Healthcare News September 1, 2012

  • HHS awards new grants for health care co-ops

    The Health and Human Services Department announced more than $160 million in loans Friday to help establish new insurance plans under President Obama’s healthcare law.

    The new loans went to two organizations — one in Massachusetts and one in Tennessee — to establish new, non-profit insurance carriers.

    The new products, known as co-ops, must reinvest their profits toward providing better care or lowering premiums, and would have to follow the same rules as traditional insurers. 

  • Obama signs executive order to improve veterans’ mental healthcare

    President Obama will sign an executive order Friday to make
    improvements to mental healthcare and suicide prevention services for veterans,
    which he will announce in a speech at Fort Bliss in Texas.

    The executive order instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire 800
    peer-to-peer support counselors for mental healthcare and to increase the VA
    veteran crisis line’s capacity by 50 percent before the end of the year.

    The order also tells the VA to work with the Defense
    Department to develop a national suicide prevention campaign, and for the VA,
    DOD and Health and Human Services to conduct a study about the causes and
    treatments of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

  • News bites: Romney speaks

    Romney vows to repeal and replace healthcare law.

    Medicare’s political importance goes beyond seniors.

    Health officials probe virus exposure at Yosemite.

    Florida is second worst in U.S. for uninsured workers.

    Doctors make ALS breakthrough.

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