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Stories with subject: Health issues
  • California considers health coverage for immigrant kids 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 8:19 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - The California Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make the state the first in the nation to extend health coverage to children who are in the country illegally and seek federal authorization to sell private insurance to immigrants without documentation.

  • Some Florida health insurers request big 2016 rate increases story has photos
    Updated: Jun-02-15 7:37 pm

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Nearly a dozen health insurers are proposing double-digit rate increases for 2016 Florida plans sold on the exchanges created under President Barack Obama's health care law as well as individual coverage sold through brokers and agents.

  • Police: $100,000 in product taken in Seattle pot heist 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 4:28 pm

    SEATTLE - Seattle police say two burglars grabbed more than $100,000 worth of marijuana products during an overnight heist at three medical marijuana businesses.

  • Michigan health insurers propose higher premiums in 2016 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 12:07 am

    LANSING, Michigan - Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network, which sell medical insurance to more than half of Michigan residents who buy their own coverage under the federal health care law, are seeking 2016 premium increases that average about 10 percent, the state insurance department announced Monday.

  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 10:55 pm

    Dozens of health insurers say higher-than-expected care costs and other expenses blindsided them this year, and they're going to have to hike premiums for individual policies well-beyond 10 percent for 2016.

  • Legislature ends with Lt. Gov. Patrick denying 2018 plans story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 6:32 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The first legislative session under Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ended Monday with conservatives claiming victory on tax cuts, a big boost in border security spending and looser gun laws in a state already known as among America's most firearms friendly.

  • Blue Cross eyes 26 percent hike citing rising medical costs 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 5:30 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina's largest health insurer said Monday it wants to raise rates by an average of almost 26 percent next year on broadly subsidized policies sold to individuals, nearly double this year's allowed 13.5 percent increase.

  • Vast trove of Medicare data details how billions are spent 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 5:17 pm

    WASHINGTON - Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in payments.

  • Abbott: Texas won't legalize medicinal or recreational pot 
    Updated: Jun-01-15 4:17 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas won't legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use for as long as he's in office.

  • Chaves County drops commissioner who supports marijuana farm 
    Updated: May-30-15 5:29 pm

    ROSWELL, New Mexico - After the chairman of a joint city-county commission supported a controversial marijuana farm proposal, commissioners in Chaves County voted Thursday not to reappoint him to the board.

  • Marijuana could treat PTSD under legislation 
    Updated: May-30-15 1:36 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Post-traumatic stress disorder would be considered a debilitating illness that can be treated with medically prescribed marijuana under legislation headed to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

  • Alabama teachers who smoke to pay more for health insurance 
    Updated: May-29-15 10:08 pm

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A state board on Thursday approved a number of changes to state education employee benefit plans to help offset a nearly $140 million shortfall for 2016.

  • Riverton hospital moves to enter EPA tribal boundary dispute 
    Updated: May-28-15 8:19 pm

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Riverton Memorial Hospital maintains that a recent medical malpractice case filed against it in tribal court on the Wind River Indian Reservation underscores the problems the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created in its recent decision that the city of Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally Indian Country.

  • Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'd sign medical marijuana bill 
    Updated: May-28-15 4:36 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he has "no concerns" about a medical marijuana bill nearing final legislative passage and would sign it into law if it reaches his desk.

  • Teva to pay $1.2 billion in drug-delay settlement 
    Updated: May-28-15 1:48 pm

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators announced Thursday that Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries will pay $1.2 billion to settle charges that one of its subsidiaries illegally blocked the launch of low-cost generic versions of the blockbuster sleeping pill Provigil.

  • Oregon Senate backs new regulations for medical marijuana 
    Updated: May-28-15 3:26 am

    SALEM, Oregon - The state Senate voted Wednesday to impose stricter regulations on Oregon's medical marijuana program as lawmakers get ready for the legalization of pot for recreational use.

  • AARP survey: Many generic medicine prices have risen sharply 
    Updated: May-28-15 12:04 am

    TRENTON, New Jersey - Reversing a long-term trend, prices for more than one in four generic medicines widely used by older Americans increased in 2013, some very sharply, according to a survey by AARP.

  • NY Assembly votes for universal health coverage 
    Updated: May-27-15 7:51 pm

    ALBANY, New York - The New York Assembly voted 89-47 on Wednesday for legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system.

  • US high court: California county drug disposal law stands 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:35 pm

    OAKLAND, California - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.

  • Senate-backed medical marijuana bill advancing in House 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:19 pm

    BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Medical marijuana advocates have done this year what they failed to do in the past: push to the brink of final passage a bill that could finally make good on Louisiana's 1991 medicinal pot law.

  • Florida: Pot strain likely available later this year 
    Updated: May-27-15 6:12 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida officials are predicting that a strain of low-potency marijuana should finally be available for medical purposes later this year.

  • Nebraska senators scrap medical marijuana for the year 
    Updated: May-27-15 3:44 pm

    LINCOLN, Nebraska - The sponsor of a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Nebraska pulled the bill from the Legislature's agenda on Wednesday, citing a flurry of other divisive votes senators have had to defend recently - including a repeal of the death penalty.

  • Arizona court to review ruling on marijuana, DUI immunity 
    Updated: May-27-15 2:24 pm

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court will review a lower court's ruling that said drivers who have medical marijuana cards can still be prosecuted under laws against driving under the influence while having marijuana in their system.

  • 2 inmates sue state over hepatitis C treatment 
    Updated: May-27-15 7:20 am

    MINNEAPOLIS - Two prisoners who have hepatitis C are suing the Minnesota Department of Corrections because they want access to expensive new drug treatments.

  • Marijuana facility in south-central Illinois hits snag 
    Updated: May-27-15 4:07 am

    CHICAGO - Plans to build a medical marijuana facility in the south-central Illinois city of Litchfield have run into obstacles.