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Should smokers and obese workers pay more for health care?
Companies have long tried to get workers to quit smoking and start exercising. Now employers are aiming where it hurts: The paycheck

Health Management Associates, Inc. Announces Proposed Revolving Credit Facility, Term Loans and Private $1 Billion ...
Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced today that it is proposing, subject to market and other conditions, to enter into a new ...

California Health Insurance Company, Sofi Insurance, Now Helps Clients Find Affordable Health Coverage
LOS ANGELES -- One hot topic that everyone in California and the rest of the country is thinking about is health care. As health insurance companies continue to lower prices in order to corner the market, ...

In implementing health reform, governors are turning to unilateral action
A few parts of the health reform law require states to amend their existing laws to reform their insurance markets. For instance, most states need to pass new laws to participate in the health exchanges that will launch in 2014. Usually, this requires the legislature. But those efforts have often run into political opposition. In 2011, more than a dozen state-level, exchange bills failed. Read ...

Employers May Drop Plans Once Health Law Starts
Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent of them are thinking about dropping coverage, in part because most employees will have an alternative -- government-subsidized insurance exchanges.

Pizza Pizza Earns Health Check(TM) on Five Menu Items
TORONTO, ONTARIO-- - Pizza Pizza joins the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Health Check program with five menu items, including new pizzas and salad, that meet the nutritional criteria of the program. Customers ...

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Selects Marathon Health as Onsite Medical Services Provider
BURLINGTON, VT-- - Marathon Health, Inc. today announced its selection to provide onsite medical services for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's 6,400 employees, retirees and dependents. The ...

Fresh Healthy Cafe Helps Employers Reduce Health Benefit Costs With Workplace Health Rewards
PORT ORANGE, FL-- - Employers all over Florida will be kicking off open enrollment periods this month. One thing employees will notice is that prices have increased on most health plan benefits. However, ...

SeeChange Health Insurance Inks Deal to Supply Scales and Blood Pressure Monitors to Health Plan Members
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- - SeeChange Health Insurance , a rapidly growing health insurance company that provides value-based health insurance plans to small and medium-sized employers, has signed an agreement ...

Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care Close on Merger
Contact: Lisa Lagger, Provena Health, +1-708-478-6356, +1-708-476-0176 Cell, [email protected]; Brian Crawford, Resurrection Health Care, +1-773-792-6322, +1-708-275-1456 Cell, [email protected]

Getting Results-Based Wellness Right, Part Three: Communicating Biometric Screenings, Health Risk Assessments During ...
BELLEVUE, WA-- - The dual impacts of health care reform and ever-rising health care costs are driving companies to more aggressively push wellness programs and tie those programs to premiums. According ...

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

Health Tip: Install Car Seats Correctly
(HealthDay News) -- Car seats help protect your baby from serious injury in the event of an accident, so it's important to make sure they're correctly installed and used.

Obama’s physician says he’s in ‘excellent health’ and tobacco free
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is in excellent health and tobacco free, his doctor said Monday in the results of the president’s second physical exam since taking office. In the two-page report released by the White House, Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman also said Obama is physically active, eats a healthy diet, stays at a healthy weight, and on occasion drinks alcohol in moderation. Read full ...

Health research centre to open in Yellowknife
Researchers will no longer have to travel south to analyze information about northerners' health.

Health-care Stocks: Amedisys hit by write-down, news execs to leave
A write-down for the third quarter, plus an announcement that two executives are leaving, send Amedisys shares tumbling.

Piece by piece, will Obama's health-care reform law be dismantled?
The landmark health-care reform law – President Obama's signature domestic triumph – has suffered its first major body blow, dealt not by Republican lawmakers intent on dismantling "Obamacare" but by the administration's own Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.

Piece by piece, will Obama's health-care reform law be dismantled?
The administration itself has abandoned a long-term health-care provision for seniors, and the Supreme Court will decide soon whether to take up the law. Critics see beginning of the end for Obama's health-care reforms.

Health Net of Arizona Introduces ExcelCare
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net of Arizona, Inc., a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. (NYSE: HNT), and Banner Health Network have collaborated to create Health Net ExcelCare, a new cost-effective commercial HMO network for Maricopa County and parts of Pinal County effective January 1, 2012. ExcelCare consists exclusively of nationally recognized Banner Health Network providers. “We worked ...

Health Rules Prod U.S. Hospitals to Form Networks for Care
Hospital chains such as Community Health Systems Inc. may get as much as $1.9 billion in bonuses by forming joint ventures to improve care and cut medical costs under regulations released by the Obama administration.

November is National Health Food Month
TORONTO, ONTARIO-- - The Canadian Health Food Association has designated November as National Health Food Month, an opportunity for Canadians to take stock of what they're consuming-from food to products ...

Health Net Earnings Preview
Health Net will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

Vanguard Health Systems reports quarterly loss of $19.2M
Vanguard Health Systems Inc., the parent company of the Detroit Medical Center, said Monday it posted a net loss of $19.2 million or 26 cents a share attributable to shareholders during its first quarter ending Sept. 30.

