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House OKs Bipartisan Medicare Doctor Bill; Fate Up to Senate

March 26, 2015 3:30 pm | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years.

Orexigen's Mysimba Approved in Europe for the Treatment of Obesity

March 26, 2015 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Orexigen Therapeutics has announced that the European Commission has granted marketing...

Uncertainty About Doctors' Pay Has Taken a Toll on Medicare

March 25, 2015 8:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may...

GOP Hits Medicaid to Offset Doctor Fee Hikes

March 24, 2015 8:35 am | by DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health...

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Boehner, Pelosi See Victories in Fixing Medicare Doctors' Fees

March 19, 2015 8:42 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can.

Poll: Many Unaware Some Health Subsidies Could Be Ruled Out

March 19, 2015 8:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

With a decision due by summer in a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law, a new poll finds many Americans have heard nothing about the case. But when the potential fallout is explained, most say it would hurt the country and they would look to Congress or the states to fix it.

Chemical Regulation Overhaul Bill Faces Opposition in Senate

March 18, 2015 3:47 pm | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bipartisan bill that would update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental groups, who charged on Wednesday that the measure is a step backward in protecting health and the environment.

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Obama Administration: 16.4M Have Gained Health Insurance

March 17, 2015 8:15 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JULIE PACE, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 16 million Americans have gained coverage since President Barack Obama's health care law took effect five years ago, the administration said Monday. But measuring a different way, an independent expert who took into account insurance losses during some of those years had a much lower estimate: 9.7 million.

New Sign-Up Under Health Care Law Gets Lukewarm Reception

March 16, 2015 8:14 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

Hospira Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of One Lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation Due to Mold Contamination

March 13, 2015 8:40 am | News | Comments

Hospira is initiating a voluntary recall of one lot of Lactated Ringer's Irrigation, 3000mL (NDC 0409-7828-08, Lot 40-008-JT; Expiry 1APR2016) to the user level (both human and veterinary) due to a confirmed customer report of several dark, fibrous particulates floating within the solution of the primary container.

Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

March 12, 2015 8:24 am | by SHEILA V KUMAR, Associated Press; RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

Paul Joins Democrats in Bid to Boost Medical Marijuana

March 11, 2015 8:31 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Democratic senators and a possible Republican presidential candidate joined forces Tuesday to push a bill to remove federal prohibitions on medical marijuana in 23 states where it's already legal.

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Legislation Targets Detergent Packets Following Rash of Child Poisonings

March 10, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Democratic members of Congress hope to make substantial changes to single-load laundry detergent packets amid rising concerns about accidental ingestion by children.  

Fate of Obama Health Law Subsidies Rests with Two Justices

March 5, 2015 3:55 pm | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.

Photo of the Day: Native Americans and Medical Marijuana

March 3, 2015 11:35 am | by Mike Auerbach, Editor-In-Chief | News | Comments

Audience members look on at a tribal marijuana conference for tribal governments considering whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal, agricultural, or recreational use.

Explained: Supreme Court Case Against Obama's Health Law

March 3, 2015 9:16 am | by ALEXANDRA OLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

he U.S. Supreme Court this week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. If successful, the lawsuit would cripple Obama's prized domestic achievement, a program that has brought the U.S. as close as it has ever come to universal health care.

Young Girl's Story May Lead Idaho to Approve Marijuana Oil

March 2, 2015 8:57 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or turn fatal.

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PBOA Supports FDA SOS Act

March 2, 2015 8:14 am | News | Comments

Bipartisan Act would preserve FDA user fees from sequestration.

Presidential Panel: Base Quarantines, Other Outbreak Decisions on Science

February 26, 2015 12:10 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Attempts to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa were a mistake, the president's bioethics advisers said Thursday.

Administration: No Quick Fix if Court Kills Health Subsidies

February 25, 2015 8:33 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care coverage.

California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:23 pm | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

Governors: No Clear Plan if Health Care Subsidies Fall

February 23, 2015 11:35 am | by STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. And one thing was clear this weekend as the nation's governors gathered in Washington: Many of the states that could be affected are not prepared for the potential fallout.

FDA Eases Access to DNA Screening for Inherited Diseases

February 20, 2015 8:25 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health officials are easing access to DNA tests used to screen parents for devastating genetic disorders that can be passed on to their children. The surprise announcement offers a path forward for Google-backed genetic testing firm 23andMe, which previously clashed with regulators over its direct-to-consumer technology.

Florida Has Highest Number of Enrollees Under Health Law

February 19, 2015 8:47 am | by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has eclipsed California to become the state with the highest number of consumers buying health coverage through new insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, according to federal statistics released Wednesday.

White House: Health Law Sign-Ups Top 11M

February 18, 2015 8:21 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year, the White House announced Tuesday evening. But that preliminary estimate — 11.4 million people — comes with a couple of asterisks.

As Sign-Up Deadline Nears, A New Risk for Obama Health Law

February 12, 2015 3:17 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Thousands of people signing up for health insurance this weekend may not realize it, but their coverage under President Barack Obama's law could be short-lived.

Mississippi, West Virginia Toughest on School Immunizations

February 11, 2015 8:12 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press; EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

With rampant diabetes and obesity, Mississippi and West Virginia have struggled with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

Democrats Hit GOP Plan for Replacing Obama Health Care Law

February 6, 2015 8:19 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plan by three Republican lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul would leave Americans with less coverage and higher costs than the landmark law they want to repeal, Democrats said Thursday.     

California Lawmakers Aim to Limit Vaccine Exemptions

February 4, 2015 3:49 pm | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require parents to vaccinate all school children unless a child's health is in danger, joining only two other states with such stringent restrictions.       

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