Healthcare News June 21, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Administration touts ObamaCare savings

    President Obama’s healthcare law has saved consumers roughly $5 billion
    on their insurance premiums, the administration said Thursday.

  • GOP: Felons could be ‘navigators’ under ObamaCare

    A program designed to help people enroll in ObamaCare could accept convicted felons as “navigators” and give them access to confidential health information, GOP lawmakers charged Thursday.

    Republican senators redoubled their attacks on the “navigator” program in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, arguing the effort is dangerous to consumers and a waste of taxpayer money.

    The lawmakers also demanded a long list of details on the program, including the minimum requirements for becoming a “navigator” and any training materials distributed to would-be participants. 

  • Advocates praise Supreme Court ruling on AIDS program

    Healthcare advocates on Thursday praised the Supreme Court for striking down a law requiring health groups to denounce prostitution as part of an anti-AIDS program.

    The government had required independent healthcare organizations to denounce prostitution and human trafficking as a condition of receiving federal funding to help combat the spread of AIDS worldwide. 

    But the court said in a 6-2 decision Thursday that those requirements are unconstitutional.

  • Health groups tell Michelle Obama: Conserve land to prevent obesity

    Health and fitness groups want Michelle Obama to push for land conservation as part of her anti-obesity initiative.

    In a letter sent to the White House and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, 17 organizations, including the American Heart Association, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the NAACP, asked the first lady to incorporate a federal program supporting outdoor recreation areas into her Let’s Move! initiative.

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