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Kp Health Initiative Faces Transparency Issues

March 16, 2014

Chances are he may either be sacked or given another portfolio in a cabinet reshuffle in the next few days, a senior PTI leader said. The sources said the lobby wanted the World Bank-funded programme in Lower Dir, Buner, Battagram, Dera Ismail Khan, Tor Ghar and Kohistan to be given to the Peoples Primary Healthcare Initiative without going through the bidding process. The PPHI -- a brainchild of Jahangir Khan Tareen, now PTIs secretary general, based on his primary healthcare system in Rahimyar Khan -- was launched in 2005. The programme, which was launched throughout the country to strengthen basic healthcare, includes 573 BHUs in 17 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the umbrella of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme. The sources said that one of the principal supporters of the PPHI wanted the minister to award it the contract.
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White House orders broader Obamacare health plans in 2015

Health plans selling on the federal marketplaces in 2015 must include 30 percent of area "essential community providers," which are usually health centers and other hospitals serving mostly low-income patients. That's up from a 20 percent requirement in 2014, the first year of expanded overage under the health care law. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the marketplaces, will also take a much more active role in reviewing health plan networks. CMS, which outlined the new standards in a Friday night letter to insurers, will evaluate whether the plans include enough access to hospitals, primary care doctors, mental health providers and oncologists. The updated standards came after a Friday interview in which President Barack Obama acknowledged that pressure to keep down costs could mean consumers may not have access to their choice of doctor. You may find out that network is more expensive than another network, then you have to make choices in terms of whats right for your family, Obama told WebMD. Do you want to save on costs, or do you want to save on convenience? A senior administration official defended the health laws standards in a Friday afternoon statement.
White House orders broader Obamacare health plans in 2015

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