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Stories with subject: Access to health care
  • Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts story has photos
    Updated: Jul-03-15 3:11 pm

    Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.

  • Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 5:03 pm

    Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.

  • Missouri changes insurance requirements for eating disorders 
    Updated: Jun-28-15 11:24 am

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri is set to be the first state in the nation to spell out the type of eating disorder treatments that insurance companies must cover, a move advocates say will ensure families have access to care for not just the physical aspect but also the underlying mental issues.

  • 35 California counties extend health care to immigrants 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 2:05 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.

  • Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care ruling story has photos
    Updated: Jun-26-15 2:01 am

    CHICAGO - Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • Ruling on Affordable Care Act spared Colorado disruption 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 7:41 pm

    DENVER - Colorado continues to operate business as usual after the U.S. Supreme Court decision Thursday upheld certain federal subsidies offered by the Affordable Care Act, and the state exchange avoided disruption that likely would have accompanied a ruling against Obamacare.

  • More than 75,000 in Mississippi keep insurance subsidies 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 6:27 pm

    JACKSON, Mississippi - Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republicans who criticized the Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies that are a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

  • SD consumers relieved health insurance subsidies upheld 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 5:35 pm

    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota consumers who get subsidized health coverage under the Affordable Care Act said Thursday they're relieved the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld tax credits that help cover the premiums by thousands of dollars on average per year. The state's congressional leaders reiterated their opposition to the law and promised to keep trying to repeal it.

  • Missouri advocates praise ruling for health care subsidies 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 3:30 pm

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri health care advocates praised a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday that backs nationwide subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, while Republican leaders called the health care law flawed and renewed calls to ax it.

  • State officials celebrate Supreme Court health care decision 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 3:29 pm

    SEATTLE - Washington state officials are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday on the federal health care reform law, even though it doesn't appear to directly affect the Washington exchange.

  • Key ways the high court health care ruling affects Texas 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 1:27 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld government subsidies that help more than 6.4 million Americans in Texas and 33 other states purchase health insurance policies through federal exchanges created under the Obama administration's signature health care law. Here's a look at what the decision means in a state where top Republican leaders were loudly hoping it would go the other way.

  • Nearly 61K Mainers to keep health insurance subsidies 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 12:26 pm

    AUGUSTA, Maine - Nearly 61,000 Maine residents will continue to receive help from the federal government to pay for their health insurance coverage after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.

  • The Latest: Obama says health law is 'here to stay' story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 11:50 am

    WASHINGTON - The Latest on the Supreme Court's decision on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. (All times Eastern)

  • Walker says Obama, federal government must fix subsidies 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 6:19 pm

    MADISON, Wisconsin - If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down health care subsidies available under federal law, it's up to President Barack Obama and Congress to fix it - not the states, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.

  • Governor signs California budget with anti-poverty efforts story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 5:49 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California's growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor.

  • Dad urges meningococcal vaccinations following death of son 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 9:58 am

    EUGENE, Oregon - While half of University of Oregon undergraduates skipped the recommended vaccination against the deadly type B meningococcal disease, one Oregon father drove his son to Canada to get the vaccination last fall before he began attending Oregon State University.

  • Anthem reaffirms commitment to its $47-billion bid for Cigna 
    Updated: Jun-22-15 2:46 pm

    Anthem sees its more than $47 billion bid to buy rival Cigna as a way to muscle up on technology that helps consumers and to strengthen its rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business.

  • Florida's battle over health care likely to return in 2016 
    Updated: Jun-20-15 12:58 pm

    A bruising budget battle that divided Republicans in the Florida Legislature is over for now, but the truce is likely only to last a few months.

  • New system changes way HIV patients getting medication 
    Updated: Jun-16-15 10:29 am

    MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Six months ago, Medical AIDS Outreach's Montgomery clinic needed an entire room to store prescription medications for its hundreds of patients.

  • Florida House votes to keep low health insurance premiums 
    Updated: Jun-12-15 6:24 pm

    TALLAHASSEE, Florida - The Republican-controlled Florida House voted along party lines on Friday to retain - for now - the rates that Gov. Rick Scott and thousands of state workers are currently paying for health insurance.

  • Obama: Health law is now 'reality,' despite what critics say story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jun-09-15 8:16 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared his health care law a firmly established "reality" of American life even as the legality of one of its key elements awaits a decision by the Supreme Court.

  • Shumlin's several accomplishments don't match promises story has photos
    Updated: Jun-09-15 6:41 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - Gov. Peter Shumlin has an ample list of accomplishments but because he set such high goals for himself, history may judge his governorship based on what he failed to do, some Statehouse observers said Tuesday.

  • Tenn. AG: Lawmaker insurance info covered by open records 
    Updated: Jun-08-15 6:03 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State Attorney General Herbert Slatery found in a legal opinion released Monday that the cost of lawmakers' health insurance coverage falls under Tennessee's open records laws.

  • More support for new medical training campus in Springfield 
    Updated: Jun-07-15 11:29 am

    SPRINGFIELD, Missouri - A plan to bring a physician training campus to Springfield is getting more support from university and hospital officials, who say the campus will help alleviate a critical shortage of medical personnel in southwest Missouri.

  • Health care access still a problem in Wyoming 
    Updated: Jun-06-15 10:22 am

    CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A health equity group says low-income families and minorities still have trouble accessing health care in Wyoming.