Revised Census Bureau figures show that in 2005, 44.8 million people, or 15.3% of the population, were without health insuranceabout 1.8 million fewer than the bureau reported in August 2006. The original 2005 estimate was 46.6 million or about 15.9% of the population. For both 2004 and 2005, the original and revised estimates differ by less than 1%, the Census Bureau said. The need for a revision was discovered during a conversion to a more accurate operating system for the Current Population Survey, according to the bureau. Revised figures for 1995 to 2003 will be issued in August with the 2006 health insurance numbers.
The Senate approved its fiscal 2008 budget resolution by a vote of 52-47, which proposes to fund the State Childrens Health Insurance Program with up to $50 billion above its baseline over five years. As a way to offset a portion of these funds, an amendment offered by Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) calls for an increase in the tobacco products user fee rate. Congressional Democrats believe that $50 billion would cover the 6 million currently in the program and cover an additional 6 million children that are eligible, over a 10-year period. The resolution serves as a budget blueprint to Congress and does not have force of law.
Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla., said it terminated a definitive agreement to sell two hospitals to Shiloh Health Services, Louisville, Ky., because privately held Shiloh was not able to obtain needed financing. The two hospitals are
83-bed Summit Medical Center, Van Buren, Ark., and 76-bed Williamson (W.Va.) Memorial Hospital. Last month, HMA said a third hospital originally in the deal, 125-bed Southwest Regional Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark., was being dropped from the sale. HMA still intends to divest all three. Shiloh could not be reached for comment.
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