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Massachusetts Health Plan Wins Waiver on Medicaid (New York Times)
Massachusetts received the Bush administration?s seal of approval for its universal health care plan on Tuesday, securing financing for a three-year continuation of the landmark experiment.

Judges Say San Francisco Can Charge Employers for Its Health Plan (New York Times)
The decision that the city had the right to charge employers to help pay for its universal health care plan could set the stage for a test of longstanding federal labor law.

McCain, Obama agree: Health care needs fixing (San Francisco Chronicle)
John McCain and Barack Obama agree that our current health-care system isn't working. They say the country needs to reduce the ranks of the 46 million uninsured and provide alternatives to job-based insurance. But any similarities between the presidential...

Financing for Massachusetts Preserves Health Plan (New York Times)
Massachusetts received the Bush administration?s seal of approval for its landmark experiment in health care.

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

1 more hurdle to clear for mental health bill (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
The giant financial bailout bill before the Senate on Wednesday included provisions giving people with mental illness better health insurance coverage, but its fate remains uncertain even if the Senate endorses it.

Elizabeth Edwards says her health hasn't worsened (AP via Yahoo! News)
Elizabeth Edwards said Wednesday her health is "no worse" than 18 months ago, when she and her husband made the sobering announcement that her cancer had returned in an incurable form.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Baxter rose $1.10 or 1.7 percent, to $66.73.

Health Care Floats In Ocean Of Shorts (Investor's Business Daily via Yahoo! News)
Lost in a sea of inversely charged exchange traded funds that have reaped the benefits of carnage in indexes invested overseas, in materials, chips and myriad other areas, a handful of health care funds are posting gains because investors actually like their holdings.

Nevada health care costs up twice as much as pay (San Francisco Chronicle)
A new report shows health insurance premiums for Nevada families are going up more than twice as fast as earnings. The report by Families USA says that from 2000 to 2007, median earnings in Nevada rose 21.4 percent, from $25,411 to $30,859. During the same...

UMaine health center goes private (Boston Globe)
The University of Maine says it's turning the operation of the Orono campus health clinic over to a private provider.

Mental Health Parity Added to Bailout Measure (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
Lawmakers and lobbyists who favor mental health parity legislation have said for months that the 110th Congress is the best chance in more than a decade to get a bill to the president's desk.

1 more hurdle to clear for mental health bill (AP via Yahoo! News)
People with mental illness would get better health insurance coverage as part of a a giant financial bailout the Senate passed Wednesday, but the legislation's fate remains uncertain.

1 more hurdle to clear for mental health bill (San Francisco Chronicle)
People with mental illness would get better health insurance coverage as part of a a giant financial bailout the Senate passed Wednesday, but the legislation's fate remains uncertain. The Senate passed the bill, 74-25. It must now go to the House, where a...

Presidential candidates' health plans offer divergent approaches to health system reform (EurekAlert!)
( Commonwealth Fund ) A new report from the Commonwealth Fund examines key differences and areas of agreement in the health system reform proposals of presidential candidates Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. Both plans seek to expand health insurance, but Senator McCain would encourage individuals to select their own coverage through the individual insurance market while Senator ...

Obama's health plan may help more uninsured: report (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
An analysis of the two starkly different approaches to reforming the U.S. health care system offered by John McCain and Barack Obama suggests Obama's plan has the best chance of making health care more affordable, accessible, efficient and higher in quality.

S.Africa's new health minister vows 'to get things right' (AFP via Yahoo! News)
South Africa's new health minister vowed Thursday to "get things right" in providing AIDS treatments, after years of missteps by her predecessor who had touted vegetables as a cure.

Report Compares Health-Care Platforms of Presidential Candidates (HealthDay via Yahoo! News)
THURSDAY, Oct. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Both presidential candidates want to make health insurance available to more Americans, but each has proposed a vastly different route to reform, a new report shows.

ICO, Alloy and Animal Health International lead small-cap volume in pre-market (SmallCapInvestor.com via Yahoo! Finance)
ICO Inc. , Alloy Inc. and Animal Health International Inc. are among the most actively traded companies in Thursday's trading among companies with market...

South Africa Health Minister Hogan to Target HIV/AIDS (Update1) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- South Africa's new health minister Barbara Hogan said the country will target the ``twin challenges'' of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, as well as improving levels of healthcare services in the country.

Report Compares Health-Care Platforms of Presidential Candidates (US News & World Report)
Commonwealth Fund says both want to widen availability of health insurance, but by vastly different means

Health chief suspended by board (BBC News)
The boss of a Cornish health trust is suspended while an inquiry is held into financial management issues.

Canadian health authorities seek US-bound bus passengers (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Canadian public health officials were on the hunt Thursday for 27 bus passengers who came in contact with a man diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis on a US-bound bus.

Canadian health officials looking for TB patient (AP via Yahoo! News)
Public health officials in Canada announced Thursday that they were looking for 27 people who may have contracted tuberculosis from an infectious passenger during a bus trip in late August.

