health help zone

Home > Health News

Health News 05/2008


McCain Health Plan Could Mean Higher Tax (New York Times)
The McCain campaign acknowledged that for some workers, a tax credit would not offset eliminating tax breaks on employer-provided health benefits.

Federal Money in Health Care Plan From McCain (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
The senator called for the federal government to give money to states to help cover people who have been denied health insurance.

New Policy on Troops' Mental Health (Time Magazine)
Advocates of better mental health care for troops say a new Pentagon policy aimed at reducing the stigma of getting psychiatric counseling could be a small but important step

Cardinal Health 3Q profit up from year-ago hurt by charges (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Cardinal Health says its fiscal third-quarter profit soared from a year-ago period in which the health care products and services company established a $600 million reserve to settle lawsuits alleging securities law violations.

Cardinal Health 3Q profit jumps (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Cardinal Health Inc. said Thursday its fiscal third-quarter profit soared from a year-ago period in which the health care products and services company established a $600 million reserve to settle lawsuits alleging securities law violations.

Opening glance: Health care equipment and supply stocks rise (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks mostly rose in early trading Thursday, along with the broader market, as investors seemed unfazed by a Commerce Department report that showed a spike in consumer spending last month due to surging costs, and a Labor Department report of soaring unemployment claims.

Opening Glance: Health care shares mixed (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies are tacking in different directions in morning trading, with first-quarter earnings reports lifting shares of Cardinal Health and pressuring Cigna.

Cardinal Health shares rise on earnings jump (Market Watch)
Shares of Cardinal Health rose more than 5% in early trading Thursday after the drug distributor reported third-quarter earnings that exceeded analyst views.

McCain?s Approach To Health-Care Reform (CBS News)
Sen. John McCain says Obama and Clinton?s response to health-care problems is to promise universal coverage, whatever its cost. But McCain says in National Review Online that the government should restore control to the patients themselves.

Health Highlights: May 1, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

African countries told to devote 15 percent of budgets to health (AFP via Yahoo! News)
African countries should devote 15 percent of their budgets to health, a sector where progress has been hampered by poverty, a conference here decided Wednesday.

McCain health plan may raise tax payments for some workers (International Herald Tribune)
The health care tax credits in his program would not be large enough for some well-paid workers to compensate for his proposal to eliminate the tax breaks afforded to workers with employer-provided health benefits.

Changes to security clearance question on mental health (AP via Yahoo! News)
A look at the changes in the application for troops and civilian defense employees to gain government security clearances that address whether the applicant has a history of mental health treatment. Defense Secretary Robert Gates referred to it as "the infamous Question 21."

Gates tries to ease troops fears over mental health stigma (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday urged troops to get psychiatric counseling for wartime mental health problems, saying it's "not going to count against them" later if they apply for national security clearances for sensitive jobs.

Home Health Booms With Boomers (Forbes)
The home health industry continues to shine.

Report boosts bipartisan health plan (AP via Yahoo! News)
A bipartisan plan for universal health care coverage would pay for itself and eventually could create modest budget surpluses, according to a congressional report released Thursday.

CNN Classroom Edition: Broken Gov't - Health Care: Critical Condition (CNN.com)
Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Broken Government: Health Care: Critical Condition when it airs commercial-free on Monday, May 5, 2008, from 4:00 -- 5:00 a.m. ET on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)

County health board nominee tied to bankrupt clinic (Chicago Tribune)
Candidate is now aide for U.S. Rep. Danny Davis One person on a list of potential directors for Cook County's public health system ran a clinic on Chicago's West Side that failed to pay more than $1 million in payroll taxes as it went bankrupt.

Health officials fear return of measles (Chicago Tribune)
U.S. could have major outbreak of contagious disease Federal health officials warned Thursday that the U.S. could be on the verge of a major outbreak of measles, a viral disease that had been declared wiped out in this country in 2000.

Getting married for health insurance (Los Angeles Times)
Seven percent of Americans say they or someone in their household decided to tie the knot in the last year so they could receive healthcare benefits, a poll finds. Some people marry for love, some for companionship, and others for status or money. Now comes another reason to get hitched: health insurance.

Magellan Health's profit shrinks on higher health care costs (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Magellan Health Services Inc.'s profit shrank 18 percent in the first quarter as higher health care costs ate into gains in revenue in its radiology and pharmaceutical businesses, but still met Wall Street expectations.

Magellan Health Services lowers profit target for 2008 (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care outsourcing company Magellan Health Services Inc. cut its profit target for the year on Friday, citing weaker investment income due to lower interest rates.

Health insurers spent $1.8M lobbying in first quarter (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
America's Health Insurance Plans, the trade group that represents the health insurance industry, spent $1.8 million lobbying the federal government in the first quarter.

Opening glance: health care equipment and supply stocks (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks mostly rose early Friday amid broad market gains after investors rallied around a Labor Department report that showed fewer jobs were cut in April than expected.

Opening Glance: Health care stocks gain ground (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of health care providers and service companies, including insurer UnitedHealth, rose with the broader markets Friday.

