Colorado governor race: Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hempy and Hess on the issues

 :: Posted by admin on 10-23-2014

Colorado governor race: Hickenlooper, Beauprez, Hempy and Hess on the issues
On top of all that, we have seen cancelled policies, often dramatic premium increases, and we are now starting to see the effects of the coming employer mandate. For instance, the University of Colorado has cut student workers' hours directly as a …
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ObamaCare Returns as an Election Albatross
North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan, for example, said in February she wanted to show the Affordable Care Act “is something whose time is come.” A month later Colorado Sen. Mark Udall said “we did the right thing” in passing the law and told voters he “would …
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10 Questions for Eric Holder's Replacement as Attorney General
With Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational marijuana and more states expected to do so — the selective enforcement of federal marijuana laws under Holder has come under increasing scrutiny from both sides of the debate over the drug war. “Up …
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Bay Area's Vaxart seeks to test experimental Ebola vaccine

 :: Posted by admin on 10-23-2014

Bay Area's Vaxart seeks to test experimental Ebola vaccine
If approved by the FDA, trials would begin near the end of the first quarter of 2015 in a small group of healthy humans, to first ensure that the vaccine can be taken safely. Those studies would likely be done in the United States, Latour said …
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Hospital Of Dallas Ebola Patients Posts Poor ER Benchmarks
But Daniel Zingale, who pioneered California health reform plans, said having non-staff physicians creates a certain amount of risk. Even under ordinary circumstances, he said, it's a challenge to maintain coordination and flow of information in a …
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Delaware US senate candidates argue over health care, government spending

 :: Posted by admin on 10-23-2014

Delaware US senate candidates argue over health care, government spending
Wade criticized Coons for his support of the Affordable Care Act, saying it's not a benefit to most Delawareans and businesses. “My small business had our health insurance canceled,” said Wade. “We've carried insurance for 30 years but it was canceled …
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Health Service Corps expands primary care workforce in needy Delaware
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Oct. 8 that, because of the Affordable Care Act, $ 283 million has been invested in the National Health Service Corps in fiscal year 2014 to increase access to primary care services in …
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Whatever happened to push to 'repeal and replace' Obamacare?
House leaders carried through on their promise to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The GOP cast more than 40 votes to scrap or defund all or part of the law, but Democrats are asking, "where's the replacement?' "We haven't seen much replace …
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Johnson, Spears diverge on government's role

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Johnson, Spears diverge on government's role
NORTH MANKATO — The two candidates running for Minnesota House District 19A largely agreed Monday during their debate at South Central College about the major issues facing Minnesota's future. But DFL incumbent Rep. … He said he believes government …
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Home Care Workers Take Fight for to the Ballot Box
The other hours a worker spends — taking a bus between clients or in employer-mandated training, for instance — aren't typically paid for at all. Plus, unpredictable and part-time hours reduce the earnings of home care … In August, nearly 27,000 …
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No edge for McLaren on hospital

 :: Posted by admin on 10-22-2014

No edge for McLaren on hospital
In states where regulations do not exist to control facility growth, hospitals have been built exclusively in upper-income areas and the costs for payers, including insurance companies and employers, have gone up. … exception comes from Friends of …
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False And Misleading Claims Rock Michigan Race Between Gary Peters, Terri
Until 2012, Steyer owned Farallon Capital Management, a hedge fund that invested in Kinder Morgan, an energy company that owns a pipeline that runs from Canadian tar sands to Pacific ports. This pipeline would be an … The ad attacks Peters for his …
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Acupuncturist aims to bring practice to the masses
I wish someone had told me earlier how much courage and guts it takes to hang a shingle and to open a small business. 3. What's a common misconception you … My first job was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, working at the United States Geological Survey …
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Morning Agenda: Push to Bolster Banks' Cyberdefenses

