From the News Desk

In top headlines, a plan submitted to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction outlined President Obama’s strategy for deficit reduction that would reduce Medicare spending by $248 billion and Medicaid and other federal health spending by $73 billion over 10 years. Elsewhere:


  • Health Wolters Kluwer editors weigh in on President Obama’s deficit plan and its impact on Medicare and your retirement.
  • The 2012 Medicare Advantage premiums fell as enrollment was expected to rise.
  • The FDA has confirmed that a cantaloupe farm in Colorado is responsible for a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has led to four deaths.
  • A study suggests that 65% of Medicare Part D recipients are unaware of the new 2011 enrollment dates.
  • A proposed bill in New York would end that practice of counties contribution to Medicaid in the state.