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Federal judge rejects health law
Pensacola, Fla. — A federal judge declared the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional Monday, siding with 26 states, including Michigan, that argued people cannot be required to buy health insurance.

Health care could be high-court nail-biter
Monday’s federal court decision striking down the Democrats health care reform law is just Act I in a long legal drama — and nobody knows how it will end.

Fla. judge in Obama health suit has own med story
The judge who ruled the Obama administration's health care overhaul unconstitutional questioned whether the government was reaching beyond its power by requiring citizens to buy health insurance because everyone needs medical care.

Health unit says 2% tax levy increase needed
Heading into his fourth term as chairman of the local board of health, Jack Butt is well aware of the challenges the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit have on the horizon in 2011.[...]

Health Indicators-What Are They? Canada
Today, the Health Council of Canada releases a guide on health indicators called A Citizen's Guide to Health Indicators. For individuals with an interest in health care and how to use health information, this resource provides an introduction to health indicators, what they are, where they come from, and how they can influence health care decisions and policies. Health indicators have become a ...

Mental health work stymied
Regulations requiring stricter credentialing of mental health services have forced local providers to cut services, which could negatively impact the quality of mental health care available in the Roanoke Valley.

Health Premium Costs: Hot Topic In Partisan Debate
Just as President Obama and members of his administration assert that health insurance premiums will go down under the health overhaul, GOP lawmakers argue these claims are overstated. Ultimately, how this issue shakes out will be central to the public's perception of the new law. Politico: Fact Check: Will Insurance Rates Fall? [How insurance premiums change is] one of the most important ...

Judge: Health Care Law Unconstitutional
The federal health care law requiring Americans to buy health insurance unlawfully expands the powers to Congress by forcing consumers to buy something they may not want, a Florida federal judge “reluctantly” ruled on Monday, Jan. 31. Gov. Scott issues statement

Health Net Swings To 4Q Profit But Revenue Slides
Health Net Inc. (HNT) posted a profit in the fourth-quarter, rebounding from a loss in the year-earlier quarter caused by charges related to the sale of its Northeast business, as the managed-care provider benefited in the latest quarter from lower medical costs in relation to premiums.

Health ruling respects limits on government
For the second time in weeks, a federal judge has declared that Congress went far beyond what the Constitution permits when it passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Health Law Unconstitutional: Do You Agree?
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson said Monday that the federal government cannot require Americans to buy health insurance, siding with the 26 states that are fighting the law. Vinson is the second federal judge to strike down key elements of Predident Obama's health care law.

Federal judge tosses out sweeping health care reform act
A federal judge in Florida has tossed out the sweeping health care reform law championed by President Barack Obama, setting up what is likely to be a contentious Supreme Court challenge over the legislation in coming months.

How Democrats Learned to Love the Health Insurance Mandate
Democrats weren't always supporters of requiring people to have health coverage; their real goal was

Health-Care Ruling: All Eyes on Justice Kennedy
With a Florida judge’s ruling against the administration Monday, Obama’s health-care plan seems destined for a Supreme Court showdown, where Justice Anthony Kennedy will be in the swing vote.

Understanding What the New Health Care Decision Means in the Long Run
A second federal district judge struck down President Obama's health care overhaul Monday, and though the White House is dismissing the opinion as an "outlier," some liberals are still nervous--and many conservatives are overjoyed. The Justice Department is appealing the decision, and the case will probably take about two years to wind its way to the Supreme Court. And then what happens ...

Health-Care Ruling a Win for Self-Employed
Hailing U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as unconstitutional, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. said that the decision is an important win for small business owners and the self-employed.  The Florida judge ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, and ...

Health Highlights: Feb. 1, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Study: Internet Heavily Used for Seeking Health Info
Looking for health information ranks as the third most popular online activity among adult Internet users in the U.S., behind the use of e-mail and search engines, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Health-Care Law Goes to Appeals Courts as States Differ on Statute's Scope
The fate of U.S. President Barack Obama ’s health-care law now moves to federal appeals courts in three cities as lower-court judges split evenly over whether the 2010 statute is valid under the U.S. Constitution.

Health Law’s Uncertainty Leads to Worries on Care Limits
The health care law banned lifetime limits on coverage for the first time, erasing the financial burdens, including personal bankruptcy, that had affected many ailing Americans.

Health-Reform Ruling Could Solve Romney's Dilemma
Mitt Romney is leading the field, but he is believed to be highly vulnerable in the primary season because he ushered in health care reform in Massachusetts while he was governor

Health authority unfair: disabled man
An eastern Newfoundland man believes the Eastern Regional Health Authority has not hired him because he's disabled.

McConnell set to force health repeal vote
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday that a measure aimed at repealing the national health care overhaul will be offered this week as an amendment to the first Senate bill of the new Congress.

