Healthcare News December 19, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Medicare and the cliff

    Medicare may be off the table in deficit talks, but back on the table next year.

  • TSA to study health risks of X-ray body scanners

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will study the effects of its controversial X-ray body scanners on airline passengers, the agency said Tuesday.

    TSA has long been under fire from lawmakers and libertarian groups who argue that its X-ray machines invade the privacy of airline passengers. Some critics have also argued that the body scanners expose passengers to harmful levels of radiation, though the agency has steadfastly defended the safety of the X-ray machines.

    A spokeswoman for TSA said in a statement the study was the fulfillment of a promise from the agency chief, John Pistole.

  • GOP Rep. says HHS may be trying to evade record-keeping laws

    Rep. Boustany said whistleblowers accuse the administration of using
    instant-messaging to evade federal rules to preserve records.

  • Advocates: Shield Medicaid from ‘fiscal cliff’ cuts

    A coalition of health and social justice groups is urging Congress not to allow Medicaid cuts in a deal to reduce the deficit and avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

    The 165 national groups sent a letter to lawmakers Tuesday asking them to shield Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income people, including millions of children. Liberal lawmakers have made the same case in recent weeks.

    Tuesday’s letter also argued against proposals to block-grant the program, like House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.).

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