“In 2012, some 9,900 people in the United States died in crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations above the legal limit –an average of one death every 53 minutes. AAA is saying enough and is calling on legislators to curb these preventable deaths in Georgia by requiring ignition interlock devices for all convicted drunk drivers, including first-time offenders. Ignition interlock devices require a driver to blow into the device and register a sober blood alcohol level. If the driver has been drinking and is unable to pass the breath test, the car will not start…Research shows that it can reduce repeat offenses by two-thirds.” (p. 62)
Julie Appleby talked about what health care exchanges are reporting since they opened Oct 1, 2013, including the number of signups, state and federally run exchanges, and efforts to smooth glitches. She responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
This program was part of a Washington Journal-Kaiser Health News periodic Monday series on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
C-SPAN Radio’s Nancy Calo read news headlines at the end of the program.
In other news Friday, the Obama administration announced that faith-based non-profits like hospitals and universities won’t be forced to provide coverage for contraceptives in their insurance plans. Also, the economy grew in the first month of 2013, but not enough to change the unemployment rate.
Domestic and advocacy group officials testified about autism. Among the topics they discussed were efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the disease, the cost of the disease, limited public health resources, and public health policy. Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) denied a link between rising autism rates and vaccinations. Representative Burton showed a video about research on the effect of mercury on the brain.
August 5, 2012
Dr. Atul Grover talked about the Affordable Care Act, the health care law, and the U.S. health care system. Other topics included the shortages of physicians across the country, where the shortages of physicians are geographically distributed, the access and future of American medical colleges, the decision of physicians to accept Medicaid patients, the increasing age of the population, and ways that the health care law would change the health care system. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
(WXYZ) – Helping your family become healthier is part of the Governor’s health care plan. Part of the plan involves doctors reporting a child’s body mass index to a state registry that already tracks immunizations.
But the governor wants everyone to know this a voluntary, anonymous program that he thinks can help in the fight against childhood obesity.