February 28, 2011 President Obama offered governors a smaller concession to health spending flexibility than they expected by endorsing a bipartisan proposal to allow states to opt out of most of last year's health law's requirements.
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February 28, 2011 What makes this Medicaid fight different from those of the past is the impact of the new health law, which calls for a huge expansion of Medicaid in 2014 to low-income childless adults. Many governors are upset because they are not allowed to cut back on most Medicaid eligibility if they want federal money.
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Maryland hospitals are promoting hand washing among other measures to prevent patient infections.
February 25, 2011 A Maryland program to prevent hospital complications goes further than most, including those already under way in Medicare and new ones slated to begin next year under the health care overhaul law.
February 25, 2011 Abortion rights opponents, who pushed for the law, say it will hold clinics to higher safety standards. But advocates for abortion rights in the state warn the law will place such heavy burdens on clinics that many may be forced to close.
House Speaker John Boehner, flanked by other Republicans, talks shortly before the House voted to repeal the health care law in January.
February 24, 2011 A poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that about 1 in 5 Americans believes the federal law overhauling health care has been repealed. Barely more than half of those polled answered it was till the law.
February 23, 2011 Congress took great pains to ensure that the penalty imposed on people who don't get health insurance was not called a tax in the health law. This could make it tough for the Justice Department to argue that it is a tax.
February 23, 2011 Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker's budget proposal is hotly contested mainly for eliminating bargaining rights for public employees. But Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic argues that the budget proposal would also weaken the state's Medicaid program.
February 23, 2011 Many uninsured people will be able to get coverage under the federal health law. Those changes, however, don't kick in until 2014. Until then, they can try to get insurance on their own, which is expensive. Or, they can apply to join high-risk pools.
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Tom and Paula Michele Boyle are two of nearly 42,000 Pennsylvanians losing their state-funded health plans.
Courtesy of Tom and Paula Michele Boyle
February 23, 2011 Few options are available for the 42,000 Pennsylvanians losing coverage by the end of the month. Their state-subsidized health plan is out of money, and new Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is terminating the program.
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February 22, 2011 House Republicans have come up with more than half a dozen ways to throttle spending on overhaul. Democrats in the Senate can block them, and President Obama still wields the veto pen.
February 22, 2011 To reduce the odds a patient will have to return to the hospital, some health systems are trying to do a better job coordinating care. Starting in 2012, the federal health law will penalize hospitals for excess readmissions for some conditions.
Gastric bypass procedures (GBP) divide the stomach into a small "gastric" pouch and a much larger, lower "bypassed" pouch. The operation makes the stomach smaller and makes the patient feel full faster.
/Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.
February 21, 2011 Like many state Medicaid programs, Tennessee covers bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese but doesn't pay for diet counseling. Critics argue that investing in prevention could save money for the strapped program, but the state's chief medical officer says there's no proof that's true.
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February 18, 2011 Religious exemptions that allow health care workers to decline certain services to patients if they have a religious exemption should not include contraception. That's the bottom line of the administration's new regulations on the "conscience clause."
February 18, 2011 In an environment of increasingly tough budgets, the Food and Drug Administration is stepping up calls for the drug, medical device, and food industry to kick in some money. Right now, the agency is focusing on generic drug makers.
February 17, 2011 A look at doctors on Twitter found about half their tweets had something to do with health or medicine. About 3 percent of their tweets were found to be unprofessional, according to a new analysis.
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