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First Edition: July 26, 2011

November 03, 2017

The New York Times: Federal Auditors Will Soon Review Health Insurance Rates In 10 StatesThe Obama administration will soon take over the review of health insurance rates in 10 states where it says state officials do not adequately regulate premiums for insurance sold to individuals or small businesses. At least one state, Iowa, has protested the federal decision and asked administration officials to reconsider (Pear, 7/25).

The New York Times: Lawsuit Says Drugs Were Wasted To Buoy ProfitOne of the nation's largest providers of kidney dialysis deliberately wasted medicine in order to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in extra payments from Medicare, a former clinic nurse and a doctor are charging in a whistle-blower lawsuit (Pollack, 7/25).

Politico: Cash Sought To Prevent DiabetesLeft unchecked, diabetes is a ticking time bomb of a disease in an individual's life. It's also a $3.4 trillion-a-decade threat to the nation's fiscal health and a huge driver of Medicare costs. The health reform law authorized the National Diabetes Prevention Program ?? but didn't actually provide any funds for it. Another piece of the massive law, the Prevention and Public Health Fund, provides mandated dollars that could be a funding source for the diabetes program, but that fund is likely to be slashed in half in the debt ceiling negotiations (Webber, 7/25).

The Washington Post: Neb. Doctor Who Performs Late-In-Pregnancy Abortions In Md. Talks About Future Of Clinic, Security ConcernsAs one of the few doctors in the nation who openly acknowledge performing abortions late in a pregnancy, and because he wants to expand his services, Carhart is the top focus of antiabortion groups. He took on that role after Kansas doctor George Tiller, his friend and mentor, was fatally shot by an abortion opponent in 2009. Tiller was attending church at the time ?? the only predictable event in his schedule (Sun, 7/24).

Politico: Poll: Voters Split On Abortion ChangesAmericans overwhelmingly favor restrictions on late-term abortions and they don't want Planned Parenthood defunded, but are more closely divided on other controversial changes to abortion laws, according to a new poll on Monday. The Gallup survey found voters narrowly split on two measures being pushed in some states: requiring pregnant women to view ultrasound images of their fetus and allowing doctors to opt out of providing abortions (Groll, 7/25).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.