health care

Commentary & Opinion
3:31 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Blair Horner: President Obama's Budget

Last week, President Obama offered his plan for the federal budget.  According to the President, his proposed $3.7 trillion budget for 2014 would cut deficits by $1.8 trillion over the next decade.  The President’s plan includes a number of proposals, most notably: ending the “sequester” (that’s the current law that has automatically cut federal spending), reducing spending in the Medicare and Social Security programs, as well as tax increases that would primarily hit high-income households and corporations.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:55 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Andrew Coates: Medicare And Medicine As A Profession

Medicare is the publicly funded health benefit package that covers most necessary care for older Americans and people with disabilities.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:14 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Blair Horner: Back to the Future to Curb Health Care Costs?

The United States spends more on health care than any other nation on earth.  Yet, the U.S. has some of the worst health care outcomes of any nation in the developed world.  Why is that?  It’s due to the tortured way the nation runs its system.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:37 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Blair Horner: Health Inequality Grows

It’s well established that the income gap between rich and poor in America has increased over the past few decades.  Income inequality among developed nations is highest in the United States.  Most of the growth in this inequality has been between the middle class and top earners, with the disparity becoming more extreme the further one goes up in income.

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New York News
12:26 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

New York State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried - Bringing single-payer health care to New York

New York State Assemblymember Richard Gottfried

In Albany today, state legislators, patient advocates, labor leaders, and health care professionals unveiled a new proposal for government funded, universal, single-payer statewide health insurance.

WAMC’s Patrick Donges spoke today with New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Democrat of Manhattan’s 75th district, sponsor of the bill and chair of the Assembly Health Committee.

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North Country News
9:40 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Vermont House Panel Passes Beverage Tax

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A Vermont House committee has reversed itself and approved a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages to pay for health care subsidies, but the idea still appears to have a bumpy road ahead.

The House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday. But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.

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North Country News
10:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Vermont House Committee Kills Health Tax Plan

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A Vermont House committee has killed legislation that would have levied a new tax on sugary soft drinks.

In a move that drew the comment "Holy Smokes!" from a member of the Senate Health and Welfare committee, the House panel voted 5-5 on the measure. The tie vote killed the bill the committee had spent weeks drafting.

The money would pay for public health education and to help smooth the transition to a health care overhaul.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Massachusetts Will Offer Dental Plans Through Health Connector

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin offering stand-alone dental plans for children and adults through the state's Health Connector starting next year.

State health officials say making dental care more readily available will improve the overall health of Massachusetts residents.

Dental coverage is one of several changes coming to the state's health care exchange.

Beginning in 2014, insurers seeking to offer plans through the connector must not only meet state requirements but also federal requirements to receive the connector's seal of approval.

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Shots - Health News
6:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

How The Sequester Could Affect Health Care

On Tuesday, President Obama urged congressional action to prevent automatic spending cuts scheduled to begin on March 1.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 6:56 pm

It's looking increasingly likely that $85 billion of automatic federal budget cuts known as a sequester will come to pass if Congress doesn't act by March 1.

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North Country News
7:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Coordinating Health Records Said to be 'Wicked Hard'

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An official leading Vermont's push toward a single-payer health care system is calling efforts to coordinate electronic medical record between providers "wicked hard."

Anya Rader Wallack, chairwoman of the Green Mountain Care Board, briefed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday on progress the board has been making to retool Vermont's health care system.

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