Published 6:17 am, Thursday, April 12, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has chosen a former lobbyist for Boeing to head the state's health and environmental agency. McMaster said Wednesday that Mark Elam of Charleston will chair the board at the Department of Health and Environmental Control, one of the largest state agencies in South Carolina. Elam replaces Allen Amsler as chairman. Amsler resigned in February after seven years on the board. The nomination requires Senate approval. DHEC oversees hospital expansions, issues birth certificates, considers pollution permits for industries, and tests water and air for contamination. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Gunman at large after shooting victim at S.A. home, police say San Antonio Express-News Brawl turned shooting at Miller’s Pond Park Jacob Beltran Police: Body found near former Graham Central Station club San Antonio Express-News Woman killed in … [Read more...] about SC governor choses former lobbyist to head health agency
As President Donald Trump's administration tries to chip away at the Affordable Care Act by giving more authority to states to regulate private insurance, a new poll finds a slight majority of Americans support a move in the opposite direction, with everyone getting health insurance from a national government-run program.A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds a 51 percent majority of Americans support a national health plan, also known as a single-payer plan, while 43 percent oppose it.Nearly three-quarters of Democrats support a single-payer health plan (74 percent), while a slightly larger share of Republicans oppose it (80 percent). Independents break the tie, supporting a government-run health-care plan by 54 percent to 40 percent. Support is relatively high among rallygoers, defined as those who have attended a rally or a protest within the past two years. A 61 percent majority of this Democratic-leaning group supports a single national health plan. Just under half … [Read more...] about About half of Americans support single-payer health care
It is now common knowledge that health care in the United States costs a lot more than what it costs in most of the world’s rich nations. In fact, the topic of health care reform has come up in a big way during every presidential election cycle in the last three decades. In their commentaries ... … [Read more...] about Why does U.S. health care cost so much?
The economics of health care in America is making for some strange bedfellows. CVS, the behemoth pharmacy chain, plans to buy Aetna, a 22 million member health insurer, for $69 billion. Less than two weeks ago, it became public that Walmart, where one in four Americans shops each week, is considering an acquisition of another insurer, Humana. Why would these two massive retailers want to buy health insurers? Think millions of customers under one roof buying insurance, visiting health clinics, and filling prescriptions. These merged insurer-retailers could have lots of price-setting leverage in dealing with pharmaceutical companies and hospitals. But consolidation like this also can threaten competition — and in health-care markets, that is a demonstrated danger. To see clearly what’s going on here, it helps to distinguish, as regulators do, between horizontal and vertical mergers. When two competitors in the same business consolidate, that’s a horizontal merger. … [Read more...] about Walmart and CVS have 15,000 combined stores. Why are both trying to buy health insurance companies?
SIOUX CITY -- A regional center in Sioux City that monitors mental health patients has found itself caught in the middle of a contentious breakup between Woodbury County and the two remaining counties in the Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health and Disability Services agency.The Assessment and Stabilization Center, commonly known as the Crisis Center for short, is managed by Siouxland Mental Health Center for Sioux Rivers, which was formed by Woodbury, Plymouth and Sioux counties in 2014 after the state switched from county to regional delivery of services for low-income individuals.Since early 2016, the three counties have shared operational costs of the center at 4038 Division St., which offers short-term observation or longer-term housing in a secure setting for patients whose conditions don't warrant hospitalization.But Woodbury County plans to leave Sioux Rivers effective July 1. Officials in Plymouth and Sioux counties contend Sioux Rivers would retain ownership of the crisis … [Read more...] about Mental health treatment center in Sioux City caught up in multi-county dispute