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The Week in Health Reform—Federal Legislative Overview

The White HouseOn March 3, President Obama continued his push for Members of Congress to complete health insurance reform legislation within the upcoming weeks.  He delivered a statement to a group of medical professionals in the East Room of the White House, in which he said that he has asked Senate and House leaders to finish work on health reform and schedule final votes in the next few weeks.  The President went on to say that the issues have been debated thoroughly and that now is the time to make a decision.  Although he did not specifically mention the budget reconciliation process, the President said that the American people deserve an “up or down” vote on health reform in the same way that welfare reform and tax cuts were approved by Congress in the past under reconciliation rules.

The President said that health insurance reform would change three things:

* End the “worst practices” of health insurance companies * Give individuals and small businesses the same kind of choices members of Congress have * Bring down health care costs for families, businesses and the government

The President made numerous references to the health insurance industry and stated that there is a fundamental disagreement between Republicans and Democrats about whether there should be more or less regulation of health insurance companies.  The President concluded by emphasizing that he will do everything in his power to make the case for health reform in the coming weeks, and he also urged the American people to make their voices heard.

In addition, the President said he is open to exploring policy priorities identified by Republicans at the bipartisan summit such as:

* Conducting undercover investigations of health care providers that receive reimbursement from federal programs. * Appropriating funds for state-based demonstration programs to test alternative approaches, including health courts, to resolving medical malpractice suits. * Linking Medicaid eligibility expansions to higher Medicaid reimbursement for physicians.

* Clarifying that Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may be offered through the proposed health insurance exchanges.

On March 4, Health Care Service Corporation President and CEO Pat Hemingway Hall attended a meeting at the White House, along with CEOs from other leading health insurance companies and officials from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.  The group met with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama to discuss premium issues in the individual market.

House and SenateCongressional leaders are now focused intensely on developing legislative language that could be supported by a majority of members in both chambers.  The President’s comments last week send a strong signal that such legislation, once finalized, would move through Congress under budget reconciliation procedures.

Under reconciliation rules, the House first would have to pass the Senate version of the health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, which passed on Christmas Eve last year.  After that, the House would then be required to pass a separate “corrections” bill incorporating specific changes to that bill that will likely be negotiated among White House officials and House and Senate leaders.  After the House passes the “corrections” bill, under budget reconciliation procedures, the Senate would need at least 50 senators to vote for the “corrections” bill.  Under reconciliation rules, only a simple-majority vote of 51 votes are needed for passage (Vice President Joe Biden would be the 51st vote if only 50 senators vote for the bill) and filibusters are banned.

In order to meet the goal of sending a final health reform bill to the President’s desk before the Easter recess (which is scheduled to begin on March 29), congressional leaders would need to send legislative language to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for cost analysis in the very near future. On March 4, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that President Obama hopes the House of Representatives will pass the health reform bill by March 18, so the rest of the process can move swiftly.Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is now tasked with trying to corral votes in the House, while trying to assure those who are wary that the Senate will be willing to support the same measures. Some House members are worried about being left “holding the bag,” if the Senate decides it will not support some of the same legislative language.

In order to ensure the Democrats have enough votes, President Obama invited two groups of the Democratic Caucus to the White House on March 4 to continue to push for health reform passage.  Members from the Congressional Progressive Caucus were:Caucus Chairs Raúl Grijalva (AZ) and Lynn Woolsey (CA), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairman Mike Honda (CA), Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee (CA), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (NY), Reps. Dennis Kucinich (OH), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) and Jan Schakowsky (IL), as well as delegates Madeleine Bordallo (Guam) and Donna Christensen (Virgin Islands).

Afterward, Obama met with key members of the New Democrat Coalition.   The New Democrats, like the Blue Dogs, are a group of fiscally conservative Democrats.  Attendees of this meeting included:  Reps. Jason Altmire (PA), Melissa Bean (IL), Lois Capps (CA), Joe Crowley (NY), Ron Kind (WI), Allyson Schwartz (PA) and Adam Smith (WA).

Overview: Extension of Physician Payment “Fix” and COBRA ProvisionsOn March 2, the Senate passed H.R. 4691, the “Temporary Extensions Act of 2010″ and President Obama signed it into law.  This legislation includes a one-month extension of the Medicare physician payment “fix,” premium assistance for unemployed workers with COBRA and state continuation coverage, unemployment insurance and several other legislative provisions that expired on February 28.  Before voting on passage of the bill, the Senate first voted on an amendment by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) that would have offset the billion cost of the “extenders” package.  This amendment was defeated and therefore no further legislative action was needed.  The bill was later signed by the President.

