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The following is the Cover The Uninsured Week News Digest for the week of January 17, 2005.

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Here are top stories from news sources across the country about the issue of the uninsured.

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News & Opinion

Incoming HHS Head Discusses Planned Medicaid Overhaul
Leavitt favors a cap on federal spending, but more flexibility in how states use funds

Source(s): Robert Pear, The New York Times (Jan. 19)

Health Care Costs Are Americans' Major Health Policy Concern, Survey Shows
Reducing the number of uninsured is one of the top three priorities; malpractice reform ranks low

Source(s): Jim Abrams, Associated Press (Jan. 11); The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Jan. 11); Marsha Shuler, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) (Jan. 12)

Kennedy Advocates for Universal Coverage with Medicare Expansion
Democrats' elder statesman rallies party to push reform agenda

Source(s): John O'Neil, The New York Times (Jan. 12); Charles Babington, The Washington Post (Jan. 13); Maura Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 13)

Gingrich Promotes Market-Based Health Reform
Former speaker was early supporter of HSAs

Source(s): Steve Lohr, The New York Times (Jan. 16)

Consumers Are Either Unaware of HSAs or Have Doubts about Them
14.3 million Americans spent more than one-quarter of their income on health care last year

Source(s): Sarah Rubenstein, Wall Street Journal (Jan. 12); Dina ElBoghdady, The Washington Post (Jan. 16)

OPINION: HSAs Will Not Solve Health Care Cost Problem
Employees are concerned they will end up paying more of the health care tab

Source(s): James Flanigan, The Los Angeles Times (Jan. 16)

OPINION: Rise in Health Care Spending Is Not a Concern
Employer-based system of coverage is what makes the system inefficient

Source(s): The Boston Herald

TennCare Cuts Illustrate National Medicaid Trend
Governors of New York and Florida also announce cuts

Source(s): Associated Press (Jan. 11); Alisa Ulferts, St. Petersburg Times (Jan. 12); Diane Hirth, Tallahassee Democrat; Tony Pugh, Tallahassee Democrat (Jan. 13); Andy Miller and Patrician Guthrie, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Jan. 14); Alice Dembner and Rick Klein, The Boston Globe (Jan. 15); Al Baker, The New York Times (Jan. 18); Ceci Connolly, The Washington Post (Jan. 18)

Florida Papers Examine Governor Bush's Medicaid Privatization Plan
In a commentary, Bush describes proposal

Source(s): Jeb Bush, Orlando Sentinel (Jan. 12); Tallahassee Democrat (Jan. 12); Sun-Sentinel (Jan. 15)

Opinion: Medicaid Reform Needed in New York, but Pataki's Plan Raises Questions
Federal financing changes will affect outcome of plan

Source(s): The New York Times (Jan. 19) a project of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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