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Justin Trogdon, PhD

Medical Expenses Related To Obesity Costs States Billions

States spend up to $15 billion a year in medical expenses related to obesity, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International, Duke University, and the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study, published online in Obesity, updates 2004 state-by-state estimates of obesity-attributable medical expenditures. The report also provides rough estimates of […]

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Researcher Colleen Heflin

Federal Welfare Programs Can Have Negative Effects On Children’s Cognitive Scores

The United States federal government supports many welfare and entitlement programs that attempt to eliminate poverty by providing financial assistance to families in need. Now, Colleen Heflin, an associate professor in the Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri, has found that requirements for some of these welfare programs can create stress […]

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Government Budgets

Health Center Budget Cuts Translate Into A Loss Of $15 Billion In Cost Savings

A new policy research brief released today by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services evaluates the consequences of the proposed reductions in federal health center funding for access and cost savings. Check the end of this report for a link to […]

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U.S. Capitol

Medicare Physician Definition Bills Introduced In Both Chambers Of Congress

I am pleased to inform you that key allies in the Senate and House have introduced legislation to include psychologists in the Medicare “physician” definition. We are extremely grateful for the leadership of Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who sit on the Finance Committee and have sponsored S. 483, and Congresswoman Janice […]

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budgeting and money

Spending On Behavioral Health Is A Shrinking Portion Of Overall Health Expenditures

Spending on psychiatric drugs grew by 5.6 percent from 2004 to 2005, which represents an overall decrease from the 27.3 percent growth seen from 1999 to 2000. This is according to a study published today in the February issue of Health Affairs. The study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration analyzed […]

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CNN Announces That Federal Judge Voids The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

We reported back in December that a “Federal Judge Rules Mandated Health Insurance Is Unconstitutional.” Today, another federal judge ruled that the individual mandate clause, which forces most American to purchase health insurance from commercial health insurance providers, is unconstitutional. A CNN video that details these new developments with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

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