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What the Heck are Essential Benefits Under Health Reform?

Here’s what we’re reading today:

Health Insurance: Ugh. A new Hewitt Associates report shows just how much our health premiums are expected to rise next year. The Los Angeles Times’ Duke Helfand has the details.

Don't Jump off the Plane: Strategies for Dealing with Stressful Work Environments

As always, you can find job, internship, awards and fellowship opportunities at the end of this post.

Battle of the Breasts

Are you confused, angry and, frankly, pissed off as you watch sumo-sized egos battle out the mammogram issue? How will it affect you and your loved ones? What actually is the thinking behind the new United States Preventative Services Task Force recommendation to NOT screen women in their forties for breast cancer? Is it as nonsensical as it sounds? Doc Gurley gives you a common sense, plain-language explanation of the ins and outs of this complex issue. She's a practicing board-certified internist who's also published cost-effectiveness research.

25 Largely Untold Health Reform Stories

Before describing a few stories that have not received much play in the media, I'd like to mention a few publications by my Urban Institute colleagues that provide useful state and local information. One report shows, by Congressional district, the proportion of residents with various types of health coverage (uninsured, privately insured, or covered by Medicaid or other public programs).

Doctors Behaving Badly: Faith Healer Finally Steps Outside Medical Board's Good Graces

When medical board investigators questioned Dr. Robbi Borjeson about what she had done to treat a patient suffering from a severe case of diabetes, she responded: "I prayed over him."

Borjeson had visited the patient's home in January 2000, where she found him complaining of "fatigue, weight loss, increased thirst, increased urination and sores on his tongue," according to the Arizona Medical Board. She told him take some vitamins.

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