Current Awareness in Aging Research (CAAR) Report #105--October 11, 2001

CAAR (Current Awareness in Aging Research) is a weekly email report produced by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field. For more information, including an archive of back issues and subscription information see:

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar/caar-index.htm

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I. Data:

1. PSID DATA RELEASE: The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Panel Study of Income Dynamics has recently made available "Release 2 of the 1999 wealth components, as part of the 1984, 1989, 1994, and 1999 wealth files sponsored by the National Institute on Aging."

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/psid/whatsnew.html

To download the zipped data file click on "1984, 1989, 1994, and 1999 wealth."
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2. MEPS: The US Department of Health and Social Services, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality Medical Expenditure Panel Survey has released "MEPS HC-014: 1996 MEPS-HC Survey Data (CD-ROM only - All 1996 Full Year Files)." "This CD-ROM contains the following MEPS Household Component (HC) public use files released by AHRQ for calendar year 1996: the 1996 Full-Year Consolidated Data File (HC-012); the 1996 Event Files (HC-010A through HC-010I); the 1996 Medical Conditions File (HC-006R); the 1996 Jobs File (HC-007); and the 1996 Health Insurance Plan Abstraction (HIPA) Linked Data File (HC-017). For each of these releases, the following files are included: a README file, data file(s) in ASCII and SAS Transport format, documentation and codebook(s), and a file containing SAS programming statements and sample code for SAS users."

http://www.meps.ahcpr.gov/Data_Pub/HC_FYData96.htm#hc014

For information on ordering the CD-ROM go to:

http://63.107.122.43:914/Data_Pub/data_cdfloppy.htm
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3. CENSUS BUREAU: "2000 State and Local Government Public Employee Retirement Systems," (US Census Bureau, October 2001, ASCII and Excel format). "The 2000 State and Local Government Public Employee Retirement System survey covers fiscal years that ended between July 1, 1999 and June 30, 2000. The 2000 survey covered 2,212 public employee retirement systems."

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/retire00.html

To examine data from earlier years (tables back to 1993), go to:

http://www.census.gov/govs/www/retire.html
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4. NCHS: "Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2000," by Arialdi M. Minino and Betty L. Smith (US National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistical Reports Vol. 49, No. 12, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases/01news/mort2k.htm

Click on "View/download PDF" for full text.
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II. Reports and articles:

5. DHHS OIG ADVISORY OPINION: "(concerning your request for an advisory opinion regarding the employment of Dr. X by [name of plan redacted] ("the Plan"). Dr. X is an individual excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, and other Federal health care programs.)" (US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Advisory Opinion 01-16, HTML and .pdf format, 6p.).

http://www.hhs.gov/oig/advopn/2001/index.htm

Click on "Advisory Opinion No. 01-16" for .pdf, HTM for HTML.
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6. GAO REPORTS: "Medicare+Choice Audits: Lack of Audit Follow-up Limits Usefulness," (US General Accounting Office GAO-02-33, October 2001, .pdf format, 40p.).

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d0233.pdf

Note: This is a temporary address. GAO reports can always be found at:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces160.shtml

Search on title or report number.
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7. WHO--REPORT: "World Health Report 2001: Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope" (World Health Organization, October 2001, HTML and .pdf format, 178p.).

http://www.who.int/whr/

Click on contents for links to full text:

Note: Statistical Annex tables may be of interest to researchers in aging.
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8. UNITED KINGDOM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORT: "Improving Older People's Services: Inspection of Social Care Services for Older People," by Gerald O'Hagan (United Kingdom Department of Health, Social Services Inspectorate, CI(2001)18, September 2001, .pdf format, 71p.).

http://www.doh.gov.uk/scg/improvingobjs.htm

Click on the first "Improving Older People's Services" to access the full report.
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9. AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND AGED CARE: On October 5, 2001 the Australian Department of Health and Aged Services released five statements concerning new services for seniors. Four of the press releases deal with new aged care resources available in rural or remote areas, and the fifth press release provides information about a new $1 billion program for home and community care. For more information about these press releases go to:

http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2001/bb/bishop2001.htm

All of the press releases are in HTML format.
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10. _PNAS_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

"beta -Amyloid peptides enhance alpha -synuclein accumulation and neuronal deficits in a transgenic mouse model linking Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease," by Eliezer Masliah, Edward Rockenstein, Isaac Veinbergs, Yutaka Sagara, Margaret Mallory, Makoto Hashimoto, and Lennart Mucke (_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_, Vol. 98, No. 21, October 9, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 12245-12250).

