First Edition: March 15, 2013

Published on March 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM · No Comments

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Judge: Feds Can't Make Domino's Founder Tom Monaghan Offer Workers Contraceptive Coverage
A judge on Thursday blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception provision of the law against Tom Monaghan and Domino's Farms Corp., a management company located near Ann Arbor, Mich. (3/14).

The New York Times: Senate Mulls A Showdown On Saturday Mail Delivery
Among the changes the Postal Service is seeking is the modification of a 2006 law that requires the agency to pay $5.5 billion a year into a health fund for future retirees. The agency was forced to default on two payments last year after reaching its borrowing limit. The defaults contributed to the agency's posting of a $15.9 billion loss last year (Nixon, 3/14).

The Wall Street Journal: Squeeze Looms For Doctors
U.S. medical schools are expanding to meet an expected need for more doctors due to the federal health law. With at least 12 new schools opening and existing ones growing, enrollment is on track to produce 5,000 more graduates a year by 2019. But medical educators are cautioning that those efforts won't do anything to alleviate a doctor shortage unless the number of medical residency positions rises as well (Beck, 3/14).

Politico: Supreme Court To Hear Generic Drug Suit Next Week
Generic drugs are supposed to be identical to the brand names that preceded them. And by law, they have to have identical warnings and labels. So what happens when a generic drug harms someone? How much liability does the generic drugmaker bear? That's a question that will be argued before the Supreme Court next Tuesday (Norman, 3/15).

The Texas Tribune/New York Times: Finding a Partner for Children's Health in Centralized Care
For the last year, Anna has participated in a pilot program at the Seton Children's Comprehensive Care clinic at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin. The three-year program, now in its second year, coordinates care for medically needy children, providing access to pediatric physicians, medical specialists and behavioral health care, while offering family support services. The program's founders hope comparative data collected from the pilot program and routine outpatient care will show that centralized coordination improves the quality of care while cutting costs (Aaronson, 3/14).

The New York Times: Focusing On Violence Before It Happens
In the national debate that has followed the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, much of the focus has been on regulating firearms. But many law enforcement and mental health experts believe that developing comprehensive approaches to prevention is equally important. In many cases, they note, the perpetrators of such violence are troubled young people who have signaled their distress to others and who might have been stopped had they received appropriate help (Goode, 3/14). 

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from 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.


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