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Obama going to Maine to boost new health care law
President Barack Obama is going back on the road Thursday as part of his campaign to build public support for his new health care law.

Can't afford health care? Wait 'til June
For millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans, health reform legislation will soon remove some of the barriers preventing them from getting the coverage they need.

VA uncertain of long-range health costs
The Department of Veterans Affairs has no way of determining long-range health care costs for the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal study on the wars' impact released Wednesday shows.

Health care's next chapter: A play for hearts and minds
Supporters and opponents of the new health care law in Congress are trying to sell their side of the debate.

Iraq health official killed at his Baghdad home
Gunmen armed with silenced pistols fatally shot a Health Ministry official at his home in Baghdad in an apparent targeting of government employees, according to Iraqi police.

Mass. agency limits health premium increases
Massachusetts regulators issued their first batch of health care price controls on Thursday, rejecting the vast majority of small business health premium increases sought this year by the state's major insurers.

Obama to tout health bills business benefits
President Barack Obama is promoting his health overhaul's benefits for small businesses as he tries to rally public support behind the new law scorned by Republicans and protesters.

States Hope New Funding From Health Law Will Bolster Unique Programs
Starting today, federal funding from the health overhaul law becomes available to expand coverage of Medicaid. Some states are seeking to use that money in current programs that cover low-income people who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Health Highlights: April 1, 2010
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Obama to promote health bill's business benefits
President Barack Obama is promoting his health care overhaul's benefits for small businesses as he tries to rally public support behind the new law scorned by Republicans and protesters.

2 million eager for health care on parents' plans
Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance.

Obama seeks to reassure small business on health care
President Obama sought to reassure jittery small-business owners Thursday that they stand to benefit from the recently enacted health care law -- an assertion not universally shared by a traditionally Republican-leaning constituency.

Obama Challenges Republicans on Health Care
President Obama, traveling in Maine, ridiculed Republicans for apocalyptic predictions about the health care program and needled them about their campaign platform calling for repeal.

Obama, GOP still face health care reform traps
Health care reform is in the same political realm as climate change, with the country divided among those who believe it is settled, those who doubt everything about it, and those waiting for more evidence.

Health industry invests in state elections
The next battles over President Obama's sweeping revamp of the nation's health care system will be waged in the states where health care interests are heavily invested.

Ariz. governor signs bill authorizing health suit
Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill giving her authority to skirt the state's Democratic attorney general and file a lawsuit challenging federal health care legislation.

Verizon to take $970M charge from health care bill
The corporate tax impact of the recent health care overhaul grew Thursday as Verizon Communications Inc. announced it will record a related $970 million non-cash charge in the first quarter.

Obama urges patience as health care law kicks in
Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Americans not to judge the nearly $1 trillion legislation he signed into law last week until the reforms take hold.

Health dangers lurk in New England floodwaters
The sun is out. The water level is falling. Traffic is starting to flow again. While things appear to be looking up in Rhode Island, the state hit hardest this week by three days of rain and record flooding, health and environmental officials warn there's still danger below the surface.

Health industry invests in states
The next battles over President Obama's health care revamp will be waged in the states where health care interests are heavily invested.

Obama urges patience as health care law kicks in
Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama on Thursday urged Americans not to judge the nearly $1 trillion legislation he signed into law last week until the reforms take hold.

Verizon to take $970M charge from health care bill
The corporate tax impact of the recent health care overhaul grew Thursday as Verizon Communications Inc. announced it will record a related $970 million non-cash charge in the first quarter.

The US health care battle: The Sequel
President Barack Obama and his Republican foes are plunging anew into toxic health care politics, in a fresh struggle to dictate public opinion seven months before congressional elections.

Obama: US would go bankrupt without health changes
President Barack Obama says he did a full court press for a health care system remake because "this country was going to go bankrupt."

New health care law has benefits for seniors
A clear goal of the new health care reform law: increased access to home-based care. Last month's health care law contained some benefits for the nation's older population. It provided long-term care options to allow more seniors to stay in their current homes rather than seek institutionalized care, and called for more publicly available information about nursing homes.

Health Highlights: April 2, 2010
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Verizon Joins AT&T, Deere in Booking Costs From Health-Care Law
April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Verizon Communications Inc. , the second-largest U.S. phone company, became the latest company to record a cost related to the U.S. health-care overhaul, saying it will incur a $970 million expense.

2M young adults eager to get on parents' health care plans
In about six months, the new health care law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents' policies. These are the "millennials," those who came of age in the new century and now are struggling to get on their feet during the worst slump since the Depression.

