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Entries for July, 2011

Arizona middle-class struggling, doing without health care

News from AZ Central.com: by Ken Alltucker – Jul. 31, 2011 12:00 AMThe Arizona Republic Hard times and economic uncertainty not only hit the checking and savings accounts. They overwhelm the mind and harm the body. Dwindling job security, reduced home values and higher personal health costs have brought untold stress into many middle-class lives. [...]

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Rural health care studied in report

News from Daily Republic: A new white paper titled “Modernizing Rural Health Care: Coverage, Quality and Innovation” offers data detailing the challenges rural Americans face and proposes solutions for improving quality, access and affordability to health care in rural areas. The paper suggests that telemedicine might help to take up the slack in the system [...]

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Health care providers weigh changes with new HHS budget

News from Minnesota Public Radio: Minnesota’s budget and shutdown by Lorna Benson, Minnesota Public Radio July 29, 2011 LISTEN Copy and paste the HTML below to embed this audio onto your web page. Audio player code: <iframe title=”minnesota_news_features_2011_07_29_hhsbill_20110729_64s_player” type=”text/html” width=”319″ height=”83″ src=”http://minnesota.publicradio.org/www_publicradio/tools/media_player/syndicate.php?name=minnesota/news/features/2011/07/29/hhsbill_20110729_64″ marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ fram……….. continues on Minnesota Public Radio. Continue Reading … Related News: [...]

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Gov’t: Health tab to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020

News from Boston Globe: WASHINGTON—The nation’s health care tab is on track to hit $ 4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $ 1 of every $ 5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report out Thursday. How much is that? Including government and private money, health care spending in 2020 will [...]

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Health Care Use Trend May Temper Premium Hikes

News from ABC News: Consumers may catch a little break when their health insurance policies renew. Lower-than-expected use of health care has helped push insurer earnings higher and that may temper how much they increase premiums. Analysts and industry observers say people tend to hold off on elective surgeries or skip doctor visits after a [...]

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Study Finds Savings From Medicare’s Drug Plan Extend Beyond Cost of Meds

News from U.S. News & World Report: By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) — The savings for U.S. seniors who participate in the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan may extend far beyond the cost of medications, a new study indicates. Part D participants also seemed to have lower hospital and nursing [...]

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Health care providers embracing cost-saving groups

News from USA Today: By Kelly Kennedy, USA TODAY Updated WASHINGTON — Health care providers are embracing accountable care organizations, a key part of last year’s health care law, as they try to control rising Medicare and health care costs. File photo by Thomas B. Shea, for USA TODAY Uninsured residents wait in line to [...]

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Our medical giants need to feel our sting

News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Perhaps legislators can convince them to put patients ahead of their (non)profits Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Maybe we’re getting somewhere now. A dozen legislators from southwestern Pennsylvania said last week they want UPMC and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to live up to their responsibilities and put [...]

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Iowa insurers get more time on new health law

News from Chicago Tribune: Associated Press 11:15 a.m. CDT, July 23, 2011 DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa insurance companies have been given more time to comply with a new federal rule designed to curb insurers’ profits. The regulation that went into effect this year calls for insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premiums [...]

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Highmark asks to raise ‘last-resort’ rates

News from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Almost 30,000 people in Western Pennsylvania who can’t get health insurance anywhere else are facing a 10 percent hike in their monthly rates under a plan submitted by Highmark Inc. to state insurance regulators. Highmark, the nonprofit “insurer of last resort” in Pennsylvania, this week asked the state’s Department of Insurance [...]

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