Health

12:33pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Health & Education

The Importance of Place: New 'Kids Count' Report Finds Location Matters

Child well-being varies widely from county to county in Colorado, according to a new report from a statewide children’s advocacy group. And the study suggests a child’s future opportunities depend a lot on where he or she lives.

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10:27am

Tue March 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

High Court Justices Appear Split On Insurance Mandate

Supporters and opponents of the health care law rallied in front of the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the court considered the constitutionality of the insurance mandate.
John Rose NPR

Today's arguments hit the core of the Affordable Care Act: the mandate that requires just about everyone to have health insurance starting in 2014.

And the U.S. Supreme Court's justices appeared split on whether the federal government can force people to buy health insurance. The court's conservatives appeared skeptical and unmoved by the government's arguments in favor of the mandate.

"The government had a hard time, and if they win, they win narrowly," NPR's Nina Totenberg reported from outside the court. "I don't think you can call this."

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8:41am

Tue March 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Bypass Surgery Edges Stents For Heart Treatment

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 9:09 am

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The debate over coronary bypass surgery versus stenting goes back decades.

Studies have been inconclusive, but doctors and patients have voted with their feet in favor of the less-invasive procedure — clearing clogged arteries and propping them open with tiny scaffolds called stents.

U.S. doctors do at least two stenting procedures these days for every coronary bypass operation.

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6:48am

Tue March 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Insurers Try Rebates To Lead Consumers To Cheaper Care

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 8:16 am

Would you shop around for a CT scan if you could pocket some of the savings?
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The way Colin Cooper sees it, people are willing to drive miles out of their way to save a few bucks on gas. Why wouldn't they do the same for health care?

So the CEO of Eastford, Conn.-based Whitcraft, an aerospace component manufacturer, figures his 500 employees will probably be willing to go to a hospital, radiology practice or lab recommended by their health plan if they can take home an extra $50 or $100 for doing so.

In the process, he hopes his company will trim its health care costs.

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10:01pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Uninsured Will Still Need The Money To Meet The Mandate

Originally published on Tue March 27, 2012 5:32 pm

A bulletin board in New York's Jamaica Hospital offers advice for uninsured patients.
Seth Wenig AP

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears its second day of testimony about the Affordable Care Act. At issue is a central tenet of that law: whether it's legal to require individuals to purchase health care.

But apart from the legal debate, there are questions about the economics of the mandate. Some — like Peggy Bodner of Portland, Ore. — worry it may be difficult to find the money to pay for health insurance, even with government subsidies.

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