Candidates' Health Plans: Healthy Impact? (WebMD)
Twice as many uninsured people in the U.S. will have health insurance in 10 years under Sen. Barack Obama's health care plan than under Sen. John McCain's plan, according to a report by the health care research group The Commonwealth Fund.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Baxter rose $.57 or .9 percent, to $67.30.

Sector Wrap: Health insurer shares decline (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Health insurers traded lower with the market Thursday, as Congress considered a financial sector bailout package that could change the way health plans cover patients with mental illness or drug addiction.

Two Online Health Site Operators to Announce a Merger (New York Times)
Revolution Health Network plans to announce that it has merged with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites.

Revolution Health, Waterfront Media Plan Merger To Compete With WebMD (CBS News)
Reports of this possibility first surfaced last month and now it's done ... Steve Case's ambitious Revolution Health Network will merge with Waterfront Media in a deal the parties value at $300 million, according to the New York Times. Revolution's sites will be absorbed into Waterfront's Everyday Health Network but RevolutionHealth.com will remain. Case will join the board while Benjamin Wolin ...

Families donate $6 million toward construction of Oakland Park women's health center (Sun-Sentinel)
Two families donated a total of $6 million Thursday toward the construction of a women's health center at Holy Cross HealthPlex, an affiliate of Holy Cross Hospital, a nonprofit facility in Oakland Park.

Biden Focuses Only on Negatives Of McCain's Health-Coverage Plan (Washington Post)
"You're going to have to replace a $12,000 [health-care plan] with a $5,000 [tax-credit] check you've just given to the insurance company. I call that the ultimate bridge to nowhere."

Two online health site operators to announce a merger (International Herald Tribune)
In a deal valued at $300 million, Revolution Health Network plans to announce a merger with Waterfront Media, a publisher that owns several health Web sites.

Steve Case Merges His Health Site With Rival (New York Times)
In a deal that threatens WebMD ’s dominance in the health care space, Revolution Health Network announced Friday that it has merged with Waterfront Media , a publisher that owns several health Web sites, The New York Times’s Stephanie Clifford reported.

Health websites merger to challenge WebMD (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Privately held online health sites Revolution Health Network and Waterfront Media agreed to merge in a deal that could challenge WebMD Health Corp's dominance in the health care space.

Lawmakers Make a Final Push for Mental Health Bill (Fox News)
The mental health protections are part of a massive bill designed to help the economy.

Neb. health officials late drafting meth rules (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Nebraska health officials are more than a year late making rules to protect the public from the toxic chemicals in home-based methamphetamine labs.

Lawmakers make a final push for mental health bill (USA Today)
Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., after six terms, is leaving office. One of his final votes was on the mental health legislation he fought so hard for over the years. The mental health protections are part of a massive bill designed to help the economy.

Lawmakers make a final push for mental health bill (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Talk about going out with a win. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., has spent years fighting for legislation that would require insurance plans to treat mental health patients on par with those who have physical ailments.

US online health companies merge to take on WebMD (AFP via Yahoo! News)
Two of the largest online health companies in the United States announced Friday that they were joining forces to take on the leader in the field of Internet medical advice, WebMD.com.

Manx visitors facing health bills (BBC News)
Isle of Man residents admitted to hospital while visiting the UK will soon face health bills - unless they take out travel insurance.

U.S. to start $3.2 bln child health study in January (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
A study that will cost $3.2 billion and last more than two decades to track the health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21 will be launched in January, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

Health websites merger to challenge WebMD (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Privately held online health sites Revolution Health Network and Waterfront Media agreed to merge in a deal that could challenge WebMD Health Corp's dominance in the health care space.

Mental Health Coverage Expanded by Rescue Package (Update2) (Bloomberg)
Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Health insurers that provide mental- health benefits will be barred from providing less coverage than they do for other medical services under the $700 billion financial-markets rescue package approved by Congress.

Waterfront Media to buy Case's Revolution Health (AP via Yahoo! News)
Waterfront Media, operator of the Everyday Health Network Web sites, said Friday it would buy the Revolution Health Network, founded by America Online founder Steve Case.

Economic bill includes mental health treatment provision (CNN)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about going out with a win. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, has spent years fighting for legislation that would require insurance plans to treat mental health patients on par with those who have physical ailments.

Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies (AP via Yahoo! Finance)
Shares of some top health care equipment companies were mixed at the close of trading: Baxter fell $.18 or .3 percent, to $67.12.

UPI NewsTrack Health and Science News (UPI)
Switch that controls food intake found... Employee sick leave may predict mortality... Obese choose speed, convenience at buffet... Hurricane leaves dirty water behind... Health/Science news from UPI.

Harvard U. Hosts Debate Between Candidates' Health Advisers (CBS News)
Two economists who are advising the presidential candidates on health care policy discussed the merits of each candidate?s plans at a debate held at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School yesterday.

Obama attacks McCain on health care (AP via Yahoo! News)
Barack Obama launched a multifaceted attack on presidential rival John McCain's health care proposal Saturday, elevating an issue that has been on the back burner in the White House race but remains a top concern for voters.

Obama charges McCain has 'radical' health plan (Politico via Yahoo! News)
With families increasingly worried about their economic security, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is opening a major assault on what he charges is a “radical plan” by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to decentralize health insurance.

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