Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz reports on a federal study released yesterday. Its findings offered the following message regarding previously uninsured children: "Just because Congress hasn't passed a health overhaul bill doesn't mean there hasn't been any expansion of health coverage" (Kaiser Health News). Read entire story. This information was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with kind permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, search the archives and sign up for email delivery at kaiserhealthnews.org. © Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.
N.J., Tenn. And Florida Battling Growing Medicaid Costs; Need For Health Care For Parolees In Calif.
Medicaid costs in many states are expanding deficits while lawmakers and the public struggle to keep up with the growth in health costs. NJBIZ reports, New Jersey's budget deficit has grown $170 million to $180 million because of Medicaid costs, according to a legislative budget officer. "Savings in the Medicaid program that were projected for this year have not materialized, according to David J. Rosen, budget and finance officer for the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. ... Rosen said the amount of sales tax revenue collected in December will likely grow, which would be the first month of year-over-year growth this year" (Kitchenman, 2/4).
Consumers can switch from original Medicare plans to Medicare Advantage plans until March 31 and to help them understand the options, The Associated Press offers answers to frequent questions about Medicare Advantage plans. "The average Medicare beneficiary has about 33 Advantage plans to chose from this year. ... In addition to basic Medicare coverage, many provide extras such as vision, dental or hearing coverage. Insurers have developed more than 2, 000 Medicare Advantage plans serving more than 11 million people, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. All these options come with their own sets of variables like different deductibles, premiums and co-insurance.
It has long been known that applying heat, and even light, in the form of infrared therapy, can be very effective in curing hemorrhoids. A newer type of therapy, however, in the form of hemorrhoid laser surgery, is fast becoming a popular alternative. When Is Surgery Used? In most mild to moderate cases of external hemorrhoids, laser therapy is not required to gain relief. Ordinary methods, such as over the counter drugs and home remedies will be sufficient to clear up the problem or the hemorrhoids may simply disappear on their own. However, in some cases, particularly where internal hemorrhoids are concerned, or where the hemorrhoids are persistent or recurring, surgery may be required to solve the problem.
Medicare patients accounted for almost half of all stays (45 percent) at rural hospitals in 2007, while the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries who were admitted to urban hospitals was considerably lower (35 percent), according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The federal agency's analysis also found that in 2007: -- About 25 percent of rural hospital patients were covered by private health insurance v. 36 percent of urban hospital patients. One-fifth of patients in both rural and urban hospitals had Medicaid and about 5 percent were uninsured. -- Half of the nation's 2, 000 rural hospitals had fewer than 50 beds compared with only one-fifth of urban hospitals.
The truth is, although most people will not admit it, most people will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their lives. Whether it is during pregnancy, or after a particularly heavy bout of constipation, you will probably find that you are suffering a mild to moderate case of hemorrhoids. So, finding a remedy is worthwhile to all those people, and if you are suffering from hemorrhoids at the moment, some of these ideas may help: Take care of your digestive health. Usually, hemorrhoids start as a result of straining when you go to the toilet. It stands to reason, then, that a hemorrhoid remedy would include preventing that straining.