Archive for Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lawmakers to give health reform update

April 12, 2008


A legislative health forum will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine.

The event aims to educate the public about health reform and pandemic preparedness. Area legislators have been invited to give an update on health reform in the Kansas 2008 legislative session. It is one of several forums organized by the Kansas Public Health Association being conducted across the state as part of National Public Health Week.

The forum is free and open to the public, and no registration is necessary. For more information, call 843-3060.


Richard Heckler 10 years ago

CRP, which tracks lobbying spending on its award-winning Web site,, found that, for the second straight year, health interests spent more on federal lobbying than any other economic sector-$444.7 million. The finance, insurance and real estate sector was second, spending about $418.7 million.Looking more specifically within the larger sectors the Center tracks, the pharmaceuticals/health products industry outspent all industries by shelling out $227 million for lobbying services, or an average of $1.4 million for the 164 days that the 110th Congress met in 2007. The drug industry has spent $1.3 billion on federal lobbying over the last 10 years, more than any other industry. Its reported lobbying increased 25 percent in 2007.The second-biggest spender among industries in 2007 was insurance, which spent $138 million on lobbying.

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