The great elaborator: Obama gives 17-minute answer to health-care query in N.C.
CHARLOTTE -- Even by President Obama's loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.

Health-care comparison to Arkansas resistance is inapt
The comparison by Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (D) of the challenges by other states to health-care reform to Arkansas's 1957 defiance of Brown v. Board of Education ["Under shadow of '57, Arkansas stays out of health-care fight," news story, March 30] was outrageous; there are no parallels.

Texas experience shows pitfalls of small business health insurance pools
Texas experience shows pitfalls of small business health insurance pools

Utah's health reform resistance not expected to block first benefits
Utah has thrown up two roadblocks to federal health reform: Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has sued over requirements that go into effect in 2014, and lawmakers are requiring state agencies to report to them before implementing any aspect of the new law.

GOP touting health stance
WASHINGTON - The fight over health reform may be over in Congress, but at the ballot box, it's just beginning.

How health reforms will change taxes
Individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000 will pay for a good chunk of health care reform through higher Medicare taxes on their earnings and a new Medicare tax on investment income such as dividends, interest and capital... Medicare - Health care - Healthcare reform - United States - Politics

Health Department confirms that Peppa's was cleared to reopen
The state Health Department confirmed today that it had reinstated the food permit for Peppa's Korean BBQ.

Local effects of health reform under scrutiny
DECATUR In the wake of the passage of historic health carelegislation, health institutions, businesses and individualsnationwide have spent time reacting to what changes to the currentsystem might mean for them. Locally, health care leaders said thatat this point, they can see benefits and drawbacks to the billsmany provisions.

Assess and listen: Tools in mental health first aid
Mental health first-aid training which could become as commonplace as CPR training within the next decade is being offered in Lancaster County for the first time.The program, which originated in Australia nine years ago, is designed to teach police officers, first responders and othe...

Art of tackling health-care conundrum
Minister for Health Khaw Boon Wan addressed the "Healthcare in Asia" conference on March 30, 2010. We carry today an edited excerpt from his speech. FROM Australia to the United States, health-care reform has been a political buzzword in the developed world.

Short-term customers boosting health costs
Thousands of consumers are gaming Massachusetts 2006 health insurance law by buying insurance when they need to cover pricey medical care, such as fertility treatments and knee surgery, and then swiftly dropping coverage, a practice that insurance executives say is driving up costs for other people and small businesses.

How health reforms will change taxes
Individuals earning more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000 will pay for a good chunk of health care reform through higher Medicare taxes on their earnings and a new Medicare tax on investment income such as dividends, interest and capital... Medicare - Health care - Healthcare reform - United States - Politics

Valle del Sol opens Avondale behavioral-health office
First West Valley office in Avondale to provide adults behavioral-health services.

Rudd's threat to force poll on health
KEVIN RUDD is preparing to apply the blowtorch to the states by threatening to make the crucial meeting with premiers sit for several days to achieve agreement on his health and hospitals reform plan.

Small businesses fear for health
Small-business owner Joe Ascioti says Massachusetts' 2006 health care law has left him facing $15,000 in fines since it took effect. Now, he's worried the nation's new health care overhaul could bring similar woes to employers nationwide.

Outdoor furnace opponents to present health study
Opponents of outdoor wood-burning furnaces are presenting a study of how smoke from the devices has affected the health of nearby residents.

IRAQ: Health system needs years of work
Source: IRIN Much more time and effort is needed to improve Iraq's health system and institutions, which have been battered by decades of conflict, underinvestment and neglect, the country's top health official said on 3 April.

India lags behind in health sector than many countries, says Pranab Mukherjee
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said that India lags behind in health sector than many developed and underdeveloped nations.

Deep divides over health care legislation
Recently, I drafted a letter expressing my frustration with the health care bill -- both the process and the outcome. I delayed sending it, feeling it was somehow inappropriate, since I know that there are others whose situation is far worse.

Health care reform leaves out illegal immigrants
Paula Medrano shifts uncomfortably on the doctor's examination table, holding out a wrist inflamed and swollen by arthritis. The 78-year-old has no health insurance, lives below the federal poverty level, and can't pay for the medication she needs.

Liberal leader to be briefed on health and hospital plans
The Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Federal Government will do its best to brief the Liberal leader Will Hodgman on the proposed shakeup of the health system.

Rantin: Health advocates gather accolades
Healthy Learners recently honored several community members for their efforts to improve the health care of disadvantaged youth.

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