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Schwarzenegger appoints 2 top aides to health panel
In his last days in office, governor names chief of staff Susan Kennedy and health secretary Kim Belshe to Health Benefit Exchange Board, which will negotiate insurance rates and ensure tax credits and subsidies are disbursed. In one of his final acts as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed two of his top aides to a powerful new panel that will help negotiate health insurance rates for ...

Health news prescription for confusion
Coffee, once thought to be bad for you, is now considered to be not so bad, some experts say, and routine prostate-cancer screening is something men may or may not need. What to believe? Experts suggest you take the latest big news about what's good or bad for your health with a grain of salt. (Assuming you're still eating salt, of course.)

New health-care rules take effect in new year
Changes are designed to aid Medicare prescription drug recipients, offer seniors more preventive care and limit insurance firms' profit margins.

Health chiefs step up flu jab warning after deaths
HEALTH chiefs are urging people to have their flu jab, after new figures showed people are dying and becoming seriously ill with the condition.

Health chiefs pledge to build the best
HEALTH bosses have vowed to bring the world's best health facilities to Hartlepool's proposed new hospital after returning from a fact-finding mission to the Middle Ea

Health-care law adds rules today
The new year brings important changes to U.S. health-insurance rules, as new provisions related to last year's massive health-care overhaul take effect.

Health Care Reforms Hit Seniors After Ball Drops
Free Cancer Screenings, Higher Drug Costs for Some Seniors are Part of Key Provisions in New Law Taking Affect New Year's Day

Law may bring consumers health insurance rebates
A piece of the federal health reform law taking effect Saturday promises to lower your health insurance premiums and make insurers pay you refunds if they collect excess profits and overhead costs.

Atlantic Health, with hospital in Summit, creates accountable care organization, linchpin in health care reform
Atlantic Health, which includes Overlook Hospital in Summit and Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, has formed an accountable care organization, a patient care and business structure that aims to raise patient care quality, reduce costs, and streamline health care delivery....

New health insurance rules in effect
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- A number of important changes to health insurance rules in last year's healthcare overhaul take effect in 2011, U.S. officials said.

To Your Health: Medical Insurance Changes for 2011
President Obama's new health care law: One major provision takes effect with the New Year today. Parents can now include their adult children, up to age 26, in their medical insurance plans.

New health-care rules to take effect
The new year will bring important changes to U.S. health-insurance rules, as new provisions related to last year's massive health-care overhaul take effect.

Livermore Retirees Sue University Over Health Care Benefits
Retirees from the Livermore Lab have taken the University of California to court, saying it unfairly cast them out of its retiree health-care system.

Briefs: Two public health workers honored
Two members of the Dakota County Public Health staff recently received recognition for their work in the field.

Richard Gomez is on the cover of Men’s Health!
Richard Gomez is on the cover of Men's Health Philippines for January 2011 issue! Richard Gomez is onre of the hottest hunk in the 80's, he is one daring hunk who dares to wear speedo's in his pictorial back then. Now he has mellowed down and is seen as a guest judge in Talentadong Pinoy, host in PO5 and will be seen acting again in the My Driver Sweet Lover all on TV5! Related posts: Enchong ...

Health district to offer flu shots
The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District will have a free flu-shot clinic this week at the Health District’s Immunization Clinic, 225 W. Waco Drive.

UK health technology firms head for Silicon Valley and the Future Health Mission
A group of Britain's brightest health technology companies is to travel to the the Future Health Mission this month to drum up investment on the first trip of its kind.

Group counting on baby boomers to help others navigate health care
For a long time, Andrea Jacobs wondered how to share the expertise that comes from 17 years of living both the medical and financial challenges of Type I diabetes.

Health-care changes are arriving - slowly
Ken Weinstein plans to offer health insurance to four more of his employees this year, three at a real estate business and one at the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy.

Nelson working on health care alternatives
Omaha World-Herald WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Monday defended a coming mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but said she's aware Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is working on alternatives.

Health care reform 101: What will kick in Jan. 1?
Some parts of health care reform are already phasing in. Here nine key provisions that take effect Jan. 1.

To contain health costs, state should try a new way of paying
The governor's pledge to reform the health-care payment system couldn't be more important; a slow, careful transitioning from fee-for-service reimbursements to "global payments”" should begin as soon as possible.

Vermont: Creating a singular health system
The incoming Vermont governor is laying the groundwork for a single-payer health system. As long as the federal government, which must approve the conversion of Medicare and Medicaid to single-payer, makes sure it is fair to patients and providers, it should be a worthy experiment.

Top House GOPer Predicts Bipartisan Effort to End Health Law
Rep. Fred Upton, who will take the helm of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says there's 'significant' bipartisan support to derail new health care law — and a vote to nix it may happen before the State of the Union address. Lawmakers to Clash on Spending, Debt Freshman: We'll Reach Across the Aisle GOP Congressman Targets EPA Rules Obama Faces Looming Crisis in West Africa YOU DECIDE ...

