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Mental Health Parity Law Extended One Year

December 31, 2007
Congress has given final approval to legislation that extends through 2008 the federal law that bans group health care plans from imposing lower annual and lifetime dollar limits for coverage of mental disorders than for other medical conditions.
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Indiana Launching Plan for the Uninsured

December 26, 2007
The Bush administration has approved an innovative Indiana program that will extend state-subsidized health insurance coverage with consumer-driven features to low-income uninsured residents.
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The Silent Treatment 'Just Be Quiet About It'

December 7, 2007
A culture of fear keeps doctors and other health care workers from speaking out about medical errors and dangerous practices. Efforts to improve health care quality have slammed up against a reluctance among medical workers to report preventable errors.
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Workers Opting Out Of Employer Health Coverage

November 30, 2007
Employees in the Kansas City, Missouri, area are opting out of employer-sponsored health insurance in favor of individual coverage, a trend that could spread to other regions, according to brokers and the local offices of BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas City.
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More Health Insurers Adopt Doctor Ranking Model

November 27, 2007
More health insurers have adopted New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s doctor ranking model, thereby agreeing to fully disclose to consumers, physicians and plan sponsors the cost and quality metrics they use to rank doctors.
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Injured Younger Workers More Likely to Visit ER

November 15, 2007
Younger employees injured on the job are more likely to visit an emergency room than are their older counterparts. Hospital ERs often provide the first stop for employees injured at work, but those ages 20 to 34 are 17 percent more likely to visit an emergency room than are employees over 45.
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