Money and Medicine

Utahns shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act will have at least 99 plan choices, the state insurance department said Thursday.For more informatioin, click here. 
United Parcel Service Inc. plans to cut off health benefits to working spouses of thousands of employees starting in 2014, a move it said is prompted in part by higher costs related to the federal health overhaul. Read the full story here.
Like most big employers across the country, Pennsylvania State University has spent several million dollars over the last decade on voluntary wellness programs, hoping to cut health costs and improve workers' health. The strategy hasn't worked. Read more here.
Insurers and the Obama administration are racing to sign Hispanics up for coverage under the federal health overhaul, eager to reach a segment of the U.S. population that offers huge opportunity but also presents many challenges. Read more here.
It was the start of a research project with an audacious goal. The vial held a sample of ovarian cancer tissue. Three dogs were being trained to recognize the cancer's smell in the hope that they could help scientists identify key compounds in that odor. For more information, click here.
Pennsylvania State University employees are protesting a new wellness program that requires them to provide detailed health information or pay penalties that can total $1,200 a year, in an unusually public backlash against an increasingly common employer practice. For more information, click here.
Twenty years ago, when pediatrician Gayle Smith began her medical career in Richmond, she said there was the promise of a children’s hospital in the near future. Read more here.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will decide by Friday whether to sign into law a bill that would make it easier for children to obtain medical marijuana. Read more here.
Doctor assessing patient
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers will lead a $62.2 million federally funded effort involving multiple universities, military installations and veterans hospitals to better understand how to prevent, diagnose and treat concussions.
Eight Maine hospitals have sued U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the government’s handling of millions of dollars in payments for some low-income and elderly patients. Read more here.

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