One of the main incentives for passing the new health care law was the promise of new moneys from the feds: $385 million. This was in doubt because the law was supposed to have been implemented by July 1. It wasn’t.
Well, the feds have relented and are giving us the bucks even so. This may well result from Mitt Romney’s closeness to HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, who weighed in on the negotiations for the new law on Mitt’s behalf. Ted Kennedy was also a major player in getting permission for the new law (the Medicaid waiver) in the first place as well. I suspect this was never really in doubt after the bill got passed, but it’s good to get confirmation anyway. We’re going to need that money.