Some States Exceeding Healthcare Reform Requirements

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While many states are trying to escape requirements of the healthcare reform law, several states are embracing the law and are moving beyond what it requires, according to a report by the Boston Globe.

Minnesota, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., have used federal matching grants to extend coverage of childless adults; Vermont is weighing a single-payor healthcare system that would remove most private insurance; and Oregon is championing preventive care and proven treatments.

In 2017, the law would hand out "innovation waivers" to states that show they would cover at least as many people and be at least as affordable as the new healthcare reform law. The Obama administration wants to move implementation of the waivers up to 2014.

Minnesota is a latecomer among the states undertaking innovations so far. Incoming Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state's Medicaid expansion in January, reversing former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's efforts to restrict the state's use of reform law monies.

Read the Boston Globe report on healthcare reform.

Read more coverage on states' healthcare reform efforts:

- Vermont May Move to Single-Payor Health System

- HHS Allocates $241M for Developing State Health Insurance Exchanges

- Proposed Rule Released for Innovation Waivers From Reform Law

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