Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Sitting for long periods linked to an increased risk of heart disease

Sitting for long periods of time is just as dangerous for your health as smoking, according to researchers at Queen’s University Belfast. ... read more >>

State’s use of tobacco settlement money lights fire under crowd

Uninsured Pennsylvanians and health care advocates yesterday criticized state leaders’ plan to allocate hundreds of millions of dollars of state tobacco settlement money to the general fund after ending a low-income insurance program. “This money is not for the state to steal. They can steal our tax money,” John Kitchen, 47, an uninsured resident of Eighty Four, said during a half-day hearing Downtown. Auditor General Jack Wagner, D-Beechview, hosted the hearing in Pittsburgh City Council chambers. ... read more >>

Tough sell on tapping tobacco settlement

— Gov. Tom Corbett’s pick to run the state Department of Community and Economic Development found himself facing tough questions Thursday over the administration’s decision to dip into the state’s share of the nationwide tobacco settlement for economic development programs. ... read more >>

West Virginia retiree health costs spur proposed subsidy cap, cigarette tax hike

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Public retiree health care costs are prompting West Virginia lawmakers to consider raising the cigarette tax and capping retiree subsidies. A Senate bill introduced Monday proposes those steps and others to close the funding shortfall from other post-employment benefits. ... read more >>

Cigarette, tobacco tax hikes bill advances in West Virginia Senate with close committee vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia would nearly triple its cigarette tax and hike its other levy on tobacco to fund health care needs under a measure that cleared a Senate committee hurdle Thursday. The Senate Finance Committee must now review the legislation amended and advanced by the chamber’s Health and Human Resources Committee on a non-unanimous voice vote. ... read more >>

UA seeks to control its health care costs

FAIRBANKS — To control costs at the University of Alaska system, employees will be required to pay a higher health care deductible while the university system emphasizes generic drugs and adds a fee for tobacco users. The changes are expected to take place July 1, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. ... read more >>

Heineman rejects idea of cigarette tax increase

As far as Gov. Dave Heineman is concerned, a bill introduced by state Sen. Mike Gloor of Grand Island to increase the state’s tax on tobacco products is up in smoke. “Basically, we are going to increase taxes there to spend more money,” Heineman said during a news conference prior to his speech to the Grand Island Rotary Club on Tuesday. “I don’t think we need to do that.” ... read more >>

American Lung Association Report Details Quit Smoking Benefits Available in Each State

Millions of Americans will get needed help to quit smoking thanks to the newly enacted U.S. health care law, and it is up to states to close a gap that still remains for other smokers, a new American Lung Association report finds. ... read more >>

Billions at stake in Alta. tobacco lawsuit

A pending provincial government lawsuit against the tobacco industry could turn out to be one of the biggest legal actions in Alberta’s history, potentially worth up to $10 billion in recovered health-care costs, a leading anti-smoking advocate says. “This is fantastic, another step forward,” said Les Hagen, executive director of Action on Smoking and Health. ... read more >>

Navy launches online program to help sailors, families and retirees struggling with addiction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Navy is teaming up with a highly regarded addiction treatment center to provide Web-based support for thousands of sailors, their families and retired personnel struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. The $3.25 million program is intended to keep sailors with addiction problems on the road to recovery and links them to support programs anywhere in the world, at anytime, even when they’re deployed. It is tailored primarily to younger sailors, who are at greater risk and are comfortable navigating the Internet and social programs. ... read more >>

Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz has gotten a ‘positive’ response for wanting to tax all sugary foods

Looks like some Bronx electeds are turning into a healthy food lobby. Riverdale Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz is one-upping the proposed tax on sugary soft drinks by calling for a tax on all sugar in food. But just maybe he’s not such a meSUGARner pol. Jeff said he’s gotten “a mostly positive response” from a number of colleagues and people in the health care community. ... read more >>