New Hampshire lawmakers are proposing a law that would do away with the Certificate of Need process. This is a state requirement for hospitals and other healthcare facilities that want to expand or establish new medical facilities. The aim of CON is to keep redundant healthcare out of the system.
Lawmakers are now considering whether to give exemptions to for-profit cancer centers so they can do business in the state. Under current regulations these cancer centers are likely to be deemed redundant. But a new bill would allow them to avoid what is known as a Certificate of Need--to which all other hospitals must comply. These centers would also be exempt from Medicaid taxes.
It’s been almost two years since President Obama signed into law sweeping health care reform called The Affordable Care Act". Since its passing, its set off legal challenges but also set in motion changes that have taken hold, including requiring coverage for young adults. We’ll take a look at this law, its progress, its problems, and its prospects, as well as how the political climate affects the debate, especially as President Obama prepares for his State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
Our Issue Tuesday Series continues with a look at where the Republican Presidential candidates stand on health care. All of them firmly oppose President Obama’s new health care law, saying they’d repeal it. They favor a more market-based approach, with ideas ranging from tort reform to tax credits to technology. But there are a lot of areas in which they differ as well. We’ll explore their positions on everything to prescriptions plans to entitlement programs to their overall philosophies on who should get care and how much they should pay.
“Clean coal,” refers to technologies that reduce heavy metal, carbon and other emissions from the burning of coal. The development of technologies that could, potentially, filter greenhouse gases and store CO2 permanently is moving ahead. “Carbon Sequestration” is an important step in testing the potential of clean coal technology. We spoke with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor for Boing-Boing; she visited a carbon sequestration demonstration in Alabama.
More than 3,000 people on Medicaid in the Lakes Region will have to switch from their regular doctors by next month. They are being reassigned to other area clinics.
Primary care doctors that are part of LRGH Healthcare will no longer treat Medicaid patients. LRGH President, Tom Clairmont, says the joint federal-state program for the poor and disabled, covers less than half the cost of providing care. Clairmont says that formula undermines the hospital’s ability to provide the most essential care.