A look at the morning’s top health industry news.
Rally against ‘Romney-care’: Kyle Cheney of the State House News Service reports that Massachusetts Citizens for Life plan to file a petition to repeal the 2006 state requirement that all residents buy health insurance. The anti-abortion group planned to submit 10 signatures to Attorney General Martha Coakley today. If she accepts the language of the proposal, the group would have until early September to gather more than 68,000 signatures necessary to move the effort forward. President Anne Fox said the law has contributed to rising insurance costs and increased the number of taxpayer-funded abortions.
Free birth control: Women covered by private insurance will soon be able to fill their birth control prescriptions at no cost, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday. Starting in August 2012, insurers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and family planning, along with seven other services aimed at preventing disease and promoting well-being in women.
Breaking bread around the world: Tara Parker-Pope reports on the New York Times Well blog about a photo collection on exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science showcasing what people from around the world eat in one day. The 25 photos — there’s a 70-year-old Hindu priest with his one plateful, a 21-year-old American mall worker with a fast food diet, and a 38-year-old Kenyan woman who eats only about 800 calories — offer an interesting snapshot of eating that is, as Parker-Pope says, “by turns mouthwatering, repulsive and surprising.’’
Counting costs after discharge: Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News reports that Medicare has scaled back a rule that would have held hospitals accountable for excessive costs of caring for a patient in the 90 days after discharge. Instead, the rule will assess the first month after a patient leaves the hospital. Rau writes that the change was expected. Also from Kaiser Health News, check out this discussion on how the first stage of the debt deal avoided cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and what could happen down the road.