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HealthCare.gov's EZ Form Not for Legal Immigrants

October 23, 2014 8:26 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

HealthCare.gov's new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.      

How the New HealthCare.gov Stacks Up With the Old

October 14, 2014 8:23 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law...

Next Edition of HealthCare.gov is Unveiled

October 9, 2014 8:41 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some...

Health Law Waivers: Too Complicated to Claim?

October 8, 2014 9:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Millions of Americans may qualify for waivers from the most unpopular part of President Barack...

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VA Moves to Ax Four Senior Execs in Scandal Response

October 7, 2014 8:20 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care, and falsified records covering up the delays.

Senators: Widen Medicaid Program for Frail Seniors

September 29, 2014 12:16 pm | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs.

WHO: Ebola Vaccine On The Way

September 26, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says there should be thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines available in the coming months and they could eventually be given to health care workers and other people who have had contact with the sick.

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Limits on Overseas Mergers Prompt Renewed Debate

September 23, 2014 8:05 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press; JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration's decision to curb the ability of U.S. corporations to skirt taxes by merging with foreign companies kicked off an immediate election-season debate over when and how to tackle the nation's complex corporate tax code.  

FDA Revises Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 22, 2014 8:16 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.

Concerns Raised over 'Obamacare' Abortion Coverage

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010. The Government Accountability Office said in a report released late Monday that only 1 of 18 insurers it reviewed was separately itemizing a charge for coverage of elective abortions on enrollees' bills.

Hurdles for Obama Health Law in Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 8:39 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

Chemical Industry Tries to Shape Regulations

September 12, 2014 3:31 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for states to enact their own regulations.

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Prescription Drug Abuse is "Public Health Crisis," says Attorney General

September 9, 2014 8:57 am | Videos | Comments

Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing a new nationwide 'take-back' program to help combat prescription drug abuse, a problem he calls an "urgent and growing threat."              

Senate Hopeful Defends Role in Irish Pharmaceutical Firm's Merger

September 2, 2014 8:24 am | by KYLE POTTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Years before Burger King sized up a Canadian headquarters in a hunt for lower taxes, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden's investment firm was involved in a merger that moved an American pharmaceutical company to Ireland and significantly dropped its tax rate.

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 doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.             

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 the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

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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 companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama has denounced so-called tax inversions as unpatriotic and has urged Congress to stop them.

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.           

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.     

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.       

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