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Study: 10M Have Gained Coverage Through Health Law

July 24, 2014 8:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study estimates that more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country.           

Government Drafting Birth Control Accommodation

July 23, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying...

Agents Get Subsidized 'Obamacare' Using Fake IDs

July 23, 2014 8:46 am | News | Comments

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health...

Judges in Health Care Rulings Vote Party Line

July 23, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of...

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Compounding Pharmacy Oversight Changes Signed

July 11, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

Two years after a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday signed a law he said would address a "gray area" between state and federal oversight of the pharmacies.  

Missouri Governor Vetoes Health Navigator Limits

July 8, 2014 9:11 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation.     

Judge Hears Arguments in Health Care Lawsuit

July 8, 2014 9:08 am | by TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin senator on Monday argued that his lawsuit challenging rules that call for congressional members and their employees to seek government-subsidized health insurance through small-business exchanges should be allowed to move forward. 


Free Birth Control is Emerging Standard for Women

July 7, 2014 8:47 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama's health law, a major coverage shift that's likely to advance.               

Nonprofits' Contraceptive Cases Next for Justices

July 7, 2014 8:44 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press; RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The issue in more than four dozen lawsuits from faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals that oppose some or all contraception as immoral is how far the Obama administration must go to accommodate them.       

Report: Health Law Sign-Ups Dogged by Data Flaws

July 2, 2014 11:59 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage. Two reports from the Health and Human Services inspector general marked the first independent look at a festering behind-the-scenes issue that could turn into another health law headache for the White House.

Justices: Can't Make Employers Cover Contraception

June 30, 2014 2:08 pm | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices' 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

High Court Poised to Decide Birth-Control Dispute

June 30, 2014 8:17 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice. The court meets for a final time Monday to release decisions in its two remaining cases before the justices take off for the summer.


Lawmakers Push to Approve Unified Veterans' Bill

June 12, 2014 9:09 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans' health care and send it to the president's desk by the end of the month. The Senate easily approved a bill Wednesday to help shorten wait times for thousands of military veterans seeking medical care, a day after the House unanimously adopted a similar measure.

Insurers Propose Changes to Obama Health Law

June 12, 2014 9:02 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.     

Federal Views Diverge on Proper Use of Painkillers

June 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

How do you have a conversation about prescription drugs that provide critical pain relief to millions of Americans yet also cause more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined? The answer is: It depends.       

Catholic Group Exempt from Contraceptives Rule

June 9, 2014 8:26 am | by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.            

Ranbaxy, Toansa Assessment Concluded - No Risk to Public Health

June 5, 2014 9:14 am | News | Comments

European regulatory authorities have finalized their assessment of reported non-compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) at Ranbaxy Laboratories’ manufacturing site in Toansa, India that had led to the suspension of the GMP certificate for the site in the European Union (EU).


Senate Moves Toward Vote on VA Health Care

June 5, 2014 8:22 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate is moving forward on a compromise bill to help veterans avoid long waits to see a doctor and make it easier to fire administrators who falsify records to cover up long wait times.          

Application 'Inconsistencies' Under Health Law

June 5, 2014 8:17 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many of the 8 million people who signed up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care now have an asterisk next to their names. A government document provided to The Associated Press indicates that at least 2 million people enrolled for taxpayer-subsidized private health insurance have data discrepancies in their applications.

Arizona Abortion Restrictions to Remain Blocked

June 4, 2014 8:48 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press; BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's strictest rules on the use of abortion drugs are likely to be struck down and will continue to be blocked while a lawsuit against them plays out, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.         

Missouri AG: State Could Make Lethal Injections

June 2, 2014 8:31 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The growing suspicions surrounding where states obtain lethal injections have motivated the Missouri attorney general to propose something never previously tried — establishing a lab where the state can make its own execution drugs.   

GOP House Backs State Medical Marijuana Laws

May 30, 2014 8:19 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amendment by conservative GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California — the first state to legalize medical marijuana — came as almost half the states have legalized marijuana for medical uses, such as improving the appetites of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

States Face New Cost Concerns with Medicaid Surge

May 27, 2014 9:10 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law. That's likely to revive the debate about how federal decisions can saddle states with unanticipated expenses.

Poll: Health Care Law Still Fails to Impress

May 27, 2014 8:27 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion continues to run deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature effort to cover the uninsured. Forty-three percent oppose the law, compared with just 28 percent in support.

Obama Administration Focuses on Following Through

May 21, 2014 8:11 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Burned by the failed rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama is seeking to build a team for the final years of his administration where management expertise may trump keen political or legislative skills.     

Minnesota Bans Anti-Bacterial Chemical from Soaps

May 20, 2014 8:08 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical.

Court: Execution Drug Maker a Secret in Georgia

May 19, 2014 2:01 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia's law that keeps secret the source of its execution drug is constitutional, the state's highest court ruled Monday, though two justices worried that confidentiality could lead to botched executions like the one in Oklahoma last month.

States Move to Expand Experimental Drugs for Some

May 16, 2014 4:03 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Frustrated by federal delays getting experimental medications to terminally ill patients, some states are forging so-called "Right To Try" legislation to allow access to the drugs without federal approval.        

BIO Urges Delaware Governor to Sign Bill That Ensures Patient Access to Interchangeable Biologic Medicines

May 15, 2014 8:10 am | News | Comments

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Delaware BioScience Association (Delaware Bio) called upon Governor Markell to sign critical legislation to create a pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines.

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