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Six months after the state ended the adultBasic health coverage, only about 40 percent of the enrollees went to Medicaid or a limited benefit plan opened to them.
The SSI program for low-income disabled children is rapidly expanding, with the biggest increase among kids with mental, behavioral and learning disorders, including ADHD, speech delays, autism, and bipolar disorder, sparking criticism in Congress.
The Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee over the past four years has made a surplus of 5 to 10 percent, a margin much higher than rural hospital averages. But it is a success that officials fear won't continue as Arizona reduces overall health spending by $500 million in 2012.
New rules limiting the shifts first-year medical residents can work in hospitals take effect today, but they won't end the debate over the pros and cons of 24-hour workdays.
Dr. Andy Bindman says educators at the University of California, San Francisco, are seeing a "pretty significant uptick" in applicants for primary care residencies.
Facing strong criticism of the proposed regulation for accountable care organizations, the Obama administration announced new options to lure hesitant hospitals and doctors.
Dr. Herbert Smitherman talks about the Voices of Detroit Initiative that tracked 33,000 uninsured people and helped get more than half of them into coordinated care systems.
With states reducing the number of psychiatric beds, mentally ill patients often languish in hospital emergency rooms for several days, sometimes longer. At most, they get drugs but little counseling, and the environment is often harsh.
Analysis by advocacy group NAMI finds cuts of $1.8 billion, or about 8 percent of the states' total budgets, from 2009 through 2011.
Few options are available for the 42,000 people losing coverage.