AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Call it contraception equality.

Price says affordability, access key to health care reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday that access and affordability were his goals for revamping health care, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch a Medicare overhaul.

18 million more uninsured if Obamacare killed, not replaced

WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance premiums would soar for millions of Americans and 18 million more would be uninsured in just one year if Republicans scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without a replacement, Congress' budget analysts said Tuesday.

McConnell introduces bill to fund coal miner health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell on Tuesday introduced legislation to maintain health benefits for retired union coal miners whose companies have declared bankruptcy in recent years.

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Gun industry, suicide prevention forge unlikely alliance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's a difficult topic to discuss, fraught with politics and social stigma, and an even tougher one to fix: people who kill themselves with a gun. But now two unlikely allies — the gun industry and a leading suicide prevention group — are coming together to tackle it.

UnitedHealth looks beyond insurance to help fuel 4Q growth

The nation's biggest health insurer made most of its money in the fourth quarter by selling things other than health insurance.

Mexican governor: kids were given water instead of medicine

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A governor in Mexico says state-run hospitals apparently gave children water instead of chemotherapy treatments.

88 million tons a year: Auditors decry EU food waste

BRUSSELS (AP) — The sheer waste of food had been bothering teacher Marijke De Jongh for so long that two years ago she set up a pop-up restaurant to serve perfectly good groceries and meat that were approaching their expiry date.

The Latest: Trump promises health insurance for all

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):


Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

Ambulance company to pay $12.7M over Medicare billing claims

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An ambulance company that operates in Massachusetts says it'll pay nearly $13 million to settle claims it fraudulently billed Medicare.

Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

In early GOP win on health care repeal, Congress OKs budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ascendant Republicans drove a budget through Congress on Friday that gives them an early but critical victory in their crusade to scrap President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

Sick kitty: NYC quarantines 500 felines fearing the flu

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of homeless New York City cats have been quarantined after health officials discovered many infected with a strand of bird flu.

The good, bad and unknown about marijuana's health effects

NEW YORK (AP) — It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it may also raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and trigger heart attacks.

Congress takes first steps to dismantle health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are taking the first steps toward dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, facing pressure from President-elect Donald Trump to move quickly on a replacement.

Court upholds state's law on buffers around abortion clinics

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld New Hampshire's law allowing buffer zones around abortion clinics that supporters say protect women from harassment.

The Latest: Greece returns more Syrian refugees to Turkey

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price

CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.

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