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/98/21/12245
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11. _NEJM_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "A Pooled Analysis of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Resected Colon Cancer in Elderly Patients," by Daniel J. Sargent, Richard M. Goldberg, Stacy D. Jacobson, John S. Macdonald, Roberto Labianca, Daniel G. Haller, Lois E. Shepherd, Jean Franois Seitz, and Guido Francini (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 345, No. 15, October 11, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1091-1097).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/345/15/1091

B. "Lack of Health Insurance and Decline in Overall Health in Late Middle Age," by David W. Baker, Joseph J. Sudano, Jeffrey M. Albert, Elaine A. Borawski, and Avi Dor (_New England Journal of Medicine_, Vol. 345, No. 15, October 11, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1106-1112).

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/345/15/1106
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12. _JAMA_ ARTICLE ABSTRACT AND MEDICAL NEWS & PERSPECTIVE: Note: Full electronic text (HTML and .pdf format) may be available. Check your organization's library.

A. "Supplemental Insurance and Use of Effective Cardiovascular Drugs Among Elderly Medicare Beneficiaries With Coronary Heart Disease," by Alex D. Federman, Alyce S. Adams, Dennis Ross-Degnan, Stephen B. Soumerai, and John Z. Ayanian (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 14, October 10, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1732-1739).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v286n14/abs/joc10809.html

B. "Home Modifications to Make Older Lives Easier," by Mike Mitka (_Journal of the American Medical Association_, Vol. 286, No. 14, October 10, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1699-1700).

http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v286n14/ffull/jmn1010-1.html
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13. _BMJ_ NEWS, EDITORIAL, EDUCATION AND DEBATE:

A. "Health maintenance organisations drop Medicare beneficiaries," (_British Medical Journal_, News, Vol. 323, No. 7316, October 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 772).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7316/772/a

B. "Screening for prostate cancer in the UK," by Jenny L. Donovan, Stephen J. Frankel, David E. Neal, and Freddie C. Hamdy (_British Medical Journal_, Editorial, Vol. 323, No. 7316, October 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 763-764).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7316/763

C. "For and against: Bone densitometry is not a good predictor of hip fracture," by Terence J. Wilkin, Devasenan Devendra, Jan Dequeker, and Frank P. Luyten (_British Medical Journal_, Education and Debate, Vol. 323, No. 7316, October 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 795-799).

http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/323/7316/795
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14. _THE LANCET_ HYPOTHESIS ABSTRACT, POLICY AND PEOPLE: Note: _Lancet_ requires free registration before providing content.

A. "Neurodegeneration: a failure of neuroregeneration?" by Richard J. E. Armstrong and Roger A. Barker (_The Lancet_, Vol. 358, No. 9288, October 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p. 1174-1176).

http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9288/abs/llan.358.9288.editorial_and_review.17868.1

B. "Belgian euthanasia proposal meets resistance," by Wim Weber (_The Lancet_, Vol. 358, No. 9288, October 6, 2001, .pdf and HTML format, p.1168).

HTML:
http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol358/iss9288/full/llan.358.9288.news.17908.8

PDF:
http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.358.9288.news.17908.8&x=x.pdf
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15. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH AT BOSTON COLLEGE: The following papers are based presentations made "at a Roundtable on the Demand for Older Workers sponsored by the Retirement Research Consortium held at The Brookings Institution, March 23, 2001."

A. "What Can We Learn from the Cohort Size Literature about the Future Demand for the Greying Baby Boomers?" by Peter Gottschalk (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, March 23, 2001, .pdf format, 7p).

B. "Older Workers in the Coming Labor 'Shortage:' Implications of Labor Demand," by Daniel S. Hamermesh (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, March 23, 2001, .pdf format, 6p).

C. "Employer Surveys, Employer Policies, and Future Demand for Older Workers," by Robert M. Hutchens (Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, March 23, 2001, .pdf format, 16p).

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/public_spe.shtml

Click on the title or on "pdf" to access the electronic full-text of a paper.
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16. MEDSCAPE ARTICLE: Note: Medscape requires free registration before providing articles.

A. "Piribedil May Improve Symptoms of MCI -- A Possible Precursor to AD," (_The Brown University Geriatric Pyschopharmacology Update via Medscape_, Vol. 5, No. 10, Oct. 2001, p. 1-4).

http://www.medscape.com/Manisses/GPU/2001/v05.n10/gpu0510.01/gpu0510.01.html

or

http://www.medscape.com/43408.rhtml?srcmp=ms-100501

B. "Men Over 50: An Endangered Species," by Steven P. Roose (_Medscape Psychiatry and Mental Health_, October 2001, HTML format). Note: This page is presented by Medscape and the Medical Education Collaborative. Continuing medical education credits may be available.

