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White House signals own path on health care

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WASHINGTON -- The White House declined Wednesday to rule out that President Donald Trump will push his own plan to replace the Affordable Care Act rather than pursue one course with congressional Republicans.

When asked if there will be a single White House-congressional GOP plan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer left open the door that ...Read more

GOP fix to insurance markets could spike premiums for older customers

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Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down. This year, facing monthly premiums of $1,131 -- a 47 percent increase from four years before -- they ...Read more

Health coverage questions persist for Republicans

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WASHINGTON -- As Republican lawmakers face questions from constituents and colleagues about their plans to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law, there are few answers available, starting with what kind of legislation can pass the Senate.

Republicans do not need Democratic support to undo much of the law, since they will move the ...Read more

Health law's 10 essential benefits: A look at what's at risk in GOP overhaul

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As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility. That option came to the forefront last week when Seema Verma, who is slated to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ...Read more

Amid merger speculation, Oreo-maker Mondelez launches new health-focused brand

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CHICAGO -- Oreo-maker Mondelez International announced the launch of a savory snack brand Tuesday tailor-made for today's health-conscious consumers, even as merger speculation continues to envelop the company.

In midmorning trading, Mondelez shares were up more than 4 percent to about $44.35 per share, bolstered by market speculation that the ...Read more

Infectious diseases A-Z: measles in the US

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Since the first of the year, nearly two dozen people from six states -- California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania -- were reported to have been infected with measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says measles is among the...Read more

Achoo! The distance germs can travel is nothing to sneeze at

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We all do it. Some of us do it quite loudly. Others do it not once, but several times in a row.

Sneezes are everywhere these days, during this, the height of cold and flu season. The chorus of achoos in offices, on buses and in homes often sends bystanders scrambling to get out of the line of germ-spreading fire.

But how far is far enough away...Read more

Autonomic neuropathy after chemotherapy — is it permanent?

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Dear Mayo Clinic: After six months of chemotherapy, I developed autonomic neuropathy. I have been done with chemotherapy for a few months, but the neuropathy has not gone away. Is there a chance it could be permanent?

A: Autonomic neuropathy can be a rare side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs. Because it is rare, and because there are many ...Read more

UnitedHealth Group targeted by whistleblower lawsuit

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth Group and health plans that hire a subsidiary of the insurer have overbilled the federal Medicare program by submitting risk adjustment claims in ways that wrongly boost payment rates.

If true, the scheme could have caused hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars in ...Read more

Alzheimer's disease drug fails in trial

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Merck is halting a trial of verubecestat, an Alzheimer's disease medication. The pharmaceuticals company concluded the drug has "virtually no chance of finding a positive clinical effect."

The trial, called the EPOCH study, tested the efficacy and safety of the drug when taken orally in people with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease. While ...Read more

Repeal of health care law could mean return to 'high-risk pools'

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WASHINGTON -- By the time Lance Rice was 4 years old, in the mid-1990s, treating his hemophilia and hepatitis C had become so costly his parents had exceeded their insurer's $1 million lifetime cap on payouts. When the Rice family sought coverage from other insurers, they were turned away.

Luckily, the family's home state of Indiana was one of ...Read more

They hate doctors. They don't exercise enough. But they want to live forever.

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Being middle-aged, sandwiched between the much-lauded millennials and the much-attacked baby boomers, is far from an ideal place on the demographic scale.

Now a new report says that Generation Xers , those between the ages of 36 and 51, don't do enough to keep healthy, even as they claim they want to live to a ripe old age.

According to an ...Read more

GOP lawmakers get details on Ryan Obamacare repeal plan and advice on how to sell it

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans, anticipating confrontations with angry Affordable Care Act supporters during the upcoming February recess, have been given talking points by party leaders to counter and deflect the growing public rancor.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Thursday provided an outline of the ACA repeal legislation that ...Read more

Ted Cruz wants to repeal Obamacare now, then work out replacement details

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WASHINGTON -- Even no with no consensus replacement for Obamacare in sight, Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing for action on the repeal long promised by Republicans.

"What I think is critical at the outset is that we honor the promise we've made to voters for six years running now to repeal Obamacare. We've had three elections -- 2010, 2014 and 2016 -- ...Read more

Emerging GOP plan would replace parts of Obamacare as it's repealed

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WASHINGTON -- Developing House Republican legislation to repeal the 2010 health care law would also include replacement provisions that are controversial among GOP rank and file, like a refundable tax credit to help individuals purchase insurance and a plan for dealing with Medicaid expansion.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Energy and Commerce Chairman ...Read more

Individual insurance primer: Troubled market at center of drive for health law repeal

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As the country braces for a possible overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, consumers and patients are raising concerns that the more than 10 million people who purchased plans through the law's insurance marketplaces could lose coverage. Some are also nervous that changes unleashed by any revamping of the law could throw insurance purchased by ...Read more

Health advocates blast new Trump proposals to stabilize Obamacare marketplace

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration and new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are under fire over new proposed rules introduced Wednesday to help stabilize the troubled individual insurance market.

Health care advocates and congressional Democrats claim the proposals are a wish-list-come-true for the insurance industry and would ...Read more

Conservatives give fresh prod to Republican leadership on Obamacare repeal

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WASHINGTON -- To the warnings from conservative groups that they need to move faster on dismantling Obamacare, add one more prod, this one from within.

A group of conservative House members Wednesday endorsed a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act in hopes of pressuring the chamber to move faster on a vote to repeal the 2010 law.

"The ...Read more

While Congress struggles on Obamacare, administration moves on its own

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WASHINGTON -- With congressional Republicans struggling to develop an Obamacare alternative, the Trump administration is taking steps on its own to loosen government regulation of the nation's health insurance markets, a longtime conservative goal.

Administration officials said the moves -- which were detailed in proposed regulations released ...Read more

Aetna CEO: Obamacare in a 'death spiral' heading into 2018

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini said Wednesday the Affordable Care Act is fatally flawed and that he believes more insurers will follow Humana Inc. and quit public health exchanges entirely.

"It is in a death spiral," he said of Obamacare in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Bertolini has long ...Read more