Morning CheckUp: January 18, 2012

U.S. wants Alzheimer’s treatment by 2025: “The government is setting what it calls an ambitious goal for Alzheimer’s disease: Development of effective ways to treat and prevent the mind-destroying illness by 2025.” [AP]

Many New York retailers don’t offer health coverage: “Retail workers in New York City earn a median of $9.50 an hour, most are part-time or temporary, and just 3 in 10 receive health insurance through their jobs, according to a new study of the city’s larger retailers” [NYT]

Obesity epidemic may have peaked: “The nation’s obesity epidemic appears to have hit a plateau, according to the latest federal data released Tuesday. Obesity soared in the U.S. during the 1980s and 1990s, doubling among adults and tripling among children. That raised widespread alarm and debate about the causes and possible solutions. Obesity can increase the risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other serious health problems.” [NPR]

Oregon governor proposes coordinated care plan: “Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is proposing to change the state’s Medicaid program by ending its fee-for-service model and instituting ‘coordinated care organizations’ to manage patients’ chronic care to keep them out of hospital rooms.” [AP]

Vermont governor introduces exchange legislation: “Legislation introduced Tuesday could lay the groundwork for the first phase of substantive health care reform in Vermont as the state inches toward universal health care. Rep. Mike Fisher, D-Lincoln, and Rep. Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington, introduced H.559, legislation from the Shumlin administration that would set out the ground rules for a health benefits exchange that the state is required to put into effect in 2014” [VT Digger]

Maryland governor seeks to establish “health enterprise” zones: “Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration will seek legislation this year to allow officials to designate underserved communities in Maryland for tax credits and other state incentives to improve health care delivery.” [Gazette.Net]