 :: Posted by admin on 10-22-2014

Morning Agenda: Push to Bolster Banks' Cyberdefenses
In Maine, for example, a lobbyist for OneMain argued that subprime borrowers in need of loans were better off borrowing from regulated installment lenders than turning to payday firms, which are often outside the reach of most regulators. … The …
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Victoria L. Phillips: Black males' higher risks in heart surgery, police
In the case of bypass surgeries, health researchers have amassed and analyzed mountains of data to understand what leads to fatalities. In a complex process, known as risk adjustment, they consider a vast array of patient-specific factors, such as …
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Debate roundup: Sparks fly
Baker defended his past leadership of then fiscally-troubled Harvard Pilgrim Health Care saying his actions helped save jobs, protect insurance plans, and ensure the stability of health care providers. Coakley criticized him for raising premiums and …
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Premium spikes catch up with small businesses

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Premium spikes catch up with small businesses
In Minnesota, more than 300,000 people obtained coverage last year in the market for small groups, those with 50 or fewer enrollees. At the time, the market generated about $ 1.38 billion in premium revenue, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.
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Medica Research Institute to Study Pent-Up Demand in Health Care
The researchers will use enrollment and claims data from Medica's 1.2 million Minnesota members to examine health care utilization among newly enrolled members of private individual and family (non-group) plans in Minnesota's exchange and in the …
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More medical groups want study of proposed mine
HOYT LAKES, Minn. — More medical groups have joined in asking for a human health risk assessment of the proposed PolyMet copper mine project in northern Minnesota. On Monday, officials from the Minnesota Public Health Association, Minnesota Medical …
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Like having a 'hefty mortgage without an actual house': Your student debt stories

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Like having a 'hefty mortgage without an actual house': Your student debt stories
Job: Small business owner. “I was progressing on paying off my loans while I was teaching English in South Korea before and after graduate school — but had to put my loans into forbearance so I could move to Italy. I'm an Italian-English translator …
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Wayne County will need strong representation in Lansing. (Photo: Al Goldis)
Wayne County has had a challenging year, including countywide fiscal distress and Detroit's bankruptcy trial. With such a heavily populated area, Wayne voters have the opportunity to shape much of the next state Legislature. Voters should look for …
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Business in Brief: 10/22/2014
TRAVERSE CITY — Northern Physicians Organization joined the Michigan Health Information Network as a Qualified Data Sharing Organization. This helps to integrate Northern Physician Organization's local practice registry to a state level and will allow …
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How a New Law Could Cause Price Wars Between Doctors

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How a New Law Could Cause Price Wars Between Doctors
The Affordable Healthcare Act created marketplaces to expand affordable healthcare and to underscore that promise, Massachusetts is now requiring private health insurance companies to use price tags on anything from an MRI to a general check-up.
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Massachusetts Healthcare Reform and Possible Insights into Affordable Care
Massachusetts health care reform provides a provocative model for the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. This analysis found that an increase in insurance coverage and access to care resulted in an improvement in self-reported well-being and …
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Experts say McFadden's health insurance ideas don't hold up
He said the nation's health care system could not pay for the benefits McFadden wants to offer without requiring everyone to buy into the insurance pool. The Massachusetts plan, which included an insurance mandate, became the model for the Affordable …
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State approves rates for small business health insurance

 :: Posted by admin on 10-22-2014

State approves rates for small business health insurance
Some small businesses in Maryland won't see any increases in health insurance premiums next year, while others will pay as much as 11 percent to cover their workers, according to rates released by state regulators Friday. (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg).
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Obamacare's small-business exchanges to see major changes in the coming
In January, for example, Maryland small businesses can expect to see the start of what's called the “employee-choice” option — a provision built into the health-care law that allows small-business owners to select multiple plans from various carriers …
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Maryland Approves Rates For Small Business Health Insurance
Oct. 11 –Some small businesses in Maryland will see a small drop in health insurance premiums next year, while others will pay as much as 11 percent to cover their workers, according to rates released by state regulators Friday. The rates, which go …
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