Delivery of Care

    • Children's Dental Care Gets Boost In Health Reform Plans

      All of the Democratic health proposals would expand children's dental care - a serious need. Currently about twice as many children are without dental coverage as those without medical coverage. At the same time, some insurance experts worry that the legislation may have unintended consequences, disrupting adult coverage

      (Daily Report) Oct 13, 2009

    • Aetna Ends Two Medicare Advantage Programs While A Medicare Experiment Grabs Attention

      A health insurer ends two Medicare Advantage programs in Connecticut while providers nationwide examine Medicare program in Texas.

      (Daily Report) Oct 13, 2009

    • Mayo's Decision To Limit Patients Makes It A Poor Model, Critics Say

      The Mayo Clinic has started limiting the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients it admits, and critics argue that such limitations have made Mayo too selective to serve as a model for health-care reform.

      (Daily Report) Oct 13, 2009

    • First Edition: October 13, 2009 - Senate Finance Vote Today

      Early morning highlights from the major news organizations. All eyes are watching for the outcome of today's Senate Finance Committee health bill vote.

      (Daily Report) Oct 13, 2009

    • Children's Dental Health, By The Numbers

      A list of some vital statistics about children's oral health and dental insurance.

      (Story) Oct 13, 2009

    • Health Reform Proposals Enhance Children’s Dental Care

      All of the Democratic health proposals would expand children's dental care - a serious need. Currently about twice as many children are without dental coverage as those without medical coverage. At the same time, some insurance experts worry that the legislation may have unintended consequences, disrupting adult coverage.

      (Story) Oct 13, 2009

    • Primary Care: Health Bills Don't Address Physician Shortage Concerns

      Even as Congress moves to expand health insurance coverage to millions, it's doing little to ensure there will be enough primary care doctors to meet the expected surge in demand for treatment. One prediction: the shortage of family doctors will reach 40,000 by 2019, as medical schools send about half the needed number of graduates into primary care medicine.

      (Daily Report) Oct 12, 2009

    • States Experiment With Reform, But Gaps Suggest Some National Changes Needed

      Vermont scores high marks for a new experiment in coordinating care, as well as the overall quality of its health system. The gap between Vermont and lower performing states, however suggests to some that states may struggle to reform health care on their own. Other reports consider states that have made independent efforts.

      (Daily Report) Oct 12, 2009

    • Physician Shortage Worries Rural Communities But Gets Little Attention In Health Bills

      Many rural hospitals are against the ropes financially, leaving their administrators and patients wary of health bills that could cut Medicare payments. Access to physicians in those and other communities is already limited - with the United States facing a shortage of as many as 40,000 family doctors in the next decade.

      (Daily Report) Oct 12, 2009

    • Health Bills In Congress Won't Fix Doctor Shortage

      Even as Congress moves to expand health insurance coverage to millions of Americans, it's doing little to ensure there will be enough primary care doctors to meet the expected surge in demand for treatment. One prediction: the shortage of family doctors will reach 40,000 by 2019, as medical schools send about half the needed number of graduates into primary care medicine.

      (Story) Oct 12, 2009