TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A legislative report says Florida's public university students would benefit in several ways if they were required to have health insurance. But that also would raise the cost of going to school for students who don't already have insurance by 5 to 7 percent. University officials, though, say that cost would be covered by financial aid for those students who qualify.
The Legislature's Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability released the report Friday. Florida State University currently is alone among the 11 state universities in requiring new students to either have their own health insurance -- often on their parents' policies -- or obtain it from the school.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.