Government launches healthcare reform campaign

Over the past few months, the media (and policymakers, alike) have focused on issues like energy legislation and the oil spill, the economy, and the upcoming midterm elections. This week the spotlight is back on healthcare.

Over the past few months, the media (and policymakers, alike) have focused on issues like energy legislation and the oil spill, the economy, and the upcoming midterm elections. This week the spotlight is back on healthcare.

A group of Democratic strategists launched the "Health Information Campaign," which aims to educate consumers on the law's insurance reforms and counter the anti-reform messages in the media.

Community groups in California formed a coalition and launched a $5 million campaign to educate state residents, with a particular focus on the state's Latino population, business owners, and young people, about how the provisions that will go into effect this month will affect them.

The Department of Health and Human Services is also reaching out to Spanish speakers and launched www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov, a sister site to www.Healthcare.gov.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a survey that says healthcare reform will shift the way the US spends on healthcare, both curbing Medicare costs and increasing spending in the private sector, although it will not slow or increase the growth of medical costs.

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