top races, including vulnerable incumbents.

MLA will continue to bring our readers updates on the tight races over the next few weeks leading up to election day on November 4th.

We encourage you to follow and engage with us online on our Politics, Law and Policy Blog and on Twitter where we will be providing ongoing election updates.

And now, it’s back to the tight races!

Click here for this week’s edition of our 2014 Election Update.

*Polling Data/Maps Source: RealClearPolitics.com.

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States update is our weekly report on Health Insurance Exchange developments.

This week, CMS announced a new effort to encourage current Federally-facilitated Marketplace enrollees to go back to the exchange, update their information and actively pick a health plan while staff for Connect for Health Colorado detailed plans to make the SHOP more appealing to small businesses.

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie

Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up  is our weekly look at developments affecting health care at the federal and state levels.

This week, Republican staff on the Senate Budget Committee released a report estimating that the ACA will increase the federal budget deficit, while a Kaiser Family Foundation brief examined changes in state Medicaid spending and enrollment in expansion and non-expansion states for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.