Healthcare News January 15, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: NARAL gets a new president

    One of the most prominent abortion-rights groups in the United States, NARAL Pro-Choice America, hired a new president Monday. NARAL announced that Ilyse Hogue will be taking over the reins of the organization once Nancy Keenan steps down after the upcoming 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

    Hogue’s background is in politics, not specifically the abortion-tights movement — she’s worked at MoveOn.Org and Media Matters for America, and came to NARAL after helping to start an organization that supports campaign finance reform.

    Healthwatch has the story

    And, in case you missed it, here’s our interview with Keenan from last month.

    Support: Planned Parenthood praised Hogue’s selection.

    “She brings fresh perspective and energy to the fight for access to safe and legal abortion as we mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and face continued battles in many states across the country.  We look forward to our continued close partnership with NARAL Pro-Choice America under her leadership, especially as we work to cultivate the next generation of leaders,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards said in a statement.

    So did EMILY’s List.

  • Jan Brewer backs Obama health law’s Medicaid expansion

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) proposed expanding Medicaid under President Obama’s signature healthcare law, a surprising move from a vocal critic of the White House.

    Brewer backed the policy in her fifth State of the State speech Monday, vowing to create “circuit breakers” to protect Arizona’s budget from onerous Medicaid bills in the future.

    “I won’t allow ‘ObamaCare’ to become a bait and switch,” she said to applause from Republicans. 

  • Military suicides hit record high

    The number of military suicides hit a record high in 2012,
    as the deaths outpaced U.S. casualties in Afghanistan.

    Suicides in the military jumped to 349 in
    2012, which was an increase from 301 the previous year, a defense official confirmed to
    The Hill.

    The number of suicides in 2012, which was first reported by
    the Associated
    Press
    , is more than any prior year on record, exceeding the previous high
    of 310 in 2009.

  • Patient group wants seamless transitions into Medicare

    An activist group representing Medicare patients urged state and federal officials to overhaul their Medicare enrollment systems as they implement the Affordable Care Act.

    In a report Monday, the Medicare Rights Center warned that seniors will face harmful gaps in coverage unless officials streamline enrollment for Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance under the health law’s state exchanges.

    “The complexity of eligibility determination and enrollment processes for Medicare, Medicaid and related subsidy programs, both now and after implementation of the [Affordable Care Act], is daunting,” the group wrote. 

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