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Don't expect Rep. Tom Campbell's bill granting collective-bargaining rights to health care professionals to get far, despite its 26-2 romp out of committee. House GOP leaders aren't enthusiastic about the bill, but sources told the Associated Press that Speaker Dennis Hastert promised Campbell a floor vote in exchange for his support of a GOP tax-cut measure…. Medicare+Choice plans have long complained about minimal payment increases, and 2001's capitation hikes didn't change that. Most will get a 2-percent boost next year, while those in floor counties will see a 3.3-percent increase …. CalPERS settled on an average 4.9-percent premium increase for 2001, far less than anticipated by some. Two days later, it delayed implementing its cornerstone for holding rate increases down — doubling pharmacy copayments — when unions raised a stink…. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts quit the state's HMO association. A Blues executive told the Boston Globe that the association is “against things. We're for things.”

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