Reporter’s Notebook: Tea Party Shadows Health Care Ruling
Some critics say the federal judge in Florida who ruled against the health care law deliberately nodded toward the Tea Party movement in his decision.

Health Net posts better-than-expected 4Q profit
Insurer Health Net Inc. on Tuesday reported a larger-than-expected profit for the fourth quarter even though revenue sank compared to the final quarter of 2009 due to the sale of the insurer's Northeast businesses.

Health-Reform Ruling Could Solve Romney's Dilemma
Mitt Romney is leading the field, but he is believed to be highly vulnerable in the primary season because he ushered in health care reform in Massachusetts while he was governor

GOP presidential field praises health law ruling
A judge's ruling that called President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul unconstitutional renewed criticism from his potential 2012 rivals, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leading the unified pack on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats to Allow Early Vote on Health Care Repeal
Democrats remained confident that the health care law would ultimately survive challenges both in Congress and in the courts.

The Constitution: The Only Cure for Health Care
The American health care system will live to see another day, thanks to Monday's ruling by a Florida District Court judge that declared the new health care law unconstitutional, saying the entire law should be voided as a result.

Not many House Republicans rejecting health benefits on principle
It's now official. Starting Tuesday, members of Congress may receive generous health care benefits -- subsidized by Uncle Sam.

Health care providers look for new ways to serve diverse LGBT community
Health surveys in Multnomah and Benton counties in 2009 highlighted the need for additional conversations about health equity and access in the LGBT community.

Officials to Weigh Free Birth Control Under Health Law
The Obama administration is examining whether the new health care law can be used to require insurance plans to offer contraceptives and other family planning services to women free of charge.

GOP targets health care law in Congress and out
Buoyed by a federal court ruling, Senate Republicans maneuvered for a vote to repeal the year-old health care law on Tuesday while the party's potential White House contenders took turns urging them on.

Officials to Weigh Free Birth Control Under Health Law
The Obama administration is examining whether the new health care law can be used to require insurance plans to offer contraceptives and other family planning services to women free of charge.

Health Highlights: Jan. 31, 2011
Title: Health Highlights: Jan. 31, 2011 Category: Health News Created: 1/31/2011 4:05:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2011

Health Tip: Help Prevent Bruises
Title: Health Tip: Help Prevent Bruises Category: Health News Created: 2/1/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2011

Health Tip: Why Do I Have Gingivitis?
Title: Health Tip: Why Do I Have Gingivitis? Category: Health News Created: 2/1/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2011

Health Matters
TODAY Prepared Childbirth 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, Center for Advanced Medicine, Memorial Health, 4700 Waters Ave. This course gives an overview of reproductive anatomy and physiology and explains the process of labor and delivery and includes a tour of the labor and delivery unit. Cost: $75. For information, call 912-350-2676 or go to www.memorialhealth ...

Health reform 101 - what's involved
In 2010, the 111th Congress of the United States passed the most comprehensive federal effort at transforming the health care system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s with the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." Few legislative efforts in recent memory have evoked such passionate and sometimes hostile debate ...

Health reform boosts insurance premiums in Idaho
Health screenings and vaccinations are among the requirements driving premiums even higher than usual this year, according to Idaho’s two largest health insurers.

Arizona health cuts hurt state's children, report says
While the rest of the country has maintained or increased health care programs for children, Arizona has become an outlier. The state ranked 49th in a new state-by-state survey.

Health-reform law has had some setbacks
IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY! . . . for health-care reform, that is. Just as the calendar never flips for Bill Murray's character in the classic 1993 movie, the defining legislation of President Obama's tenure goes up and down - passed and repealed, enacted and blocked - but rarely forward.

Stealth Health Care App Raises $2.5 Million
Massive Health announced Wednesday that it has raised a $2.5 Million seed round from Felicis VC, Greylock Discovery Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Charles River Ventures. But what the company's doing with the money is still vague.

Arizona health cuts hurt state's children, report says
State ranks 49th in new survey that compares 20 indicators of health-system performance.

Health care providers blast Cuomo’s budget
The health care honeymoon is over for the governor. After waiting hopefully for the state to devise solutions to its $10 billion deficit, health care providers on Tuesday slammed the governor's budget as a heavy-handed proposal that would result in the biggest health care cuts in the state's history. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget [...]

Mental health work stymied
Regulations requiring stricter credentialing of mental health services have forced local providers to cut services, which could negatively impact the quality of mental health care available in the Roanoke Valley.

Health Reform Repeal: Senate Vote Imminent
Democrats will try to quash health reform repeal with procedural vote on FAA bill

Earnings Preview: Cardinal Health
Cardinal is slated to report its second quarter fiscal 2011 results on February 3.

Health care reforms guidelines a moving target for employers
To describe the recently passed Health Reform legislation as complicated might be an understatement

Senate Health Repeal Vote Today
Democrats will try to quash health reform repeal with procedural vote on FAA bill

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