The August 2008 issue of Health Care News highlights innovation in the health care industry. On page 1:
- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has signed a bill allowing uninsured Floridians to purchase health insurance plans largely free of expensive mandates.
- Voters in Portland, Oregon may be asked to decide whether they and their fellow taxpayers will begin shouldering the financial burden for providing health insurance to the city's elementary and high school students.
- A reform implemented by President George W. Bush and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will tighten eligibility for the federally funded State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
- Childhood obesity rates in the United States have leveled off after decades of increases, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Also in this issue: Medicaid, health IT, transparency, Britain, long-term care, and Joseph Coletti's review of the Fattening of America.
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