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Obama offers states health-care flexibility
WASHINGTON - Offering to be more flexible on implementing the health-care law, President Obama called Monday for letting states move sooner to develop alternative plans for meeting its goals - including expanding insurance coverage.

Health Department meeting again to address personnel, organizational concerns
Health officials will discuss personnel issues and the organizational structure of the Lexington-Fay

Obama's health care 'flexibility': Bipartisan compromise or cynical ploy?
The president backs a plan to let states opt out of his health care law earlier than expected. Is he bowing to pressure or outsmarting his opponents?

Few Support 'Individual Mandate' in Health Care Reform Law, Poll Finds
TUESDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Half of U.S. adults still oppose the "individual mandate" clause in the new health care reform law that requires all Americans not already insured to purchase health insurance, while only 22 percent support it, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll finds.

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

Health calendar
Free mammograms: By appointment for the uninsured or underinsured, Citrine Health, 2817 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; 425-259-9899; www.citrinehealth.org.

Health Department Conducting Survey
The Arkansas Department of Health is conducting telephone surveys in Logan and Scott counties that will assess the health of the adults who live there.

Health Care REIT strikes $2.4 billion deal
Health Care REIT Inc. said Monday it will buy all the real-estate assets of privately owned Genesis HealthCare for $2.4 billion.

Md. health chief opposes medical marijuana bill
Maryland's health secretary said Monday he opposes the current version of a bill to legalize medical marijuana because the department lacks the resources to oversee the system to dispense it and the medical use of the drug remains controversial.

Health Directorate checks attitude of its health personnel
Takoradi, March 01, GNA - The Western Regional Health Directorate h= as stepped up its collaboration with training institutions in the health secto= r to ensure that students understand the policies and vision of the service before they complete their training.

Health Overhaul May Raise States' Costs by $118 Billion, Republicans Say
The U.S. health-care law will cost states almost double the amount that congressional auditors estimate, Republican lawmakers said today.

Blumenthal warned of health care cuts
NEW HAVEN — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., was told Monday that big cuts adopted by the new Republican majority in the U.S. House will severely hurt community health care centers in the state, dismantle access to care for the poor and send people back to expensive alternatives.

U.S. to study health impact of BP oil spill
The U.S. National Institutes of Health has launched a massive, long-range health study of people who helped clean up last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Finding the Right Health-Care Coverage Today
How do you know which health-care plan is right for you? Here are ways to sort through the fine print and find the right coverage for you today, from Benjamin Domenech, research fellow at the Heartland Institute.

US health officials on alert over measles infection
US health officials are warning air travelers about possible exposure to measles, after a woman infected with the highly communicable disease traveled in Britain and several US states.

Acquisition costs hit Universal Health 4Q profit
Hospital operator Universal Health Services Inc. said its profit decreased 39 percent in the fourth quarter on costs related to its acquisition of competitor Psychiatric Solutions, but the company's shares rose in Tuesday trading.

President and CEO of RiverStone Health announces retirement
Lil Anderson, president and CEO of RiverStone Health and RiverStone Health Clinic since 1992, announced Tuesday that she will retire June 30, three years to the day after the county's public health agency officially took on its new name.

County health employees receive scholarships
Three Colusa County Behavioral Health employees received financial awards provided through the new Colusa County Workforce, Education and Training scholarship and loan repayment program. Brizia Tafolla, Anthony Hall and Mark McGregor each received...

Health calendar
Free mammograms: By appointment for the uninsured or underinsured, Citrine Health, 2817 Rockefeller Ave., Everett; 425-259-9899; www.citrinehealth.org.

Health Tip: Factors That Increase Your Risk of Atherosclerosis
Title: Health Tip: Factors That Increase Your Risk of Atherosclerosis Category: Health News Created: 3/1/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 3/1/2011

Health Tip: Controlling Baby's Eczema
Title: Health Tip: Controlling Baby's Eczema Category: Health News Created: 3/1/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 3/1/2011

Health Highlights: March 1, 2011
Title: Health Highlights: March 1, 2011 Category: Health News Created: 3/1/2011 12:05:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 3/1/2011

Tufts, Network health plans near deal
Tufts Health Plan, the state’s third-largest health insurer, said its board of directors voted unanimously yesterday to sign a memo of understanding to buy the majority of Network Health. The acquisition deal must still be negotiated and approved by both parties.

Health care, consumer stocks drag on Canada market
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- The Canadian market slipped into the red Wednesday with health care and consumer discretionary stocks leading the downward trend. The S&P/TSX Composite Index fell 20 points, or 0.1%, to 14,103 in recent activity. The S&P/TSX Capped Health Care Index declined 1.1% with shares of SXC Health Solutions Corp. down 1.8%, and the S&P/TSX Capped Consumer Discretionary ...

