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  • Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday. Richard Griffin, the VA's acting inspector general, said his office is investigating...

  • HHS: Law does not prohibit pot purchases with welfare

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell says the federal government does not have the power to stop states from allowing people to use welfare benefits to buy marijuana.

  • Division approves health plan rate hikes

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace. Roughly 10,000 Alaskans receive federal subsidies to help pay their premiums, and increases for...

  • WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned Monday that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the coming weeks. The current...

  • IG let Veterans Affairs officials alter report to absolve agency in Phoenix deaths

    Crucial language that the VA inspector general could not "conclusively" prove that delays in care caused patient deaths at a Phoenix hospital was added to its final report after a draft version was sent to agency administrators for comment.

  • New VA chief: Veterans agency too complicated

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday as he promised to make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits, health care,...

  • Va. gov proposes limited health care expansion

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has repeatedly promised to expand Medicaid eligibility for about 400,000 low-income adults using mostly federal funds during his eight-month old administration. But on Monday he acknowledged that his executive power only reaches so...

  • Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there. The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't...

  • DHS not prepared to handle killer pandemic, IG says

    The problem is that DHS was given $47 million in 2006 to prepare for the rapid spread of a deadly disease such as Ebola, according to the DHS inspector general.

  • Detroit works to curb demolition health issues

    DETROIT (AP) — Officials in Detroit are taking steps to prevent respiratory illness and other health problems among residents living near vacant and blighted properties slated for demolition. The city is urging residents to keep watch on demolitions and hold contractors accountable, The Detroit...

  • HHS chief: Obamacare is 'clearly working'

    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell insisted Monday that Obamacare is "clearly working," trying to move past the rocky rollout of President Obama's signature health law by insisting that her agency was not concerned with fighting "last year's battles."

  • Planned Parenthood pushes back on over-the-counter contraception

    The nonprofit's lobbying arm, which advocates for women's reproductive health issues, argued that calls for allowing birth control pills to be sold without a prescription are "empty gestures."

  • Activist pleads guilty in Ohio for P&G HQ protest

    CINCINNATI (AP) — One of nine Greenpeace activists charged in a protest at Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters pleaded guilty Monday to a single felony count. Charles Long, 35, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, a low-level felony, in exchange for prosecutors dropping two more...

  • Facing Dem attacks, could new GOP strategy end birth control wars?

    Remember the 2012 Republican presidential debate in which ABC's George Stephanopoulos, seemingly out of nowhere, pressed Mitt Romney repeatedly for his views on contraception? After a contentious back-and-forth, a frustrated Romney declared, "Contraception, it's working just fine, just leave it...

  • GOP governors' cave-in on Medicaid is shortsighted

    A growing number of Republican governors are caving in to Medicaid expansion through President Obama's healthcare law.



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