By Sam Baker - 03/08/13 12:31 AM EST
Employers do, however, expect to keep raising employees' share of their healthcare costs. Employees cost-sharing has climbed 5.1 percent since last year, but that's the smallest increase in 15 years.
Well, this is terrifying: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning of a "nightmare bacteria" resistant to nearly all antibiotics and potentially lethal to half of all people with serious infections. The superbugs most easily spread, of course, through hospitals.
Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee asked the panel's GOP leaders on Thursday to hold a hearing on the new superbugs.
"These hearings should be held as quickly as possible to examine the appropriate federal response to this serious threat to public health," Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said.
Their full letter requesting the hearing is here.
Waivers controversy lives on: Sally Jewell, President Obama's nominee to lead the Interior Department, defended waivers her company received from part of Obama's healthcare law as she testified before a Senate panel Thursday.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) pressed Jewell on healthcare waivers granted to REI, the chain of outdoor apparel stores where she serves as CEO. During his major healthcare push in 2009, Obama publicly praised Jewell and REI for offering healthcare benefits to the company's part-time employees. But after the healthcare law passed, REI received a waiver from new rules restricting the plan it offered to part-time workers.
Healthwatch has more.
State by state
Hospitals are generally the biggest advocates for states accepting the ACA's Medicaid expansion, but it could end up being a bad deal for New Hampshire hospitals.
Kaiser Health News and Stateline interview the director of North Carolina's Medicaid program.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is trying to build support among healthcare stakeholders for her decision to accept the Medicaid expansion.
Bockorny Group / Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Polsinelli Shughart / UPAC
The Federal Group / American College of Clinical Pharmacy
Planned Parenthood walks back its criticism of New York City's anti-teen-pregnancy campaign.
A Health Affairs study looks at the best ways to structure the healthcare law's Accountable Care Organizations.
New York City's ban on large sugary drinks is ushering in a big regulatory headache as the city tries to define when, precisely, a sugary drink becomes "large."
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