14 Jun 2017
2017-06-14 – Emergency drones rush life-saving help to simulated cardiac arrest cases – Ars Technica
Reenacting 18 real-life emergency calls of cardiac arrest to emergency medical services in Norrtälje, Sweden, researchers dispatched a drone carrying an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the local fire station. The drone reached the site of the emergency in around five minutes—about 16 minutes faster than emergency medical responders—researchers report Tuesday in JAMA.
26 May 2017
2017/05/25 – Wisconsin GOP advances measure that would make state first to drug test for health benefits – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require needy but able-bodied adults to work and submit to drug tests to qualify for public health coverage, under a proposal advanced by lawmakers Thursday.
“The governor’s initiatives have been to help people move from dependence to independence. We’re going to support that initiative and that concept, except we do believe some of the ideas need further vetting,” said Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee.
With the state’s unemployment rate now at 3.2%, Walker wants to move as many Wisconsin residents as possible into the workforce.
25 May 2017
2017/05/24 – H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act of 2017 – Congressional Budget Office
The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, as passed by the House of Representatives. CBO and JCT estimate that enacting that version of H.R. 1628 would reduce the cumulative federal deficit over the 2017-2026 period by $119 billion.
25 May 2017
2017/05/25 – Elijah Cummings recuperating after heart surgery – Washington Examiner
He’s scheduled to spend the next few days in Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had a surgery known as a transarterial aortic valve replacement. The procedure is meant to treat aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the aortic valve.
24 May 2017
2017/05/24 – Premiums have doubled since before Obamacare, says HHS report – Washington Examiner
The findings, assembled by the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, show that since 2013, one year before the Obamacare regulations were fully implemented, premiums have risen from an average of $2,784 in 2013 to $5,712 in 2017 on the federal exchange, healthcare.gov. This represents an increase of $2,928, or 105 percent.
The 4 page report is here.
23 May 2017
2017/05/22 – The price tag on universal health care is in, and it’s bigger than California’s budget – Sacramento Bee
The price tag is in: It would cost $400 billion to remake California’s health insurance marketplace and create a publicly funded universal heath care system, according to a state financial analysis released Monday.
The cost is higher than the $180 billion in proposed general fund and special fund spending for the budget year beginning July 1.
2017/04/21 – Could California become the next Canada for health care? – Sacramento Bee