Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Health Care Bill HR3590 - #2230 -3M to Dump Retirees from Medical Coverage - Hot Air

Remember when Barack Obama repeatedly promised that no one’s current coverage would have to change if Congress approved the health-care overhaul he demanded? When the ObamaCare bill passed, the Associated Press suddenly discovered that the change of tax law that would supposedly generate billions of dollars to pay for the costs of the bill would also drive companies to dump retirees from their existing drug coverage and push them into Medicare. Minnesota-based 3M became one of the first large corporations to do just that — and push retirees off of all their plans as well: 3M Co., citing new federal health laws, said Monday it won’t cover retirees with its corporate health-insurance plan starting in 2013. Instead, the company will direct retirees to Medicare-backed insurance programs, and will provide reimbursement for that coverage. It’ll also reimburse retirees who are too young for Medicare; the company didn’t provide further details.  Read more.........

Growing Pains for a Centerpiece of Health Overall - Newsmax - It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations. Enrollment lags in many parts of the country. People who could benefit may not be able to afford the premiums. Some state officials who run their own "high-risk pools" have pointed out potential problems.  Read more.......

Government Run Health Care Death Sentence in Arizona: No More Liver Transplants for Hep-C Patients - CNS News -Arizona's Medicaid agency will no longer cover some non-experimental organ transplants for its adult members, including liver transplants for patients with Hepatitis C, a move blasted as "a death sentence" by one patient advocacy group. Medicaid is a federally subsidized, state-administered health-care program for low-income people. Some Medicaid benefits are mandated by the federal government, with states choosing to cover additional benefits.  Read more.......

HHS: Government-Mandated Electronic Health Records Need 'Not' Include Cancer Diagnoses --As Opposed to Obesity Ratings -CNS News - Physicians will not be required to include a cancer diagnosis on the electronic health records that all Americans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the Democrats' 2009 economic stimulus law, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a division of the Health and Human Services Department that is responsible for setting the rules for the EHRs.  By contrast, HHS is mandating that all EHRs include a person’s Body Mass Index. BMI is the formula that calculates the ratio between a person’s height and weight to measure their obesity.  HHS's EHR regulations say that every EHR system must, “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.”  Read more.......

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