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Launched today, U.S. Preventive Medicine® is creating preventive programs and services designed to give Americans more good years, by detecting health risks early and then preventing them from becoming life-threatening diseases or mitigating their severity.  These programs include preventive diagnostics, health risk assessments, counseling and intervention.
With 6.5 million Californians uninsured for all or part of the year - more than any other state in the nation - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today shared his comprehensive plans to reform California's broken health care system by addressing the hidden costs that result in billions of dollars in higher premiums and taxes.
As the new provisions to Health Savings Accounts kicked in at the beginning of the year, Senator Hillary Clinton, (D, NY) was reported to have said she favors moving to a national, single payer healthcare plan.
U.S. insurer Cigna HealthCare said it has expanded its health savings account product to employers with fewer than 50 workers.
Early returns from the nation’s account custodians put the number of accounts at 3.6 million as of January 4, according to Information Strategies, Inc. (ISI).
"Consumer control" is a prominent theme in current discussion of strategies to control inflation in the cost of health care. Can providers support consumers empowered to influence decisions about their care? Can providers work with patients who want to manage their health and health care far more than they do now? Surely they can, if that is what the policies and technologies actually do.
A growing number of employers are offering limited medical, or "mini-med," plans so that employees can have access to basic medical benefits while waiting to become eligible for a major medical program.
President Bush has signed into law new changes in Health Savings Account offerings that will significantly increase their popularity.
Confirming a trend first surfaced by Information Strategies, Inc. in the summer, many employers are increasing their contributions to HSAs.  One major employer, Wal-Mart, has gone a step further and doubled its contribution in 2007.
Consumers will have greater access to the information they need to optimize their health and health care thanks to a new personal health record (PHR) model being developed by health insurance plans, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).
The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services have published final rules that provide guidance in complying with the nondiscrimination provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  The final rules also provide guidance on the implementation of wellness programs.

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