April 27, 2011 Public opinion on Medicare seems to depend on how much people are told about the various proposals on the table, according to a study by the polling team at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Supporters of the Tea Party movement protest health care overhaul outside the U.S. Capitol, March 20, 2010.
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February 1, 2011 After a federal court declared the new health law unconstitutional, it's still unclear how far the ruling reaches. Still, the Obama administration says that it will continue to implement the law regardless of the pending legal questions.
January 24, 2011 A big international health fund learned from an internal audit that $34 million in grants weren't reaching the people they were meant for. But an expert on health and corruption says the group is getting better at uncovering corruption and owning up to it.
January 21, 2011 With the House in Republican hands, a new era of investigations into the federal health overhaul is beginning. The first target is an office charged with scrutinizing private insurers and states' implementation of the federal law.
Just because this fruit's on the front of your food package doesn't mean it's really inside.
January 21, 2011 A natural foods advocacy group points out that food marketing of blueberry-flavored products can be deceptive when those products don't have any real blueberries in them.
January 20, 2011 Attorneys general in Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin and Wyoming hopped aboard a lawsuit in a federal district court in Florida. Opponents of overhaul say the newcomers reflect broad concerns about the constitutionality of the law.
January 19, 2011 In a few months the federal law overhauling the nation's health system will be a year old. As House Republicans push for a repeal vote, NPR's Julie Rovner answers questions about how the law works.
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January 19, 2011 Nothing beats word clouds for a quick overview of what Democrats and Republicans said in the debate about repealing federal health overhaul.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., dashing into a Capitol elevator, ready for a fight.
January 18, 2011 Democrats appear to be listening to their advisers and are talking about how real people benefit from the health law, rather than listing policy points. Meanwhile, Republicans aren't giving up the fight.
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Starting in 2014, insurers can no longer carve out needed benefits, charge higher premiums, set lifetime limits on benefits, or deny coverage due to a person’s preexisting condition.
January 18, 2011 Half of all Americans not old enough to qualify for Medicare have preexisting conditions that could make it harder to buy health insurance on the open market, a government analysis finds. The results are being used to defend health overhaul.
For all its charms, Maine may not be the most hospitable place for health officials.
January 14, 2011 In several states, lawmakers are advancing bills that would make it illegal for state officials to put the federal health overhaul into place. Even if the bills become state laws, though, they would likely be found unconstitutional.
January 13, 2011 Older and wealthier populations that better health may drive some national demand for care. But the supply of services remains a big part of the cost problem.
January 11, 2011 Some self-employed people are discovering a helpful little loophole in insurance plans. By bringing their spouse or another person on board as an employee, insurers may have to issue them health coverage.
Cocoa beans like these can be sprayed with pesticides like sulfuryl fluoride.
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January 11, 2011 The government has been on a bit of a roll lately to reduce exposure to fluoride. It recently proposed reducing fluoride in water because studies suggest kids who get too much fluoride risk stained and pitted teeth.
January 10, 2011 Expanding a bonus program to more health insurers with lower quality scores could cost the government too much money and reduce insurers' incentives to improve, says the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
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