Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot last week told judges that they may require students who skip school to wear electronic monitoring devices similar to the one pictured.


Maine Unveils Health Cost Comparison Web Site

Maine Gov. John E. Baldacci last week unveiled  "Maine HealthCost." The site enables the public to access information on prices at Maine hospitals and other health-care facilities. Users can enter their insurance plans and find out what the estimated total payment is for select services at hospitals and other health care facilities across Maine. Patients can see the cost of a procedure at all providers anywhere in the state. The actual cost to patients could vary based on a patient's status but the site provides a reference point that patients can use to determine out-of-pocket costs. The Web site provides payments for Medicare and for all commercial health plans in the state, as well as what uninsured patients will be asked to pay. According to a release from the Governor's Office, the site does not yet provide estimates for MaineCare.

Mexican Airports Purchase Thermal Imagers for Flu Screening

Recently, Mexican airport officials invested nearly a half a million dollars in thermal imagers to help them screen people for H1N1 influenza A, or swine flu. The portable infrared thermal imagers -- from Fluke Corp -- enable airport, transit, public health officials and others to quickly scan and measure the skin temperature of large numbers of people. Those who show temperatures higher than normal can then be isolated for further evaluation to help prevent the spread of disease


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Wayne Hanson  |  Senior Executive Editor, Center For Digital Government