Sebelius takes on ‘The Daily Show’ to defend healthcare reform (Morning Read)

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Sebelius defends Affordable Care Act. “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart pressed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the decision to give states the power in deciding which health benefits are “essential” for state insurance plans during last night’s show. Stewart questioned what will happen with certain states that don’t do a good job of regulating their insurance companies.

“We will set the framework,” she assured him.


Sebelius appeared calm, sharp and even a little bit funny. When Stewart said, “I’ve noticed premiums have been going up,” she snapped back, “You think?” Watch the interview below.

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Hospital marketing. It makes sense to join reward programs at airlines, hotels and restaurants you frequent, so why not hospitals? As technological advances and U.S. healthcare reform offer incentives for hospitals to develop relationships with their patients, hospitals are stepping up their game by creating VIP programs that include perks like free parking, gift shop discounts and educational seminars.

Investment in mHealth doubled in 2011. More than half a million dollars was invested in mobile health last year, more than twice as much as in 2010, with more than 100 deals and partnerships being formed.

So far, stem cells safe in treating blindness. The first patients to have embryonic stem cells injected into their retinas at UCLA in an effort to treat blindness have reported no adverse effect and even mild improvement in their vision after six months, according to early study results published in Lancet. This is a preliminary study intended to measure safety, not effectiveness.

Junk food in schools doesn’t matter? The long-suspected link between obesity and junk food in schools is an illusion, if we believe new study results from University of Pennsylvania researchers. “Food preferences are established early in life,” said the study’s lead author. “This problem of childhood obesity cannot be placed solely in the hands of schools.”

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