The November 2008 issue of Health Care News highlights Census Bureau news that the number of uninsured in the U.S. fell by nearly two million in 2007. Also on page 1:
* The state of Alabama will begin charging the obese among its 37,000 employees if they do not take advantage of their health care benefits to undergo screenings and improve their health.
* Connecticut's new Charter Oak Health Plan is under fire from critics after the state expanded the program before reaching agreements with enough participating hospitals and physicians to serve enrollees.
* Congressional action on SCHIP reform is on hold until 2009, and one reform that had been decided on has been scuttled.
Also in this issue: health insurance, California's budget battle, hospital death rate statistics, medical bills, health IT, retiree health care, organ transplants, and consumer-directed health care news. Devon Herrick, senior fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis, reviews Innovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Critical Reflections on the Virtues of Profit.
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