District of DeBonis: Health


Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/24/2014

D.C. tattoo waiting period is rejected, health department says

Health department says mandatory 24-hour wait will not be part of final package of “body art” rules.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art, Health, Politics

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Nurses endorse Vincent Orange; Vincent Gray picks up more support

Backing of nurse legislation pays off for Orange; meanwhile, Gray wins more support from city employees.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Health, Politics

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 03/04/2014

Nurse-staffing bill remains stalled in D.C. Council

A year after introduction, nurses’ union has not found victory on bid to increase staffing levels.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:06 PM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013

The $25 noncriminal high

City officials on Thursday floated reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25 fine.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Pot bust?

Business has hardly been gangbusters in the first three months of the District’s medical marijuana industry.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Rats in the city

Can a community meeting turn the tide in the ages-old battle against urban rats?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown will halt D.C. Medicaid payments

Delayed checks mean another setback for D.C. medical providers, particularly those serving low-income residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:51 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013

D.C. marijuana program looks kosher under new Justice Department policy

The new guidance should offer assurance to the District's medical marijuana industry that it can do business without fear of federal raids.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:49 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Medical marijuana is on sale in D.C.

A 51-year-old HIV-positive Northwest resident was first person to purchase legal medical marijuana.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Softball injury puts Vince Gray in a boot

A mayoral aide not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said the injury was a minor strain.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Lawmakers won't weigh in on Chartered Health Plan settlement

The plan is to pay the District's share out of the city's contingency cash reserve, a maneuver which does not require D.C. Council approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Obamacare already working in D.C., officials say

City insurance regulators announced Friday that they have finishing granting approval to the plans set to be offered on the city's health insurance exchange.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Wait continues for health-care providers owed by Chartered Health Plan

It will be at least a month before they start receiving the nearly $50 million they are owed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Deal pending on Chartered Health Plan's unpaid bills

Health care providers who have seen their bottom lines damaged by the collapse of D.C. Chartered Health Plan could be made whole by summer's end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:23 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 06/05/2013

'Put it on, put it on,' urges D.C. condom commercial

The D.C. Department of Health is taking to the airwaves to tell D.C. residents to use condoms.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:27 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Decriminalize it?

With medical marijuana dispensaries not even open yet, some lawmakers are exploring whether the D.C. Council should decriminalize or even legalize cannabis in the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Drugs, Health

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013

City: 'Fake weed' will turn you into a zombie

A new D.C. government education campaign is telling city youth that using "synthetic marijuana" products will turn them into zombies, Night of the Living Dead-style.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Thrive Health Plan approved as Medicaid contractor

Brand-new firm won council approval of $542 million Medicaid contract, but not before a legislator accused one of the company's owners of committing perjury.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Plan coming for unpaid Chartered Health claims, Gray says

Mayor Vincent C. Gray said his administration is "developing a plan to provide relief" to health providers left high and dry by Chartered Health Plan's collapse.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Chartered could owe D.C. health providers $85 million

It remains unclear how the once-dominant city health contractor will be able to pay the vast majority of those claims.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:53 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Forensic accountant is examining Chartered books, AG says

Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan said his office is "carefully considering all of our options" — including seizing owner Jeffrey Thompson's personal assets.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Marijuana policy groups kick off D.C. legalization campaign with poll

National and local advocates are using a new poll to kick off a major push for the legalization or decriminalization of cannabis in the District — one that could include the pursuit of a ballot initiative in 2014.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013

United Medical Center employee improperly received at least $400,000, officials say

The unnamed employee "inappropriately manipulated the IT/payroll system to be paid overtime hours" even though the person was not eligible to be paid overtime.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/11/2013

David Catania urges AG to pursue Jeffrey Thompson's assets

D.C. Council member David Catania wants businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson held liable for any unpaid claims once his health care firm's assets are sold.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Smokers will pay same rates as nonsmokers in D.C. insurance exchange

Officials have voted to prevent insurers from charging higher premiums to smokers than to nonsmokers — meaning nonsmokers are likely to pay modestly higher rates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:26 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Chartered Health Plan will become AmeriHealth District of Columbia on May 1

City announcement marks the likely end of the Chartered Health Plan brand, brought to prominence by businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:28 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/29/2013

As Gray ponders options, United Medical Center gets $11 million cash infusion

The cash should allow the hospital to pay its creditors, easing pressures as turnaround artists take over the hospital's management.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Three firms picked for D.C. Medicaid contracts

The winning firms named Wednesday — the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., MedStar Family Choice and Thrive Health Plan Inc. — are the same three that appeared in a draft news release that leaked earlier this month.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Whither United Medical Center?

By every measure except money, the city-owned United Medical Center has been a success. But with city officials only grudgingly committed to ongoing subsidies, its financial picture remains cloudy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:34 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Small-business health exchange mandate will go to D.C. Council

A District board is moving full steam ahead with a controversial plan to require small businesses to purchase their health insurance through a government exchange.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:24 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/11/2013

D.C. Medicaid contracts still in flux

The effort to award some of the District's largest contracts will continue for at least a couple more weeks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013

D.C. moves closer to awarding Medicaid contracts

The District appears to have tentatively chosen three firms to manage the health care of about 160,000 low-income city residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Jeffrey Thompson loses bid to derail D.C. Medicaid contracts

Contracting board rejects protest of city's ongoing effort to award new Medicaid contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:09 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Law, Politics

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Jeffrey Thompson fights Chartered Health Plan sale

The embattled business is mounting a last-ditch effort to prevent the dismantling of the firm he built into the city's dominant manager of government-funded health care.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:43 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Money, Politics

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Chartered Health Plan sale could leave significant unpaid bills

Buyer AmeriHealth Mercy is not expected to assume Chartered's liabilities, which include unpaid medical claims that could total $40 million or more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Chartered Health Plan on cusp of sale to AmeriHealth Mercy

It appears embattled businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson is about to be out of the health care business altogether.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012

A Bloomberg-style soda ban for D.C.?

Three of four at-large D.C. Council candidates said they would support a ban on large sugary sodas in the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:03 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics