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                                                                                                                                                                                                      A new vision
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Win Marshall,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the incoming
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                                                            House releases new                                                                                                       States struggle
                                                                                                                                                                                     as debt mounts
                                                            plans for healthcare                                                                                                     By John O’Connor
                                                                                                                                                                                     Many states began fiscal years last
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                                                                                                                                                                                     month facing mountains of debt.
                                                                                                                                                                                     A downturn in the nation’s econ-
                                                                                                                                                                                     omy has fueled layoffs, which, in
Coffee may help prevent memory loss.                                                                                                                                                 turn, has significantly reduced
                                                                                                                                                                                     funds in state coffers.
An Alzheimer’s                                                                                                                                                                          As a result, many long-term care
                                                                                                                                                                                     providers now find themselves
wake-up call?                                                                                                                                                                        bracing for Medicaid eligibility
                                                                                                                                                                                     reductions, payment delays and

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By John O’Connor                                                                                                                                                                     other possible cuts.
That first cup of coffee in the morn-                                                                                                                                                    California lawmakers failed
ing may do more than wake up your                                                                                                                                                    to plug a $24 billion deficit
senses. It just might help your body                                                                                                                                                 hole, which caused Gov. Arnold
fight off memory loss, a primary                                                                                                                                          
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