Archive for March, 2015

Colleges getting out of health insurance business

SEATTLE The federal health care overhaul is leading some colleges and universities to get out of the health insurance business.

Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say

WASHINGTON There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said.

Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. Faced with a growing HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he's considering a needle-exchange program as part of a public health emergency he's preparing to declare in a county that's at the epicenter of the cases.

Fed war on health care spending abuse needs to include Medicare Advantage

Commentary: feds say they're catching health care crooks, but Center reporting showed that Medicare Advantage avoided scrutiny

Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

GENEVA In a delay that some say may have cost lives, the World Health Organization resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until last summer, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

Turkish president: I advised Obama on health care reform

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he counseled U.S. President Barack Obama on health care reform at the request of American tourists in his country.

Consumers getting 'skinned' by health insurers

As health insurers push more and more costs to consumers, profits soar.

Cool reception for new sign-up window under health care law

WASHINGTON Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance will get a second chance to sign up starting Sunday, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured.

Putin's spokesman: Russian leader in "really perfect" health

MOSCOW Speculation is swirling in Russia about the state of Vladimir Putin's health, as an unusual spell outside the public eye fuels the rumor mill. On Thursday, the Russian president's spokesman sought to quash such talk, saying in an interview that Putin's health is "really perfect."

AP Analysis: 5 reasons why health overhaul drama plays on

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's health overhaul remains an all-consuming drama for many, even though millions of people are gaining insurance coverage through a law that's now 5 years old.