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It Was Clinton vs. Obama on Health Care (New York Times)
The crux of a dispute between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama centers on their overall approaches to health care coverage.

Health Net Unit Agrees to $1M Penalty (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health Net of California, a subsidiary of managed health care company Health Net Inc., said late Thursday it agreed to a $1 million California Department of Managed Health Care administrative penalty related to the improper disclosure of certain compensation-related information to the department.

Health Net punished for lying about contract cancellation bonuses (San Francisco Chronicle)
State health regulators fined Health Net Inc. $1 million Thursday for lying to investigators about paying employees bonuses based on the number of contracts they canceled after those policyholders got sick. The penalty was the first levied on a health insurer...

House Sustains Veto of Health, Ed Bill (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
House Republicans have narrowly sustained President Bush's veto of a Democratic health and education spending bill. The 277-141 vote was uncomfortably close for Republicans, falling just two votes short of the two-thirds tally required to overturn Bush's veto.

Health Net fined for lack of candor (Los Angeles Times)
It will pay $1 million for misleading the state about bonuses tied to policy cancellations. A wider probe continues. The state Thursday slapped a $1-million fine on Health Net Inc., the Woodland Hills-based insurer that acknowledged last week that it set goals for cancellations and paid bonuses in part based on how many policyholders were dropped and how much money was saved.

Health Highlights: Nov. 16, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Democrats go to the mat over health care (Market Watch)
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Democrats managed to get into a healthy debate about health care Thursday night as they tried to cripple each other's road to the nomination.

Child health fight grim sign for broader reforms (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Washington is abuzz with predictions of health care system reforms after the 2008 presidential elections but an unexpectedly bitter impasse over insuring poor children is a telling reminder that few things stir up partisan passions like health care.

Child health fight grim sign for broader U.S. reforms (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Washington is abuzz with predictions of health care system reforms after the 2008 presidential elections but an unexpectedly bitter impasse over insuring poor children is a telling reminder that few things stir up partisan passions like health care.

Audit: Wisconsin Health Care Plan Failed (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
A program created by Wisconsin lawmakers in 1999 to reduce health care costs for small businesses was never implemented partly because of a lack of state funding, according to an audit released Friday.

How U.S. Health System Can Fail Even the Insured (WallStreet Journal via Yahoo! Finance)
Despite being insured, some Americans get lost in the U.S. health-care system's giant maze. For many, the journey is frustrating, as stingy plans limit coverage, insurers deny or delay claims, and medical personnel herd patients through like cattle.

Nev. Gov Concerned About Health Merger (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Gov. Jim Gibbons has asked the federal Justice Department to resolve "widely varied" estimates of the market impact of UnitedHealth Group's pending $2.6 billion purchase of Sierra Health Services Inc., Nevada's largest health insurer.

Health Care Segments Resist Correction Virus (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
While the major market indexes have fallen 7%-8% from their highs in the current correction, health care indexes hardly have been touched.

A Health Department’s Quandary: Warn the Public or Supervise the Doctor? (New York Times)
The slow response of New York health officials to a case where patients were at risk for hepatitis opens a window into a debate over how to regulate doctors who endanger public health.

Romney talks immigration, health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney anticipated questions about health care when he called on a friendly Nevada business group Friday. It was the question on immigration that surprised him.

Roberts launches health-care initiative (The Providence Journal)
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s state government may be awash in red ink, but Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts said yesterday that the state’s projected $450-million deficit should not block discussion of ways of reining in health-care costs and searching for ways to provide affordable health care to the roughly 10 percent of the state’s residents who lack health insurance.

Canada Bars Seaweed-Apparel Health Claims (New York Times)
Lululemon Athletica has agreed to stop making health claims in Canada about its VitaSea clothing, a line that the company says is made with seaweed.

Giuliani changes tune on health care (MSNBC)
In campaigning for president, Rudolph W. Giuliani has criticized Democrats for promoting “socialized” medicine, boasted about his record as mayor of New York City for dramatically reducing public assistance, and vigorously opposed expanding government health insurance for children. But the reality of his health care record as mayor was more complex.

Romney talks immigration, health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney anticipated questions about health care when he called on a friendly Nevada business group Friday. It was the question on immigration that surprised him.

Health Highlights: Nov. 17, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Kinnelon officials may lose health benefits (Herald News)
KINNELON -- A proposed ordinance that would cut off current and future officials from the municipal health benefits plan is up for adoption next month.

The quest for health and happiness (River Valley Business Report)
Health care takes an increasing amount of public attention, including issues such as access to health insurance, new medical technologies that promise cures and the management of pathologies.

Holiday Health Travel Tips (KTNV Las Vegas)
Packing for holiday travel is always a hassle.  But health officials say there are some things that many people forget, and they could make a difference in a medical emergency.

Efforts to brake inflation in health care costs pay off (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
At last, there is some validation that the intense efforts to get a handle on health care inflation in the Milwaukee...

Major parties neglecting health policy: AMA (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The federal president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) has accused both major parties of neglecting health policy during the election campaign.

Health-Insurance Scams (WallStreet Journal via Yahoo! Finance)
Small employers and individuals searching for affordable health insurance increasingly are falling victim to scams and misleading offers.