734 businesses sign up for S.F. health program (San Francisco Chronicle)
San Francisco's groundbreaking program to provide health care to all 73,000 uninsured city residents received a major lift this week as more than 700 businesses in the city signed up for the plan. The businesses represent 12,900 employees, more than half of...

Government Picks Up Health Tab of Uninsured Workers (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Working people and their families who don't have employer-based health insurance cost the American public $45 billion a year, a new study reveals.

Health Highlights: May 2, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

'Virtual' Health Teams Boost Patient Care (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- The use of "virtual" interdisciplinary health-care teams linked by phone, fax and e-mail improves the care of adults with chronic health problems, according to a U.S. study.

Closing Glance: Health care equipment and supply stocks (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care equipment and supply stocks mostly fell Friday as the broader market pulled back from an earlier rally spurred by a government employment report that showed fewer-than-expected job cuts in April.

Closing Glance: Health care stocks slide in Friday trading (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health care providers and service companies mostly declined in Friday trading as the market returned gains from earlier in the day.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Temporary cooling trend may offset warming... EPA to cut lead emissions... Hand, foot, mouth disease kills 21 kids... EPA official allegedly fired over cleanup... Health/Science news from UPI.

Parsing McCain on the Democrats? Health Plans (New York Times)
Senator John McCain?s statements about the health plan proposals of his Democratic rivals are incorrect.

Two U.S. health firms look for Taiwan tie-ups-paper (Reuters via Yahoo! Philippines News)
TAIPEI, May 3 - Two U.S. health care services providers have come to Taiwan to talk with counterparts about potential cooperation, following in the footsteps of foreign life insurers, local media reported on Saturday.

IRC to meet over Torres Strait health centre repairs (ABC via Yahoo!7 News)
The Industrial Relations Commission will meet in the Torres Strait on Wednesday for a report back on repairs to outlying health centres.

Speakers Express Division on Bill To Mandate Health-Care Coverage (Washington Post)
District residents with chronic illnesses, representatives of HMOs and convenience store owners testified yesterday at a D.C. Council hearing on far-reaching legislation that would mandate health-care coverage for all residents.

US unemployment having impact on kids' health-care coverage -- and that puts their health at risk (EurekAlert!)
CINCINNATI -- Two new studies conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center point to the negative impact of parental job loss on children’s healthcare and the importance of having continuous health insurance coverage to meet children’s healthcare needs and reduce healthcare disparities.

Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
SATURDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Poor and middle-class children share at least one frightening fact: If they are not insured, each group is likely to go without any health care... period.

Health Highlights: May 3, 2008 (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by editors of HealthDay:

Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's (HealthCentral.com)
Copyright © 2008 ScoutNews LLC. All rights reserved. SATURDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Poor and middle-class children share at least one frightening fact: If they are not insured, each group is likely to go without any health care... period.

Health cost woes prompt bankruptcies (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Studies from The Access Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on expanding access to health-care, cites medical debt as a factor in growing credit card debt, foreclosures and bankruptcy.

Middle Class Uninsured Kids' Health Risk Almost as High as Poor Children's (Health Scout)
More than 40% of middle class children with no health insurance don't see a doctor all year, researchers say.

Even the Insured Feel the Strain of Health Costs (New York Times)
Since the recession of 2001, the employee?s average cost of an annual health care premium for family coverage has nearly doubled while incomes have come nowhere close to keeping up.

Minister calls for central health role (TVNZ)
Health Minister David Cunliffe has stressed his own Ministry's role in an speech to the Ministry of Health Leadership Forum. While Cunliffe told staff that the Labour government had made considerable progress in both primary and secondary health, he acknowledged there was room to improve.

Measles warning issued by Public Health (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
King County health officials warned Saturday that a Grant County girl who recently visited the Seattle Center and Issaquah has tested positive for measles and may have exposed others to the contagious disease.

Health care legislation goes to governor (Hays Daily News)
TOPEKA (AP) -- Legislators sent Gov. Kathleen Sebelius a health care bill that supporters say provides greater access to health care for many Kansans and saves them money on insurance.

Special Report: Health and death behind bars (East Valley Tribune)
Published May 4, 2008 in the Tribune newspapers More than 60 Maricopa County jail inmates have died since 2004, many from illnesses that would be treatable in normal medical settings. The deaths and other health complaints, most of which go unnoticed by the general public and the media, have raised concerns about access to treatment and growing legal liability to county taxpayers. At the ...

Health savings accounts grow more popular, but critics skeptical (San Francisco Chronicle)
More than 6 million people are enrolled in health insurance plans that allow them to also open health savings accounts, nearly double estimates from just two years ago, according to new industry projections. But critics of health savings accounts were not...

Covered by employer health insurance, but still feeling the pinch (International Herald Tribune)
Many of the 158 million people covered by employer health insurance are struggling to meet medical expenses that are much higher than they used to be.

Even the Insured Feel the Strain of Health Costs (NYTimes.com via Yahoo! Finance)
For millions of people with employer health insurance, premiums and co-payments have increased quickly while coverage has become less extensive.

© Copyright HealthHelpZone.com. All rights reserved.