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Uncertainty about doctors' pay has taken a toll on Medicare

WASHINGTON (AP) — New momentum for a lasting fix to Medicare's doctor-payment problem shows that lawmakers may finally be recognizing what has long bothered their constituents.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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HJ Heinz buying Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant

NEW YORK (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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Cow in Northeast Texas defies odds, gives birth to 4 calves

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A cow in Northeast Texas has apparently defied great odds and given birth to four calves that have been named Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moo.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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AP Exclusive: GOP hits Medicaid to offset doc fee hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans quietly deepened recommended budget savings from the government's chief health care program for the poor by about $140 billion in recent weeks to offset part of the cost of higher payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients, according to officials familiar with the tradeoff.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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CDC: Uninsured drop by 11M since passage of Obama's law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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High nursing home bills squeeze insurers, driving rates up

NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy that will cover your expenses.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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Jet with 150 people crashes in French Alps; Europe in shock

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (AP) — A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in a snowy, remote section of the French Alps, sounding like an avalanche as it scattered pulverized debris across the mountain. All aboard were feared dead, French officials said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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