S.F. focuses on racial, cultural groups in pioneering health plan (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco is the first city in the country to find the money and political will to attempt to provide universal health care for its residents, but leaders of the new plan say its success hinges on a notion rarely discussed in the health care debates...

Law affects child health insurance payments (Carroll County Online)
A Westminster woman wants to know about a divorced father's responsibility to continue paying for health insurance after his children are in college and have jobs.

Wal-Mart expanding health coverage for workers (The Post and Courier)
For much of the last decade, the retailing behemoth Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has been associated with stingy health care as much as low prices.

Health bureau offering flu shots Monday (The Express-Times)
BETHLEHEM | With flu season under way in the Lehigh Valley, the city health bureau invites any Bethlehem resident to get a flu shot Monday afternoon. The clinic is scheduled 4 to 6 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room, 10 E. Church St. A shot costs $10 or is free for those with Medicare.

S.F. focuses on racial, cultural groups in pioneering health plan (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco is the first city in the country to find the money and political will to attempt to provide universal health care for its residents, but leaders of the new plan say its success hinges on a notion rarely discussed in the health care debates...

Success could put health plan in the red (Boston Globe)
Enrollment in the state's new subsidized health plan is growing so quickly that the state could face a funding gap as large as $147 million by the end of the fiscal year, according to a state projection.

Home health aides work with patients without passing crime check (New York Daily News)
New York's criminal background check program for home health aides is a shameful mess, with thousands of aides being sent out to care for the frail elderly - sometimes for months before their fingerprints have cleared.

Abandoned trailer park raises health concerns (phillyburbs.com)
BRISTOL TOWNSHIP - It might look sickening to the neighbors, but the soon-to-be demolished Miller Trailer Park in Croydon probably isn't a health hazard, state health inspectors and officials in Bristol Township said Friday.

Tech helps Pasay health center deliver better service (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Dr. Elvira Lagrosa Health Center in District 2 of Pasay City looks like your typical government health center. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are busy dealing with patients who usually cannot afford to pay for healthcare.

Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2007 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

'No' now 'yes' for health plan (Chicago Tribune)
Governor defies legislative panel in bid to raise coverage Gov. Rod Blagojevich is moving ahead with a broad expansion of state-subsidized health care even though a legislative oversight panel told him "no" last week.

Investigations Expected Following Long Island Health Scare (WNYC New York Public Radio)
With more than 600 patients of one Long Island doctor being told they may have been exposed to hepatitis C and HIV, a state senator from Brooklyn wants to stop health care workers from using so-calle....

Officials: Group to analyze health care needs (The Ironton Tribune)
St. Mary’s Medical Center will be a key player in a new partnership that will analyze the health care needs of Lawrence County, including weighing the potential need for a new hospital.

US employers drop health cover as costs rise (FT.com via Yahoo! News)
The amount of money US employers and workers spend on health benefits will continue to rise at twice the rate of inflation next year, prompting an increasing number of employers to drop coverage for their employees, according to a survey being released on Monday.

AUDIO: Pulse Health (ASX: PHG) Outlines Growth Strategy; Peter Mangles (ACN Newswire via Yahoo!7 Finance)
Sydney, Australia, Nov 19, 2007 - (ABN Newswire) - Integrated health services company, Pulse Health Limited (ASX: PHG) has entered into an agreement to purchase medical personnel placement business Recruitment Specialist Group Pty Ltd (RSG) which will become a key component of Pulse Health's Workforce Services Division.

Eden health care district approves Sutter deal (BizJournals)
The Eden Township Healthcare District board of directors voted 4-1 Nov. 12 to move ahead with a deal with Sutter Health that calls for Sutter to fund a replacement hospital in Castro Valley and board members to give up their seats on the hospital board.

ChristeCare passes on Roseburg health purchase (BizJournals)
After seven months and a lot of soul-searching, kids mental health provider ChristieCare has passed on a chance to acquire Mercy Medical Center's 29-bed behavioral health unit in Roseburg.

Health care systems combine purchasing power, expect savings (BizJournals)
Two regional health care systems are combining their purchasing departments with an eye to cutting better deals with suppliers.

CMC-Pineville changing shape of health care in south Charlotte (BizJournals)
When local members of The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas looked to expand their health-care ministry in the early 1980s, they sought a location with growing needs.

Health coverage shrinks as costs up again: study (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
The cost of providing health care for workers rose again in 2007 to nearly $8,000 annually per employee, prompting more businesses to drop the benefit, according to an annual business survey released on Monday.

Notebook: Lubrizol Corp.'s Wickliffe facility attains Star certification from Occupational Safety and Health ... (The Plain Dealer)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration honored Lubrizol Corp.'s Wickliffe facility for attaining Star certification in OSHA's Voluntary Protection Program.

Health Care Lost in Translation (Washington Post)
With a comprehensive immigration overhaul now perhaps years away, Latin American governments concerned with the well-being of their nationals living in this country are taking on an equally thorny issue: the U.S. health-care system.

Massachusetts' health care law may be too popular (USA Today)
Massachusetts' new subsidized health plan is growing so quickly that the state could face a funding gap as large as $147 million by the end of the fiscal year, The Boston Globe reports based on a state projection. An outreach...

Non-English-Speaking Patients Face Barriers to Health Care (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
MONDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) -- Patients in the United States who speak little or no English are less likely to receive all recommended health care services than English-speaking patients, a new report finds.

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