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Georgia and Oregon Continue Health Reforms- Georgia and Oregon both have legislation in their state houses that are major steps towards health reform. In Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill next week that would allow residents to purchase health plans out of state giving them more options to find plans that fit their financial needs. In Oregon, the Senate has introduced a bill, which is backed by Gov. John Kitzhaber, to setup a health exchange. However, the bill does not allow the exchange to negotiate rates as similar bills do in other states, which has caused some consumer groups to express serious opposition to the bill.
American Workforce at Alarming Low – According to a USA Today analysis, the American workforce is at its lowest level since the influx of a large number of women into the workforce 30 years ago. Only 45.4 percent of Americans had jobs in 2010, down from 49.3 percent in 2000. In addition, just 66.8 percent of men had jobs, the lowest level on record.
Hospitals Face Uphill Battle with Drug-resistant Bacteria – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has pledged up to $1 billion to improve the quality of hospital care. This stems from several studies aiming to reduce the number of infections, specifically staph infections that patients develop while under hospital care nationwide. The hope is that reducing these infections will cut down on the overall costs of additional care needed to treat secondary ailments.
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