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Month: July, 2010

Month: July, 2010

A lobbying battle is shaping up in Washington over the first major provision of the Obama health plan. The stance that the administration is taking on the fight could undermine its efforts to implement every other element of its legislation. At issue are floors that the new law places on a health plan’s medical-loss ratio, [...]

Maryland Sees Savings In Federal Health Law, For A While At Least

30 July, 2010

Maryland could spend $829 million less than expected on health care between next year and 2020 because of the federal health overhaul law, according to an analysis by a state-convened committee, The Associated Press/Washington Post reports. “The savings, however, last only until the end of the decade, when the federal law shifts a greater share [...]

Happy 45th birthday, Medicare

30 July, 2010

Yup, America’s favorite government-run health care program is downright middle-aged as of this date. Let’s take a moment to reflect on what it has wrought, and how health reform will (and won’t) change it. In 1963, 54 percent of Americans aged 65 or older had what was then called, quaintly, “hospital insurance,” according to the [...]

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27 July, 2010

You reported in April that mineral oil can lower vitamin D levels. Do olive or other oils pose the same risk? —C.L., Thornhill, Ontario, Canada No, because they don’t interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients in the gut. Unlike animal fats or vegetable oils, mineral oil—which is made from petroleum—isn’t digested by the body; [...]

Insurers, Young, Uninsured All Prepare For Different Changes Under Health Reform

26 July, 2010

Insurers, the young, the uninsured and lawmakers are just a few of the groups sorting out what the implementation of health reform means for them as details emerge on changes to the system. The New York Times: Insurers are fighting over the details of how much of the premiums they collect they must spend on [...]

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