Overview:  The “Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act” – H.R. 4626In a letter dated March 3, 22 Democratic Senators wrote to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to bring H.R. 4626, the “Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, to the Senate floor at its earliest opportunity.  In the letter they state that “[this legislation] is an important step toward bringing competition to the health insurance market, and would ensure that anticompetitive abuses such as price fixing and monopolization are policed in the health insurance industry.”  America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) CEO Karen Ignagni maintains the position on the legislation saying, “The rhetoric surrounding repeal [anti-trust exemptions] does not match the reality of the situation.  Health insurance is one of the most regulated industries in America at both the federal and the state levels. The Act is extremely limited in scope and has nothing to do with competition within the health insurance industry.  In fact, a wide range of insurer activities, including mergers and many types of business practices, are and always have been subject to federal antitrust laws and to enforcement by the Department of Justice.”

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Ingredients To Use In Your Healthy Meals This Week

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If you are conscientious about eating right and preparing healthy meals and snacks, you probably have your own list of super foods that you depend on. There are many foods out there that promote healthy weight loss and good nutrition. These are the 10 that we think everybody should include in their healthy diets.

Let’s start with a beverage that can be considered diet food. GREEN TEA speeds up the burning of fat by way of catechins and EGCG. This thermogenic response is a major weight loss component of healthy weight loss diets. Fit green tea into your healthy eating plans by drinking 2 cups a day. Green tea extract is a safe way to get a stronger effect. Prograde Metabolism is a supplement that contains green tea extract in order to effectively speed up your body’s fat-burning rate.

Yogurt is constantly featured in commercials about dieting and eating right. To make yogurt an effective and extra-nutritious diet food, you should consume GREEK YOGURT. Its advantages over conventional yogurt include probiotics, less unnecessary calories, and more protein. If you are currently eating yogurt as a diet food, make the switch over to Greek yogurt. Add healthy toppings and mix-ins, or use it as a substitute for mayonnaise and sour cream when cooking healthy meals.

A food that packs a huge nutrient punch without many calories at all is SPINACH. Its biggest components are vitamin K, which protects your bones, and vitamin A, which has important roles in several metabolic functions. Try unique ways of including spinach in healthy diets. Mix it in with scrambled eggs or pasta dishes, prepare a spinach salad instead of a lettuce salad, or turn a sandwich into a wrap and add spinach. However you decide to eat spinach, you are learning how to eat healthy by consuming low-calorie high-nutrition foods.

Research backs up the benefits of the healthy properties in SALMON, making it a fish that you shouldn’t ignore. To start, fat oxidation is increased by omega 3 fats, meaning you burn more of the stored stuff. Secondly, we have learned that good sources of protein contribute to increased healthy weight loss. Besides these two research-based properties, salmon also provides vitamin D and calcium. Salmon can be easily prepared in several ways as an entrée, or perhaps you would like to try adding it to salads.

Many people have been trained in a way that knowing how to eat healthy means avoiding starchy foods. This makes our next item on the list a little hard to swallow. POTATOES are actually a valuable weight loss food if you eat them in the right way. They give you an energy boost after a hard workout by restoring glycogen levels and their skins contain minerals and fiber, a nutrient that every health-conscious person should focus on. Remember, don’t start preparing mashed potatoes for every side dish, but use this food wisely and to your advantage.

One beverage has already been mentioned as a diet food on our list. Can you guess what another is? MILK! Conjugated linoleic acid, insulin-like growth factor 1, and casein protein are three important components of milk. All of these scientific terms equate to fat loss (especially belly fat), appetite suppression, and lean muscle boosting for you.

BEANS are not a food to be scared of. Healthy meals can be greatly enhanced by adding beans to a side dish or using them to replace meat. They offer fiber and protein, which are two important nutrients that have already popped up on this list several times. Remember that all foods, even those with healthy properties, should be consumed in moderation.

Fruit can be very powerful in a healthy eating plan and BLUEBERRIES may even burn belly fat. While research on that is still developing, we can take advantage of the anthocyanin in blueberries and its antioxidant powers. Don’t forget to vary your fruit because strawberries, raspberries, etc. contribute to healthy diets too.

Salads and other dishes can be enhanced by EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, which also enhances the health of your heart. Cholesterol levels seem to be lowered by monounsaturated fats. Also, this diet food is a natural anti-inflammatory because of the oleocanthal it contains. When you cook healthy meals with extra virgin olive oil, remember to keep the heat moderately low in order to avoid breaking down its healthy properties.

Finally, rounding out our list is a diet food that offers vitamins and high quality protein that is so easy for our bodies to use, yet people used to be scared of it. EGGS, it turns out, are not the one overwhelming instigator of high cholesterol or heart disease in people. Eggs are so versatile that they make it easy to learn how to eat healthy. Some are even offered as rich in omega 3, so that you can add omega 3 fat benefits to the protein and vitamins.

The goal of this list is not to limit a healthy eater’s food choices. Remember, healthy meals are made up of a variety of foods that all offer good nutrition in their own ways. Now you can incorporate these 10 foods into your already healthy diets and know exactly how they are benefiting your body.

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