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Stories with subject: Health care costs
  • Hawaii weighs expanded coverage for infertility 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:05 am
  • HONOLULU - When Piilani Smith was diagnosed with infertility at the doctor's office and chose to pursue fertility treatment, she was shocked by what she learned.

  • Needy kids in northeast Ohio get seized sneakers 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:25 am
  • AKRON, Ohio - Deputies in northeast Ohio say dozens of pairs of pricey athletic shoes seized in a drug case are going to be distributed to needy kids.

  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 1:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.

  • Survey: Home, long-term care costs rise in Va 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:16 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - The cost of home and long-term health care is increasing in Virginia and is rising faster than national levels in some cases.

  • Survey: W.Va. home, long-term care costs rise 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:14 am
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - An annual survey shows long-term and home health care costs in West Virginians are outpacing such costs nationally.

  • With new health law, insurers target diabetics 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 2:20 pm
  • MIAMI - Diabetics beware. Your insurance company is looking for you.

  • Top-paid Medicare doctors say they have reasons 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:42 pm
  • WASHINGTON - How is it that a few doctors take in millions of dollars from Medicare?

  • Report: Exchanges yield more specialty drug claims 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 2:16 pm
  • Patients from the health care overhaul's new insurance exchanges have been more likely to use expensive specialty drugs for chronic conditions, according to data from the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.

  • Hattiesburg to open clinic for city employees 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 8:22 am
  • HATTIESBURG, Mississippi - The city of Hattiesburg has signed a two-year contract with Medical Analysis LLC of Biloxi to operate a clinic to serve municipal workers and their dependents.

  • Government hikes Medicare Advantage pay estimate 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 7:58 pm
  • The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters.

  • Bungled probe nearly cost hospital federal dollars 
    Updated: Apr-07-14 1:11 pm
  • PORTLAND, Oregon - Officials at a Portland hospital had to draft a hurried plan of action to avoid losing Medicare funding after a federal agency determined the hospital failed to thoroughly investigate a series of complaints from patients who accused an emergency room nurse of sex abuse.

  • Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 1:44 pm
  • NEW YORK - As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it - because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won't pay for inpatient rehab.

  • Heroin grows as alternative prescription drugs 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 10:17 am
  • CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming public health officials don't systematically track heroin deaths, but it's clear that the nation's least populated state is not immune to the national trend of rising heroin use.

  • Wisconsin governor signs oral chemotherapy bill 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 3:24 pm
  • MILWAUKEE - Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law Thursday that is designed to lower the cost of chemotherapy drugs that cancer patients take in pill form, a proposal that passed the Legislature with broad bipartisan support after initially being stymied due to opposition from the insurance industry and a handful of Republicans.

  • Vermont awards millions to health care providers 
    Updated: Apr-02-14 7:14 pm
  • RUTLAND, Vermont - Vermont awarded more than $2.6 million in grants to health care providers Wednesday in a push to cut costs and promote health care innovation across the state.

  • North Carolina editorial roundup 
    Updated: Apr-01-14 2:33 pm
  • Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers:

  • 76ers' Moultrie out 5 games for drug violation 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 7:48 pm
  • NEW YORK - Philadelphia 76ers forward Arnett Moultrie has been suspended five games without pay for a league drug violation.

  • Q&A: Status update as health law marks a milestone 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 1:41 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Like so much about the government's health care overhaul, Monday's deadline to sign up for coverage in 2014 didn't turn out quite as planned: Many people still are eligible for extensions that will let them enroll.

  • Rural residents confront higher health care costs 
    Updated: Mar-30-14 2:23 pm
  • DENVER - Bill Fales wanted a new baler and a better irrigation system for the 700-acre ranch where he raises grass-fed beef cattle, but he scrapped those plans when he saw his new health insurance premiums.

  • Health overhaul enrollees praise new system 
    Updated: Mar-29-14 2:19 pm
  • ELKHART, Indiana - Deborah Cutler is well aware of the white-hot controversy swirling around Obamacare.

  • Study: Alaska health care prices top nation 
    Updated: Mar-28-14 1:28 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A new study says four Alaska cities have the costliest health care prices in the nation.

  • Health insurance out of reach for some Oregonians 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 4:34 pm
  • ALOHA, Oregon - Diedre Gibbons' disability income and her older husband's part-time job on a construction crew barely pay the bills. And though the Oregon couple need ongoing health care and qualify for subsidies on the state's insurance exchange, they remain uninsured.

  • Millions on the sidelines for big health care push 
    Updated: Mar-23-14 8:24 am
  • WASHINGTON - Alan Thacker wants health coverage, but he can't get help in his home state of Georgia. Mary Moscarello Gutierrez no longer can afford insurance in New Jersey. Justin Thompson of Utah refuses to be forced into the president's health law.

  • Obamacare plans bring hefty fees for certain drugs 
    Updated: Mar-22-14 11:53 am
  • MIAMI - Breast cancer survivor Ginny Mason was thrilled to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act despite her pre-existing condition. But when she realized her arthritis medication fell under a particularly costly tier of her plan, she was forced to switch to another brand.

  • Health care law has uneven impact on companies 
    Updated: Mar-20-14 4:25 pm
  • Sarah Curtis-Fawley will have to offer insurance to her workers at Pacific Pie Co. because of the health care overhaul, and the estimated $100,000 cost means she may have to raise prices or postpone opening a third restaurant.