Subsidies provided by some 20 states to help small businesses pay for health care won't reduce the size of the tax credit available under the health care overhaul law to certain small businesses to cover their workers, federal officials said in a press briefing last week.
Manufacturer prices for brand-name drugs widely used by Medicare enrollees rose 9.7 percent in the 12 months that ended in March, the seniors lobby AARP reported last week. The increase "was the largest twelve-month spike since AARP began tracking drug prices in 2002," the lobby said in a news release.
A compromise package of tax cuts and benefit extensions will not reach the House floor until this week, complicating a push by Democratic leaders to clear the measure before the Memorial Day recess.
Dartmouth College, for many years at the cutting edge of research showing flaws in the nation's health care delivery system, announced a new initiative to advance research on health care.