Health Care

American Action Forum Insurers’ Survey: ObamaCare Will Greatly Increase Premium Insurance Costs for Young Men

February 5, 2013

“The forecasts in the study are higher than most so far by allies and foes of the Affordable Care Act. But it is likely that some in the group will face increases.”

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Medicare Recalculating Reimbursements to Avoid Overpaying For Dialysis Treatments

January 31, 2013

“An analysis by The Washington Post in August showed that the government was overspending by hundreds of millions for just one group of those drugs.”

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Medical Researchers Confirm Heart Risk Associated With Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

January 31, 2013

“Citalopram and escitalopram, which fall into this drug group, can trigger a heart rhythm disturbance, a new study in the British Medical Journal shows.”

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ObamaCare Glitch: Some Families May Be Priced Out of Health Care Coverage

January 31, 2013

“As a result, some families that can’t afford the employer coverage that they are offered on the job will not be able to get financial assistance from the government to buy private health insurance on their own.”

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American Iraq War Veteran Brendan Marrocco Receives Successful Bilateral Arm Transplant

January 30, 2013

“Marrocco lost his arms and legs when his unit was struck by an explosive fired projectile outside Baghdad.”

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) Declares Support for Medicaid Expansion and State Bonds to Improve Infrastructure

January 28, 2013

“Nixon’s plan would eliminate a tax break for low-income seniors and disabled residents who rent their homes and direct the money to other services for them.”

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U.S. Mental Health Experts Urge Congress to Focus on Expanding Children Screening and Access to Care

January 24, 2013

“The U.S. mental health system has huge gaps that prevent many children with psychological problems from receiving effective treatment that could prevent tragic consequences later in life, experts told U.S. lawmakers on Thursday.”

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) Proposes Taxing Hospitals to Pay for Medicaid

January 20, 2013

“A conservative Republican, Brewer is believed to be the first governor to publicly come up with a way to fund the controversial Medicaid expansion.”

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Proposes New Regulations on All-Metal Hip Implants

January 20, 2013

“The F.D.A. action is intended to close a loophole in the 1976 federal law under which medical devices were first regulated.”

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2013 National Defense Authorization Act Lets Doctors Ask Troops With Mental Health Issues About Gun Access

January 18, 2013

“Last month, Congress passed a little-noticed provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that allows commanders and ranking officers to ask troops who are struggling with mental health issues if they have access to firearms.”

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Analysis: 15 U.S. Governors Remain Undecided on ObamaCare’s Medicaid Expansion

January 18, 2013

“At least 22 governors, including four Republicans, support an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, while others are expected to decide in the coming weeks.”

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President Obama: ObamaCare Allows Doctors to Ask if You Own a Gun

January 16, 2013

“Mr. Obama … will make it clear that his health law, known as the Affordable Care Act, allows doctors to ask patients whether they have guns in their homes, and will tell them they are able to report any threats of violence they hear to police.”

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White House: States to be Given More Time to Set-Up State-Level Health Insurance Exchanges Under ObamaCare

January 15, 2013

“The secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, working with the White House, said she would waive or extend the deadline for any states that expressed interest in creating their own exchanges or regulating insurance sold through a federal exchange.”

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U.S. Fiscal Cliff Deal Cuts ObamaCare Health Insurance Co-Op Program

January 15, 2013

“It came into favor with Democrats when it became clear that a government-run plan, known as the public option, could not gain enough political support.”"

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Mental Health Advocates: Key Details Missing From the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act

January 15, 2013

“But what’s missing from the law, as it stands today, is guidance on how insurers must treat “nonquantitative” treatments — policies meant to contain health care costs.”

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