To view the table of contents for this page go to:

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/psychiatry/ClinicalUpdate/2001/cu01/public/toc-cu01.html

or

http://www.medscape.com/43359.rhtml?srcmp=ms-100501

For information about eligibility for CME credits go to:

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/psychiatry/ClinicalUpdate/2001/cu01/public/learning.html#Eligibility

C. "Current Issues in the Management of Prostate Cancer: Charles Huggins Symposium," by Judd W. Moul, Gerhard Coetzee, Peter Iversen, Edward Messing, and Fritz Schrder (_University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Intramed via Medscape_, September 28, 2001). Note: Continuing medical education credits may be available.

To view the table of contents go to:

http://www.medscape.com/CMECircle/Urology/2001/CME01/public/toc-CME01.html

For information about CME credits go to:

http://www.medscape.com/CMECircle/Urology/2001/CME01/public/credit.html

D. "Medscape Women's Health Journal Scan -- Osteoporosis," by Susan New (_Medscape Women's Health Journal Scan_, updated October 4, 2001).

http://www.medscape.com/43430.rhtml?srcmp=ms-100501

or

http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/features/JournalScan/WomensHealth/2001/js-wh0423.html
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III. Working Papers:

17. CENTER FOR ECONOMIC STUDIES AND THE IFO INSTITUTE A JOINT INITIATIVE OF THE LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS UNIVERSITY: "Estate Taxation," by Tomer Blumkin and Efraim Sadka (_CESifo_, CESifo Working Paper No. 558, Sept. 2001,.pdf format, 32p.).

Abstract:
In this paper we examine the properties of the optimal linear estate tax in the presence of a complete set of tax instruments available to the social planner. We allow for both types of bequest motives, namely altruistic and accidental. We examine the case for estate taxation which seems to be the strongest (but not impeccable) with accidental bequests. In general, the estate tax is highly sensitive to the relative importance of the two bequest motives.

ftp://129.187.96.124/CESifo_WP/558.pdf
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18. WHARTON PENSION RESEARCH COUNCIL:

A. "Benefits for the Workplace of the Future," by Olivia S. Mitchell (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-15, September 2001, 22p.).

Abstract:

Employee benefits of the future will be shaped by workplace developments. In the short-term, economic volatility due to the business cycle and economic shocks will influence both labor supply and labor demand, and hence compensation including benefits. Longer-term developments are to some extent foreseeable, induced by demographic trends shifting the age, sex, and ethnic/racial mix of the workforce. Others include changes in household and family characteristics of the workforce, and changes in job and labor market attachment. Long-term changes will also driven by the demand side of the labor market, as employers respond to the stresses of a more high-tech, competitive, and global economy. Employers will still seek to use benefits as recruiting and retention tools, as well as a means to induce optimal turnover. Government policy is also influential, partly via benefits provision and increasingly via benefits mandates. We suggest that future labor markets will likely be tighter than todays, boosting both pay and benefits growth. However benefits packages will become more"unbundled," providing tax-qualified compensation and the appeal of automatic saving mechanisms. To the extent that benefits become further unbundled, this will enhance labor market flexibility but curtail some of the key insurance aspects that benefits provided.

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-15.pdf

B. "Benefits and Productivity," William E. Even and David A. Macpherson (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-16, October 2001, 22p.). Note: No abstract was provided for this working paper.

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-16.pdf

C. "Designing Total Reward Programs for Tight Labor Markets," by Eric Lofgren, Steven A. Nyce, and Sylvester J. Schieber (Pension Research Council, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Working Paper No. 2001-17, September 2001, 40p.). Note: No abstract was provided for this working paper.

http://prc.wharton.upenn.edu/prc/PRC/WP/wp2001-17.pdf
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19. COWLES FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH IN ECONOMICS AT YALE UNIVERSITY: "Social Security Investment in Equities I: Linear Case," by Peter Diamond and John Geanakoplos (Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, Discussion Paper 1314, July 2001, .pdf and Scientific Word formats, 28p.).

Abstract:

This paper explores the general equilibrium impact of social security portfolio diversification into private securities, either through the trust fund or private accounts. The analysis depends critically on heterogeneities in saving, production, assets, and taxes. Limited diversification weakly increases interest rates, reduces the expected return on short-term investment (and the equity premium), decreases safe investment, increases risky investment and increases a suitably weighted social welfare function. However, the effects on aggregate investment, long-term capital values, and the utility of young savers hinges on assumptions about technology. Aggregate investment and long-term asset values can move in opposite directions.

http://cowles.econ.yale.edu/P/cd/dy2000-1.htm#2001

Scroll to or "find in page" "1314" (without the quotes).
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20. _HEALTH AFFAIRS_ ARTICLE: "Reforming Medicare: Impacts On Federal Spending And Choice Of Health Plan," by Kenneth E. Thorpe and Adam Atherly (_Health Affairs_ Web Exclusive, Oct. 10, 2001, HTML and .pdf format, 14p.).

