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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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Obama, Afghan president to finalize plan for US troop exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Afghanistan's new president to the Oval Office on Tuesday for their first White House meeting, as the U.S. military firmed up plans to slow its departure from the country.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

LONDON (AP) — When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015

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As patients face death, doctors push straight talk on care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Angelo Volandes remembers performing rib-cracking CPR on a frail elderly man dying of lung cancer, a vivid example of an end-of-life dilemma: Because his patient never said if he wanted aggressive care as his body shut down, the hospital had to try. He died days later.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015

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