health care

New England News
7:10 am
Mon June 4, 2012

MA House to Take Up Health Care Bill

The Massachusetts House of Representatives will be taking up their version of a bill that aims to lower unnecessary health care costs in the coming years.

State representatives will begin debate Tuesday on their health care cost containment bill and its multiple amendments.

The House's bill is designed to even out disparities in the costs of hospital services by requiring hospitals that charge more than 20 percent above the state median price for a service to pay a 10 percent surcharge into a fund to help support hospitals serving the poor and most vulnerable.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Consumer Reports Ranks Doctors' Practices In Massachusetts

Consumer Reports has teamed with a Massachusetts group to rate hundreds of primary care doctors’ practices in the Bay State. The magazine’s evaluations are being released jointly with Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, which is a coalition of health insurers, hospitals, doctors, and others with a stake in the healthcare industry.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley  Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the coalition’s Melinda  Karp.

Commentary & Opinion
3:12 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Blair Horner: The Health Care Reform Battle Gets Worse

 

It has been an article of faith among those opposed to the federal health care reform law that it must be repealed.  You see it all the time: “repeal Obamacare.”  But what does that mean?  Do they really mean repeal everything?  It turns out that the answer is “yes.”

The law is extensive.  It covers lots of issues.

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North Country News
7:40 am
Thu May 17, 2012

VT Governor Signs Health “Exchange” Bill

Governor Peter Shumlin has signed into law the next step in a multi-year effort to revamp Vermont’s health care system and make it more like Canada’s.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

The bill Shumlin signed on Wednesday calls for setting up a regulated health care marketplace — or "exchange" — in keeping with the federal health reform law passed two years ago.

The Governor says it helps the state as it tries to move to a single payer system…

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New England News
6:06 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

New Mass. Health Care Bills Seek to Overhaul System

The most fundamental change in the plan released by the Senate is how people pay for health care. The bill offers a new global payment system – one that replaces the old fee for service model with fixed allocations from insurance companies for care.

Health insurance companies in Massachusetts began introducing global payment options for some customers in 2009. The Governor also endorsed the idea in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal. The bill would require all state subsidized health care insurance programs make the switch over the next several years, including Medicaid.

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The Roundtable
11:44 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Meika Loe - "Vital Aging Our Way"

Saratoga Vital Aging Network (SVAN) is sponsoring an event with Skidmore College on 4/28. The event features Meika Loe from Colgate University (her book is, Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond) - she joins us to tell us more.

North Country News
7:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Speaker: Adjournment Likely Delayed

Legislative leaders say Vermont lawmakers won't be going home for the year this coming Friday, as they originally had hoped.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

But they're still technically ahead of schedule. The Legislature budgeted for 18 weeks this year, and this coming week will be their 16th in session.

House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say lawmakers should plan on being in session through the first week in May, possibly including Saturday the 5th.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Massachusetts Health Groups Explore New Liability Model

The alliance of six health care organizations has released their Roadmap to Reform, which would improve upon the state’s current protections for patients and doctors by increasing transparency and communication in managing malpractice situations.

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New York News
8:26 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Poll Finds New Yorkers Hold Mixed Views about Health Care Act

A new poll finds New Yorkers have mixed feelings about President Obama’s health care reform act, with a plurality saying they’d like to see the Supreme Court declare parts of the law unconstitutional. 

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