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GOP attorneys general demand a change in Senate health-care bill (Washington Post)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican attorneys general in 13 states are threatening legal action over a provision in the federal health-care reform bill that would shield Nebraska from the costs of expanding Medicaid programs -- language that was inserted to win the support of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

GOP attorneys general demand a change in Senate health-care bill (Washington Post)
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Republican attorneys general in 13 states are threatening legal action over a provision in the federal health-care reform bill that would shield Nebraska from the costs of expanding Medicaid programs -- language that was inserted to win the support of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

Dems Turning GOP Attacks On Senate Health Bill Into Campaign Cash (NPR)
Democrats are using Republicans' threats to scuttle health overhauls as a potent fundraising tool.

Health overspend 'a possibility' (BBC News)
The health department will try and stay within budget in 2010 but may have to overspend, the health minister says.

Health Chief: NYers Still Need Swine Flu Shots (WCBS-TV New York)
Now that swine flu vaccine shortages are over, New York health officials are urging people who haven't been vaccinated to do so -- as another wave of illness is forecast for the coming weeks. New York is among 11 states that still have widespread flu outbreaks -- meaning more than half of the state's counties are reporting cases. State Health Commissioner Richard Daines says another wave could ...

Nation's health goals for decade unmet (San Francisco Chronicle)
About 10 years ago the government set some lofty health goals for the nation to reach by 2010. So how did Americans do? By many measures, not so hot. There are more obese Americans than a decade ago, not fewer. We eat more salt and fat, not less. More of us...

Urban Meyer continues dodging questions about his health (USA Today)
The great dodging act continues for Florida coach Urban Meyer. After first resigning then taking a leave of absence because of health issues which he has kept secret for the most part over the last couple of weeks, he once again declined to go into any detail about what is actually wrong with him in a final session with the media prior to the Sugar Bowl.

US radio star's health scare over (BBC News)
Right-wing US talk show host Rush Limbaugh says tests taken after a health scare show nothing wrong with his heart.

Rush Limbaugh declares his health is fine - and so is nation's health care system (New York Daily News)
Conservative radio loudmouth Rush Limbaugh learned this week there's nothing wrong with his heart - and there's nothing wrong with the nation's health care system.

Behavioral side of health gets attention at Providence clinic (The Providence Journal)
Providence mental-health agency is developing a model doctor's office that adds a psychologist to the team to help patients change

Senate health-care bill would still leave millions uninsured (Washington Post)
Even as Democrats seek the biggest expansion of health coverage in decades, as many as 23 million people could still be without insurance by 2018, illustrating the complexity of achieving the long-held Democratic goal of universal health care.

Health insurers' rescission practices are exposed to more scrutiny (Los Angeles Times)
Local prosecutors, such as city attorneys, can sue over the practice of revoking sick patients' policies, an appellate court rules. California's health insurance companies may have hoped that the more than $13 million in fines they paid to regulators would put an end to the scrutiny of their practice of rescinding the policies of sick patients.

Next for Congress: Assemble a final health care plan (Sun-Sentinel)
Comparison of House and Senate health reform plans Now that the House and Senate have passed differing health care bills, the new year brings the task of crafting a compromise that both chambers and the president can accept.

Rhodes urges 'real' health care reform (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
In a new video on his Web site this week, Cleveland, Tenn., businessman Art Rhodes, a Republican candidate for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District, called for "real health care reform."

Americans managed to meet some health goals set for 2010 (The Post and Courier)
ATLANTA -- About 10 years ago the government set some lofty health goals for the nation to reach by 2010. So how did we do? By many measures, not so hot. More Americans are obese than a decade ago, not fewer. We eat more salt and fat, not less. More of us have high blood pressure....

Opponents of a health insurance mandate mobilize (Los Angeles Times)
Both healthcare proposals approved by Congress require that all Americans get health insurance. That's now under fire from liberals, Republicans and even some in the insurance industry. If there is one thing in the proposed congressional healthcare overhaul that sets Michael Cannon's libertarian teeth on edge, it's the requirement that all Americans get health insurance.

Health bill would leave millions uninsured (MSNBC)
Even as Democrats seek the biggest expansion of health coverage in decades, as many as 23 million people could still be without insurance by 2018.

Harmony Oaks residents council makes good health a priority (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Matthew Hinton/The Times-Picayune Liljana Johnson, a community health specialist at the Harmony Oaks Community Center, talks to Carolyn Dillon, top center, and her daughters Mya Brown, 10, left, and Mycallei Brown, 5, about the sugar content of a typical soft drink compared with that of tea and water.

Cameron Pledges Not to Cut the U.K.’s National Health Service (Bloomberg)
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. opposition leader David Cameron today said it’s “because we are progressives” that the Conservative Party will “protect” the National Health Service if it wins the next general election.

Government under fire on health (Stuff)
A health expert says New Zealand public hospitals are among the finest in the world, and has accused the government of creating a crisis to enlist public support for radical change.

Hillside landfill neighbors sue, claiming health woes (Chicago Sun-Times)
Neighbors of the closed landfill in Hillside just off the Eisenhower Expy. have filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming negligence by the landfill owners has caused health and economic problems.Nearby residents and motorists have long complained about odors from the landfill at I-290 and Mannheim.The suit against Allied Waste Transportation Inc., Allied Waste Industries, Congress Development Co ...

Cameron Vows ‘New Management’ for U.K. Economy, Health Service (Bloomberg)
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Conservative party Leader David Cameron kicked off his campaign for a general election that must be held by June, pledging to maintain the budget of the National Health Service and provide “new economic management.”

Health bill foes pin hopes on courts (MSNBC)
Some opponents of the health-care reform bill think their last, best hope to halt the legislation lies not in the Capitol but in the court across the street.