Independence Blue Cross Launches New Lower-Cost, High-Value Individual Health Plans
PHILADELPHIA -- Independence Blue Cross (IBC) is pleased to announce today the introduction of two new progressively designed health plans for individuals and families that offer coverage beginning this ...

Health Buzz: ADHD Drugs Don't Raise Kids' Heart Risks
Study: ADHD Drugs Don't Cause Heart Problems in Kids

Health campaigners warn against J&J baby shampoo
* J&J says phasing out formaldehyde-releasers* Health group: preservative may trigger cancer, allergies* Preservative quaternium-15 is in Johnson's Baby Shampoo* Quaternium-15 works by releasing formaldehydeBy ...

Global health fund probe uncovers $20m in losses
A global health fund investigating its own losses in grant money said Tuesday that 12 more probes had turned up an additional $20 million of mismanagement, alleged fraud and misspending.

Health campaigners urge boycott of J&J baby shampoo
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A coalition of health campaigners on Tuesday urged a boycott of Johnson & Johnson until it removes from its baby shampoo a preservative considered by the government to be a possible trigger for some cancers and skin allergies.

Forbes Earnings Preview: Health Care REIT
Wall Street is high on Health Care REIT (HCN), expecting it to report earnings that are up 11.4% from a year ago when it reports its third quarter earnings on Thursday, November 3, 2011. The consensus estimate is 88 cents per share, up from earnings of 79 cents per share a year ago.

Report: Vt. public health care cost could top $9B
New projections by the state of Vermont say a public, universal health care system would cost between $8.2 billion and $9.5 billion a year — roughly $13,000 to $14,000 per resident — by 2020, but that sticking with the current system based on private insurers would cost even more.

Obama: health, economy to affect Keystone decision
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday health and economic factors would be taken into account when he decides whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL pipeline proposal.

Health cash could be raided - MPs
Cash-strapped councils may raid their health budgets to pay for basic services such as filling in potholes on local roads, MPs are warning.

Editorial: Health insurance changes warranted
Shawnee County commissioners on Thursday will consider changes to the county employees' health insurance program that will include asking single employees to pay, for the first time, something toward the cost of their insurance.

Health ruling could be huge jolt
The Supreme Court is holding a private conference on whether to hear any or all of the four lawsuits.

Health Systems Show Razor Thin' Profits
Lakeland Regional Medical Center's rates going up 8 percent. Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 12:15 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.

Denver Health CEO Patricia Gabow to retire after 20 years at helm
Longtime Denver Health chief executive Dr. Patricia Gabow will retire in September, leaving behind a national reputation for quality and a local legacy of fighting for the poor.

Health Net now sees FY11 revenue $11.8B vs. consensus $11.8B
Health Net now sees FY11 revenue $11.8B vs. consensus $11.8B

Health calendar
Medicare beneficiaries who haven’t been paying close attention might not realize that the program’s open enrollment period started earlier this year, on Oct. 15.

Wise response to city health costs
The health insurance crisis facing Lexington's public employees and elected officials feels lik

Health Net 3Q profit slips on lower gov't revenue
Insurer Health Net Inc. said Wednesday its profit declined 1 percent in the third quarter on reduced revenue from a contract with the military's Tricare health program.

Health Tip: Sleep Soundly During Pregnancy
(HealthDay News) -- Getting plenty of sleep is important during pregnancy, but those inevitable physical changes while you're pregnant can make sleep uncomfortable.

Health Tip: What Triggers Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
(HealthDay News) -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common cause of intestinal bloating, irregularity, gasiness, and cramps. While it has no known organic cause, the condition may be aggravated by emotional stress and other typical factors.

Health Highlights: Nov. 2, 2011
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Mugabe should mull resigning over health, age: Zimbabwe PM
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe should consider resigning because of his age and health, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said Wednesday, fueling speculation on the veteran strongman's future ahead of elections.

Indigenous health road map to be developed
INDIGENOUS health road-map aims to increase Aboriginal life expectancy that's 11 years below that of other Australians.

Indigenous health roadmap next year
A national indigenous health roadmap aimed at closing the life expectancy gap will be developed next year.

Health Care Bigger Worry for State Governments Than Pensions, Millard Says
The cost of health care for public employees surpasses unfunded pension liabilities as a financial worry for states, said Charles Millard, managing director for pension relations at Citigroup.

Faculty Of Public Health Welcomes Health Select Committee Public Health Report
The Health Select Committee's report into public health was welcomed by The Faculty of Public Health (FPH), who appreciates the report's recommendations of addressing their main concerns on the impact of public health in terms of the Health and Social Care Bill. According to the FPH, the recommendations now have to be backed up by their proposed amendments to the bill and are being debated by ...

Resurrection Health Care Announces the Opening of Its First Express Care Clinic Inside JEWEL-OSCO in Lakeview to Offer ...
CHICAGO, IL-- - Resurrection Health Care announced the opening of its first Express Care clinic, located inside the JEWEL-OSCO at 2940 N. Ashland, Chicago's Lakeview community. The Express Care staff will ...

Genomic Health rises after raising profit forecast
Shares of Genomic Health Inc. climbed Wednesday, a day after the cancer test maker reported strong third-quarter results and raised its annual profit guidance.

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