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Don McCanne Quote of the Day: U.S. capacity for mammograms adequate, but…

United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) July 2006 Mammography Current Nationwide Capacity Is Adequate, but Access Problems May Exist in Certain Locations Closures of certified mammography facilities outpaced openings during a recent 3-year period, and financial considerations were most often … Continue reading

Spending by HMOs Is Ranked: California Medical Assn. finds Blue Cross spends the lowest percentage of revenue on patients

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Lisa Girion Los Angeles Times (click here for link to article) August 15, 2006 Blue Cross of California spent less on medical care last year, as a percentage of its patient revenue, than any other … Continue reading

State Health Officials Broaden Probe of Kaiser in Wake of Kidney Program Scandal

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein Los Angeles Times (click here for link to article) August 11, 2006 SACRAMENTO — In announcing a record fine Thursday against Kaiser Permanente, California HMO regulators also said they have … Continue reading

States Push Healthcare Reform While Activists Demand Overhaul: In healthcare debate, single-payer still 800-pound gorilla

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Shreema Mehta The New Standard August 1, 2006 *A correction was appended to this news article after initial publication. Aug. 1 – Across the nation, states have made headlines this year for innovative approaches to … Continue reading

Once an Enemy, Health Industry Warms to Clinton

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Raymond Hernandez and Robert Pear The New York Times July 12th, 2006 When she tried to overhaul the nation’s health care system as first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton alienated some people and institutions in the … Continue reading

Amendment Campaign Moves Forward

Health Care for Massachusetts Campaign Email: Phone: 617-868-1280 Web: Dear Advocate, Even though the Legislature ducked a yes or no vote on the Health Care Amendment at the July 12 ConCon, this Campaign is far from over. We … Continue reading

7M Medicare Beneficiaries To Reach ‘Doughnut Hole’ in Medicare Rx Benefit Coverage This Year, Report Says 7/12/06

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Seven million Medicare beneficiaries will reach the gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage known as the “doughnut hole” this year, according to a report released on Wednesday by the advocacy groups the Institute for America’s … Continue reading

Cost controls needed to make insurance for all feasible

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== The Patriot-News View the article here. Sunday, July 09, 2006 BY ALAN SAGER AND DEBORAH SOCOLAR On April 4, the Massachusetts Legislature enacted a law to force uninsured individuals and families to buy health insurance. … Continue reading

Massachusetts Health Care Reform Falls Short

UHCEF Article of Interest ===================================================== Labor Notes, #328, July 2006 Massachusetts Health Care Reform Falls Short by Rand Wilson and John Horgan Frustrated by the lack of action on health care reform at the national level, activists are working … Continue reading

Don McCanne Quote of the Day: Connecticut’s study of three models of reform

Health Care in Connecticut: Sounding the Alarm (A Policy Brief released June 22, 2006) Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI) (Jonathan Gruber, a health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed the cost and coverage estimates used in the … Continue reading