“A new federal study found that Americans are getting screened for three major cancers—breast, cervical and colorectal—at rates far below national targets.
The shortfall is especially high among adults who lack insurance or regular access to a doctor, partly because the recession drove employers to lay off workers or cut health benefits. Many low- and middle-income people are now unable or unwilling to pay for screening tests or visits to the doctor. Their plight underscores the urgent need to retain the healthcare reform law that will expand proven screening and prevention programs at no charge to patients.”
—New York Times
“Even before this year's grand debate about containing healthcare costs begins on Beacon Hill, a pointed disagreement has broken out among key players in the state healthcare arena. The health plans fear that legislative meddling is opening holes in the very cost-controlling arrangements that a recent law required, while legislators contend they are simply looking out for individuals who might be hurt by policy changes. ... In this case, it's easy to imagine a relatively small number of people with serious illnesses in the midst of rigorous treatment at Children's, Dana-Farber or Floating Hospital having a legitimate need to continue seeing the same doctors. ... The Legislature should avoid meddling with a reform that truly has worked.”
“A new Minnesota Hospital Association report detailing soaring ‘charity care' costs is a sobering reminder not only of a still-weak economy, but of the need for a health insurance mandate—a key but controversial component of the new federal health reform law. … The mandate has been derided as a big-government invasion of privacy. Instead it is a tool—one previously embraced by conservatives—to get people to take responsibility for their healthcare costs. Those who can't afford policies will get subsidies under the ACA or may qualify for public health programs, but they'll have to take steps to make this happen.”
—Star Tribune, Minneapolis
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