The March 2007 issue of Health Care News reports on insurance mandates in California and Massachusetts ... and questions how mandates will solve the problem of the health care-uninsured when they have failed to do so for the automobile-uninsured. Greg Scandlen, president of Consumers for Health Care Choices, notes there are 16 states where the rate of non-insurance is higher for mandated auto coverage than for voluntary health coverage.
On page 1:
- The Diabetes Ten City Challenge unites pharmacists, employers, and employees against this chronic disease.
- New Hampshire will use financial incentives and other measures to encourage health care providers to prescribe medication electronically.
- West Virginia has launched a pilot program aimed at rewarding Medicaid patients who participate in preventive care programs.
- The American Legislative Exchange Council has adopted a resolution asking the federal government to relax its laws governing narcotic drug disposal.
Also in this issue: drug price "negotiation," wellness benefits, educating consumers about health care costs, obesity, health savings accounts, FDA reform, and more.
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