A consumer’s guide to the health law, half a year In Kaiser Health News personnel writer Mary Agnes Carey reviews: ‘By Sept. 23, the six month anniversary of the enactment of the ongoing health overhaul, most of the law’s provisions will maintain effect. Most consumers, nevertheless, won’t see any adjustments until after Jan. 1 when their new wellness plan season begins’ . Read entire tale. You can view the complete Kaiser Daily Health Policy Record, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery of in-depth coverage of health policy developments, debates and discussions. The Daily Health Plan Report is released for Kaisernetwork.org, a free services of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Board Organization and Kaiser Family Base. All rights reserved.Advancing age was associated with increasing frequency of problems and mortality , the authors note. After adjusting for demographic, patient and medical characteristics and also hospital volume, the odds of early postoperative death increased significantly with each progress in age category. These associations were found among patients with both cancers and noncancer diagnoses and for both nonelective and elective admissions. Older adults could be less capable to adapt to the stress of surgery or even to the added tension of any postoperative complication, greatly increasing their risk of early mortality, the authors conclude. These effects look like additive, highlighting the necessity for interventions to both prevent decline among old patients and prevent postsurgical complications.