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Deadline to Clear Up Health Law Eligibility Near

August 13, 2014 8:06 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health care law. The Obama administration said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship or immigration details don't match what the government has on file.

Obama to Sign Veterans' Health Care Overhaul

August 7, 2014 8:22 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local...

Poll: Obama Health Law is a Tale of Two Americas

August 6, 2014 8:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in...

Obama Seeks Executive Ways to Limit Tax Inversions

August 5, 2014 5:30 pm | by Josh Lederman - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American...

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Can Canadian-Style Health Care Work in Vermont?

July 28, 2014 9:01 am | Videos | Comments

In Vermont, a new health care experiment is under the microscope.                                

After Six Weeks, Finally a Deal on VA Health Care

July 28, 2014 8:26 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.    

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.           

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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 for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.      

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 insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The weak link in the system seemed to be call centers that handled applications for thousands of consumers unable to get through online.

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 President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them. It was the latest illustration that presidents help shape their legacies by stocking the federal bench with judges whose views are more likely to align with their own.

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.     

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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.

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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.

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