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2011 September - Health Insurance Chat

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Entries for September, 2011

Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to review health-care law

News from Washington Post: Justice Dept. asks Supreme Court to review health-care law By Robert Barnes, The Obama administration moved aggressively Wednesday for Supreme Court review of the 2010 health-care act, making it likely a constitutional ruling on the president’s signature and most controversial domestic achievement will come in the thick of the presidential campaign. [...]

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Sharp Rise in US Health Insurance Cost, Study Finds

News from New York Times: By REED ABELSON Published: September 27, 2011 The cost of health insurance for many Americans this year climbed more sharply than in previous years, outstripping any growth in workers’ wages and adding more uncertainty about the pace of rising medical costs. A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a [...]

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Bartering For Health Care: Yardwork For Treatment

News from NPR: [3 min 57 sec] Download iStockphoto.com True North Health Center in Falmouth, Maine, accepts “time dollars,” in addition to real dollars. Patients perform services in the community, like raking leaves, to earn the currency, and they can spend it for care at True North. Deb Barth is raking leaves for Lesley Jones. [...]

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Health care: The everywhere issue

News from Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: For a thorough perspective of health care in the Rochester area, it’s hard to beat what Patricia Larrabee provides. She sees the good, bad and promising — often on the same day. Larrabee, a registered nurse, is president and CEO of Rochester Clinical Research Inc., which conducts clinical trials [...]

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A deep health care divide in Rick Perry’s Texas

News from Boston Globe: HOUSTON – The cutting edge treatments and renowned doctors here at the Texas Medical Center draw Arab sheiks and former first ladies to gleaming facilities adorned with spraying fountains and aquariums. Billed as the world’s largest medical campus, the towering glass and sandstone buildings house 14 hospitals and three medical schools, [...]

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Almost 1 Million Young Adults Get Health Insurance

News from ABC News: Almost 1 million young adults have signed on to new health insurance policies, government statistics released Wednesday show. Government officials credit the new federal health care law for making that possible. The rise in young adults 19 to 25 with insurance comes as older Americans are losing their health insurance as [...]

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Health Care Law: Obama Administration Returns to Court

News from ABC News: Lawyers for the Obama administration will once again head to court to defend the health care reform law, this time from challengers who argue it violates their religious freedom. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will be the 4th appellate court to hear a challenge to the Affordable [...]

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Health insurance costs to rise again next year

News from CNN: NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Employee health care benefit costs are expected to increase 5.4% next year, according to an annual survey released by Mercer. While the projected health insurance increase would be the smallest recorded in 15 years, it still remains well above the general rate of inflation, which stands at 3.9%, [...]

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Young adults gain health insurance under new law

News from Washington Post: Young adults gain health insurance under new law By N.C. Aizenman, Nearly 1 million more young adults have obtained health insurance since the 2010 health-care law began requiring insurers to let adult children stay on their parents’ plans until age 26, according to government data released Wednesday. The jump in enrollment [...]

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Critics Argue Maryland’s Health Care Overhaul Lacks Prudence

News from Patch.com: By Ashley M. LattaCapital News Service Federal officials have praised Maryland for leading national efforts to implement health care reform, but critics caution against spending limited funds on a law in jeopardy of repeal. Since 2007, the state has expanded health coverage to more than 289,000 Marylanders. Today, Maryland is recognized as [...]

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