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Americans exercise more but still aren't losing much weight

WASHINGTON - Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting health advocates fighting the nation's obesity crisis.

July 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Revised contraception-coverage rule criticized anew on religious grounds

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration made a final attempt Friday to quell the controversy over a requirement in the president's health law that insurance plans offer contraceptive coverage to women, issuing regulations that exempt churches and religiously affiliated organizations from payin…

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
House votes against '10 health law a 37th time

House votes against '10 health law a 37th time

WASHINGTON - House Republicans voted for the 37th time Thursday evening to repeal all or part of President Obama's health-care law, underscoring once again the deep partisan divide over the landmark 2010 legislation.

May 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Health-care law backers now fear costly surprise

Health-care law backers now fear costly surprise

WASHINGTON - Less than a year before Americans will be required to have insurance under President Obama's health-care law, many of its backers are growing increasingly anxious that premiums could jump, driven up by the legislation itself.

February 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Entire health-care law seems in jeopardy

Entire health-care law seems in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court, after three days of arguments on President Obama's health-care overhaul, appeared ready to strike down not just the requirement that individuals have insurance, but the entire law, invalidating a major piece of domestic legislation for the first time since the…

March 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Health-care mandate is upheld by court in DC

WASHINGTON - Giving a surprise boost to the new health-care law, one of the nation's most closely watched federal courts ruled Tuesday that the law's requirement that most Americans get health insurance is constitutional.

November 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…
Medicare chief on mission to improve care, ID savings

Medicare chief on mission to improve care, ID savings

ATLANTA - The cardiac intensive-care unit at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta gleams and hums with a dazzling array of scientific wonders that breathe for tiny lungs and monitor every beat of an infant heart.

October 09, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health-insurance mandate struck down by 11th Circuit

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court struck down a pillar of President Obama's national health-care law, ruling that Congress does not have the power to require all Americans to buy health insurance and setting the stage for a Supreme Court decision ahead of the 2012 elections.

August 13, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Seniors likely to pay more, eventually, for Medicare

WASHINGTON - The heated debate over the federal deficit has pumped new life into controversial proposals for requiring Americans on Medicare to pay more for their health care, raising the possibility that seniors' medical bills could jump hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

July 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Health coverage at small firms on rise

GLADSTONE, Mo. - Major insurers around the country say a growing number of small businesses are signing up to give their workers health benefits, a sign of potential progress for the nation's battered health-care system.

January 07, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

In '10, workers pay entire health-care-cost rise

WASHINGTON - As employers struggle with rising health-care costs and a sour economy, U.S. workers for the first time in at least a decade are being asked to shoulder the entire cost of rising health benefits on their own.

September 03, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

US: Some screenings won't cost patients out of pocket

WASHINGTON - Clarifying a much-anticipated new benefit in the new health-care law, the Obama administration on Wednesday issued rules outlining how millions of consumers will soon be able get many preventive medical services at no out-of-pocket cost.

July 15, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

$250 rebate checks will assist seniors with high drug bills

WASHINGTON - Senior citizens who hit the so-called doughnut hole in Medicare's drug benefit will begin getting $250 rebate checks in two weeks, the Obama administration announced Thursday, providing one of the first tangible benefits of the recently enacted health-care law.

May 28, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Health divide not bridged

WASHINGTON - Facing unbending Republican opposition to a sweeping health-care overhaul, President Obama confronted a stark reality Thursday as his extraordinary televised summit ended: If he and his Democratic allies in Congress want to reshape the nation's health-care system, they will have…

February 26, 2010 12:00 amLoading…
Boiling down 1,018 pages: House Dems' health-plan Q&A

Boiling down 1,018 pages: House Dems' health-plan Q&A

WASHINGTON — Capping months of work, House Democratic leaders on Tuesday introduced their plan for a sweeping remake of the nation's health-care system. Among the provisions in the 1,018-page bill: creation of a new government insurance option, increased regulation of the insurance industry …

July 15, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

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