Why Can't We Reform The Health System?
Reform of the US health system will be impossible so long as management is seen as "optimization of

Health of Older Maori Chart Book released
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia today launched Tatau Kura Tangata : Health of Older Maori Chart Book 2011, which looks at the health of Maori aged 50 years and over.

Illinois governor still backs Obama's health law
Illinois forged ahead with implementing the nation's new health care law Wednesday with support from its Democratic governor.

Breast Health Center earns national accreditation
( Women & Infants Hospital ) The Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island recently earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Health Reform and Romney's Political Health
Republicans criticize Romeny for his statewide health reform law implemented while Governor of Massachusetts

Health unit wants 2.35% funding hike
The area's health unit is asking municipalities for a 2.35-per cent increase in funding. Members of the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Board of Health approved the health unit's $10.9-million annual budget Wednesday at their monthly meeting in Belleville.[...]

Health notes for March 3, 2011
Times staff Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Health notes Wellness seminar today at library Ashleigh Gass, a specialist in certified strength and conditioning and medical exercise, will present a wellness seminar called Health, Exercise, Proper Food Selection and Body Composition Results: Why and How They are Connected, at 6:30 p.m. today at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N. This discussion will ...

Health services provider expands despite threats to funding
West County Health Centers is “in the planning stages” of opening up a wellness center in Forestville, possibly sometime in April.

Health nuts overdo it
Many foods offer an array of health benefits - but only in very small doses.

Bill hypes health insurance scrutiny
Washington health insurance regulators want the public to see and understand what only the government has the right to examine now: the reasons behind health insurance rate hikes. Some health insurers that serve residents in Clark County already are sharing that information in Oregon, where insurers open their rate-request packages to public inspection and comment before any decisions are made ...

Health dept. aims for FDA standards
ALPENA - District Health Department No. 4 is working to align its food program to Food and Drug Administration standards.

Health Tip: Prevent a Hamstring Strain
Title: Health Tip: Prevent a Hamstring Strain Category: Health News Created: 3/2/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2011

Health Tip: Soothe a Bunion
Title: Health Tip: Soothe a Bunion Category: Health News Created: 3/2/2011 10:05:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2011

Health Care Reform and Preventive Care Costs: What Is Free?
WebMD talks about the costs covered for preventive care under health reform. What will insurance cover? Will visits be free? Find out here.

Health care: Big change in drug costs for seniors
Under health care reform, consumers will see several new changes to their insurance coverage this year, the most significant of which affects the nation's 47 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Health department official under fire for alleged misconduct
HAMPSTEAD – A Hampstead man seeking the status of a local restaurant health inspection had his membership to a country club revoked.

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.

Tango Health Helps Companies Nearly Double Health Savings Account (HSA) Participation Rates
Tango Health®, Inc. today announced that its Health Savings Account online management service is helping companies reach HSA participation rates that average almost twice the national level.

Health care: Big change in drug costs for seniors
Under health care reform, consumers will see several new changes to their insurance coverage this year, the most significant of which affects the nation's 47 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Health Care Spending Caps Will Protect Massachusetts Families From Catastrophic Medical Expenses
Nearly 200,000 Bay Staters currently face the threat of catastrophic family health care expenses from serious, unexpected injuries or illnesses, such as accidents, sports injuries, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. A new cap on out-of-pocket expenses, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, will help those families protect both their health and their budgets...

Health Care Spending Caps Will Protect Kentucky Families From Catastrophic Medical Expenses
More than a quarter of a million Kentuckians currently face the threat of catastrophic family health care expenses from serious, unexpected injuries or illnesses, such as accidents, sports injuries, cancer, diabetes, and other diseases. A new cap on out-of-pocket expenses, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, will help those families protect both their health and their budgets...

Health officials to address tobacco at fair
BUSHNELL Health officials to address tobacco at fair BRAD BUCK | Staff Writer [email protected] With the Sumter County ...

Health Dialog Supports Senior Executive Women in Healthcare
Health Dialog today announced it is a Gold Sponsor of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and WBL’s 10th Annual Summit.

Reducing New Zealand's Health Inequities Requires Urgent Action
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is calling for urgent action from the Government and health sector to address health inequities in New Zealand, which continues to perform poorly in terms of health outcomes and access to care when compared to other high income countries. The NZMA's Health Equity position statement, published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal, emphasises the impact ...

No budget hike for health districts
Nova Scotia's nine district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre in Halifax will have to manage with the same amount of money they got last year.

EPA says big budget cut would hurt public health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ability to protect citizens from premature death and other health problems would be gutted if Congress slashes funding as threatened by Republican lawmakers, its chief said on Wednesday.

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