Policy Documents

January 2006 Health Care News (PDF)

edited by Susan Konig –
January 1, 2006

The January 2006 issue of Health Care News highlights Medicare reform: the new prescription drug benefit, and red tape that would come from performance-pay provisions in the budget bill. On page 1 of this issue:


  • Dirigo Health, the touted health reform initiative launched in Maine in 2003, is faltering badly;



  • In the wake of litigation and heavy-handed regulation, the pharmaceutical industry expects to cut nearly 25,000 jobs in 2005;



  • Business leaders and lawmakers have expressed concern about the costs of Illinois' new All Kids program; and



  • Florida's Medicaid reform plan has received federal approval.


Also in this issue: Lee Tooman, a member of The Heartland Institute's board of directors and vice president of government relations for Golden Rule Insurance Co., passed away in October after a long battle with cancer; growing demand for corporate medicine, litigation increases costs of health care, how to approach avian flu policy-making, wait lists still plague Canadian health care, HSAs and the uninsured, improving kids' health with online tools, and more.