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Politics Dec 14Tuesday sign-up deadline for Obamacare; fines rise for uninsured
WASHINGTON -- Rising premiums and shaken faith among insurers have cast a cloud over sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law, and now it's crunch time again.
Health Dec 01Maker of $1,000 hepatitis C pill was focused on profits, not patients, report finds
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C infection put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000-per-pill cure.
Politics Nov 28What you should know about ‘BernieCare’ — Sanders’ proposed health overhaul
The most ambitious "repeal and replace" health care plan from a presidential candidate comes from Sen. Bernie Sanders, not from a Republican. Here's what you should know about the plan.
Politics Nov 22Experts predict sharp premium increases for Medicare drug plan
With time running out on open enrollment season, many seniors are facing sharply higher premiums for Medicare's popular prescription drug program. The reason: rising drug costs have overtaken a long stretch of stable premiums…
Nation Nov 13Medicare will spend $9 billion on Hepatitis-C drugs this year
Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion, according to new government figures.
Health Oct 23You can preview your 2016 healthcare premiums this weekend
Consumers can see their own healthcare premiums for 2016 starting this Sunday morning on HealthCare.gov, officials said on Friday. The federal website will serve 38 states this time. States running their own sites may have different timetables.
Politics Oct 19Health law fine on uninsured will more than double
WASHINGTON -- The math is harsh: The federal penalty for having no health insurance is set to jump to $695, and the Obama administration is being urged to highlight that cold fact in its new pitch for health law sign-ups.
Politics Sep 12Spike in number of immigrants losing health law coverage
A change in government procedures has led to a big jump in people losing coverage under the Obama health care law because of immigration and citizenship issues.
Health Sep 03Obama administration plan protects transgender community’s access to healthcare
Mirroring a shift in society, the Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system.
Health Aug 20Most Americans want government to curb prescription costs, poll finds
WASHINGTON — Regardless of political affiliation, Americans strongly support government action to control prescription drug costs, according to a poll released Thursday.