Morning CheckUp: May 16, 2012

Senate to vote on Ryan Medicare plan: “The Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan, giving Democrats another chance to put their GOP counterparts on the record supporting Ryan’s controversial Medicare proposal.” [The Hill]

Administration announces Alzheimer’s prevention plan: “The Obama administration is moving forward with an ambitious, fast-moving agenda to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and unlock a method to prevent it by 2025.” [Kaiser Health News]

Planned Parenthood opposes House GOP version of VAWA: “The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has joined a growing list of civil rights organizations, women’s rights groups, domestic violence workers and faith-based organizations in strong opposition to the House GOP’s version of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.” [Huffington Post]

FDA panel backs home HIV test: “American consumers may soon be able to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their own homes, after a panel of experts on Tuesday recommended approval of the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.” [AP]

California calls for health care cuts to fix budget: “Gov. Jerry Brown called for additional spending cuts to health and welfare programs, as well as a 5 percent furlough for state workers, to help erase a budget deficit that has grown to $15.7 billion. The Democratic governor relies on a patchwork of solutions to bridge the gap in a $91.4 billion general fund spending plan.” [The Sacramento Bee]

NPR poll shows support for compensating living organ donors: “If compensation took the form of credits for health care needs, about 60 percent of Americans would support it. Tax credits and tuition reimbursement were viewed favorably by 46 percent and 42 percent, respectively. Cash for organs was seen as OK by 41 percent of respondents.” [NPR]