Health issues - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Health issues Health bill gains new life as 2 GOP moderates meet Trump WASHINGTON (AP) — A pair of moderate Republicans who'd been holdouts against the GOP health care bill said Wednesday they were now backing the high-profile legislation after winning President Donald Trump's support for their proposal for reviving the languishing measure. The conversions of Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Billy Long, R-Mo., could breathe ne... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:20:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:20:00Z Merck tops Street 1Q forecasts on cost cuts, new drug sales Strict cost controls, along with surging sales of its two newest medicines and a surprisingly strong performance from its entire vaccine portfolio pushed Merck & Co. beyond most expectations for the first quarter and the company boosted its outlook for the year. The company has begun a new cycle in which sales of its latest drugs grow as revenue fades for... Tue, 02 May 2017 14:22:00 GMT 2017-05-02T14:22:00Z The Latest: Trump to speak with Putin by phone Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:10 p.m. President Donald Trump wants legislative wins and is poised for one or two. But his recent comments on one bill raise questions about how closely he follows the details. His recent description of the health care bill suggested he was ... Tue, 02 May 2017 03:13:00 GMT 2017-05-02T03:13:00Z Pushing for victories, Trump shows disconnect with House GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could be on the verge of marking two significant legislative accomplishments at the start of his presidency. Yet he's displayed a curious disconnect with Republicans on Capitol Hill, raising questions about how deeply he is delving into the specifics of legislative sausage-making. In interviews and Tweets, Trump ha... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:18:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:18:00Z Nevada coalition seeks unprecedented insulin refund law CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices — and issue refunds to diabetics or their insurance companies if annual price hikes surpass inflation. Las Vegas casino owners have banded together with their employee... Mon, 01 May 2017 23:10:00 GMT 2017-05-01T23:10:00Z Short of support, House won't vote on health bill this week WASHINGTON (AP) — The House won't vote on Republican legislation scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law until at least next week, a GOP leader said Thursday. The decision deals a setback to the White House, which has pressured congressional Republicans to pass the bill by Saturday — President Donald Trump's 100th day in office. "As soo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 GMT 2017-04-28T03:00:00Z The Latest: GOP offers stopgap bill to fund government WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Republicans controlling the House have unveiled a stopgap bill to keep the government open past a shutdown deadline of midnight Friday. House Appropri... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:34:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:34:00Z Plan to give health care to every Californian moves forward SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers pushed forward Wednesday with a proposal that would substantially remake the health care system of the nation's most populous state by replacing insurance companies with government-funded health care for everyone. The idea known as single-payer health care has long been popular on the left and is getting a ne... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-04-27T03:08:00Z Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk WASHINGTON (AP) — The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped legislation as a conservative exercise in "blame-shifting and face-saving" that wasn't winning new support from party centrists, leaving its fate u... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-04-26T23:09:00Z Justices hear dispute over lower-cost biotech drugs sales WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday considered a drug company's fight to keep a generic version of its biotech drug off the market for an additional six months that would mean billions more in sales and higher costs to the public. The case before the justices involves the cutting-edge field of biologics — drugs made from living cells instead ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:53:00 GMT 2017-04-26T18:53:00Z Hardball health care option may cost Trump and taxpayers WASHINGTON (AP) — Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. The administration just might eliminate billions of dollars in disputed "Obamacare" subsidies. But a study out Tuesday from a nonpartisan group suggests th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:07:00 GMT 2017-04-25T18:07:00Z FDA approves 2nd near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders Federal regulators on Friday approved another alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. Its U.S. partner, Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey, will market Renflexis. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:52:00 GMT 2017-04-21T21:52:00Z FDA approves near-copy of Remicade for immune disorders Federal regulators have approved an alternative version of Remicade, an expensive injected drug widely used for rheumatoid arthritis and other immune system disorders. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it approved Renflexis, developed by Samsung Bioepis Co. of South Korea. It will be marketed by its U.S. partner, Merck & Co. of Kenilworth, New Jersey. ... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:53:00 GMT 2017-04-21T20:53:00Z Health care lobby pushes back on Hawaii LGBT fertility bill HONOLULU (AP) — Health care lobbyists in Hawaii are pushing lawmakers to kill part of a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments to same-sex couples who want to have a child. They're saying requiring insurers to cover fertility treatments for gestational carriers that male couples rely on could lead to legal problems. Under... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:43:00 GMT 2017-04-20T23:43:00Z Johnson & Johnson says pricing competition squeezed 1Q sales Increased pressure to cut medicine prices and an industry-wide slowdown in consumer health product sales is hurting health care giant Johnson & Johnson. Those factors, along with a bigger tax bill than a year ago, trimmed J&J's first-quarter profit slightly, but it still gave a rosier financial forecast for the year. The world's biggest... