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Late Sign-Ups Improve Outlook for Obama Health Law

April 18, 2014 8:18 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press; RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.         

Report Projects Health Care Costs to Dip Slightly

April 15, 2014 8:13 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "...

Sebelius: Health Care Launch 'Terribly Flawed'

April 14, 2014 8:25 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up...

Congressional Report Presses for E-cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 7:52 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young...

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Vermont Restricting Access to Powerful Painkillers

April 4, 2014 9:01 am | by BETH GARBITELLI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state is restricting access to a new class of narcotic painkillers that law enforcement and public health officials across the country fear could worsen drug abuse.              

House GOP Moves Against Health Care Law

April 4, 2014 8:11 am | by ERICA WERNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Republicans renewed their election-year assault on President Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, their opposition undimmed just days after Obama celebrated news that more than 7 million Americans had signed up for coverage under the law.

Health Insurance Isn't a Year-Round Thing Anymore

April 4, 2014 8:03 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore.           

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Stay Granted for New Arizona Abortion-Drug Rules

April 3, 2014 3:17 pm | by ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's most stringent restrictions on the use of abortion drugs are now temporarily on hold one day after going into effect in Arizona. A federal appeals court has granted a temporary stay on new regulations that took effect Tuesday. The ruling came in response to an appeal by Planned Parenthood Arizona and other groups after a federal judge in Tucson refused to temporarily block the rules.

Jindal: GOP Needs 'Obamacare' Alternative

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday offered a Republican alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs while giving consumers more flexibility in choosing insurance plans.

Doctors Get Temporary Medicare Fix

April 1, 2014 8:14 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress once again has given doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.                 

Health Care Website Stumbles on Last Day

March 31, 2014 8:32 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room — a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use.

Health Law Enrollment Extension Frustrates Insurers

March 28, 2014 8:46 am | Videos | Comments

The Obama administration's decision to let some consumers enroll in health plans beyond Monday's deadline sparked concern among insurers and prompted fresh attacks from opponents of the health law.         

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Texas Must Tell Attorneys Execution Drug Supplier

March 28, 2014 8:02 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press; PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge ordered Texas prison officials Thursday to disclose the supplier of a new batch of lethal injection drugs to attorneys for two inmates set to be executed next month, but she stopped short of revealing the identity of the manufacturer to the public.

Obama Says More Than 6M Signed Up for Health Care

March 27, 2014 3:40 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul.                 

Twenty-Five Companies to Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 8:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.           

Latinos Being Left Behind in Health Care Overhaul

March 25, 2014 7:37 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation's uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the on the sidelines as the White House races to meet a goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31.          

Justices Tackle Health Law Birth Control Coverage

March 25, 2014 7:32 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights that exempt them from part of the new health care law that requires coverage of birth control for employees at no extra charge.        

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Health Law Birth Control Coverage Goes Before Justices

March 24, 2014 8:39 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration and its opponents are renewing the Supreme Court battle over President Barack Obama's health care law in a case that pits the religious rights of employers against the rights of women to the birth control of their choice.

Millions on the Sidelines for Big Health Care Push

March 24, 2014 8:35 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of people in the United States will remain uninsured despite this week's final, frenzied push to sign them up under the health law. Their reasons are all over the map.            

With Health Law, Workers Ponder the I-Quit Option

March 21, 2014 8:17 am | by CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Federal experts believe the new insurance option will be a powerful temptation for a lot of job-weary workers ready to bail out. Last month, congressional budget analysts estimated that within 10 years, the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers could be working less because of the expanded coverage.

South Carolina Bill Allowing Limited Use of Cannabis Oil Advances

March 21, 2014 8:02 am | by SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that seeks to allow children with severe epilepsy to legally use oil derived from marijuana advanced Thursday to the South Carolina Senate floor, but with so many restrictions, supporters say it won't help those for whom it's written.

INTERPHEX-PDA Education Spotlight: Industry Trends and Regulatory Expectations

March 13, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Sterile biopharmaceutical product manufacturing remains a dynamic and challenging segment of our industry. This session will bring regulators and industry together to discuss expectations and explore trends focused on the use of technology, risk based decision making, process capability, and quality systems needed to achieve the objective of manufacturing excellence.

Go Figure: Health Care Needs 42 Sign-Ups a Minute

March 13, 2014 8:42 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

If the Obama administration's health care plan is going to pass what amounts to its first physical, people have to sign up this month at a pretty speedy rate: 42 times a minute. That's somewhere between the steady rate you breathe and how fast your heart beats.

How the UDI Barcode Contributes to Patient Safety

March 12, 2014 8:32 am | Videos | Comments

In the future, every medical device and diagnostic test across the globe will have to be identified uniquely due to new legal regulations.                   

Proposed Medicare Drug Changes Dropped by Administration

March 11, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration says it's pulling the plug on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription program that ran into strong opposition on Capitol Hill.                

Senator Wants to Block New Painkiller

March 11, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is calling on the government's top health official to overturn the approval of a powerful painkiller, arguing that the pill Zohydro could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.      

Last Call: The Health Overhaul's March 31 Deadline

March 11, 2014 8:16 am | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Uninsured Americans face an important deadline at the end of this month, and many don't realize it.                         

Holder: Heroin an 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

March 10, 2014 8:28 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the increase in heroin-related deaths an "urgent public health crisis" and says first responders should carry with them drugs to reverse the effects of an overdose.         

Uninsured Rate Drops; Health Law Cited

March 10, 2014 8:25 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

With just three weeks left to sign up under President Barack Obama's health care law, a major survey tracking the rollout finds that the uninsured rate keeps going down. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released Monday, found that 15.9 percent of U.S. adults are uninsured thus far in 2014, down from 17.1 percent for the last three months.

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