Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care
Health / Lifestyle / National / Opinion & Editorial / Politics / TV / U.S. News

Older Americans want Medicare to pay for long-term care

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Donald Trump’s administration and Republicans in Congress … Continue reading

Panel: Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle
Health / Science

Panel: Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be a pricey hassle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be such a pricey hassle. That’s the message from a prestigious government advisory group that’s calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make better hearing more affordable and accessible for millions of older Americans. One proposal: Allow over-the-counter sales of simple devices for mild hearing … Continue reading

Statement by the President on the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act
Health / Opinion & Editorial / Politics

Statement by the President on the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

An editorial statement by President Barack Obama Just six years ago, the reality in our country was that millions of Americans were locked out of our health care system because they couldn’t afford insurance or because they had pre-existing conditions. Women were charged more than men simply because they were women. People who needed coverage the … Continue reading

Employers fight rule that could broaden transgender rights
Health / U.S. News

Employers fight rule that could broaden transgender rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big companies are pushing back against proposed federal rules they say would require their medical plans to cover gender transition and other services under the nondiscrimination mandate of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Civil rights advocates representing transgender people say the regulation, now being finalized by the Health and Human Services … Continue reading

Feds worry that low-income people may not get hepatitis cure
Health / Lifestyle / National / U.S. News

Feds worry that low-income people may not get hepatitis cure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronting the consequences of high-priced drugs, the Obama administration Thursday pointedly reminded states that they cannot legally restrict access by low-income people to revolutionary cures for liver-wasting hepatitis C infection. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also sent letters to several drug manufacturers, requesting details of what they are doing … Continue reading

Obama signs 2-year budget, debt deal before default deadline
Business / Celebrities / Health / Politics / U.S. News

Obama signs 2-year budget, debt deal before default deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law a bipartisan budget bill that avoids a catastrophic U.S. default and puts off the next round of fighting over federal spending and debt until after next year’s presidential and congressional elections. Obama praised the rare bipartisan cooperation behind the deal, saying that 2-year agreement … Continue reading

GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal
Business / Health / Politics / U.S. News

GOP, Dems, Obama reach accord on 2-year budget deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget deal between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama, aimed at heading off a government shutdown and debt crisis, faces its first hurdle Tuesday when it goes before restive House Republicans, including rebellious arch-conservatives. The two-year pact, which would take those volatile fiscal issues off the table until after the 2016 … Continue reading

Health / Local / National / Politics / U.S. News / Virginia

Boehner, Pelosi see victories in fixing Medicare docs’ fees

  WASHINGTON (AP) — An uncharacteristic joint effort by House Speaker John Boehner and his usual nemesis, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to resolve a gnawing problem about how Medicare pays doctors underscores the political victories each sees in finally sweeping the issue off the deck — if they can. Boehner, R-Ohio, has taken the unusual step … Continue reading

Health / Local / TV / Virginia

Obama’s budget targets high cost of cutting-edge drugs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With patients facing greater exposure to the high cost of new medications, President Barack Obama on Monday called for government to use its buying power to squeeze drug companies for lower prices. Obama’s budget asks Congress to authorize Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its beneficiaries for so-called “specialty” drugs … Continue reading