Daily Rounds: Walgreen Health Insurance; McAllen, TX, Cheap?; MA Premiums Top Nation; NYC Sex Ed

Report: Walgreens to sell health insurance - Chicago Sun-Times "Walgreen Co. is planning to sell health insurance through a private exchange set up to help consumers find insurance coverage under the health-reform law, according to a report on A spokesman for the Deerfield-based drugstore giant neither confirmed nor denied the plan. 'We’re looking at a number of options in light of health care reform as we continue to seek ways to help our customers better navigate today’s health care system,' said spokesman Robert Elfinger. The CNNMoney report said Walgreen will sell a variety of health-insurance products with different levels of coverage and price ranges." (

Health spending more complex than Medicare shows | Reuters "It highlighted McAllen, Texas, a community known for having the highest Medicare spending in the U.S. However, the new research puts McAllen on the list of the ten cheapest areas for individuals with employer-sponsored health insurance. 'What we're looking at here is that McAllen, Texas is actually a pretty cheap place when you start looking at people under age 65,' said Marder." (Reuters)

Analysis: Mass. individual health premiums highest in nation - "Massachusetts and Vermont led the nation in 2010 with average, individual market health insurance premiums topping $400 per person per month, about double the national average, according to an analysis released Tuesday. The Kaiser Family Foundation used information culled from insurer filings to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and found a substantial spread among premiums between the states." (Boston Herald)

In New York City, a New Mandate on Sex Education - "For the first time in nearly two decades, students in New York City’s public middle and high schools will be required to take sex-education classes beginning this school year, using a curriculum that includes lessons on how to use a condom and the appropriate age for sexual activity. The new mandate is part of a broader strategy the Bloomberg administration announced last week to improve the lives of black and Latino teenagers. According to city statistics, those teenagers are far more likely than their white counterparts to have unplanned pregnancies and contract sexually transmitted diseases." (

This program aired on August 10, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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