Report: U.K. drinking culture strains health system (USA Today)
A report is warning that Britain's drinking culture is costing the country's publicly funded health service 2.7 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) a year.

Video: Modeling Swiss Health Care (CBS News)
When Congress returns from the holidays, negotiators will try to finalize the health care reform bill. As Richard Roth reports, could Switzerland's health care be a model for America?

Nick Tsiongas envisions a R.I. version of health reform (The Providence Journal)
Dr. Nick Tsiongas has been talking about the need for health-care reform since he completed medical school in 1978. He continued talking about it when he was a state legislator and then a leader of the Rhode Island Medical Society.

Outcome of health care bills awaited (The Arizona Republic)
Now that the Senate and House have passed versions of health-care reform, many in Arizona are awaiting for the final version. Health reforms will have a major impact on Arizona employers, consumers and health-care providers.

Some foes of health-care bill hope courts will stop legislation (Washington Post)
Opponents of the health-care reform bill are not giving up the fight, and some think their last, best hope to halt the legislation lies not in the U.S. Capitol but in the court across the street.

Minister rejects health claims (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The Health Minister has hit back at Labour Party claims the government is exaggerating problems in the health system in order to advance restructuring.

Health reform could affect sick in 2010 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Will health care reform make much of a difference to you in 2010? For most Americans, the answer is, "Probably not." The major insurance reforms — allowing sick people to buy coverage and subsidizing premiums — won't take effect until 2013 or 2014.

A contentious year for Framingham's Board of Health (The MetroWest Daily News)
FRAMINGHAM By almost any estimation, 2009 was a year of newfound zeal for the Board of Health.

Health-reform opponents likely to take fight to courts (Denver Post)
Opponents of the health care reform bill are not giving up the fight, and some think their last, best hope to halt the legislation lies not in the Capitol but in the court across the street.

Gov. Ritter aimed high on health goals (Denver Post)
As the last year of his term in office arrives, Gov. Bill Ritter can rightly claim to have done more to expand health coverage of the uninsured than any other governor in 40 years.

Tax showdown ahead on health reform (CNNMoney.com via Yahoo! Finance)
Democrats in the House and Senate are on the same page when it comes to health reform. They want it.

Thanksgiving massacre suspect held without bond, isolated in mental health unit (The Palm Beach Post)
Thanksgiving massacre suspect held without bond, isolated in mental health unit

New visitor entrance at Ballarat Health Services (The Courier)
DRUMMOND St will become the main visitor entrance for Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital from January 11. The Mair St entrance will be demolished as part of the $4.9 million emergency department redevelopment.

Cameron Vows ‘New Management’ for U.K. Economy, Health Service (BusinessWeek)
U.K. Conservative party Leader David Cameron kicked off his campaign for a general election that must be held by June, pledging to maintain the budget of the National Health Service and provide “new economic management.”

Health insurance rebate tabled (Newstalk ZB via Yahoo!Xtra News)
The Government is being urged to reconsider the idea of a health insurance rebate for people over the age of 65.

Consultation meetings on proposed health reform to be held this month (Times of Malta)
Three consultation meetings on the proposed improvements in health care are to be organised with the public this month, the government said. In a statement, the Health Ministry denied reports that it intended to introduce payment for health services.

Lessons of a weekend of free health care (MSNBC)
For 17 years, Stan Brock has piloted a nonprofit called Remote Area Medical, offering free health care to the uninsured, the underinsured and the desperate.

Let's play by your health rules (USA Today)
We all bend or break some health rules. And that's usually OK. But many of us also have rules we stick to zealously. So: What are your rules?

Your Health: Come on, women, live a little in 2010! (USA Today)
For many women, 2010 means it's time to lose a few pounds. Or, you could read 'Live a Little! Breaking the Rules Won't Break Your Health.'

Cameron Vows ‘New Management’ for U.K. Economy, Health Service (Bloomberg)
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Conservative party Leader David Cameron kicked off his campaign for a general election that must be held by June, pledging to maintain the budget of the National Health Service and provide “new economic management.”

Low-income women four times more likely to report fair or poor health (Science Daily)
Low-income women are four times more likely to report fair or poor health, and nearly twice as likely to report a health condition that limits one or more of the basic physical activities, according to a new policy brief. They also experience inadequate access to health insurance and health care to a far greater degree than higher-income women, the study found.

In Health Bill for Everyone, Provisions for a Few (New York Times)
Provisions in the Senate health care bill, including one that singles out the construction industry for special treatment, are attracting scrutiny.

Health bills could expand IRS role (USA Today)
Under the proposed health care legislation, Internal Revenue Service agents would be checking to see whether Americans have health insurance.

Senate Likely to Have Edge as Democrats Craft Final Health Bill (Bloomberg via Yahoo! News)
Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Senate Democrats will have the upper hand as U.S. lawmakers return to Washington this month to confront the last major hurdle in the effort to overhaul the nation’s health-care system.

The Promise Of Health Care And Accounting Jobs (NPR)
Even though the first decade of this century ended in a disaster for employment, some economists think we'll see the creation of as many as 15 million new jobs in the new decade. Two sectors that are likely to be leaders in producing new jobs: health care and accounting.

Ohio caps health-coverage cost (The Columbus Dispatch)
People who pay dearly for health insurance - as much as $1,000 a month - because they have diabetes, cancer, kidney failure or other medical conditions soon will be able to save money.

Health departments are showing swine flu prevention ads at Inland theaters (The Press-Enterprise)
Inland health officials are turning to the silver screen to promote H1N1 flu virus prevention and vaccination. Beginning this month, moviegoers in Riverside and San Bernardino counties will see public service announcements about the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, while they are settling into their seats.

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