Health Care Headlines
In Washington State, the legislature has passed a bill to bring state oversight to premium increases for individual health insurance premiums. The bill, which would subject all individual premium increases to approval by the state insurance commissioner, is intended to slow rapidly rising premiums. Opponents say it would penalize insurers while ignoring the root causes of high health costs.
Click HERE for the article from the Seattle Times.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist wants to spur competition in the health care industry by deregulating hospitals. He is asking the legislature to get rid of the certificate of need process that currently restricts new hospitals to communities that can prove they need the facility. Opponents fear that new hospitals will be small and focused solely on lucrative market segments, leaving general community hospitals to treat an even higher percentage of uninsured and Medicaid patients.
Click HERE for the article from the Miami Herald.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ohio’s J-1 visa waiver program for foreign born doctors is not doing enough to help close the supply gap for primary care doctors in rural parts of the state. The problem, they say, is that major hospitals in the largest cities are using the J-1 program to keep specialists, depriving outlying areas of necessary primary care.
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