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Date:9/16/2009

e's a lot of buzz these days about CER, which uses evidence to determine which treatments are most effective clinically. With the implementation of more medical research, we might have a chance at reducing spiraling health costs while making sure that prescribed tests and procedures are well warranted.

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE CATCH-22

Susan Braig, 60, of Altadena, Calif., says her health insurance plan left her without coverage for tens of thousands of dollars worth of outpatient chemotherapy and radiation treatments after she developed breast cancer. Braig says her policy "covers almost nothing" and meanwhile her monthly premiums have increased. Still, she can't switch to a new policy because she has a pre-existing condition, which makes her undesirable to other insurers.

Under proposed health reforms, pre-existing conditions would be a non-issue. Health insurers could not decline customers, exclude coverage of certain conditions, or charge people higher premiums on the basis of their health history. Finding coverage would be easier, too: Consumers would go to a central health insurance exchange and choose from among a variety of plans. Read CR's blog about how health care reform would help the uninsured who are not yet 65: http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2009/09/how-health-reform-can-help-the-uninsured-age-65-and-people-with-preexisting-conditions.html.

WHO'S WORRIED ABOUT SWINE FLU?

A new national poll of more than 1,000 adults by Consumer Reports Health finds that 67 percent of Americans are "concerned" or "very concerned" about swine flu. Interestingly, though, concern about the flu is lowe
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