Abstract:

The rising costs of Medicare and well-documented problems plaguing Medicare+Choice (M+C) have increased interest in "reforming" the program. To improve efficiency, most reform proposals would rely on competitive bidding to establish payments to M+C plans. At the same time, beneficiaries would be given financial incentives to select low-cost M+C plans. A major unknown is the extent to which Medicare reforms would generate federal budgetary savings. To examine this issue, we develop three illustrative Medicare reform options that differ greatly in how Medicare would establish its payments to plans. Our results highlight the fact that Medicare should expect modest savings from reforming the program. However, other goals of reform, such as establishing more efficient payments to plans, would be achieved.

HTML:

http://healthaffairs.org/Thorpe_Web_Excl_101001.htm

.pdf:

http://healthaffairs.org/2005Thorpe.pdf

More information on _Health Affairs_:

http://healthaffairs.org/about.htm
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IV. Journal Tables of Contents (check your library for availability):

21. American Journal of Epidemiology (Vol. 154, No. 8, Oct. 15, 2001).

http://aje.oupjournals.org/content/vol154/issue8/index.shtml
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22. INGENTA Tables of Contents: INGENTA provides fee based document delivery services for selected journals.

A. Point your browser to:

http://www.ingenta.com/

B. click on "Search Options"
C. Type the Journal Name in the "Publication title" search box and click
the radio button "Words in Title"
D. View the table of contents for the issue noted.

Educational Gerontology (Vol. 27, No. 6, 2001). Note: Full electronic text of this journal is also available in the EbscoHost database. Check your library for availability of this database and this issue.

Omega (Vol. 42, No. 3, 2001).

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23. AMEDEO MEDICAL LITERATURE: Note: "AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields... All AMEDEO services are free of charge. This policy was made possible thanks to generous unrestricted educational grants provided by AMGEN, Berlex, Eisai, Glaxo Wellcome, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche, and Schering AG."

A. Osteoporosis: Literature for the week of October 9, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ost.htm

B. Alzheimer's Disease: Literature for the week of October 9, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/ad.htm

C. Parkinson's Disease: Literature for the week of October 9, 2001:

http://www.amedeo.com/medicine/pd.htm

AMADEO Literature Guide:

http://www.amedeo.com/index.htm

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V. Funding Opportunities:

24. NIH: "Neurotechnology Research, Development and Enhancement," (National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute on Aging, PA-02-003, released Oct. 2, 2001).

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-003.html
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25. CENTER FOR RETIREMENT RESEARCH BOSTON COLLEGE: "Dissertation Fellowship Program." "The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College plans to fund two dissertation fellowships this fall. These fellowships are typically granted for 12 months and carry a stipend of $20,000." The due date for applications is November 7, 2001. For more information about the program go to:

http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/csom/executive/crr/dissertation.shtml
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26. CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: "Proposed Guidelines for the New Biology of Development and Aging (BDA) Integrated Review Group (IRG)," (National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, Oct. 2001). The Center is seeking public comments on the proposed guidelines for the new Biology of Development and Aging IRG. Comments will be accepted until November 12, 2001.

To review the proposed guidelines go to:

http://www.csr.nih.gov/PSBR/BDA/BDA.htm

To submit comments on the proposed guidelines go to:

http://www.csr.nih.gov/PSBR/BDA/BDAIntro.htm
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VI. Legislation Information Updates:

27. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS HEARING PUBLICATIONS:

A. "Ensuring the Integrity of Social Security Programs," a hearing held May 10, 2001. (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Serial No. 107-30, ASCII and .pdf format, 76p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-30" (without the quotes).

B. "Social Security's Processing of Attorney Fees," a hearing held May 17, 2001. (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Serial No. 107-24, ASCII and .pdf format, 69p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-24" (without the quotes).

C. "Administration's Principles to Strengthen and Modernize Medicare," a hearing held Jul. 19, 2001. (US House Committee on Ways and Means, Serial no. 107-39, ASCII and .pdf format, 68p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/house/house19ch107.html

Scroll to or "find in page" "107-39" (without the quotes).
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28. US SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTE ON AGING: "The National Family Caregiver Support Program its Impact on Idaho, Forums," forums before the Special Committee on Aging, US Senate, held May 29-Jun. 1, 2001, in various cities in Idaho (US Senate Special Committee on Aging, Serial No. 107-96, ASCII and .pdf format, 85p.).

http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/senate22sh107.html

Note: Scroll down to or find in page "107-96" (without the quotes).
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29. US HOUSE COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS, SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH HEARING TRANSCRIPT: "Rural Health Care in Medicare," a hearing held Jun. 12, 2001). Note: Testimony for this hearing was announced in CAAR #88 (Jun. 14, 2001, item #25).

http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/caar/caar88-june-14-2001.htm

Hearing transcript:

http://www.house.gov/ways_means/health/107cong/6-12-01/107-33final.htm

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