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Could new $17B veterans bill pass? 29.7.2014 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans.An agreement announced by the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees is intended to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up...
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Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill 29.7.2014 Health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead set against raising the ...
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Trustees: Social Security, Medicare face long-term financial problems despite good news 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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GOP Rep. Miller pushes bill to spend $17 billion to improve health care for veterans 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice 29.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million ...
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Despite good news, benefit programs face problems 29.7.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of ...
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Opinion: How we shaft the mentally ill 29.7.2014 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When institutions for the mentally ill closed in Illinois, patients ended up on their own. They commit petty crimes and land in the criminal justice ...
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CDC issues Ebola health alert; Liberia closes borders 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Health
Federal agency stressed that the risk of the disease spreading to U.S. is low.
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State issues apology for MNCare error 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Local
State sent wrong information to health care recipients who were told benefits would be lost for 4 months if they didn’t renew by July 31 on MNsure’s website.
Deal on veterans’ health care to cost $17B 29.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A rare bipartisan deal in Congress would spend about $17 billion to help ease U.S. military veterans’ long waits for medical care. The deal announced Monday expands the type of non-VA hospitals and clinics where veterans could receive care, authorizes leases for 27 new VA facilities, and allows the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary to fire senior executives. It includes about $12 billion in emergency spending and about $5 billion in offsets within the VA’s budget, said Sen. ...
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Employer health insurance mandate a political orphan 29.7.2014 LA Times: Business
When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its requirement that large employers provide health coverage or pay a penalty seemed to many supporters a key pillar of the effort to guarantee health coverage to Americans.
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Medicare's own health looking better, report says 29.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

WASHINGTON -- Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.

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As Ebola spreads in West Africa, U.S. on alert 29.7.2014 Twincities.com: Nation

WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the risk of Ebola spreading to the United States was low, but it nevertheless issued a Level 2 health alert, advising U.S. health workers to be vigilant.

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Friend: Doctor who contracted Ebola was exhausted after months of treating patients in Liberia 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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House Democrats Blast Anti-Obamacare Tactics: 'Don't We Have Anything Better To Do?' 29.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A trio of Democratic congressmen blasted their Republican colleagues on Monday for reviving attacks against the Affordable Care Act. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on "Protecting Americans From Illegal Bailouts and Plan Cancellations Under the President's Health Care Law." Committee members Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Gene Green (D-Texas) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) gave little credence to that title, railing against the GOP lawmakers' intentions from the get-go. "Today's hearing is nothing more than another episode in a series of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and this time it's even harder to take seriously," Pallone said. Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Texas) saw the matter otherwise, panning the White House for ignoring "the harsh realities of this law." Pallone hit back, arguing that such attacks are election-driven and that GOP has presented no true health care alternative. Among the GOP-driven suggestions is a bill introduced by Rep. Bill ...
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Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition 29.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus felt a deep calling to work in Liberia and was exhausted after months of treating patients with the deadly disease.
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Nigeria isolates hospital in Lagos as Obama briefed on Ebola outbreak 29.7.2014 Health
By Tim Cocks LAGOS (Reuters) - The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for Liberia's Finance Ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20. The decontamination process in all the affected areas has commenced," Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told a news conference. Ebola has killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in ...
Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition 29.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus felt a deep calling to work in Liberia and was exhausted after months of treating patients with the deadly ...
Family of Texas doctor with Ebola not showing signs of virus 29.7.2014 Yahoo: US National
By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - The family of a Texas doctor who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa had traveled back to the United States before he showed symptoms and was not at risk for getting or spreading the disease, U.S. health officials said on Monday. Dr. Kent Brantly, 33, is one of two American relief workers to test positive for the highly contagious virus that has killed 672 people across the region in the largest-ever Ebola outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. He was treating Ebola patients in Monrovia, Liberia, in his role as medical director for a case management center run by North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, a relief organization headed by evangelist Franklin Graham. The organization said a missionary from Charlotte, North Carolina, was also in isolation receiving treatment after testing positive for Ebola.
Medicare's own health looking better, report says 29.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
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