The February 2007 issue of Health Care News opens with a report on the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, signed by President George W. Bush on December 20. The law creates a series of tax breaks for consumers and makes health savings accounts even more attractive to employees and employers.
Also on page 1:
- A nonprofit restaurant industry trade association has filed a federal lawsuit to strike down a San Francisco ordinance that requires businesses with 20 or more employees to provide health insurance coverage.
- Healthy NY, a state-subsidized health insurance program, now offers high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts to enrollees.
- Massachusetts will require doctors to report to the state health department the name of anyone testing positive for HIV, rather than using the code the agency has used for the past 20 years.
Also in this issue: Vioxx lawsuits, universal health accounts, long-term care, food marketing at Disney, cutting prescription drug costs, and more. Michael Van Winkle, who manages media relations for The Heartland Institute, reviews Medicare Meets Mephistopheles, written by David Hyman and published by the Cato Institute.
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