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The bills cover everything from needle exchange programs for drug addicts to one that prohibits drug advertising on computer software sold in Maine.
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March is kind of a dull month. The weather is frequently awful. There’s mud and dirty snow everywhere. Relatives and friends from away can’t stop calling to tell you how beautiful their flowers are while the only thing popping out of the ground around here is chipmunks.
Enter the Colossal Colon.
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How they do Universal Health in other Countries at Daily Kos is a good read and a great reminder that “the rest of the world” already enjoys universal health care. Not that any of those systems is perfect, but our American system is so far from perfect that we can and should be learning […]

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Experts are reporting that health insurance changes proposed by the Bush administration would encourage high-deductible plans paired with a special tax-exempt health savings account (HSA) that would, surprisingly, benefit the wealthy while doing little for the middle class and nothing for the poor.
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The Republican formula to address societal dilemmas tends to include (a.) privatization, (b.) a tax break or price break, and (c.) an unholy alliance between government and some large industry.
Medicare D did nothing to reign in or control prescription drug prices in America. It did force millions of seniors to wade through confusing […]

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Maine Sen. John Martin is planning on proposing legislation that would either offer incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries to get them to quit smoking, or impose penalties upon those who don’t quit.
The Maine Medicaid program, called Mainecare, provides health insurance for about 262,000 souls for about $2.2 billion annually. The state picks up $872 […]

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Governor John Baldacci today announced that the federal government has certified DirigoChoice as an insurance product for purposes of federal Health Coverage Tax Credits (HCTC). The HCTC program is open to qualified employees who were laid off from their manufacturing jobs due to foreign trade and are eligible to receive trade readjustment assistance.
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The overweight have anxiety rates that are 20% higher than the thin as a result of incessant spare tire and butt shots, Dr. Phil fat towns, endless media coverage, and constant re-labeling of excess weight as a condition, disease or plague.
When contacted for a comment the overweight confessed to particular anxiety […]

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The NIH’s Outpatient mastectomy: clinical, payer, and geographic influences. documents a seven year trend (1990-96) across five states (Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) for complete mastectomies, subtotal mastectomies and lumpectomies to be performed as “outpatient” surgery. In 1993, 1 to 2 percent of complete mastectomies were performed as outpatient surgery […]

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Up to 500 veterans who received prostate biopsies at Togus hospital have a “small” chance of contracting HIV or hepatitis B or C. Jack Sims, medical director of the Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center at Togus, said the stainless-steel guide to a biopsy needle may have been inadequately disinfected during a three-year period. […]

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Senators Snowe and Collins today announced that the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has awarded a couple of health-related grants to Maine worth $1,141,561:
$591,790 to the DFD Russell Medical Center in Leeds
$549,771 to the Maine Primary Care Association in Augusta
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Governor Baldacci kicked off National Public Health Week by releasing the first biennial State Health Plan, the goal of which is to reduce costs, improve quality and increase access to health care.
The plan, among other things, seeks to create a culture of health in the state asking each citizen to sign a “Be Fit […]

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“If you’re addicted to alcohol, and if a faith program is able to get you off alcohol,” President Bush told leaders of religious charities on Thursday, “we ought to say Hallelujah and thanks at the federal level.” Federal funding to religious groups has increased 7 percent in the past year, to $2.15 billion.
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Large employers like Wal*Mart do provide health insurance for employees — or at least those few employees that (a.) work enough hours to qualify, (b.) have at least two years seniority to be eligible, and (c.) make enough money working whatever other full-time job they have to be able to afford the cost-prohibitive co-payment.
Wal*Mart (and […]

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Me So Healthy

Governor Baldacci has signed an Executive Order† to promote safer chemicals in consumer products and services by phasing out the use of long-lasting toxic chemicals while making information available to the public about safer alternatives to those chemicals. Isn’t that nice. So those horrible chemicals? What were they in?† See the Gov.
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America: Bankruptcy

Next week President Bush will request $439.3 billion dollars for the defense department budget for 2007. A five percent increase over the billions spent this year. On top of all this, the President is expected to ask for another $50 - 70 billion this week.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that $320 billion […]

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There’s good news for deadbeat dads who will no longer be dogged by the state to support their children thanks to Congress approval of a $40 billion spending cuts package. It costs too much to chase you down, so those state programs will be shut down. This could force more women into welfare, […]

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Vice president Cheney is just fine after experiencing difficulty breathing.
Picture it: you feel a little tightness in your chest. A government vehicle materializes within nanoseconds. Federal agents all but carry you “rave” style to a car that radios ahead to make sure that anyone loitering in intensive care or surgery is […]

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A newly release report indicates that women don’t get the health care they need. Why? Because they are slaves to child rearing when they do have kids, leaving them unable to find the time, transportation or money to pay for anything but their kids’ health care. Those women who escape pregnancy and […]

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Rep. Tom Allen announced a DHS grant of $568,000 to the City of Portlandís Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program for FY2006. The program provides on-site primary health care, dental services, and mental health and substance abuse services to Portlandís homeless population. Now if only the rest of us can qualify… See […]

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No one can agree on how to fund Dirigo Choice. The state says the Dirigo Health Program is cutting health care costs thereby saving insurance companies and employers money.
But at a Monday meeting, payers told the board the state must demonstrate a clear cause-and-effect relationship between Dirigo initiatives and health care savings before […]

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H.R. 515 would create a guaranteed stream of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system based directly on the number of veterans it serves and the medical inflation rate for hospitals. This would help to avoid budget shortfalls and provide resources that are not subject to yearly political wrangling. Mike Michaud has […]

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Governor Baldacci’s Office of Health Policy and Finance (GOHPF) will be holding a “Health Care Listening Tour” to hear from Maine people how they think health care should work in Maine. As in which is a bigger bummer? (a.) $68 for a hospital-issued Tylenol, or, (b.) $20,000 deductible. See The Governor’s Site.
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Senator Snowe has introduced the Medicare Payment Adjustment to Community Health Centers (PATCH) Act of 2005, which would ensure that Community Health Centers (CHCs) can participate in the Medicare program and provide seniors with a full range health services. See Snowe
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Couple of rants on health care. First Tom Allen and then Mike Michaud. The haiku version?
System lacking,
Sick go packing
$40 Tylenol
Association Health Plans
Your only hope is the lottery
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