Within the proposed Senate comprehensive health care legislation, one revenue raiser that was not contained in the House bill is the so-called “Botox tax”, or to some, the “Bo-Tax”.  Specifically, the language would impose a 5% tax on all elective cosmetic surgical procedures that are not done to address deformities due to genetics, accidents, or… Read more »

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday and millions begin to pack their luggage to travel, associations are providing valuable advice and information to ensure that everyone has a safe and less stressful holiday season. Thanksgiving week is considered the largest travel weekend of the year, with millions of Americans driving and flying to… Read more »

Saturday night, the Senate voted to proceed on the debate on S. 1796, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Due to Senate rules, a filibustered bill must receive 60 votes for 30 hours of debate to proceed on it, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was able to line up his caucus against… Read more »

Updated 1:11 PM: Yesterday evening Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) unveiled his merged comprehensive health care legislation, hours after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had released its score of the legislation.  The CBO scored the legislation as costing $848 billion over the next ten years, but would reduce the deficit $130 billion.  The bill… Read more »

On Monday, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced new guidelines for women and their doctors in screening for breast cancer based on new research in the field of cancer prevention.  The announcement was met with surprise, and immediately women’s health associations acted to provide the best advice and standards for breast cancer… Read more »