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:19:00 GMT 2017-04-18T15:19:00Z Poll: Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use DENVER (AP) — Americans think it's safer to use marijuana than opioids to relieve pain, but they were less comfortable with children and pregnant women using pot to treat medical conditions, according to a new Yahoo/Marist poll released Monday. Two-thirds of the respondents in the telephone survey said opioid drugs such as Vicodin or OxyContin are "riskie... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-04-17T19:15:00Z Even in hometown, constituents rip into Republican lawmaker HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play. It didn't matter that Rep. Greg Walden was on a first-name basis with many of the roughly 800 attendees. Or that Democr... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:45:00 GMT 2017-04-17T07:45:00Z In Alaska, anxiety grows as debate over health care rages JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Going without health insurance is a risk. Going without it in Alaska can be a gamble of a much higher order, for this is a place unlike anywhere else in the U.S., a land of pitiless cold, vast expanses and dangerous, back-breaking work such as pulling fishing nets from the water or hauling animal carcasses out of the woods. And yet m... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-04-15T18:26:00Z How Trump insurance changes could affect coverage next year A much tighter sign-up deadline and coverage delays will be waiting for some health insurance customers now that President Donald Trump's administration has finished a plan designed to stabilize shaky insurance markets. Shoppers will have a shorter time period to choose a 2018 plan and a harder time enrolling outside that window if they lose a job or have... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:41:00 GMT 2017-04-14T20:41:00Z Rod Carew's new heart, kidney came from late NFL player SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew received a new heart and kidney from the late NFL player Konrad Reuland in what is believed to be the first such transplant involving pro athletes. Carew underwent the procedure last December and met Reuland's family in March after mutual friends connected Reuland's death with news of Car... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-04-14T18:01:00Z House chairman skeptical of conservatives' health care idea BEND, Ore. (AP) — A House committee chairman who's a leading author of the mired Republican health care bill said Thursday he's skeptical about proposals the Trump administration and conservative GOP lawmakers have discussed in hopes of breathing life into the legislation. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., directed his skepticism at suggestions that states be all... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 02:55:00 GMT 2017-04-14T02:55:00Z Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers who fear heightened marijuana enforcement by federal agents overwhelmingly approved Monday a proposal to protect pot users from having their identities or cannabis-buying habits from being divulged by the shops that make buying pre-rolled joints and "magic" brownies as easy as grabbing a bottle of whiskey from the liquor store. ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-04-11T02:41:00Z GOP health bill in shambles, House commences two-week break WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican health care bill remained in shambles Thursday as House leaders threw up their hands and sent lawmakers home for a two-week recess. GOP chiefs announced a modest amendment to curb premium increases, but internal divisions still blocked their promised repeal of former President Barack Obama's law. "This brings us closer to ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:42:00 GMT 2017-04-06T20:42:00Z Police object to California marijuana regulation revamp LOS ANGELES (AP) — California law enforcement officials objected Wednesday to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed streamlining of the state's marijuana regulations, saying his plan could endanger public safety. Brown's administration released documents late Tuesday outlining proposed changes to square the state's new recreational pot law with its longstanding law... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:47:00 GMT 2017-04-05T23:47:00Z New GOP health plan could raise premiums; no vote scheduled WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders prepared Wednesday to send lawmakers home for a two-week recess without voting on their troubled health care bill, as prospects for a quick deal among party factions moved farther out of reach. Meanwhile, policy experts said the latest GOP health care idea could mean going back to a time when people with medical proble... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 22:29:00 GMT 2017-04-05T22:29:00Z Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of Medicaid expansion TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas won't be extending its health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law after Democrats and moderate Republicans failed Monday to override conservative GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of an expansion bill. The state House voted 81-44 to override Brownback's veto of the mea... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-04-03T20:37:00Z Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren share stage at Boston rally BOSTON (AP) — At a rally that had the feel of a campaign event, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren appealed to their supporters Friday as liberals continue to mobilize against the agenda of Republican President Donald Trump. The joint appearance by the senators from Vermont and Massachusetts, respectively, was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic backers... Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:07:00 GMT 2017-04-01T02:07:00Z Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill legalizing the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes, and setting up a regulatory framework for the state to prescribe and distribute them to patients. The legislation approved by senators Wednesday also creates a medical m... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:09:00 GMT 2017-03-30T02:09:00Z Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington. The bill would expand the state's Medicaid program for the poor, d... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:21:00 GMT 2017-03-28T20:21:00Z Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son's six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis legislation. "My mindset has changed from somebody who looked down on it as a negative substance to saying... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:15:00 GMT 2017-03-26T18:15:00Z