Archive for February, 2015

Administration: No quick fix if court kills health subsidies

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's health secretary told Congress Tuesday that she has no administrative actions available to fix the "massive damage to our health care system" that would result should the Supreme Court invalidate federal subsidies that help millions of Americans buy health care coverage.

Governors: No clear plan if health care subsidies fall

WASHINGTON Millions of people could lose health insurance subsidies in the coming months if the Supreme Court sides with opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Indian health authorizes say 700 have died in flu outbreak

NEW DELHI Health authorities were working to ensure remote hospitals in northern and western India had adequate medical supplies for a flu outbreak that has claimed more than 700 lives in 10 weeks.

Correction: Health Overhaul-Penalties story

FORT WORTH, Texas In a story Feb. 14 about tax penalties assessed on those without health insurance, The Associated Press reported erroneously that taxpayers must apply for health insurance through the federal exchange and Medicaid before seeking an exemption. Eligible taxpayers may file for the exemption without first applying for health coverage.

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

WASHINGTON The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

If Scotus Rules Against Obamacare, Health Care Costs Will Soar

Researchers estimate that in this scenario about 8.2 million people would lose their health insurance. This includes 6 million who would no longer have access to federal subsidies, 445,000 enrollees in the Children's Health Insurance Program and another 300,000 in employer-based plans.

Health officials visit sex museum to promote condom handouts

NEW YORK Health officials announced a new campaign Friday to promote New York City's condom giveaway program, which distributes tens of millions of condoms annually in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies.

Specialty drugs help CVS Health meet 4Q profit forecasts

CVS Health's fourth-quarter earnings climbed more than 4 percent in a performance that matched Wall Street expectations even though the pharmacy chain's decision to quit tobacco sales delivered an anticipated blow to its drugstore business.

Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves.

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