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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.       

Bill Would Require HPV Vaccine for Nevada School Enrollment

February 4, 2015 3:44 pm | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill introduced this week in the state Senate would require Nevada preteens to be immunized against meningitis and the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus before they enroll in public or private school or daycare, potentially raising Nevada's below-average HPV vaccination rate.

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Obama Aims to Shore Up Health Law as Second-Year Deadline Nears

February 3, 2015 8:05 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is seeking to shore up support for his health care law by putting its beneficiaries on display at the White House.                   

Obama Administration on Track to Surpass Health Care Goal

January 28, 2015 8:21 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.        

Added Protections for Consumer Information on Health Website

January 26, 2015 8:46 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.          

Obama Administration Reverses on Health Care Privacy Problem

January 23, 2015 2:14 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government's health insurance website.                  

New Government Standards Target Pathogens in Poultry Products

January 22, 2015 8:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Standards proposed Wednesday by the Agriculture Department aim to reduce rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in chicken parts, ground chicken and ground turkey. The standards would be voluntary but designed to pressure companies to take steps to reduce contamination.

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Government Closer to Goal of 9.1M Enrolled Under Health Law

January 22, 2015 7:57 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week.   

Government Health Care Website Quietly Sharing Personal Data

January 21, 2015 8:23 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising and analyzing Internet data for performance and marketing.               

New Privacy Concerns Over Government's Health Care Website

January 20, 2015 7:11 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press; JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.         

Large Gathering Causes Spike in Water Contaminants

January 15, 2015 2:37 pm | by Andrew Szal, Editor, Pharmaceutical Processing | News | Comments

Research by Taiwanese scientists shows a large music festival on the island resulted in a spike in a slew of chemical contaminants -- both over-the-counter and illicit -- in nearby waterways. The findings underscore the potential impact of pharmaceuticals and recreational drugs on the environment -- along with the lack of regulations needed to address those threats.

Study: Fewer Struggle with Medical Costs as Coverage Grows

January 15, 2015 8:21 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama's health care law expanded coverage, according to a study released Thursday.       

Health Care Sign-Ups Steady as Uninsured Rate Hits New Low

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

The Obama administration reported Wednesday that nearly 103,000 people signed up last week in the 37 states where the federal government is running online health insurance markets, bringing total enrollment for 2015 to 6.6 million in those states. The remaining states are running their own exchanges.

House Bill: Firms Could Skirt Health Law by Hiring Vets

January 7, 2015 8:46 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the new Congress' first day, the House unanimously approved Republican legislation Tuesday making it easier for smaller companies to avoid providing health care coverage to their workers by hiring veterans.       

Report Prompts Mixed View of Health Care Sign-Ups

January 2, 2015 11:46 am | by CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The first 50-state report on the latest sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled. The administration called it "an encouraging start." 

GOP Legislators Thwart Bids to Expand Medicaid

January 2, 2015 8:43 am | by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare." While some of these governors themselves have criticized the president's health care law in general, they've come to see one component — Medicaid expansion — as too generous to reject.

Crunch Time Again for Health Insurance Sign-Ups

December 15, 2014 8:51 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama's push to cover America's uninsured faces another big test today. This time, it's not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on it.     

Health Law Sign-Ups Pick Up

December 11, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

The Obama administration says sign-ups picked up last week under the president's health care law. More than 618,000 people selected a plan for 2015 from Nov. 29 through Dec. 5, the Health and Human Services department reported.    

Lawmakers Wary of Genetically Modified Food Labels

December 10, 2014 2:06 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is no evidence that such foods are unsafe.

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