Health care in the hot seat again
Republicans on Sunday demonstrated a united front against health care reform passed by the Obama administration, an issue that is sure to fan the flames on the left and right when a divided Congress returns Wednesday.

Ministry of Health opens health enhancement clinic
DUBAI — The Ministry of Health (MoH) has started a health enhancement clinic in an initial move to face the growing burden of chronic diseases and their causes. The new health enhancement clinics will raise the awareness of community members with chronic diseases and ways of protection.

The GOP Solution To Health Coverage For Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
As we prepare for the start of the GOP effort to 'repeal and replace' Obamacare, this would be a goo

Health care plan for the poor limits options for rural patients
General Assistance recipients used to be able to get health care at any hospital or clinic. Now it's not so easy. Only four hospitals in the state have signed on to provide care for GAMC patients under the revised plan, and all four are located in the Twin Cities area.

G.O.P. Vows to Cut Spending and Roll Back Health Care Bill
Republicans said they would use their gains to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul and press for spending cuts.

Hospital CEOs push for more-coordinated health services
Jay Greene - Four hospital system CEOs in Detroit are recommending changes and the development of a master plan to encourage more coordination of services between several nonprofit health organizations that serve as the medical safety net for...

Obama signs 9/11 health bill
President Barack Obama signed the 9/11 health bill into law in Hawaii on Sunday, White House spokesman Bill Burton said.

Health authorities warn against mosquito menace
The Northern Territory Health Department has warned Territorians not to allow their backyards to turn into breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Muddy waters of health care reform
RENO — As Sen. Harry Reid hails health insurance reform initiatives that take effect Saturday, many Nevadans are wondering what those changes will mean in the long run.

Louisiana Electronic Health Record (HER) incentive program begins Monday, Jan. 3
Louisiana Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive program begins Monday, Jan. 3   Health care providers can receive as much as $63,750 over next six years; hospitals begin with $2 million base

More health reports support moderate drinking
But jury is still out.

Health: Let's tackle rising obesity
I READ with concern that Malaysia has the sixth highest number of obese adults in Asia. This was revealed by Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai on Dec 8.

Health care in Congress' cross hairs
GOP is ready to repeal overhaul, while Democrats say bring it on.

6 states to watch on health reform
Health reform repeal efforts will generate a lot of noise in the opening weeks of the 112th Congress – but the real action on health reform is going to ramp up outside the Beltway in state capitals.

Health care options for veterans
As the national debate on the future of health care continues and the economy sputters, certain qualifying veterans have an alternative to augment their current health care options.

Health reforms kick up for 2011
Kayleen Johnson's biggest worry in college isn't always her classes: It's making sure she's always enrolled full-time so she doesn't lose her health insurance.

Health reform repeal: Realistic GOP goal or 'reckless stunt'?
While some commentators see House Republicans' plan to push through a repeal of "ObamaCare" as smart politics, others call it delusional

Public Health Ignored In The National Health Reform Agenda, Australia
The current national health reform agenda has ignored public health and focused on addressing problems with acute care and the hospital system, according to an article in the Medical Journal of Australia. Prof Raina MacIntyre, Professor of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, expressed concern that ...

Cleveland Wants to Be a Health-Care Hub
Cleveland, which has been losing manufacturing jobs for decades, has spent almost $1 billion on everything from new downtown sports stadiums to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in an attempt to rev up its economy, so far with mixed success. Next up: health care. In January construction will start on a $465 million Medical Mart & Convention Center targeted at manufacturers of health-care equipment ...

7 ways the new health law will hit home this year
Opponents of the new health care overhaul law are threatening to repeal, defund and kill it in court, but that isn’t stopping Washington from implementing a number of important provisions in 2011. While many people will welcome the new benefits, some will face higher costs as a result of the law.

State health officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips sets goals for 2011
The state health officer wants to reduce the demand for medical services: tests, doctors and hospitals.

Spectrum Health Adds Mobile Access to Patient Portal Built on InterSystems Ensemble
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spectrum Health Adds Smartphone Access to InterSystems Ensemble-based Web Portal

Sen. Brown defends rule requiring health insurance
By JULIE M. MCKINNON BLADE STAFF WRITER The contentious requirement that all U.S. residents have health-care coverage or pay penalties is not a move toward communism, and everyone needs to have a plan if insurance companies are to be required to cover those with high-risk conditions, says a U.S. senator who visited Toledo Sunday. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), who answered health-care-reform ...

SERIES: Health care has changed
It's the end of one year and the beginning of another; a time for introspection and anticipation. The Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix commissioned an exclusive poll by Sigma Analytics examining Saskatchewan residents' views on a wide range of subjects. Our 10-part series on the results continues today.

Health care reform 101: What kicked in Jan. 1?
Some parts of health care reform are already phasing in. Here nine key provisions that took effect on January 1st.

Employers expect health reform to raise costs: Survey
Already facing burgeoning health care plan costs, employers say the health care reform law will increase them even more, according to a survey released today.

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